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What’s in a (band) name?

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An A-to-Z of interesting band names, brought to you by the hopelessly unfinished entertainment site,

The Accidentally Wonderful
Bitter Little Dutchboy
Choosy Mom’s Funky Dance Carnival
Dow Jones and the Industrials
Einstein’s Little Homunculus
Fatal Mambo
Ghosts and Vodka
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives
Invisibl Skratch Piklz
Jiggle the Handle
Knights of the Occasional Table
The Lonesome Organist
Make Lisa Rich
New Wet Kojak
One Riot One Ranger
Plunky & Oneness of Juju
Q-Burns Abstract Message
Red Red Meat
Space Pussy
Tiamat (D&D references ROCK, man!)
Uncool Niece
VHS or Beta
The World is My Fuse
Yukon Death Drop (could not find a worthy link for this one)
Zap Mama

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  • Eric Olsen

    J, excellent idea and thanks for all the links. The only ones I knew before were Bitter Little Dutchboy, New Wet Kojak, Red Red Meat and Zap Mama

  • Robert Brandt

    Nice! I pointed this out to a friend who’s into weird band names.

    One of my favorites: Liquorice John Death (Procol Harum’s alter-ego).

  • Jennie Smith

    It’s too well known to be laughed at now, but I still take great pleasure in mentioning the band Godspeed You Black Emperor!

  • Casper

    Having played in quite a few bands, I can safely say that one of the hardest things in a band is trying to agree on the name.

  • Particleman

    yet more:

    mustard plug

    new bomb turks

    skankin pickle

    operation ivy

    nashville pussy (along the lines of space pussy…)

    and what about the anti-name band, no use for a name? any points for them?

  • Tom Johnson

    Actually, Jennie, it’s now “Godspeed You! Black Emperor.” “Godspeed! You Black Emperor” fell out of favor a while back, about as quickly as the plain-jane “Godspeed You Black Emperor!” The placement of the exclamation point is very critical, apparently.

  • AntFreeze

    Always been kinda partial to the “Bar Stool Softeners” myself.

  • Mark Saleski

    weirdest (and perhaps most disgusting) band name i’ve ever heard:

    Colostomy Grab-Bag

  • Eric Olsen

    I once wrote a short piece for Playboy on all the bands with “Jesus” in the name, which was inexplicably popular about 10 years ago: Jesus Jones, Jesus and Mary Chain, Jesus Lizard, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Seven Day Jesus, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Liquid Jesus, Creaming Jesus, Jesus Christ Superfly, Acid Jesus, etc.

  • John Voorhees

    Everybody wants their own personal Jesus, I guess. Jesus.

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