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28-01-2004, 15:14:43
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28-01-2004, 15:15:22
Sonic Undermind

28-01-2004, 15:17:48
I knew that would come eventually but not the first response! :lol:

28-01-2004, 15:18:18
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster

28-01-2004, 15:35:11
The DJ at the After Dark who signed Mew to Sony said that "The Unholy" was a great name.

28-01-2004, 15:36:58
We should rebrand as SU.

28-01-2004, 16:07:41
The White Stripes - not just a shit name
The The
The Shamen
The Cure
The Cult
The Darkness
The Pixies
The Mission

There's a theme there somewhere.

28-01-2004, 16:23:33
The pixies and the cult are good I think.

Gramercy Riffs
28-01-2004, 16:25:00
Neds Atomic Dustbin
Shed Seven

Best band name is......And you will know us by the trail of the dead.

28-01-2004, 16:27:43
See other thread. :)

Lazarus and the Gimp
28-01-2004, 17:26:06
Bum Gravey

28-01-2004, 17:29:58
The music of most of the "The" names I've listed is great, it's just the lame "The" bit that gets me.

For example, I've seen "The Mission" over 7 times and "The Cure" just under.

We musos have all been at the stage of trying to get a name that suits the sound / feel of the band. Band members getting pissed in the pub, trying to come up with names. You end up with desperate things like, "The beermats", "Salt and Vinegar", "Pint of Mild" etc all out of desperation.

In one band I was in, we all had to submit 10 names, we then all met and voted. Each round, the lowest two names were scratched and we voted again. With an original list of 50, it took ages and we still came up with the crap "Broken Dream". (it was back in the late 80 / early 90's).

28-01-2004, 17:47:01
Broken Dream! :lol:

Those were the days of the huge Reading scene when bands got paid for gigs and there were loads of crusties and goths dancing at every gig.

Now we have to play to tiny ungrateful audiences who won't ever, ever even consider dancing and find clapping a chore.

Lazarus and the Gimp
28-01-2004, 18:18:08
I wanted to call my band "The Detonators".

28-01-2004, 18:23:04
and now I am stealing that name because I like it.

28-01-2004, 19:35:18
Originally posted by protein
Broken Dream! :lol:

Those were the days of the huge Reading scene when bands got paid for gigs and there were loads of crusties and goths dancing at every gig.

Now we have to play to tiny ungrateful audiences who won't ever, ever even consider dancing and find clapping a chore.

Good thing none of those audience members post here.

28-01-2004, 19:51:48
Actually KG dances when he's drunk enough. By "we" I mean Reading musicians and I'm talking about the gigs we see every week where bands play their heart out but nobody comes to see them and dance. All the kids who are likely to do that just stay inside the uni boundaries.

It's true though, everyone who used to mosh or dance at gigs vanished. The only times I have had people dancing at a gig was in the 90s or at the Matrix or at an agrig college to a load of scandanavian kids. They know how to party.

Sonic Undermind have been pretty lucky in terms of audience numbers but as yet no mosh pit. That is when SU will have reached the level I'd like to be at.

28-01-2004, 19:59:35

I, too, have a trend.

Scabrous Birdseed
28-01-2004, 20:03:10
The Carpet People
Belle and Sebastian
every other band named after a children's book/TV series.

28-01-2004, 20:04:32
Big Star.

28-01-2004, 20:07:23
Gotan Project

God, this is fun.

Scabrous Birdseed
28-01-2004, 20:07:54
I dunno, being named after the grocery store opposite the Stax studio seems pretty cool to me.

28-01-2004, 20:09:22
If you’re the kind of person that likes Third/Sister Lovers, I guess it would be.

Scabrous Birdseed
28-01-2004, 20:24:36

Lazarus and the Gimp
28-01-2004, 20:44:32
Sean? SB doesn't like "Sister Lovers". We proved that point somewhat conclusively.

It's me who likes it, but I still think "Big Star" is a shit name.

28-01-2004, 20:46:32
That was the point.

Oh, nevermind.

28-01-2004, 20:47:22
On the plus side, only people who don’t like Third/Sister Lovers think Big Star is a good name, as proven by this thread. Conclusively proven.

Nills Lagerbaak
29-01-2004, 19:17:53
Before the Unholyu was eventually chosen, names up for consideration were....

Internal Bleeding
Eardrum death

Other shit names are,

The darkness,
Spice girls,
The wonderstuff,
Pink Floyd,
Wizards of Oz (ozzie cover band no less)

Scabrous Birdseed
29-01-2004, 19:19:24
Internal Bleeding is a cool name. Very poetic. Much better than "Shining Path" or whatever you chose eventually.

Nills Lagerbaak
29-01-2004, 19:22:00
The best band name IMHO is (I know, other thread....)

Doodoo-scopic chimp copter.
5 Chimp ruckas

29-01-2004, 19:49:53
Five Chimp Ruckus was an awesome name. Fuck knows why you decided against it.

Incidentally I quite like both Big Star and Sister Lovers

29-01-2004, 20:02:43
Sam refused to consider and band name with monkey or chimp in the title, which wiped out all the best ones.

29-01-2004, 20:02:44
I still wish everyone settled on just plain old chimpcopter. The images and possibilities are endless. I think it was just Nills on my side there.

29-01-2004, 20:03:20
No, I loved that as well.

29-01-2004, 20:03:23
Sorry, posted too early. It was just Sam then. Bastard.

29-01-2004, 20:04:28
Since he's not about tomorrow we can decide that the album is called Chimpcopter in a band vote. We can also write the chimpcopter song.

Nills Lagerbaak
30-01-2004, 08:53:12
Excellent! What a concept!

30-01-2004, 09:37:57
Think of the sample possibilities! I'm well up for writing chimpcopter.

30-01-2004, 10:19:57
So we're all agreed "The Brown Berets" is quite simply the worst band name in history.

30-01-2004, 10:20:29

Nills Lagerbaak
30-01-2004, 15:09:12
The brown berets was simply a suggestion for a band Phil could be in :)

30-01-2004, 15:11:10
You wanted to be "in them" too.

I have e-mailed round some crap lyrics for a first verse of chimpcopter.

30-01-2004, 15:15:07
I'm going to form a band and name it Ball Sweat.

30-01-2004, 15:15:30
Or maybe Swamp Ass.

Gramercy Riffs
30-01-2004, 16:21:16
Ball Sweat and the Swamp Ass's.

Stefu X
31-01-2004, 07:57:07
The Dandy Warhols. Actually, I can't remember if it has the 'the' in it, but it sucks in any case.

23-02-2004, 13:54:26
The Who, Smashing Pumpkins, S-Club 7, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys...

23-02-2004, 14:11:50
The The

24-02-2004, 15:22:42
Originally posted by protein
I still wish everyone settled on just plain old chimpcopter. The images and possibilities are endless. I think it was just Nills on my side there.
The album cover could of looked amazing what thoughts have entered the mind now i am :smoke: :smoke: :smoke: :clueless:

Lazarus and the Gimp
24-02-2004, 17:11:52
Originally posted by protein
The The

Ah yes. That one's particularly shit. Which is unfortunate because I think he's a good songwriter.

24-02-2004, 19:05:18
The one I keep hearing lately that bugs the shit out of me is "Hoobastank" or some crap.

The second band I was in ended up with a "compromise" name that I never really cared for: "Herb's Buddhafield".
I wanted to be Buddhafiel and the guitarist wanted it to be Herb Alpert's Tiajuana Brass, which, of course, was already taken. He went on to form a band called Buckhorn. Figures. Sounds like a country donut or some crap.

My first band had a great name, IMO: Act of God.

25-02-2004, 22:43:45
The 80s had a lot of bad band names.

Frankie goes to holiwood
Talk Talk
The Vapors
After the fire
Dexy's midnight runners
Flock of seagulls

The list is virtually endless

26-02-2004, 00:51:14
What's wrong with The Vapors? I quite like it.

*End Is Forever*
26-02-2004, 01:01:08
The Vapours seems reasonably innocuous...

26-02-2004, 01:16:32
See, you blatently made that post just to correct the spelling of "Vapors", but you're wrong. And I'm right*. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha etc

*Also Chris is right

*End Is Forever*
26-02-2004, 02:18:17
Well, the only thing wrong with the Vapors as a name is the hideously Americanized spelling...

02-03-2004, 13:06:07
Gorky's Zygotic Mynkey (or however you spell it)

Two shite bands with shite names too

02-03-2004, 13:08:04
BTW - Chimpcopter really does sound like a good name for an album/band - especially if you could photoshop a pic of a chimp into the seat of that microlite/mini-helicopter that Sean Connery flies in the Bond film (You Only Live Twice?) :)

02-03-2004, 13:14:12
Last night at Reading Student Union I watched a band called 'Upsie Downsie'. Good band, fucking terrible name.