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The Canonical List of Weird Band Names
November 9, 2010 1:22 PM   Subscribe

Elvis and the Shitheads From A Box of Fish with Tartar Sauce to Zulu Leprechauns, the list you know and love
posted by bhb (40 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
i like it
very cool
disturbing
posted by Curious Artificer at 1:27 PM on November 9, 2010


And how much does this overlap with Rocklopedia Fakebandica?

(I'm partial to that one because I'm in it :P)
posted by Madamina at 1:29 PM on November 9, 2010


oh god I'm stupid
posted by Madamina at 1:30 PM on November 9, 2010


Ah, some old favourites in there, for sure. "I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness" always gets me. And then "Fuck Me, Suck Me, Call Me Helen" made me laugh more than it had any right to.
posted by Decani at 1:31 PM on November 9, 2010


It's even funnier if you're high
posted by bhb at 1:33 PM on November 9, 2010


Missing the Tyrades.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:33 PM on November 9, 2010


Still not on the list. No love.

Also, they've missed out on The Shitty Beatles, perhaps the greatest act ever from Norman Oklahoma.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:33 PM on November 9, 2010


I just added Shrimp Tractor, my first real band.
posted by unSane at 1:35 PM on November 9, 2010


Many of these seem to aim for the easy shock targets, but many more of these are pretty clever. I admit I love "Smorgasborgnine".
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:35 PM on November 9, 2010


Anal cunt is awesome. Their song titles rule as well.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 1:41 PM on November 9, 2010


and Asshole Parade will always be my favorite band name ever. (it runs through my head sometimes when i'm on a particularly obnoxious subway ride)
posted by fuzzypantalones at 1:43 PM on November 9, 2010


Hey I know let's play a game. First one to copy and paste five of them which reference pre-1970 (either made or set in) movies or television shows wins a coke.
posted by ND¢ at 1:46 PM on November 9, 2010


I like that The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet felt the need to add 'uk' to their Myspace name. Not to be confused with all those other Invisible Opera Companies of Tibet.
posted by echo target at 1:47 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Another year with no band called Dwight D Weisenheimer? How can that be?
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 1:52 PM on November 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Still no love for The Carnie Wilson All Lard Diet? For shame, Internet.
posted by cerulgalactus at 1:54 PM on November 9, 2010


Some damn good bands in there.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:57 PM on November 9, 2010


Hypothetical band/album names provide endless entertainment! A friend of a friend of mine was in a band called "Wade Boggs and the Pork Sword Smorgasbord."

If I weren't lazy I would cross-reference this against Jello Biafra's 1987 names for bands list (which was a lot funnier before the internet, now that I'm re-reading it.)
posted by usonian at 2:00 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns do it for me.
posted by stonepharisee at 2:06 PM on November 9, 2010


My band was on this list originally and still is. Back in 1995 or whatever there were a lot fewer funny things being passed around the internet so we actually got a modicum of notoriety from it.

Having a weird band name is a mixed blessing - it gives people something to talk about but people tend to assume you're a novelty act.
posted by dfan at 2:07 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


They remembered Elvis Hitler!

Ooh, and Genitorturers
posted by quin at 2:55 PM on November 9, 2010


No Bathtub Shitter? Pshaw.
posted by Token Meme at 3:00 PM on November 9, 2010


How many of these bands would more than a handful of their friends and frat brothers consider to be not just funny, or provocative, but actually good? While I'm sure there are genuinely talented bands on this list, I suspect (unfairly?) that many others blew the majority of their creative capital on having the most edgy/irreverent/rotflmao name. Corollary question: How likely is a band truly proud of its talent to pick an intentionally gross-out/haw haw funny/athletically wtf name?
posted by applemeat at 3:09 PM on November 9, 2010


How about my friend Dieter's band? Here.
posted by Splunge at 3:15 PM on November 9, 2010


I'll give them credit for listing Big Daddy Cumbuckets but it's missing Crash Kills Five (previous incarnation of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet).
posted by fleetmouse at 3:24 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hmm. This list is missing the Screaming Blue Messiahs and the single best-named metal band ever: Wargasm.

Did Jehovah's Waitresses make the list? Ah, yes. There they are.

And "Much Ado About Shit" made me laugh.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:28 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow.

I have totally wasted my life.

I thought, hey, for fun, I'll go through this list and count bands whose music I own or whom I have seen live.

I got bored and gave up at 30.

I only made it through "F".
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:45 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hmmm, They Might Be Giants isn't worthy of inclusion? Used to be a band around SoCal named Sex and Free Beer, a pretty transparent ploy to reel in passers-by who see the marquee.
posted by planetkyoto at 3:52 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Love the band and the name Machine Gun Fellatio. Just about all the band names starting with Anal made me laugh, particularly Anal Vomit. I'm very sorry not to see Man Vs Biscuit on the list.
posted by h00py at 4:22 PM on November 9, 2010


The Gaye Bikers On Acid/Lesbian Dopeheads On Mopeds thing has always been my favorite.
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:07 PM on November 9, 2010


No Turbonegro?
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:18 PM on November 9, 2010


Oh, how embarrassing. It's Half Man, Half Biscuit, and of course they're on there.
posted by h00py at 5:18 PM on November 9, 2010


The Reagan Youth

!!!
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 5:31 PM on November 9, 2010



How many of these bands would more than a handful of their friends and frat brothers consider to be not just funny, or provocative, but actually good?


Some of the bands on the list are certifiably, completely and utterly AWESOME. The Bad Livers leap immediately to mind. Sure. a lot of them are terrible, but I would say, based on my experience with music in general, it's a statistically appropriate ratio - a very few are amazing, some are OK, most of them suck.

Speaking of the ones that suck...

I made a poster for Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles once that the club refused to hang, which I thought was funny, considering the name of the band. How could I have possibly made it that much more offensive? It was just a drawing of a bald guy having, uh, relations with a blow up doll.

Apparently a copy ended up in a record store in Australia. I have no idea how.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:36 PM on November 9, 2010


Wow.

I have totally wasted my life.



Me too, cheers. I haven't even bothered counting the ones I've just seen yet because I was too busy going through the list looking for people I know.

(Mr. Mustachio was the drummer for Dumpster Juice for a while. Thanks for reminding me to give him shit about that, Internet!)
posted by louche mustachio at 5:41 PM on November 9, 2010


Hey, my old band's still on here*. Now if I only had some pictures or recordings... :(

* The Virgin Connie Swail, 1996-1999
posted by jtron at 6:01 PM on November 9, 2010


Fuck all these pikers. I was in The Diarrhea of Anne Frank.
posted by vibrotronica at 9:10 PM on November 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sock puppets FTW!
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 1:17 AM on November 10, 2010


Fuck all these pikers. I was in The Diarrhea of Anne Frank.
posted by vibrotronica at 5:10 AM on November 10


I was very nearly in Red Marx and the Thigh-Slappers. Hey, I was a sixth-former at the time, give me a break.
posted by Decani at 4:44 AM on November 10, 2010


i always appreciated these Star Wars puns: Malcom X-Wing and Wookie Goldberg
posted by kakarott999 at 9:13 AM on November 10, 2010


The Chocolate Bunnies From Hell are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

God I feel old now.
posted by Quiplash at 9:34 AM on November 10, 2010


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