The 10 Most Ridiculous Band Names Right Now

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Hey there, musicians.

I like you guys. I enjoy checking you out, hearing what you're all about. I don't mind the sweaty venues or sticky floors when I venture out of my safe little bubble to see your shows.

I don't even mind the massive bar tab that our little adventures cost me at the end of the night. It's a give-and-take relationship -- a symbiosis of sorts -- and it works for me.

But here's the clincher. As with any good relationship, I want things to work for you, too. However, it can be hard to want to come to your show if you've named yourself something like "Crazy Penis" or "Danger Muffin," or if you've added so much stylization to your name that I can't even figure out what the hell it is supposed to say.

How can I convince my friends to accompany me to your shows -- and therefore increase your fan base and my cool points -- if I can't say your darn name? Commas have rules for a reason. It would be wise to follow them.

In order to take you seriously, I should be able to communicate who you are without giggling, cringing, or doing both simultaneously. So when you're naming your band, please do yourself a favor and kick the name around in your head for a bit.

I know that it can be difficult to come up with something that hasn't been stolen by the two billion other bands on this planet, but surely there's a way to avoid naming yourself any version of what's above. Or below, for that matter.

Here's our list of the 10 most ridiculous band names right now:


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10. Kids on a Crime Spree
It's one of those names that begs for a badass back story, but never sees the follow through. Especially when you consider that the band considers themselves lo-fi surf rock. There's nothing crime spree-ish about surf-rock.


9. 3OH!3
I had to press the shift key multiple times to get that band name up there, and it threw my brain off, so bear with me on this one.

Apparently these fools have some major Boulder, Colorado, pride, so they named themselves after their area code. Mike Jones would be proud of their efforts. They didn't stick with the idea of plain ol' 303, though -- they instead stylized the shit out of it and came up with something that looks like tween text gibberish.


8. 10 ft. Ganja Plant
I want proof that this ganja plant exists before I buy into this band name. As it stands now, I call shenanigans and say they're overcompensating.


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7. An Horse
It hurts my grammar-obsessed little heart to read the name of this band. An Horse, an indie-rock duo from Brisbane, Australia, credit their name as stemming from a discussion about the correct usage of "a" versus "an."

There's no way I can not be bitchy about this one, and I'm legitimately trying today (unlike most other days, when it's ladled on there full-force), so I'll stop there.


6. letlive.
lowercase and full stop. lowercase and full stop. LOWERCASE AND FULL STOP. So. Much. Punctuation!!!!


5. Wampire
When I see this band name, I vacillate from having "Vampire" by Antsy Pantsy stuck in my head and wanting to type this out as WHAM!pire in an ode to letlive. Make it stop.


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31 comments
oldfart
oldfart

I had hoped to see Diarrhea Planet at SXSW, but didn't, and that was due in part to the difficulty in convincing my traveling companions to see a band with that name.

I had not planned to see Foxygen, but I happened to see them twice. Apparently, they were a bit of a "buzz" band this year, but I had missed the buzz. They were OK, but I didn't see the reason for all the excitement, and I took some slight guilty pleasure in the idea of their on-stage disintegration. I had an ongoing internal debate over whether their name was clever or douchey, but douchey usually won out.

A band that played at SXSW for a number of years that I wanted to see just because of their name was Genitalica. I knew I probably wouldn't care for their music (and, thus, the only half-hearted attempts to see them), but I thought the name was worthy, albeit somewhat disturbing.

Androdian
Androdian

I got a "Crazy Penis".. but my fav funny name is "Toad The Wet Sprocket" (What is that)?

nichobert
nichobert

!!! is pretty amazing. 

that is all. "Me & Gulliani Down By The Schoolyard" is like mainlining mutant disco into your face

bigcrazycarl
bigcrazycarl

Fartbarf Stupid band name..... I think not how about they are one of the best god damn bands i've ever heard, How about you actualy listen to em instead of bleating on and on and on

John O'Dee
John O'Dee

The name of my brother's band is "Zapruder Footage" - which I suggested as a joke, but he and his buddies thought was the greatest thing they ever heard.

Brent Tisdale
Brent Tisdale

And now every HP reader is googling the cap out of these bands, good job! Ok, now put my band in there, cause I'd love the free press, and I know my bands name is ridiculous, but who cares, as long as people remember it... Brainal Leakage

Bearhug32
Bearhug32

Fartbarf FTMFW!!! I don't care what you say. This band rocks. I'll put money down that you'll be eating your words within a year, when you're paying for their album on iTunes.

CoryGarcia
CoryGarcia moderator

How did "We Butter The Bread With Butter" not make this list?

BoldAsLov3
BoldAsLov3

You had enough time to blog about how terrible these band names are, but you probably didn't even listen to half of their music. I can honestly say that its because of their names that I'd listen to those listed that I've not heard of thus far. 

fredpc
fredpc

I've seen FartBarf live twice. I bet I am the only Houstonian that can say that. They are a great analog synth band that will make you shake your butt!

joedean
joedean

Fartbarf are a really great band!

Ellemay
Ellemay

"Diarrhea Planet"  may not be the desirable name for non-fans...or for those who have not graced their ears with their guitar shredding perfection.....BUT TRUST ME....DP provides nothing but guitar shredding ear candy....I highly recommend NOT letting their name hinder you from checking them out!! You must 1) listen to their music, 2) go to a LIVE show.....you will NEVER find me in a mosh pit...unless at a DP show....because its happy considerate moshing to talent!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMgtOp0G8LQ  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUzyH6ATSXQ

seasincarnadine
seasincarnadine

One the complete opposite side of the spectrum there is apparently a dallas band called Tyrannasorceress.....I can't even get myself to listen to their music because it would be impossible for the tunes to match the sheer elementary-awesomeness of their name. 

Anse
Anse

I had this discussion with Chris Gray awhile back about the name Tax the Wolf. I'm told they're a great band, but the name does not encourage confidence. I'm very nostalgic for that short span of years from the mid-80's to the early-mid 90's when punk bands went out of their way to sound as offensive and stupid as possible. Moist Fist, Crust, Men of Porn, Super Heavy Goat Ass, Pocket FishRmen...and the lord of all psychopunk dreck, the Butthole Surfers. Now who wouldnt want to head downtown to hear any of those bands on a random Friday night? They just beg to be checked out. Sure, you know they're going to suck, but you're probably going to get wasted anyway, so who cares?

jamesmayes1
jamesmayes1

I think Foxygen is alright.  But you left Houston's own "Young Girls" off the list.  Silly.

dermgerm
dermgerm

TIL how to pronounce 3OH!3, which I've being saying e-i-e-i-o.

I still don't understand !!! !?!? <-haaaa

Selena Dee
Selena Dee

love this. i don't think i can ever see fartbarf, simply on principle alone.

ericspin
ericspin

@Androdian Toad The Wet Sprocket was a fictional band name in a Monty Python skit way back when. That's where they got their name.

Androdian
Androdian

@John O'Dee did they ever explain what "Zapruder Footage" means?

annaleicht
annaleicht

@tenaciousdmb it's a dumb name for sure, but honestly, Fartbarf is worse. Far worse.

BoldAsLov3
BoldAsLov3

@H_e_x - Gimmicks? Tell me you aren't guilty of doing it.

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