There are good band names and bad band names, and then there are the ones that are so bad you’d just be too embarrassed to say them in front of your mother. Author Noel Hudson has taken the trouble to go around cataloguing band names in The Band Name Book. MRP was chiefly amused by the bad band names, as mentioned in an article about the book:
Such a shame when bad names happen to good bands, but it’s a rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon dating back to the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the Bald Knob Chicken Snatchers in the 1960s. We had the Doobie Brothers and Mott the Hoople in the ’70s, followed by Oingo Boingo and Toad the Wet Sprocket in the ’80s. The ’90s gave us Soul Coughing and Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, and where would the 2000s be without Test Icicles and Lesbians on Ecstasy? On the flip side, sometimes the name is as awful as the music (hello, Hoobastank and Poi Dog Pondering). Or how about Mary Tyler Morphine?
My top two worst band names are probably the Goo Goo Dolls (total disconnect between earnestness of music and ridiculousness of name) and Barenaked Ladies (particularly annoying now that they’ve released a kids’ record that’s quite popular with los niños de MRP).
What are your favorite band names (most clever, funniest, most interesting, etc.) or which do you think are the worst (most annoying, silly, stupid, gross, weird)? Alternatively, if you had a band, what would you name it?