Best & worst band names

HecticArt

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I'm glad you bumped this up. I was looking to vent about "lovelytheband". Yes, that's their name. Aside from the shitty name, they have a shitty song that all the adult contemporary stations have been playing relentlessly for 6 months now.
That song is all over the place now. I agree that the song is overly fluffy, overplayed, and pure bubblegum.
It has two things going for it. It has a massive hook. So I can see why it it's getting so much airplay. The second thing is that I dig the chick in the video.

 

scotchandcigar

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It's just the worst example of the music industry. Some totally unimpressive band comes out of nowhere and gets nonstop airplay of one song with a hook. Same song, month after month. What about the rest of the album? They have nothing else worthy of airplay? Why them? What about the thousands of other bands they could be playing? It's the pop music mob.
 
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One of the dumbest songs of the 1970s was Steve Martin's King Tut: "He could have won a Grammy. Buried in his jammies." Gak! But Martin's band had one of the bestest, mostest cleverest names ever. It was actually members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -- but on Martin's recording they were called The Toot Uncommons. The full name of "King Tut" was Tutankhamen, pronounced "toot-änk-kä-mən." The Toot Uncommons name was brilliant!

Here is the Facebook page of one of the worst-named bands:

Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat
 

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King Tut was an awesome song.
It didn't have depth, (because it was a comedy song) but it had a solid hook and was memorable.
It'll pop into my head every now and again.
 

scotchandcigar

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Time for an update

Best:
Cherry Glazerr
The War on Drugs
Tame Impala
The Arcade Fire
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
LCD Soundsystem
Sonic Youth

Worst:
Rubblebucket
The National
Men I Trust
Snail Mail
Silversun Pickups (now that I know the origin - stopping at Silver Sun liquor store for a pickup)
 
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More great band names, this time with "the" as the 2nd word:

lovelytheband
Foster the People
Cage the Elephant
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Young the Giant
Run the Jewels
Portugal the Man
Jukebox the Ghost
JEFF the Brotherhood
Dry the River
Walk the Moon
Horse the Band
And the Kids
The The
Mott the Hoople
In The Valley Below
 
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scotchandcigar

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lovelytheband - on my worst list (see post above)
Foster the People - stupid name, originally Foster & the People
Cage the Elephant - ok
Toad the Wet Sprocket - I know, it's Monty Python or something, but still stupid
Young the Giant - horrible name, and means nothing
Run the Jewels - ok
Portugal the Man - it's Portugal. The Man, and it's pretty stupid
Jukebox the Ghost - huh?
JEFF the Brotherhood - bad
Dry the River - bad
Walk the Moon - really stupid, named after the Police song Walking On the Moon
Horse the Band - don't know them
And the Kids - don't know them
The The - in my original worst name post
Mott the Hoople - what exactly is a hoople?
In The Valley Below - bad
 

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A "hoople" is slang for an ordinary citizen. "Mott the Hoople" was a novel about a grifter carny who marries a square to become a hoople. It may be related to the term "hooplehead" used frequently in the TV series "Deadwood".
 

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Time for an update

Best:
Cherry Glazerr - I think it's dumb.
The War on Drugs - Decent
Tame Impala - Good
The Arcade Fire - OK
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Very good
LCD Soundsystem - Excellent
Sonic Youth - Excellent

Worst:
Rubblebucket - Agreed
The National - Meh
Men I Trust - Agreed
Snail Mail - Farking Stoopid
Silversun Pickups (now that I know the origin - stopping at Silver Sun liquor store for a pickup) - I like it.
 
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HecticArt

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lovelytheband - on my worst list (see post above)
Foster the People - stupid name, originally Foster & the People - Kinda
Cage the Elephant - ok - Yep
Toad the Wet Sprocket - I know, it's Monty Python or something, but still stupid - Ehh
Young the Giant - horrible name, and means nothing - Having no meaning is fine, but still not a good name.
Run the Jewels - ok - OK
Portugal the Man - it's Portugal. The Man, and it's pretty stupid - Meh
Jukebox the Ghost - huh? - Dumb AF
JEFF the Brotherhood - bad - JEFF the Morons
Dry the River - bad - Yep
Walk the Moon - really stupid, named after the Police song Walking On the Moon - Meh
Horse the Band - don't know them - One of the names even JEFF thought was stupid.
And the Kids - don't know them - Dumb
The The - in my original worst name post - I still like it.
Mott the Hoople - what exactly is a hoople? - Meh
In The Valley Below - bad - Bad
 
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scotchandcigar

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A band with an intentionally bad name - Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and they suck too, but have several radio hits.

MGMT is a good band with a confusing name. They were first introduced as "The Management", but that didn't stick, so they're known as M.G.M.T.

I'm mixed on the band name We Were Promised Jetpacks.