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Thread started 09/05/21 10:59am

SantanaMaitrey
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Best band names ever?

Choosing a name for your band is tricky. It has to be a name that people remember. The story goes that Brian Jones had a promotor on the phone who asked him the name of his band and he looked around, saw a Muddy Waters LP and said, uh... The Rollin' Stones!
And now The Rolling Stones have become icons and it's a pretty good name for a rock & roll band. It has rock/stone in it and roll.
Other great band names that show some of the genre they play are Funkadelic and Metallica. Perfect.
Then we have funny names like:
Herman's Hermits
The Butthole Surfers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Amazing Stroopwafels (Dutch band )
Or the one that says it all: The Band.
So what do you think? What are/were some great names for bands?
If you take any of this seriously, you're a bigger tool than I am.
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Reply #1 posted 09/05/21 11:39am

MickyDolenz

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sQuicksilver Messenger Service
1910 Fruitgum Company
The Monkees
Duran Duran
Raydio

Swing Out Sister
Gap Band (Greenwood Archer & Pine Street Band)
Van der Graaf Generator
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother)
Vanilla Fudge
Grand Funk Railroad
Bee Gees
Ohio Players
Three Dog Night
Weather Report

Tears For Fears
Hiroshima
Soil & PIMP Sessions

A Taste Of Honey
Hootie And The Blowfish
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Marshall Tucker Band (nobody in band has that name)

groups:
Young Black Teenagers
New Edition
The Temptations
Blue Magic
En Vogue

Shalamar

The 5th Dimension

Mighty Clouds Of Joy

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #2 posted 09/05/21 12:17pm

TrivialPursuit

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Butt Trumpet

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #3 posted 09/05/21 12:51pm

MattyJam

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Guns N Roses is a great band name.
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Reply #4 posted 09/05/21 12:57pm

MotownSubdivis
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Horny Horns
Average White Band
Grand Funk Railroad (As a train lover, this is a no-brainer for me)
Icehouse
Icicle Works
Temptations
Electric Light Orchestra
A Taste of Honey
Metallica
Strawberry Switchblade
Southern Pacific (Another railfan nod)

Some of these may not qualify as bands per se but hey.
[Edited 9/5/21 12:58pm]
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Reply #5 posted 09/05/21 12:57pm

nayroo2002

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NINE INCH NAILS

"Whatever skin Ur in
we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #6 posted 09/05/21 1:20pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

Butt Trumpet


Never heard of them, but it's a great name, I'm gonna look for them.
Okay, I heard it. It's a whole lotta noise. Still, it's a great name.
[Edited 9/5/21 13:26pm]
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Reply #7 posted 09/05/21 2:08pm

jfenster

Psychedelic furs
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Reply #8 posted 09/05/21 5:22pm

purplethunder3
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Grateful Dead

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #9 posted 09/05/21 9:25pm

whitechocolate
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Romeo Void! smile

Hungry? Just look in the mirror and get fed up.
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Reply #10 posted 09/06/21 5:14am

hardwork

7 Year Bitch

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Reply #11 posted 09/06/21 10:21am

CoolMF

Process and the Doo Rags

Funkadelic

Led Zepplin

Steely Dan

Timex Social Club

Kid Creole and the Coconuts

G.A.P. Band (agree w/ Mickey Dolenz)

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Reply #12 posted 09/06/21 11:08am

purplethunder3
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Social Distortion

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #13 posted 09/06/21 12:16pm

MickyDolenz

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Zapp

Wham!

GWAR

Yes

Neu!

Kraftwerk

Deee-Lite

Sun Ra Arkestra

The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale

John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band

Traveling Wilburys

Randy & The Gypsys

? & The Mysterians

Toad The Wet Sprocket

The Day Zs

Strawberry Alarm Clock

!!!

C+C Music Factory

Fine Young Cannibals

Spanky And Our Gang

Army Of Lovers

Depeche Mode

Stetsasonic

Kajagoogoo

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #14 posted 09/06/21 3:20pm

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I always thought The Revolution was a great name. Like, you can't believe it wasn't used before.

The way the emcee in Purple Rain announced their name was so cool.

"Ladies and gentlemen... ... The Revolution."

(I hope my memory is correct.)
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Reply #15 posted 09/06/21 6:10pm

purplepolitici
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Rufus
For all time I am with you, you are with me.
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Reply #16 posted 09/06/21 11:41pm

TrivialPursuit

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MickyDolenz said:

Zapp

Wham!

GWAR

Yes

Neu!

Kraftwerk

Deee-Lite

Sun Ra Arkestra

The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale

John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band

Traveling Wilburys

Randy & The Gypsys

? & The Mysterians

Toad The Wet Sprocket

The Day Zs

Strawberry Alarm Clock

!!!

C+C Music Factory

Fine Young Cannibals

Spanky And Our Gang

Army Of Lovers

Depeche Mode

Stetsasonic

Kajagoogoo


Some of these are just clever spellings, not necessarily great band names. Zapp, Wham!, Yes, Kraftwerk, even Deee-Lite, sorta just random words or spellings. Even C+C Music Factory feels like a label, not a group. Spanky and Our Gang is a rip of the TV show obviously.

The most unique ones, for me, are bolded.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #17 posted 09/08/21 1:54am

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The Orb


The hypocrisy of the far-left is something else.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence - this is where all religions fall down.
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Reply #18 posted 09/09/21 12:05am

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TrivialPursuit said:

Butt Trumpet

I kid you not, Butt Trumpet is one of the first names i thought of. lol thumbs up!

Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #19 posted 09/09/21 1:36am

DaveT

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Ned's Atomic Dustbin and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band always sounded good to me in a quirky way.

Joy Division was always a cool name to.

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Reply #20 posted 09/10/21 1:37pm

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The Sex Pistols
The Clash
The Ramblers
The Mothers of Invention
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Reply #21 posted 09/10/21 3:25pm

TrivialPursuit

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JoeyC said:

TrivialPursuit said:

Butt Trumpet

I kid you not, Butt Trumpet is one of the first names i thought of. lol thumbs up!


I used to subscribe to a magazine/CD/VHS club called HUH! back in the 90s. They had an alternative, pop, rock, country, etc tier system. The VHS or CD would have 10 or 12 new songs from new or established artists. The magazine covered everything. Somewhere, Butt Trumpet was mentioned in one, and I just thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever read for a band's name.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #22 posted 09/10/21 3:33pm

JoeBala

Culture Club.
Just Music-No Categories-Enjoy It!
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Reply #23 posted 09/10/21 5:40pm

funkdoctorrock

Earth,Wind and Fire
Spyro Gyra
Azymuth
Soft Machine
Gong
War
Mandrill
New Birth
Kleeer
Klique
The Headhunters
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Reply #24 posted 09/16/21 1:31am

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The Root Doctors
The Fatback Band
Com Truise
Knarls Barkley
Nashville Pussy
Thievery Corporation
Average White Band
The Bar-Kays
Randy & The Gypsys
Mass Production
Brass Construction
Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #25 posted 09/17/21 2:15pm

coldcoffeeandc
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nayroo2002 said:

NINE INCH NAILS



Yeah that's a good one
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Reply #26 posted 09/17/21 2:16pm

coldcoffeeandc
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Panic at the disco

Always liked that one ...
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Reply #27 posted 09/17/21 2:18pm

coldcoffeeandc
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Parliament funkadelic..

I like 10% of their songs but 100% the name
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Reply #28 posted 09/17/21 2:28pm

TrivialPursuit

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coldcoffeeandcocacola said:

Parliament funkadelic.. I like 10% of their songs but 100% the name


And OMG their song titles, and characters. Prince took a lot from them. haha

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #29 posted 09/18/21 2:29am

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Fanny Sandpaper & The Rough Cunts.

Ok, so that's not a real band. But it would make a great name for a punk band or something.
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