Shitty Band Names: A History

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Shitty band names have become a cottage industry. For many years now The AV Club has chronicled them in great detail.

The teens decade so far, however, has presented challenges for bands wishing to name themselves in a way that will disgust potential fans: With so many horrendous names and concepts already snagged, with so many layers of irony exhausted, how does one up the ante?

The answer so far has been through weird capitalizations and punctuation use. Case in point, tUnE-yArDs, which actively seeks to inconvenience anyone who would be stupid enough to type their name. All caps and strange, gratuitous stylings are also popular. This paper generally refused to honor this trend, but we will make an exception here (shield your eyes): HAERTS, CHVRCHES, DIIV and POP ETC.

Then there's fun., who broke out last year and managed to simultaneously employ three separate horrible band name trends: improper case usage, punctuation and dull, defeated irony.

There's also an artist called CALLmeKAT.

The awfulness finally became numbing: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, Diarrhea Planet, Oneohtrix Point Never. The worst part? Groups like Milk Dick can't even explain why they chose their names.

In the end, this threatens to ruin music for a generation of fans. While our parents reminisce about Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin, we're left with tales of acts like Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt and Vagina Panther. It's enough to make one say fuck everything and start a band, not with a nonsense name, but with an entire nonsense language. Oh wait, someone did that in the '90s.

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22 comments
chainsawhandz
chainsawhandz

I'm a bit surprised Outkast is listed as a great name. If you saw them on a bill with other bands that don't know their C from their K like Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Linkin Park, it would be a different story. 

surgeonsgirl
surgeonsgirl

Uh yeah; pretty sure most of that Sigur Ros stuff is more or less actual Icelandic, NOT gibberish. Quit tryin' to be a comedian, Sonny Jim...

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

You'd be hard pressed to top The Butthole Surfers

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

I'm sorry, but Vagina Panther is pretty fucking awesome name for a band. Everything else is spot on, for the most part.

Laura Bass
Laura Bass

That's Joan Jett & Lita Ford from the " Runways"

Johnny Niswonger
Johnny Niswonger

Drunk Fux, The Well Hungarians, My Dixie Wrecked. Funny, but odd.

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

Btw my band name is Pet Rock: the musical ... This guy would have a fit

Homer K Blua
Homer K Blua

This article confuses me .... Sure some of them are silly but most of them are not that odd or offensive just a few... Some I like

Eammon Azizi
Eammon Azizi

Octopussynormous - Baltimore, Md. - circa 1997.

wizardwithahatchet22
wizardwithahatchet22

i actually worked with one of the guys from My Dixie Wrecked.. i still have that album ParaphaNAILya

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