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Uncle Duke
01-26-2009, 01:40 PM
On another thread, Flying Orca noted:

This is an aside, but I really wanted to call my band the North Woods Pitch & Timbre Company.
Saner heads prevailed...

I used to "collect" great local (and non-local) band names. One of my favorites around here was "Sorry About Your Daughter"....:D

When I lived in Connecticut there was a local bar band named "The Portchester Bedding Factory", I liked that one, too...

Anybody else got any favorite band names?

capt jake
01-26-2009, 01:42 PM
Slippery When Wet.
The Good, Bad and the Ugly
Travlin' Lite

ron ll
01-26-2009, 01:58 PM
I'm sure it's been used many times, but I always wanted to name a band "Push".

SchoonerRat
01-26-2009, 02:05 PM
I was in a little jazz quartet in high school.

"The Night Blooming Jazz Men"

mmd
01-26-2009, 02:10 PM
http://www.rootboyslim.com/StuffPage/BlackTEE_LG.jpg

Canoez
01-26-2009, 02:17 PM
SWMBO's favorite from days at Uni - "The Funking Bar Stewards"

Uncle Duke
01-26-2009, 02:25 PM
Ah = "Root Boy Slim" - Thanks, mmd - I always liked their songs "Spa Ladies of the 80's " and "Christmas At K-Mart"....

Reminds me to mention "Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys". :D

mizzenman
01-26-2009, 02:43 PM
Naked Boys New World. My puberty was weird....

Hollingsworth
01-26-2009, 02:48 PM
Ah, so many band names. So little time.

Here are three:

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Disturbed Furniture
Cat Butt

My own short-lived (and horrible) band was called "Skylab".

Canoez
01-26-2009, 02:59 PM
There used to be a guy who played the Mole's Eye Tavern in Brattleboro, VT. They were called Vast Ed Vadas and the Fabulous Heavyweights. (Vast Ed, was very vast!)

Captain Intrepid
01-26-2009, 03:06 PM
I always wanted to name a band Tryptophan Overdose. I usually remember that after thanksgiving or christmas dinner, lying bloated on the chesterfield.

Tealsmith
01-26-2009, 03:12 PM
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Canoez
01-26-2009, 03:14 PM
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

"Here. Hold my beer and watch this!" :D

Rich VanValkenburg
01-26-2009, 03:15 PM
Crash Test Dummies - I always liked the dull sound of the lead singer's voice even though I'm in my 50's.

One thing about bands today, or groups today, is that most of them sound alike with little character to define them. Not so when I was growing up in the 60's, etc.

johnw
01-26-2009, 03:20 PM
Wet Paint. Their signs were everywhere. They should not have put one on the door leading into the performance area.

Hollingsworth
01-26-2009, 03:26 PM
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

"Jackie Blue"

Flying Orca
01-26-2009, 03:28 PM
Crash Test Dummies - I always liked the dull sound of the lead singer's voice even though I'm in my 50's.

I can't say Brad's voice ever did much for me; I much prefer his bandmates Ellen and Ben. If you ever get a chance to see a solo blues act called "Son Of Dave", check it out... that's Ben, and he's phenomenally good.

MiddleAgesMan
01-26-2009, 03:37 PM
Trauzer Mous

oznabrag
01-26-2009, 03:42 PM
Plain Brown Rappers

ccmanuals
01-26-2009, 04:52 PM
"and the horse you rode in on"


http://www.thehorseyourodeinon.com/Photos.html

ron ll
01-26-2009, 06:14 PM
Glenn Miller
Tommy Dorsey
Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Harry James
Benny Goodman
Woody Herman
Etc.

Now THOSE are some great band names. :D

John Meachen
01-26-2009, 06:22 PM
I remember Horselips from a long while ago

Tealsmith
01-26-2009, 06:25 PM
Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes

Memphis Mike
01-26-2009, 06:30 PM
Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
Toad The Wet Sprocket.

John Meachen
01-26-2009, 06:38 PM
Hatfield and the North was another and then there was the Global Village Trucking Company.

Mrleft8
01-26-2009, 06:50 PM
"Go Mango" was a friend's band on Tobago.... A cheap rip of of another New Haven band...."Go VanGogh"....
"The Fascinating Dinner Guests" is always good for a chuckle....

Bob Adams
01-26-2009, 07:06 PM
Glenn Miller
Tommy Dorsey
Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Harry James
Benny Goodman
Woody Herman
Etc.

Now THOSE are some great band names. :D

Well yeah.

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen= Hot Rod Lincoln. Very cool.:cool:

David Tabor (sailordave)
01-26-2009, 07:10 PM
http://www.rootboyslim.com/StuffPage/BlackTEE_LG.jpg


GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!!

And years ago when I was in college I saw them in a bar. Pretty fun time.


"put a quarter in the juke, boogie til you puke"


Or how about... "when you turn 17, I'll just be 32"

johnw
01-26-2009, 08:02 PM
Fecal Babies. Punk band. Lasted about one engagement.

Hollingsworth
01-26-2009, 08:40 PM
There used to be a guy who played the Mole's Eye Tavern in Brattleboro, VT. They were called Vast Ed Vadas and the Fabulous Heavyweights. (Vast Ed, was very vast!)

If Ed lost weight, would they have changed the name to "Half Vast"?

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
01-26-2009, 08:53 PM
Built To Spill
Hostle Omish
The Dead Milkmen
Spooge
Jerry Trent and the Trashcans

Duncan Gibbs
01-26-2009, 09:07 PM
Franky Goes to Collingwood (name of a Melbourne suburb)

New Skids on Your Jocks (an Adelaide band: Classy! REAL classy!!)

The Von Trap Family Crisis (another class act from Melbourne - acapella punk covers)

seanz
01-26-2009, 09:33 PM
As we don't seem to be doing 'great' band names anymore......

Cosmic Psychos
I Spit On Your Gravy
Celibate Rifles
Tall Dwarfs
The F*ck F*cks


I'm really showing my age.............

FWIW.......the greatest band name ever was, of course, 'The Band'.

huisjen
01-26-2009, 09:40 PM
I heard about a band that never got a repeat gig. To get booked again, they'd change their name, which meant they went through a lot of names before the day they got asked back to play a second time. So it was random chance what name they got stuck with in the end. They were running through a list of historical figures and on that particular night they were named after a 19th century agronomist named Jethro Tull.

Dan

katey
01-26-2009, 10:04 PM
I think it was Eric Idle (of Monty Python) who made up the name "Toad the Wet Sprocket" with the idea that it was a terribly unlikely name for a band. Of course someone adopted it, and Idle said the first time he heard it on the car radio he nearly drove off the road.

skuthorp
01-26-2009, 10:08 PM
Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy, (considering the habits of some of his muso's well named), and the Molars.

SchoonerRat
01-26-2009, 10:10 PM
The Rutles

Captain Blight
01-26-2009, 10:10 PM
Slim Cessna and his Fly-Rite Boys (Actual band, pretty good)
The Reverend Horton Heat
BR5-49
Total F***ing Blood

C. Ross
01-26-2009, 10:17 PM
A friend was keyboardist in "Coach Said Not To" which came from a college orientation guide of ways you could turn down sex.

johnw
01-26-2009, 10:28 PM
I heard about a band that never got a repeat gig. To get booked again, they'd change their name, which meant they went through a lot of names before the day they got asked back to play a second time. So it was random chance what name they got stuck with in the end. They were running through a list of historical figures and on that particular night they were named after a 19th century agronomist named Jethro Tull.

Dan

So suddenly, this thread is about seed drills?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jethro_Tull_(agriculturist)

Vince Brennan
01-26-2009, 10:31 PM
"So's Your Mom"

Song (http://www.frayedknotarts.com/tmp/18-1952.wav)

oznabrag
01-26-2009, 10:31 PM
If Ed lost weight, would they have changed the name to "Half Vast"?

OK, now i'm laughing!

carlg
01-26-2009, 11:03 PM
About 40 years ago in London - "The Full Frontal Boogie Band."

GaryK
01-26-2009, 11:51 PM
"The Quick and the Dead"
A skinhead band from the late 70's, lasted a few years, alive...

ChrisBen
01-26-2009, 11:57 PM
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks

seanz
01-27-2009, 12:14 AM
Skinhead bands, eh?
How about 'The Four Skins'?

Huisjen; is that really how Jethro Tull got their name?
I always wondered......

And in the 'band names that serve as a warning' category.....The Beasts of Bourbon

GaryK
01-27-2009, 12:18 AM
...and how could I forget:

"Machine Gun Fellatio"

They quite successful, commercially.

watson1990
01-27-2009, 12:29 AM
I Kinda like" George Thoroughgood and the delaware destroyers.

Did you know that in the very early ninties that Del Shannons back up band was Tom Petty and the heartbreakers.
I will post a link here in a few minutes to a really great version of one of his songs ...R.I.P Del AKA Charlie Westover

seanz
01-27-2009, 12:29 AM
Alloi Head and the Victa Mowers.
...not very commercially successful.
:)

watson1990
01-27-2009, 12:51 AM
Here is a Duo who had great success in the mid 60's ...Peter and Gordon.
I did not know until a few months ago that "The late and VERY GREAT Del Shannon wrote this song
" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d24GoE1gGvI

Very much worth a look see .
For those who do not know ,Del decided to end it all in the early 90's. He was on a drug for depression ,,something that 99 % of the people don't understand..It is not feeling down or funky ..it is a clinical disease..It can be treated with meds ...has to do with Dopromine and chemical stability...It is a tragedy...that drug company is in a very real and nasty trial ...and it is not looking very good for them
He had dozens of hits ,,the least of which I just posted here
Watson

BETTY-B
01-27-2009, 02:08 AM
I remember seeing flyers for Free Beer in Seattle. Although I never saw them, I thought they were gonna make it for sure.

Duncan Gibbs
01-27-2009, 05:59 AM
The Dead Kennedys

Great band, great name, great music!

moTthediesel
01-27-2009, 07:40 AM
Off the top of my head --

"Ultimate Spinach"

"Wall of Voodoo"

"The Electric Prunes"

moT

Flying Orca
01-27-2009, 08:16 AM
burnthe8track
Duotang (they were a two-piece)
Mrs Slocombe's Pussy
Propagandhi

(a few locals)

Popeye
01-27-2009, 08:19 AM
the incredible shrinking dickies

http://deaconlight.com/music/recordcovers/1979/dickies_incredibleshrinkingdickies.jpg

BrianY
01-27-2009, 09:18 AM
Great band names:

Pajama Slave Dancers
Violent Femmes
Joy Division
Gang of Four

Bad Band Name:

Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah

ron ll
01-27-2009, 11:11 AM
Always liked "Full Tilt Boogie".

Stu Fyfe
01-27-2009, 12:29 PM
The Chuck You Farlies.

Popeye
01-27-2009, 12:47 PM
spinal tap , did anyone mention spinal tap

spinal tap , has a nice ring to it , spinal tap

John Turpin
01-27-2009, 02:57 PM
Jiff and the Choosy Mothers

seanz
01-27-2009, 03:10 PM
The Blue Grassy Knoll

Flying Orca
01-27-2009, 03:23 PM
The Blue Grassy Knoll

In a somewhat similar vein, the New Windham Hillbillies (disclaimer: I was a member)

seanz
01-27-2009, 03:38 PM
Camper Van Beethoven.

The Blue Grassy Knoll were a very good live act and I saw them perform a soundtrack to a silent movie (Buster Keaton's The Young Detective) and it was one of the best shows I've been to.

Flying Orca
01-27-2009, 04:19 PM
Never saw them, but Camper Van were brilliant. Hmmm... ever heard of the Better Late Than Neverly Brothers?

wharf rat
01-27-2009, 05:03 PM
Bowling for Soup. I like bands with a sense of humor.

schlaboatnic
01-27-2009, 07:06 PM
Buck Naked and the Bear Bottom Boys

Think they played around the Bay area...

There's a local band around here named after our local TV Weatherman's accessory:

Steve Pooles Mustache

Rigadog
01-27-2009, 08:30 PM
Ah = "Root Boy Slim" - Thanks, mmd - I always liked their songs "Spa Ladies of the 80's " and "Christmas At K-Mart"....

Reminds me to mention "Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys". :D


and "I'm not to old for you".

Rigadog
01-27-2009, 08:43 PM
Butthole Surfers

The Silver Beatles

Some I've made up:

The Mustang Dudes

White Dove Release

Dorcas Molino

Two Streets That Cross in San Francisco

Bildad's Codpeace

Chaps Optional and the Breezy Bellows

The Piercing Howells

the Xylotones

mmd
01-27-2009, 08:44 PM
The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones
Rita Chiarelli and the Road Rockets
The Uppity Blues Women
Grunt
Foghat
Great Big Sea
Joe Semple and the Luxury Blues Band

Rigadog
01-27-2009, 08:45 PM
Off the top of my head --

"Ultimate Spinach"

"Wall of Voodoo"

"The Electric Prunes"

moT

Loved "Mexican Radio"

Rigadog
01-27-2009, 08:58 PM
Naugahide Playmate

The Blaspheming Duncans

Her Breath Smelled of Fish

The Raindears

The Scrofulous Underbelly

A Camel Through the Eye

Turning Turtle

The Pitchpolkas

The Redundant Metafurs

nautiguy
01-27-2009, 09:22 PM
Holy Modal Rounders - really exuberant group, sometimes they all found the same key :D

Starlight Vocal Band - one hit wonders (Afternoon Delight) but they toured with John Denver for a while.

Uncle Duke
01-27-2009, 09:31 PM
nautiguy notes:

Holy Modal Rounders
and I have to jump in - on a related note from Wikipedia:

First it was the Total Quintessence Stomach Pumpers. Then the Temporal Worth High Steppers. Then The Motherfucker Creek Babyrapers. That was just a joke name. He was Rinky-Dink Steve the Tin Horn and I was Fast Lightning Cumquat. He was Teddy Boy Forever and I was Wild Blue Yonder. It kept changing names. Then it was the Total Modal Rounders. Then when we were stoned on pot and someone else, Steve Close maybe, said Holy Modal Rounders by mistake. We kept putting out different names and wait until someone starts calling us that then. When we got to Holy Modal Rounders, everyone decided by accumulation [sic] that we were the Holy Modal Rounders. That's the practical way to get named
Ah. Those were the days. I wish I could remember them... "Total Quintessence Stomach Pumpers"
Wikinote here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Modal_Rounders)...

Duncan Gibbs
01-28-2009, 01:33 AM
The Blaspheming Duncans

Jaysus H Ker-eyest! Is that really a band name???

Flying Orca
01-28-2009, 08:06 AM
One of my faves from down under: Weddings Parties Anything. Mick Thomas can write!

Rigadog
01-28-2009, 09:55 AM
Jaysus H Ker-eyest! Is that really a band name???

No, I made all those up for fun, they are up for grabs.

isla
01-28-2009, 06:00 PM
Snakegrinder and the Shredded Field Mice
Hideous Gifts
Mojo Pep
Fiddler's Bitch
Swamp Thing
Mahatma Kane Jeeves
Yarma and the Karma Busters

Rigadog
01-28-2009, 06:09 PM
Vicious Lyres

stumpbumper
01-28-2009, 06:10 PM
I used to play in a band named The King's Jewels

Bobcat
01-28-2009, 06:25 PM
Some from university days:

The Exploding Poodles --- from the story about drying the dog in the microwave

Radio Free Lynden --- Lynden is a very religious, very conservative town in NW Washington that banned dancing where alcohol was served in the early 1980's

johnw
01-28-2009, 07:10 PM
The Presidents of the United States of America.

Doug Wood
01-28-2009, 07:39 PM
New Skids on Your Jocks (an Adelaide band: Classy! REAL classy!!)



You win.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
01-28-2009, 08:01 PM
Here are some I grew up around....

Foot in Cold Water
Mott the Hoople
Mad Dog Fagin (local band)

and my favorite local band name...

Lizard Thom Case and the Pleasures of the Flesh.


NOOOOWWWW.... some FORUM name bands

Hughman and the Seachests

Memphis Mike and the Morning after Band.

Yawl Comeback ...featuring the indomitable Margo Geer

The Sam F Atheist Memorial Choir

The Joe ColdSpring Blues Band (simple but classic)

Milo & the Tranvestites

The Kitty and Poo revue

The Lew Barrett Jazz Quintet

Phil Allen and the Brickyard boys

Bigfella and the Downunders

Claudia and the Bikinis

The Dutch Rubs:D

Tealsmith
01-28-2009, 09:06 PM
Dow Jones & the Industrials

LeeG
01-28-2009, 09:10 PM
I've been enjoying Flight of the Conchords,, so that's my contribution

Uncle Duke
01-28-2009, 10:06 PM
I've been enjoying Flight of the Conchords
I got a DVD of that show for Xmas - brilliant!!!!

A real band from Montreal:

"Lake of Stew".....

:D:D:D

Uncle Duke
01-29-2009, 08:54 AM
And how could we forget the wonderful "Squirrel Nut Zippers"
:D

Flying Orca
01-29-2009, 11:59 AM
...and their fellow travelers, the Asylum Street Spankers and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies.

Popeye
01-29-2009, 12:21 PM
free beer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Beer_%28comedic_musical_duo%29)

Flying Orca
01-29-2009, 12:43 PM
Anyone mention Three Dead Trolls In A Baggie yet?

Rigadog
01-30-2009, 08:21 AM
The Solid Masonary Advantage

The Band

Buffalo Springfield (named after a tractor)

the Mothers of Invention

Fine Young Cannibals

Mobjack

Lil' Vincent and the Chrometones

Uncle Duke
01-30-2009, 09:42 AM
Gotta like: "Was Not Was"

Popeye
01-30-2009, 09:44 AM
'the artist formerly known as prince' takes the cake

johnw
01-30-2009, 01:41 PM
'the artist formerly known as prince' takes the cake

That was actually the result of a contract dispute. There was a period when he couldn't produce records under the name Prince unless he did so with a company he no longer wanted to work with. He could change his name, but he'd have to rebuild his brand. So he gave himself a name that literally could not be pronounced, because it was a symbol that had no name, and kept reminding people he was Prince by calling himself "the artist formerly known as Prince." The disputed contract has now expired, and he's calling himself Prince again.

oznabrag
01-30-2009, 08:45 PM
That was actually the result of a contract dispute. There was a period when he couldn't produce records under the name Prince unless he did so with a company he no longer wanted to work with. He could change his name, but he'd have to rebuild his brand. So he gave himself a name that literally could not be pronounced, because it was a symbol that had no name, and kept reminding people he was Prince by calling himself "the artist formerly known as Prince." The disputed contract has now expired, and he's calling himself Prince again.


Now it makes sense!

I remember one of those 'Far Side'-style comics with a gag about 'The Collie Formerly Known as Prince.

John T

Rigadog
01-31-2009, 09:57 AM
Uncle Duke

Tealsmith
01-31-2009, 07:44 PM
Two of my favorites from bluegrass:

New Grass Revivial
Hot Rize

Canoez
01-31-2009, 08:03 PM
Barenaked Ladies - can't believe you lot missed that one.

For sheer oddness what about Oingo Boingo?

Uncle Duke
01-31-2009, 11:26 PM
Tealsmith:

Hot Rize
... and their companion band: "Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers"....
:D:D:D

(great band, actually. Both of them are a great band....)

Osborne Russell
02-01-2009, 08:44 AM
? & The Mysterians ("96 Tears")

Stark Naked And The Car Thieves

Tealsmith
02-01-2009, 04:31 PM
Tealsmith:

... and their companion band: "Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers"....
:D:D:D

(great band, actually. Both of them are a great band....)

Yeah, I forgot about Red. He reminds me of Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. The alter egos of the Statler Brothers.

Flying Orca
02-01-2009, 08:05 PM
Speaking of alter egos, I always like the name "The Dukes of Stratosphear" (alter egos of XTC).

nautiguy
02-02-2009, 12:24 AM
Anybody mention Hall 'n Oates yet?

And I know we missed Bad Religion.

Steve Paskey
02-02-2009, 12:52 AM
Back in the 60s, there was a group that started out as "The Blue Velvets" then changed their name to "The Golliwogs." :eek: They changed it again in 1968 -- to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

On another note, I've long wished that someone would name a band "Closed for Remodeling."

johnw
02-02-2009, 01:35 AM
Back in the 60s, there was a group that started out as "The Blue Velvets" then changed their name to "The Golliwogs." :eek: They changed it again in 1968 -- to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

On another note, I've long wished that someone would name a band "Closed for Remodeling."

I think they kept changing their names because no one would give them a second gig. Then they got good enough to get a second gig, and the rest is history.