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25 Worst names in Rock History
Published by crimson
26-06-2007
25 Worst names in Rock History

Taken from Cracked.com. I don't know if I agree with all these, surely Captain Beefheart should be here, the legend goes his name comes from a party trick he performed in which he would manipulate his penis to look like...well yes.

#25.
Porno for Pyros
The story: Former Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell came up with the name while watching coverage of the LA riots on television. Presumably while jacking off.

#24.
Nickelback
The story: Lead singer Chad Kroeger was having trouble coming up with a name, and so approached his brother, who worked at a Starbucks. Coffee was $1.95, which meant every customer who paid two bucks got—waiiiit for it—a nickel back. (It was either that or We're Sorry About the Homeless Man Shooting Up in the Bathroom.)

#23.
The Alan Parsons Project
The story: Founder Alan Parsons started a "project" with other "project administration personnel" to "drill down" on this whole "music" thing he'd heard so much about. So he named it that.

#20.
Smashing Pumpkins
The story: More of a cautionary tale than anything else, bandmates Billy Corgan and co. reportedly dashed the name off quickly so they could get on with their lives, not realizing they'd be fielding lame pumpkin-based jokes about it for the rest of their lives.

#19.
Def Leppard
The story: Singer Joe Elliott thought of the name Deaf Leopard while he was in school (presumably while failing something). The spelling was later changed so the band didn't become confused with punk bands (who are known for their flawless spelling).

#18.
W.A.S.P.
The story: Eager for a cool-sounding metal band name, Blackie Lawless, Rik Fox, Randy Piper and Tony Richards decided to take the word "wasp," then for no reason punctuate the **** out of it.

#17.
Puddle of Mudd
The story: The 1993 Missouri River flood left the band's practice space a muddy mess, which led them to this name—instead of the far better one, Missouri River Flood.

#16.
Of Montreal
The story: Frontman Kevin Barnes has told many conflicting stories about where this Athens, Ga. band got their name, but the one that seems to have gained acceptance is that he was dating a girl from Montreal and it didn't work out.

#15.
Goo Goo Dolls
The story: The band found the name in an issue of True Detective Magazine after a club owner balked at their original name, the Sex Maggots.

#14.
The The
The story: A British act decided to come up with a band name even more ironically detached than the Band, just to make Robbie Robertson feel like an asshole.

#13.
Mr. Mister
The story: The band's name references a record by another band called the Weather Report, which had the line "Mister Fister" in it.

#12.
The Mr. T Experience
The story: The members saw Mr. T on television and thought, for some reason, it would be funny to name their band after him.

#11.
Panic! At the Disco
The story: Named after the Smiths song, "Panic," which includes a line about a disco burning down. Note that this offers no explanation whatsoever for the exclamation mark/typo.

#10.
Limp Bizkit
The story: Rumor has it that the name comes from the title of the masturbation game, "limp biscuit," in which a group of, no doubt, highly intelligent scholars stand around a biscuit and masturbate onto it. The last guy to ejaculate has to eat it. So in a metaphorical way, the American public has been losing this game every time Limp Bizkit released an album.

#9.
Chumbawamba
The story: A group of British "anarchists" with strong political opinions needed a band name that resonated with the passion of their views, and so picked a gibberish word that means nothing.

#8.
Enuff Z'nuff
The story: Founding member Chip Z'nuff's name rhymed with "enough." And so a legacy of reason was born.

#7.
Mott the Hoople
The story: When the band regrouped in the late 1960s, their new manager changed their name from Silence to Mott the Hoople, after a novel of the same name about a circus freak.

#6.
Hoobastank

The story: In an interview, here's what the band's vocalist, Doug Robb, had to say about the name: "It's really cool, it's one of those old high school inside-joke words that didn't really mean anything."

#5.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
The story: The band named themselves after a comment in an Eric Idle monologue on a Monty Python album. This, then, is the musical equivalent of the A/V club nerds who recited the "Knights Who Say Nee" sketch over and over.

#4.
Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts
Story: There are competing origin stories for the name of Russell Crowe's band, neither of which anyone but writers of Worst Band Name Lists care about. Since we fall into that category, here's the one that sounds most plausible to us: Russell Crowe added up the collective height of the band members and then came up with the word that most closely approximated his nuanced vocal stylings.

#3.
Hootie and the Blowfish
The story: The band is named for two of singer Darius Rucker's college choir friends, nicknamed "Hootie" and "the Blowfish" because one looked like an owl and the other like a blowfish. Interesting note: That choir was named Darius the Black Guy & The Two Ugliest Dudes on Campus.

#2.
Archers of Loaf
The story: Because the band members apparently wanted to spend every single interview talking about their name, they came up with the stupidest one they could think of.

#1.
!!!
The story: aka Chk-Chk-Chk. In the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, the clicks in the Bushmen's native language were represented with exclamation marks in the subtitles. The band thought that was cool, apparently, and named themselves three clicks. (This also makes the second band that's completely unsearchable by Google.)
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By peyton999 on 01-07-2007
hey this is really cool .... jus can stop smiling .... some names are really weird... hahahaha
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