Names for bands


43 Responses to “Names for bands”

  1. SomeDude says:

    Boy George Michael Jackson Brown vs Board of Education

  2. nixiebunny says:

    Yup… when I hear an amusing set of three words next to each other, I often say “that would be a good name for a band.” 

    Favorite real punk band name: A3I, which stands for Any Three Initials.

  3. Eric,
    I have a journal full of band names, we should go over them in case there are duplicates. a la Pontius Pilate and the Pretentious Pyro Pirates, anyone? nay?

  4. lorq says:

    Coming up with these is always fun.
    Favorite name for an actual band, of which an old college friend was a member: Colostomy Bag Weekend.

  5. SpudNYC says:

    My favorite band names came from posters on the wall in Bob Fingerman’s Skinheads In Love comic. My all-time favorite is Fudge Pachyderm.

  6. annoyingmouse says:

    I find it really hard to believe that there has never been a band called Jesus and the Christs. Somebody somewhere must have used it once. It’s so obvious.

  7. cleek says:

    once a year or so i run the following Google search and document the results, on my blog:

     * “is a good name for a band”

     a quick look today gives:
    The Chi Machine
    The Shards of Narsil
    Blood and Semen
    Forest Heart
    Depresso Loner Dudes
    Modern Slut Deconstruction

  8. gwailo_joe says:

    Lionel Nietzsche…that’s a winner right there.

    Bands that I named, performed with or participated in:
    Funny Cow
    Meathook Sodomy
    Colostomy Bag Lunch
    Butchers Can Dance
    Pablo and the Escobars

    Not to imply that the music was particularly good, but in retrospect…the times were.

  9. Lobster says:

    One-Winged Stab Bat

  10. TheMudshark says:

    I´m sure you will be saddened to learn this one is already taken.

  11. saint_al says:

    The Lou Reeds, Duran Duran Duran, Elvis Hitler, The Hateful Dead, etc.

  12. notfred says:

    That just looks like a list of unreleased Krad Kilodney books.

  13. ikelleigh says:

    I always thought Lip Skin would make a good band name.

  14. Hank says:

    When I lived in Minneapolis I saw a lot of posters for MC 900 Foot Jesus as well as God’s Favorite Band

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      First Avenue’s playbill has been full of band-name gold since I was waaayyyy too young to go there (which would be around the time that they still lit up the neon on the upper deck, but decades after my grandpa drove buses there).

  15. oscarfalcon says:

    The name of my band in college was “Mies And The Van Der Rohes”, just sharing. 

  16. bishophicks says:

    When my son was very little someone tried to take a small toy away from him and he snatched it back yelling, “That’s my this!” That’s been our Rock Band band name for about 4 years.

  17. Mark Neumayer says:

    I always thought Psychosomatic Fleas would be a good name for a band. My ex and I came up with this to describe the feeling you get when you’re visiting a really filthy house with a lot of animals living there. 

  18. mysterymoil says:

    Luscious Crack, Son!
    Britches & Hose
    Jihad for Jello
    Prophylactic Shock
    Semper Pie
    Vault Pole
    Dwarf Horse
    Brown Eye Blind
    The Mama Casstrators
    The Vonnegut Asterisks

  19. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    The Bloody Stools always got me.

  20. Dave Morris says:

    Ha! Scrolling happily though the BoingBoing RSS feed, I only went and tripped over one of my own photos!

    Glad it was of use, folks.

  21. GawainLavers says:

    They’ll never hold a candle to Japanese boy band names.  Here’s a list I gathered from album covers, posters, and the occasional marquee when I was in Okinawa:
    Lego Big Morl
    Spank Page
    Prank Puppy
    Gun Food

    Game time!  Which one did I make up?

  22. Elisa Markus says:

    Dude there’s a way better Facebook group called Potential Band Names… scroll through it’s a laugh a minute.!/groups/284838728640/

  23. Quiche de Resistance says:

    The Vagina Splits (credit to the Onion)

    Fingertight (you know, like how you put in the spark plugs before applying the torque wrench? I’m sure that’s what you were thinking.)

  24. Nadreck says:

    I always liked the “A and the Bs” format so you could play to the trope of a “Talent” or Diva and their mates in the backup band.  Then they can have a “Spinal Tap” breakup scenario – “You’ve changed man.  It used to be about the music!”.

    My favourites were “Teenage Jesus Christ and the Cardboard Brains” and “Doug and the Slugs”.

  25. gingerbaker says:

    I’ve always been partial to “Tune Pang”.

  26. Jen Onymous says:

    One of my best friends heads up a band called…

    Perp Walk.

    I’ve had many people say that they wish that they had thought of it firsrt.

  27. Great name for a cover band: “They Might Be They Might Be Giants”

  28. Ian Kerr says:

    That Nietzsche one doesn’t work!

  29. janusnode says:

    If you want more, my text-generating program JanusNode ( ships with a band-name-generating rule set. Some samples:
    The Carnally Obliging
    The Evaded Desires
    The Spontaneously Contaminated
    The Hairy Pleasure Flings
    Waxen Platypus
    The Loudly Delineated
    Unconvincing Unhappiness
    The Strangulater Porpoises
    Chocolate Poverty
    The Overly Compensated.

  30. Ladyfingers says:

    I was very sad to find out, thanks to Google, that “Urethra Franklin” was taken.

  31. David Tesch says:

    The Forgotten Passwords

  32. Snarf says:

    I play in Awesome Texas Massacre (among others)

  33. Brant Geeves says:

    I started doing this not so long ago. Fair warning, some are terrifically racist/offensive (just jokes!!?!). Some of my favs:

    1. Flock of Segals2. Death By Swan4. The Practical Implications Of Beaks5. Darlings Of The Environment6. Fresh Foot7. Black Spastics8. Beef Jerks9. Codeine Red10. Regret-me-nots11. Last Round For The Burglers12. Sticky Date Rape13. Alkali Bees14. Paper C**ts

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