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Fear Thy Name

In the past I've written about great glam band names (see "What's in a Name?"). In general, I think glam Metal bands have some of the best names in rock. Just consider Faster Pussycat, Motley Crue and Hanoi Rocks.

With the good comes the bad, and it seems alternative or emo bands have some of the worst names in rock.

While doing a little research for this post, I came across a website with a list of horrible band names. You may view that list at

I thought my friend Bob_Vinyl of Rock and Roll Meandering Nonsense found the worst band name of all time with the "Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start."

I was wrong.

On the list I mentioned above, some of the bad band names are "Baby Shit Brown," "Big Fat Pet Clams from Outerspace," "Crappy the Clown and the Punch Drunk Monkeys," and "Go Nad Go."

My favorite bad name on the entire list is (drum roll, please) "Gee That's a Large Beetle I Wonder If It's Poisonous."

I don't think my beetle band (not your mother's Beatles!) have a Myspace page. I would totally put them in my top friends list.

Do you have a favorite bad band name?

In the meantime, here's a video from Twisted Sister. They knew how to pick a great name!


Reader Comments (4)

Okay, "Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start."
is an AWESOME name. But that's only b/c it's the code for 99 lives in the game Contra for the original NES.

That game RULED!

August 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDiesel
I don't know if your finds are good news or bad news for the guys in Up Up Down Down, but they sure are some goodies. I think I like Crappy the Clown and the Punch Drunk Monkeys the best of that bunch. I have an old punk compilation from the 80s called Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Vol. 1 and there's a band on it called Gay Cowboys in Bondage. I also have a record by a band called MFD which stands for Music for the Deaf (they played at the first show I ever saw). I once heard of a band called Damn Dirty Ape which I liked. I think this could be an endless topic...
August 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
Holy crap, the very next blog I read after this ( featured a band called Giant Robot and the City of Tokyo. That has to be in the running!
August 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
there is a band called rubber ducky cluster fuck, wtf?
April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDevin

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