Worst band names ever? Don't make us laugh

154116__urban_lMm, so Maxim has a list of the worst band names ever. It’s funny, in that college-boy-humor kind of way (Keith Urban, pictured: his name’s an oxymoron… ha, ha). OK, I laughed.

However.

In their heroic attempt to be cute while riling people up, Maxim left out a few. Check out this more authoritative list (or the "canonical" list), as well as PopWatch’s own picks, below. Tell us if we’ve forgotten any of your favorites.

In no particular order:

Butthole Surfers
Flogging Molly
SNMNMNM
Cradle of Filth
An Emotional Fish
Cannibal Corpse
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Dem Franchize Boyz
Volcano, I’m Still Excited!!
Meat Loaf
The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower
Our Daughter’s Wedding
Menudo
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Il Divo
Birdman
Jimmy Eat World
Chumbawamba
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe
Bowling for Soup
Porno for Pyros
Hoobastank
Strawberry Alarm Clock

And it just don’t stop…

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  • kfo

    how is keith urban an oxymoron?

  • ellay

    because he sings country.

  • beb

    I would vote for Hootie & The Blowfish.

  • Kristina

    Death Cab for Cutie– if they named themselves after a scene in the Magical Mystery Tour movie you know there’s a problem

  • Diana

    Here’s one….Haircut 100.

  • Diana

    Or…..Men Without Hats?

  • mike

    Maybe this will make Maxim’s list of the 100 worst lists ever. Browse itunes and see the number of bands out there and try to find a name that hasn’t been used.
    BTW-no Toad the Wet Sprockett?

  • Josh

    I guess I don’t get what classifies a name as band. Though many on your list are obvious as to why (inappropriate, too long, obviously dumb like Meat Loaf, etc.), others like Bowling for Soup and Jimmy Eat World seem fine to me. As Mike said, with as many bands as there’ve been, it’s got to be hard to come up with something fitting and original.

  • wtf

    I don’t see why Cradle of Filth is so bad name for a band…for me it sounds just normal band name…if that is in worst 100 list, why not His Infernal Majesty…or as we know it, HIM?? Both are Finnish and include three English words…

    • Brandon

      and why Cannibal Corpse? that rolls right off the tongue!

  • Rebecca

    I can’t believe you forgot The Dead Milkmen!

  • Ep Sato

    Toad the Wet Sprocket and Men without hats name’s got dissed in the Maxim article.
    It ails me to admit this, but I thought Maxim’s article was actually pretty smartly written. And mega props to them for dissing on Phish, as I must agree that even in a moonijuana bong filled with sinsemillia cannabis smoke the band is unlistenable.
    IMHO Lame names winners are: EMF, KMFDM, KLF, L7, NWH, NWA, SWV, BWP. Anagram names always make me think WTF?

  • Liza

    Except for U2. right Ep?

  • EP Sato

    Well, I like U2′s name, but they are named after a crashed spyplane. IMHO, that’s actually pretty cool, especially if one considers the band’s early political slant (I always dug “In the name of Love”, “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”, “In god’s country”, and even “I will Remember you”).
    Most the other band’s mentioned have names that allegedly stood for something like: “Kein Merit for Die Metlied”, “Beaches with Problems”, “Ninjas with Attitude”, “Sisters with Voices”, etc. Actually, what the heck did EMF stand for?

  • Jeremiah

    porno for pyros is a brilliant name.

  • SpaceCat85

    -The A** Ponies (asterixed in case of censors)
    -Gay For Johnny Depp
    -Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci (I’m guessing the last word’s Welsh given that the band is?)
    -Echo & the Bunnymen
    -Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
    -!!!
    -Dreamt For Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
    There’s also I Am The World Trade Center. Their first album actually came out in the summer of 2001, but for obvious reasons it became a really unfortunate name to have just a few months later.

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