Silly/ unusual band names - but good music?

So many bands out there. Some of them have silly, funny, hilarious or unusual names, but yet do make really good music :musical_note::notes::musical_note:

Sexy Zebras from Madrid is such an example. But I guess there are other good bands out there with funny/silly names? :slightly_smiling_face:


Most bands that aren’t peoples’ names fall into this category.
It’s just when you say it enough it doesn’t sound that silly any more-
Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin…
Even the Beatles was a novelty/fun name when they started out.


Alice in chains….

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True. It’s probably that easy… :slightly_smiling_face:

But… is it so then that despite being funny/silly made up that certain band names seem to fit to certain genres better than others? Bit difficult for instance to imagine a band called “Iron Maiden” play Christian Rock for example? :smiley:

I don’t know a single of their songs… :slightly_smiling_face: Might need to check.

The name gives interesting associations. How does it fit to their music?

De Heideroosjes …
Cute flower, cute name…but the music is Metal and most lyrics are …kuch…well …BEEP…oopsy :blush:

Not in the slightest.
It’s only because you associate that name with scary pictures. Maiden is often used in the catholic church instead of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Iron is usually used as a metaphor for strong.
Maiden, Lady and Butterfly conjure up gentle images, but two of these frighten the life out of me.



Start with Nutshell and Down in a hole…

Think you willfind the name fitting, pretty dark stuff

The Cranberries were originally called “the Cranberry saw us”. :joy:


Right. Yes, in fact I the band name mainly to that torture device. I’m honestly fascinated by how the music underlying the collocation “Iron Maiden” influenced and limited my interpretation of it :slightly_smiling_face:

Eddie and the Butterfly are only mildly scary compared to the one in the middle. :scream: Never had any of her albums. :rofl:


I can imagine that, although I have that with only one …,the third… those airborn worms :laughing:

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I remember a hit from the late 1960s, “Urban Spaceman”, from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Death Cab for Cutie is another band with a great name (which, apparently, came from a song by the Bonzos).

And, then of course, there’s Steely Dan:astonished: :rofl:

Edit: I just remembered, there’s a cheesy band that’s popular in Asia called Michael Learns to Rock (personally, having heard their music in many a taxi, I disagree!)




Acknowledging that they might sound dated now, and that they never hit the big time, a favorite San Francisco band from my youth was Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. Pearl Harbor was the stage name of the lead singer - whose real name was Pearl E. Gates. :smile: I saw them live on December 7, 1979 - Pearl Harbor Day. :rofl:

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Following on from Majik and around the same time Three Dog Night and “Mama Told Me Not To Come”

Not to be confused with Steeleye Span and “All Around My Hat”


Mud ! What sort of a name is that for a band?
Didn’t do em any harm though. And they come up with a song called Tiger Feet…! Ha ha, who hasn’t done the Tiger Walk? :rofl:

Going… Down in a hole

With that one


Puddle of Mud

My neice when she was very young asked if ‘Elbow’ chose their name because all the good ones had already been taken :rofl: