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  1. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Nice video clips as always.

  2. Josh
    Josh at |

    Toad the Wet Sprocket and Natalie Portman's Saved Head would have been worthy additions.

  3. zako
    zako at |

    actually it's Godspeed! You Black Emperor.

  4. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Hi Zako

    They have moved that exclamation mark around over the years. According to Wikipedia and their MySpace page – the current name is as I've written it. But they could change their minds again.

  5. daveconrey
    daveconrey at |

    The drummer of "Trail of Dead" is a close relative and yet I've never seen that video for Mistakes & Regrets? I never thought I would say this, but I need to spend more time on Youtube.

  6. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    Thanks for the clarification, Anne. Apparently! you can add! a exclamation point anywhere!

    Dave, I think you can spend a lifetime on Youtube and still not see enough.

  7. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Hi Dave

    Perhaps you could ask your relative to verify the origin of the band name for us? That would be cool!

  8. Brian
    Brian at |

    I think I need to direct your attention to a band called The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza: http://www.myspace.com/tonydanzatapdanceextravaga

  9. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Hi Brian

    Not really my cup of tea but thanks anyway! And not squatting with your spurs on is good advice.

    I wonder if senior citizens book them by mistake!

  10. Alana
    Alana at |

    where is Hoobastank on this list??? That's the dumbest band name I've ever heard in my life. And Puddle of Mudd? Also a horrible band name.

  11. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Hi Alana

    Both good suggestions. I'd not heard of the first one.

  12. Julia
    Julia at |

    My parents always thought I was nuts listening to "Dead Can Dance", "The Cure", "Echo and the Bunnymen" and "Cocteau Twins"! You know the Beatles heard their fair share of criticism…but they wouldn't be the same w/o their name, would they? I love this list…and agree with the commented names, too.

  13. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    So funny – The Google advertisement at the top of this page was for another weird band name – Cage the Elephant.

  14. T. Holt
    T. Holt at |

    Hootie and the Blowfish

  15. Gwen
    Gwen at |

    I like the names of the bands on this list, really imaginative of the people in the bands to think up these names. There are many bands out there with really thought provoking names.. really makes you wonder what they were on when they named themselves!! 🙂 Great list, I truly enjoyed it. Just because they have cool names though, does not mean they are talented in the music department though. Sad but true!!

  16. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Thanks Julia

  17. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    You are so right Gwen!

  18. Nerrie
    Nerrie at |

    My fav…

    Scraping fetus off the wheel

    or kissing the pink

  19. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Hi Nerrie

    I checked Foetus out – WOW – fantastic.

  20. Bibliomaniac
    Bibliomaniac at |

    Some of my favorites:

    Fountains of Wayne

    They Might Be Giants


    The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

    Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs

    Mary Ann and the Professors

    Porno for Pyros

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    The Faux Hos

    Butthole Surfers

    Steely Dan (named for a steam-powered,uh-um, sex aid…)

    The Sinister Ducks

    Squirrel Nut Zippers

    The Velvet Underground

    Wang Chung

    The Mr. T Experience

    Veruca Salt

    Modest Mouse

    Pet Shop Boys

    Goo Goo Dolls

    Panic at the Disco

    Men Without Hats

    Fine Young Cannibals

    Wall of Voodoo

    And how about these oldies from the 1960s?

    The Electric Prunes

    Chocolate Watchband

    Marshmallow Steamshovel

    The Strawberry Alarm Clock

    Moby Grape

    The Peanut Butter Conspiracy

    (I'm sensing a pattern here–the munchies maybe?)

    The Bubble Puppy

    Atomic Rooster

    The Lovin' Spoonful

    The Lamp of Childhood

    Herman's Hermits

    13th Floor Elevators

    ? and the Mysterians

  21. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Terrific list – and some I didn't know.

    Especially like the 60s list. The munchies? Whatever can you mean!!!!!! Ah, memories.

  22. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    Bibliomaniac – Wow that is a nice list. I'm intrigued by the Peanut Butter Conspiracy the most. So I went to Youtube and behold.

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  23. Simon Bermúde
    Simon Bermúde at |

    Hi very nice list what about those grindcore bands I used to listen to…
    Vaginal diarrhea
    Preschool tea party massacre
    Dying fetus…

    I think the first two are the worse ever…
    Greetings from Venezuela

  24. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Thanks Simon

    Truly wonderful names…though I am feeling a little nauseous.

  25. Pasttime
    Pasttime at |

    Already mentioned once in the comments, but the 1960's psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock with the hit Incense and Peppermints is classic.

  26. Hour18
    Hour18 at |

    What?? Come on, nobody mentioned the Tony Danza Tap Dancing Extravaganza . That one must be worthy of the list . Dethklok is a little weird too. Metal fans know what im talkin 'bout.

  27. bob
    bob at |

    weirdest band names i have ever heard of were:

    The Squirrel Nut Zippers

    Natalie Portman's Shaved Head

    Gorilla Biscuits

    Does It Offend You, Yeah?

    All wonderful bands, btw

    1. Anne Iredale
      Anne Iredale at |

      The world is even weirder than I thought it was!

  28. Seb
    Seb at |

    iwresteledabearnce and !!!

  29. Chis
    Chis at |

    Here are some of mine

    Ned's Atomic Dustbin

    Does It Offend You, Yeah?

    Echo and the Bunnymen

    Depeche Mode


    Powerman 5000

    and i'm sure i have some more….

  30. Gracie
    Gracie at |

    Squirrel Nut Zippers

    Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen


    The Firey Furnaces

    The Presidents of the United States of America


    Tub Ring

  31. Anon
    Anon at |

    A lot of 80's indie rock bands were gifted with strange names. Such as:


    Meat Beat Manifesto


    Big Black


    Camper Van Beethoven

    Then there was the Seattle band, Mother Love Bone, whose demise gave rise to Pearl Jam.

    Somewhat ironic since MLB was the superior band IMO.

    1. MrAlb
      MrAlb at |

      I think Rapeman and Big Black were both bands featuring the legendary Steve Albini.

  32. helmut
    helmut at |

    butthole surfers?

  33. Mike Jones
    Mike Jones at |

    Two that always made me say "wish I'd thought of that":

    My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult

    Queer for Astro Boy

  34. Lori
    Lori at |


    Named after a dildo in the William Burroughs novel 'Naked Lunch'. According to Burroughs, the Steely Dan was a metal dildo that an evil German bulldyke prostitute crushed using her nether regions

  35. Mitch
    Mitch at |

    Great list haha. Death Cab for Cutie and Godspeed You! Black Emperor are great bands.

    Some other strange artist names I have on my iPod, that I actually listen to are:

    Cymbals Eat Guitars

    If These Trees Could Talk

    Neutral Milk Hotel

    Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't

    The Jesus Lizard

    The Olivia Tremor Control

    The Sound of Animals Fighting

    Toad the Wet Sprocket

    Yo La Tengo <— (actually one of my favorite bands.)

    I also saw a band called "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin" in concert once. They opened for Mute Math in Houston back in '07.

  36. aurel
    aurel at |

    you forgot about 'kajagoogoo' :U

  37. Lmanaman
    Lmanaman at |

    some weird band names:

    Butthole surfers


    Dinosaur Pile-up

    the dead milkmen



    Disneyland After Dark (D.A.D)

  38. billie
    billie at |

    no neutral milk hotel?

  39. freya
    freya at |

    crispy ambulance

    gerry and the hatricks

    the psychadelic furs

    reel big fish


    celtic bones

    two fat ladies wot dance

    the lost centurions

    bastards of pop

    the frantic elavators

    clapham south escalators

  40. Jeremy
    Jeremy at |

    The Flying Burrito Brothers, anyone?

  41. Zahra
    Zahra at |

    I think that the Butthole Surfers should have been #1. And it wasn’t even on the list.

  42. Zach
    Zach at |

    The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza

  43. Cait
    Cait at |

    !!! (chk chk chk)

    Peanut Butter Conspiracy

    but I’m so glad you put the Bonzo’s on this list.


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