These Are the Worst Band Names in Indie Rock

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We Were Promised Jetpacks (No, we weren't.)
This past Saturday, at the soon-to-close Maxwells, Scottish indie quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks performed. It served to remind us just how great a band this is. Sadly, we frequently forget, thanks to their stupid fucking name. We think these guys would be a lot bigger if it weren't for the annoying moniker. (Seriously--who's ever been promised a jetpack, other than James Bond and Michael Jackson?) With that in mind, then, here are other band names in Indie that annoy the crap out of us.

!!!
Now, what genius thought this nonsense up? Way to make it impossible for anyone to talk about you, !!!. Yeah, we know we're supposed to call you as Chk-Chk-Chk now, but we still refer to you as "That fucking exclamation point band", on principle.

Fun.
As we all know, after you put a period in text on a computer, the computer automatically capitalizes the first letter that comes after it- because '.' signifies the end of a sentence. It's a miracle that Fun. has done so well then, because it is literally the most annoying band name for anyone to type into the middle of a sentence. Fun, for journalists especially, is not having to use the backspace key every two bastard minutes to change auto-grammar into something that makes no sense.

Archers of Loaf
This one still lives on as one of the worst band names in the history of band names. The reasons are glaringly obvious.

tUnE-yArDs
Hey, Merrill Garbus. We like you and everything, but we can't help but wonder if you came up with this band name when you were eight-years-old. Can't we just call you Merrill Garbus and be done with it?

Modest Mouse
You've heard it so much now that it has ceased to mean anything (like Death Cab For Cutie), but take a step back and think about the sheer ridiculousness involved with this one. "What's up? I'm a really successful rodent (like Fievel or Remy), but I'm totally self-deprecating still. Name your band after me!"


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12 comments
jmz3940
jmz3940

A name is just something to put on a marquee or an album cover. As a musician of 25 years I never thought it was really that important. And it's definitely nothing to judge a band over.

galorerfr
galorerfr

Actually if you read this as if it were a giant pile of satire, it's actually pretty funny. 

Victor Gindi
Victor Gindi

1 Vico band?! There's like 4. Margo The Bogart Hanan

Margo The Bogart Hanan
Margo The Bogart Hanan

hahaha Gabe Shrem and Victor Gindi #10 is Neutral Milk Hotel - I knew there would be a vico band on the list!

Eddie Nepo
Eddie Nepo

Margo The Bogart Hanan Dima Yakhnis you and your shit indie band. Long live Slayer!

Robert Dean
Robert Dean

Some guys I know had a band in the '80s called "Stinkyfinger." I still have the glow-in-the-dark T-shirt.

mhow12
mhow12

Ignorant "article"

ibn_battuta
ibn_battuta

Just judging by the name and going back a few decades, what would you write about Lynyrd Skynyrd or Wham! ?

rae_alexandra
rae_alexandra

@Gabe Shrem I like Sleigh Bells too. But their name? Eugh...

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