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I refer of course to 'Mumford & Sons', who I can't see myself ever actively listening to.
Reminds me of how I always wanted to call a band Cock Monster.
but i definately do as stuff like johnny foreigner & the above mentioned mumford won't be getting listens from me in the future I guess as they just have bloody awful names...
Do comedy bands count?
don't like the band though...fantomas or tomahawk for my dose of patton thanks
Cats and Cats and Cats on the other hand. Nope shan't be listening to them.
mumford and sons are a bit lame though, and it is surely the worst name ever.
I shan't be listening any time soon. I'm sure they're not bothered though.
However I always kind of liked Scouting For Girls as a name, then I heard them.
...reflect the lack of creativity in a band.
although to be fair the arctic monkeys got pretty far with an utterly shit name.
no wait, i hate the band called Paolo Nutini.
just because they're called dananananananackroyd
But it's the only great thing about them. They shot their wad on the name.
some of the biggest bands of all time have got pretty silly names when you think about it and it's not really a new thing, what the hell does Biffy Clyro mean? or Deep Purple? or whatever really. Judge on the music and the music alone, I think that Dananananaykroyd are a good example of a band with a somewhat ridiculous name who's music pretty much speak for itself.
I didn't listen to Radiohead for a while back in the early 90s because their name sounded so rubbish.
Credence Clearwater Revival is the all-time worst band name ever, in my view. I will never listen to them for that reason.
there's too much music out there to give it all a listen. Even more so with teh advent of the web and the ability to listen to a track or two by pretty much anyone. So I think if you're looking through a list of bands that you wanna give a go you'd go for something with a good name (public enemy for example) rather than something like that dananana whatever it's called act as the act itself is the sum of it's parts. It's not just the music, it's the brand/image aswell.
Thats what it means - well - thats where it was derived from.
I know that they said it themselves but if you think about it, it's not very credible.
I'd probably say 'The twilight sad" would put me right off...and Mum !
horrible name, but i do like em
I make a point to never listen to any bands that are named something like "Something and the somethine elses".
Or any band with anything to do horses in their name.
The exception to these two rules are Digital Horse and the Electronic Bastards, but they haven't been formed yet.
never heard, never will.
but I do think that it's a point that needs to be reiterated at least twice
Can't listen to everyone, and you've got to choose somehow.
Just be prepared to miss out on some things you might actually like though - or arrive late to the party.
Destroyer. I ASK YOU.
'coz of the stupid name.
The question is whether anyone's actually obliged to listen to something because it is (putatively) good. If not, then the stupidity of a band's name is as good a reason as any other for screwing up your ears at them.
whats wrong with the word sun
even though I know it's just "sun". Would be fine if everyone just called them Sun, but they don't.
b) the addition of the logo just makes me cringe, in the way that Scandal'us makes me cringe.
They're fucking hilarious.
haha, classic stuff www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2AJ9vjsD7E
Some of the best groups from the past few year's have the shittest names in christendom. I mean, for example:
and of course 'Florence and the machine' who I do, secretly, like very much.
They can massively fuck off.
fuck buttons on the other hand
Now get off the boards and go listen to every band, ever
Megafaun, eight out of ten my ass. I fucking hate fauns and I'll never ever give this a go.
but even if 'ou est le swimming pool' weren't meant to be absolutely awful i still wouldn't listen to them.
v richard_richard does this all the time :o
I think it's fine.
though Anal Beard however is a terrible name...
not great to listen to, but theyre funyn as fuck
(it's also fine to judge books by their covers). Presumably most bands spend hours and hours and hours talking about and planning their amazing new bands, and their assault on the music world. If they aren't smart enough to come up with a better name than (insert name of terrible band here) it doesn't bode well for their songs...
They sound, from the name, as if they're likely to be twee, awkward, self-concious pop classicists who wear their Morrissey records on their sleeves;ergot, I avoid them. In the interests of musical science I shall now pause my Wooden Shjips record and Spotify TPOBPAH...(30 secs of Everything With You later) well crikey, that's a flaw in the assumption, they're actually new-wavey, Teenage Fanclubby power pop with a kind a garagey edge. I guess they're just keeping reactionary psuedo-hippies outta they're fanbase. And good for them.
Sounds like a Welsh antique dealer.
Captain Fantastic and the Three Beat Brothers.
No. Just, No.
Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong never, ever stood a chance.
*because they were shit
sweet ass noise
Sure, sometimes the name is 1: an unnecessary gimmick, or 2: purposefully grotesque or 3: just plain 'we couldn't think of anything else that wasn't taken' assinine. Testicicles hit all three, for example. But I can't judge a band on what they've decided to call themselves. History is full of appalling monickered bands who were/still are amazing. Though I doubt anyone will be remembering Testicicles too fondly in 30 or 40 years time.
I remember sometime in the 90s when I was watching MTV, my mum came into the room and sat down on the sofa and idly watched the Skunk Anansie song that was on and remarked to me 'How the hell do you go into a record shop and even buy an album by them? I'd feel like such an idiot saying that name in public'. To a certain extent, she had a point. But we forgive those that make the music we love for almost anything, stupid bloody name included.
- The Ting Tings
both of which were astute calls, but then again, I've also criminally ignored (until recently)due to their names:
- The Cribs
- Blonde Redhead
you only have to look at that gimp from the cribs' haircut to know that they suck limp willies tho
Every other band sticking "The" in front of their name. It's "The" this and "The" that. "The" should be abolished from the English language and then bands will be forced to be more creative with their names.
But I do it a lot. Cases in point:
Joe Jean and Jing Jong Jangs
They sound more like a blow fish.
then my rap collection would be down to like... say... 2 cd's.
Del the Funkee Homosapien might be the worst, but I love his music.
How was I supposed to tell between them and The Departure?
Not wishing to listen to 'Big Deal' for this reason.
Esben & The Witch - don't get the name, don't want to get it
Noah and The Whale - It was Jonah not Noah!
In fact all the 'something & the whatever' names can all go and do one
Because their name makes me want to punch things. Luckily it seems no one cares about them any more though.
when some bands are so established, loved or famous you find yourself never analysing their awful name. I mean, 'The Beatles' is a bad pun/bad spelling, but that has nothing to do with anything really.
He could be Hendrix, Elvis, Chuck D & James Brown combined into one all-conquering musical genius, but he's not getting into my iTunes library with a fucking name like that.
for bands with shit names as you can just buy their stuff online instead of having to ask for it in a shop. Can you imagine walking into a shop & asking for Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong?
Is that an instant no no???
I thought it was edgy, but not too bad.
sorry not a reply to you. gagreflex isn't the most inviting sure but it wouldn't stop me listening.
Seriously, what the fuck?!
and they really are as irksome as their name.
and it's frustrating trying to recommend them when people automatically associate them with bands like "Bullet for My Valentine"...
And no he isn't
Even the case where the words and/or spelling are okay, its just the casing.
I present to you...
The Pigeon Detectives
Two Door Cinema Club
Bombay Bicycle Club
Cajun Dance Party
Egyptian Hip Hop
All Time Low
Amongst many bands that I've disregarded because of their boring/stupid names, and from the ones I've heard from this list, I was right not to.
A newish band from Scotland. I read the name and straight away guessed that they'd be a bunch of "lads" with Paul Weller haircuts. Googled an image, and guess what.
I mean, I avoided Guided By Voices for YEARS for that reason. And I'll probably never listen to all the "FUCK" bands. Ditto Beady Eye (but there are other reasons for that too). Then again I like Yuck. What about bands that LOOK stupid? If I first saw a picture of Clinic I'd NEVER listen to a note. Same with The Band.
are fucking brilliant.
then after I listened to them, I rate them as my favorite band of the 00 decade and Tarot Sport as a top 5 album of all time.
I bet the 1st "fuck" band thought "man we are so badass" - then how many more pop up? I bet they think it's stupid now, but what can they do? Same with all the "Crystal" bands
!!! and Dntel too.
If I can't pronounce it, I'm in no rush to hear it.
It's more boring ones. I'll probably never check out
I don't actually know what any of them sound like so I (rightly or wrongly) assume they're as dull as their name
Definitely not dull. All sublime in their own different way.
but your reaction to their name may be a useful test of whether you'd like them or not, which is useful. Their music is very subtle and intricate and, well, bookish.
Or something like that. Remember reading a review of their album saying it was shit a few years ago.
You could probably put an argument for any band name being a bit stupid.
I generally don't let it put me off, although it tends to be that the stupider the name the shitter the band.
Mumford & Sons I hate by the name - though the music doesn't help their cause.
I was sort of fine with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - but when the rush of bands with similar names appeared I got quite upset.
For example: when I heard about Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly - I had an urge to go to one of his gigs and throttle the guy.
Is it acceptable to throttle someone based on their band's name?
The band, too.
Or was it Q and not U I liked? I forget
they could be life changingly good - unfortunately I'll never know.
but pretty interesting
I already know exactly what you sound like and that I don't want to give you any of my money.
I dont think godspeed you black emperor's name and sound match at all, you could be missing out (I could be wrong as now their name is so associated with their sound but when they came out not at all). easily one of the greatest bands ever.
of course I have no idea having not listened but that's my guess.
say to someone who had somehow never heard of them and im pretty sure they would think of a doomy metal band, but maybe their influence on other similarly named post rock bands might have changed things. Any way post rock is an adequate pigeon hole of bands like mogwai, mono, explosions in the sky et al. but godspeed are something else all together with only a passing resemblance
so obscure. they must be highly intellectual world cinema fans omgomg
they genuinely could be fans of a pretty well known and important piece of Japanese cinema in a perfectly normal, not 'trying to be cool'/ 'hipster'/whatever way.
I think it's the exclamation mark that gives it the pretension. I may well check them out this evening as you seem quite passionate about them.
but they turned out pretty good
generally i'd go with the anti-name prejudice
There's far too many bands in the world for anyone to listen to them all and you have to make a decision of what to listen to somehow. Bands have chosen their own name so it's their own fault if it doesn't sum up their music accurately or if it puts people off but you have to work on the basis that if you like the name you like the band, as that's what bands should be trying to ensure happens anyway...
Obviously to continue hating a band for their name in the face of hearing them and liking them is silly but it's entirely appropriate to decide which band you listen to on the basis of which name you prefer.
Ditto: Rage Against the Machine
it's a silly attitude.
have shit names, Johnny Foreigner, Danananananakroyd, Los Campesinos, Sky Larkin, Hot Club de Paris etc
and all happen to be shit too!
in that I suspect, generally speaking, there'll be a correlation between people who like the name and who like the band so it appeals to it's target audience and puts off people where the music isn't really for them, which is exactly what a band name should do.
that's actually a really good point!
The Beatles is pretty crap (for any Americans, this means the name is crap, not the band ARE crap, mongloids). Led Zep is a bit odd, but it's not Danananananananana Aykroyd or Let's Shake Hands, We're British or The Death of Liberal England or all that other dogmess,
suited them in the early days, but once they hit Revolver it became a real anomaly. We're so used to the name that it just seems right, but if you think about it, an album like Abbey Road coming from a band called The Beatles is a bit like, oh I don't know, Kid A being released by a band called Dr Crawdaddy and the Lousiana Gumbo Kings
American Football, Owen, Owls, Joan of Arc.
And they're all pretty damn good.
(Cap'n Jazz is an alright name though)
Suited them when they were playing early-80s synthpop in Essex nightclubs, but doesn't really suit a band playing to stadia full of black-clad Eastern Europeans.
When DM first came on to the scene, I thought they were French or something and were called "Deppachay Moday"...didn't listen to them for ages! :D
I used to be in a band called EastFifeFourForfarFive. Rejection all round.
it happens to us all the time
all thinking, well, that's silly.
And then one of DiS's recommended records is by a dude called Toddla T. Ok, sold.
but I've done it a few times, mainly with bands with names that seem to be a bit intentionally confrontational </woolly liberal>
if that were the case, a full 80% of my listening universe would have remained hidden from me. band-names define irrelevance.
Gets great reviews but it's such a stereotypical R&B name it totally puts me off.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Clap your hands say yeah
are the ultimate one for me. Rubbish band name, rubbish album names, rubbish song names, rubbish album covers. Great band.
Also all the emo-type bands who choose to have painfully emo-type names. Surely no band WANTS to be considered a scene band regardless of whether they are or aren't?
I went to see them because of their name a few years ago and was very impressed. I've never not listened to a band because of their name, but I have gone to see a band live because of it.