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Best band name ever?

Faye Roche 25 Nov 08 - 10:30 AM
davyr 25 Nov 08 - 10:37 AM
fat B****rd 25 Nov 08 - 10:38 AM
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Mark Ross 25 Nov 08 - 10:54 AM
pdq 25 Nov 08 - 11:05 AM
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Subject: Best band name ever?
From: Faye Roche
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 10:30 AM

I nominate Telephone Bill and the Smooth Operators and Patti o'Doores and the Sunloungers.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: davyr
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 10:37 AM

Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 10:38 AM

Machine Gun Fellatio


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Acorn4
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 10:40 AM

I went to one of our local folk clubs last night, where the landlady puts on a range of music. The band on next Saturday are called "Simply Crap".


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 10:54 AM

When I was in a jug band in high school we called ourselves

PRENDERGAST FARGANSWALLER AND HIS MERRY MARCHING SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF INSIGNIFICANT CAUSES!

There wasn't an MC in the world(or at least around New York City)who could get it right.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: pdq
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:05 AM

Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Cluin
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:13 AM

Does it have to be a real band?

There's a local group here that's pretty good: Patty Good & The Bads.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:13 AM

My Dad and his buddy form the aptly nomenclatured:

'The Booze Bland'


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: pdq
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:18 AM

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:22 AM

I have always been partial to "Bloodwyn Pig" as my favorite...

BTW, when I play with a backup band I call myself "Sidewalk Bob and the Pedestrians" which I kinda like, too...

B~


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Martin Harwood
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:23 AM

The evocatively named "Johnny and the Prison Didn't Help Boys" from Sheffield.

Tribute bands throw up lots of punning potential. I always wanted to form a Marrilion tribute band called "Pish" and am currently working on "the Credible String Band"


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: pdq
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:28 AM

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:30 AM

I was (extremely briefly) in a band called "The Nicaraguan Over Eighties Nudist Leapfrog Troupe"


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:34 AM

My mate Alan, rest his soul, was in Snotty Stones and the Turdbenders.

DeG


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:41 AM

The Cheap Suit Serenaders.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Mooh
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:41 AM

The Penetrators.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Cluin
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:43 AM

The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:51 AM

the Fugs

Government Mule


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 12:19 PM

Free Beer

The Can't Hardly Playboys


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Acorn4
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 12:20 PM

Skid Marks


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Chris Green
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 12:25 PM

A mate of mine was in a Birmingham-based outfit called the Balsall Heath Nihilist Spasm Band. And I myself was once the bass player for curiously-overlooked Coventry funk-rockers Rockin' Phunkapotamus!


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 12:29 PM

There used to be a band in Manchester called "Right Band Wrong Planet".

A personal favourite was my mate Gerry's old band "Macho Men Crack Under Pressure"

Right now Manchester boasts the wonderfully named "Starless and Bible Black" and virtual folk-rock band "The Woodbine And Ivy Band"

I always wanted to have a band called "Meat Soup Enema".


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: MC Fat
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 12:44 PM

I'll second Johnny and the Prison Disd't Help Boys (they're fab) but add my own combo(s) The McKamikazie Highlanders, Vince Wretch and the Puke..ettes and my latest project The Shit Creek Paddle Owners Club


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Dave P
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:02 PM

I was in a duo called "Two Blokes with Guitars"! You couldn't really argue with that


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Dave P
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:05 PM

Oh yes , and I was in a rock band called 'Edna Bucket'. It lasted 4 years despite the stupid name.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Dave Hunt
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:06 PM

Copied from a poster for a music night in Brum -

'Phat Boy Singh'

There are 'The Titanic Sycopators' - (they always go down well!) They really should do a CD called 'A band on Ship'

I have called with a band from South Wales called Llandaff Hope, and a band from mid-Wales called Cwm Dancing (great names)

I have also worked with Alf Alfa and the Wild Oats, The Carbolic Smokeball Company. Brown Boots and No Breakfast, the Electropathic Battery Band, Expanding Waist Band, Happy Daze, Melons for Ecstacy, Syphon the Python, the Top Tup Band and 'May Contain Nuts' (very appropriate given the lineup of Flos Headford, Rees Wesson and Chris 'Yorkie' Bartram)

For anyone vaguely interested there is a full list at
http://www.redowa.co.uk/sunshinearts/bands.htm

I'm to to 188, must make it 200 before I retire!

A friend was in a band called 'Les Miserables and the Proper Pissers' (and Les Miserables was the English pronunciation!)


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:09 PM

Always been fond of "Cheap Suit Serenaders" -- and a local band no longer around, "Jiggle the Handle".

Not a real band name, but I'd bet it would be a good draw -- "Free Pizza".

In sea music circles I like "Starboard List" and "Three Sheets to the Wind".

Linn


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:31 PM

When living in Dorset a few years back,I was very fond of both "Woman Wants Tall Man " ( and he WAS ! ) and the incomparable "Hard Core Fluff ".I myself was in a band called "Hay Fever " (because we got up peoples' noses, as lead-singer Martin Horan put it ).


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: MARINER
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:36 PM

How about the latest Irish band Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys ?


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 01:57 PM

Fiddlin' Ginger Billy and The Black & White Pudding Benders.
A real band featuring fiddler Clive Collins, back in the '60's.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: wordfella
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 02:02 PM

Players to be Named Later


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: PoppaGator
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 02:18 PM

I was once in a very short-lived band (one night only, which ended in us getting paid NOT to play any more) named "The Neon Wrestling Sneaker."


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Melissa
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 02:33 PM

the best imaginary band I belong to is called Arrogant Horseshit


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 02:37 PM

When aah was on an aircraft carrier (in the days of Phantom & Buccaneer jets) we had a band called 'Jett Blast & The Deflectors'

Theor was aalso a band of stewards caalled 'Bob Morley (the skipper's steward) and The Waiters'


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Peter the Squeezer
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 02:45 PM

Betty Swallock's Blues Band


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Surreysinger
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 02:50 PM

Always liked "The Lost Teeshirts of Atlantis" - never heard them, no idea what they sound like, but just like the name!


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 03:08 PM

There was a punk band around here in Eugene for a while called "Fuck God in the Face".

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: oldhippie
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 05:12 PM

The Beat Farmers.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Richie
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 05:17 PM

Name That Band


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Bainbo
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 05:26 PM

Bands I see advertised around here include the Grumpy Old Men, the Four Kinnells, and (this is in the North East of England) the Reet Hot Chilli Peppers.

But I think Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling keep coming up with the best name yet for a band -Fiscal Stimulus.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: masha
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 05:38 PM

the WhoreShoes
Blo Na Gael
Orange Possum Special


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 06:22 PM

Among the names I've been involved in are the duos

Rasputtin and his Filthy Habit
and
The Kingston and Twickenham Economy Sized Big Band.

I still have ambitions for "The Tartan Bolshies"


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Fliss
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 08:14 PM

Hoover the Dog


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: olddude
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 09:16 PM

the kick shickers


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Padre
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 09:23 PM

Three that I played in:

None of the Above ('cause we could never agree on a name)
Harper's Ferry Porcupine
Doctor Kilmer's Jug Band, Medicine Show, and Storm Door Company

Padre


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Arkie
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 10:13 PM

Vince Vance and the Valients. Best known songs "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and "Bomb Iran".


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Jim P
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 10:40 PM

Connie and the Rhythm Method


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:03 PM

Since I am currently playing "Battle of The Bands" on Facebook, I get to see lots of name for bands - mostly forgettable, apart from the the unprintable, but I can honestly say that "The Fooles Troupe" is coming up the rating charts very nicely: we just need a few more bands to join our tour so we can get higher benefits and better gigs - they don't seem to want to hire nobodies...

Join thru our Facebook profile page.

Thank yew!

[exit stage left]


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,30_button
Date: 25 Nov 08 - 11:15 PM

Whiskers Before Breakfast, a defunct Washington area contra dance band.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 01:16 AM

There are a couple of bands whose names might not mean much to you if you haven't studied advanced mathematics: Axiom of Choice, and Aleph Null. Curiously enough, both play Iranian music.

Martin Pearson (note the initials) has put together a trio (note the quantity) called the MP3.

Klezmer bands like to come up with clever ways to get klezmer in their names. There's The Klez Dispensers, and an all-female group called Isle of Klezbos.

There was a couple who performed under the name Us Not Them (there was a reason, but it's a bit of a long story).


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Splott Man
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 04:08 AM

I've played with The Kitchen Syncopators.

I also had a trio called The Good, the Bald and the Ugly (Guess which one I was!). We soon changed our name, because the ugly bloke objected.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Chris Green
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 04:20 AM

There used to be a trio of blokes in Birmngham who were all called Pat and went out as Pat Trick.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 04:32 AM

My brother's rock band in Swanage was called the Deckchairs, because they were difficult to assemble, frayed around the edges and liable to collapse at any time.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 04:36 AM

theres also a band called 'The Above Average Weight Band' and also the solo 'curry-oke' singer 'Gerupta Singh'


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 04:42 AM

Dan Quinn and myself had a short lived liaison known as the No Ronnies. Mainly because neither of us were called Ronnie. I blame John Tams!


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 05:16 AM

Possibly a pun on my name : I play in a "band" - Grim Spew.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: mandotim
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 05:16 AM

Nanci Griffith used to refer to her backing singers (including Iris DeMent) as the Oestrogen Choir.
I was in a band at school called DeBroglie Wavelength. (the name came from a random opening of a physics textbook. The bass player was one Maartin Allcock, who's done ok since.)
Tim


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: ced2
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 05:20 AM

The School at which I once taught was trying to raise money to buy a hostel. The staff put on a series of variety shows. I formed band, initially with two more teachers. One suggestion for a name was "Snotty and the Nose Pickers". That got vetoed! Not entirely a surprise.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Trevor Thomas
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 05:42 AM

I was in a sort of Irish 'Theme;'Band for a while that did the working men's clubs and so on. We were called the Sham Rockers.

Other favourites, I think I have mentioned before are the Jimmy Shandrix Experience, and the Red Hot Chili Pipers.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: banjoman
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 06:11 AM

The Old Trout Band originally started life as "The British Standard Brown Ale and Black Pudding Band" but the name was too big to fit on any advertising posters so we changed it 'cos we wern't getting any work. We seemed to pick up a lot more gigs afterwards - wonder why?
Pete


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: davyr
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 06:16 AM

Just remembered a mate of mine was in a band called Wallaby Chinstrap...


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 06:56 AM

I liked "Norfolk & Good" as a name.

Nick Pallett (later to join Principal Edward's Magic Theatre) had a band at university called "the Nathaniel Clackthorne all-rubber Band"

But one of the very best names has to be "Deadly Lampshade".


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Howard Jones
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 07:42 AM

One of Simon Mayor and Hilary James's bands was called "Slim Panatella and the Mild Viginians"


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Bob L
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 07:53 AM

Reputed: Us & Him, Dickie Hart & the Pacemakers, Wit of a Banker, and somewhat similar to the previous post, duo Novak & Goode who expanded to become Steele Novak & Goode...

Actual: Dr. Bowser's Brown Bowel Oil Band, Mechanical Horsetrough, and Milton Keynes bluegrass outfit the Concrete Cowboys.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 07:55 AM

I have occasionaly appeared with the Calvadossers in Lancaster.

Our folk-rock band in Somerset was Blind Panic, but when we were asked about doing an outdoor gig for a tea party I suggested we should change the name to Bland Picnic.
We performed at the opening of a shopping Mall once. We could have been Brand Clinic.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Dave Rowlands
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 08:54 AM

Once went out in a band called Spandex Jihad. Just once, mind....

Dave


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 09:32 AM

When I lived in Bristol, my mate Steve Payne used to have a band called Brent Ford and the Nylons*

When I lived in Bedford, my mate Vinnie used to have a band called Los Marbles. From time to time it was resurrected as Los The Plot.

Pete

* for non-Uk-catters: Back in the seventies there was a company which sold curtains, etc, called Brentford Nylons and they had a really irritating TV ad/jingle which seemed to be on every 5 minutes.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 09:48 AM

Captain Paralytic and the Brown Ale Cowboys gets my vote, or my current
sometime band ' Play For Ale ' actually we'll play for anything.

eric


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Musket
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 09:53 AM

Always one step ahead of the authorities when a teenager in punk and rock bands, I recall getting on stage to the MC announcing all the ones below and maybe many more;

Best Left Dead
Raving Gingers
Pinstripe Safety Pins
Bare Knuckle Pugilists

I always wanted to do a spoof turn in folk clubs with a parody blues set, but couldn't decide whether I had made the name up or had heard it somewhere else instead. Perhaps if anybody knows, they can help?

Steamin' Willie Hardonn


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Surreysinger
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 10:53 AM

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM - remember them - their gospel choir got to the last rounds of Last Choir Standing?) have lectures in our theatre, and every year they put on showcase events... it's always good fun having a look to see what the little dears have named their bands ... to date one of my favourites has been "And your mother" ....never saw them perform, so I have no idea whether they were rock or pop ... would love to know!!


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: jonm
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 11:21 AM

Doing a couple of tribute-band style parodies in the early 80's, we called ourselves Painbow (Rainbow covers, the backdrop was the classic Rainbow arch, but instead of the hand coming over to "catch" it, it went underneath and gave a two-fingered salute - the bakcdrop was the bast thing about the band apart from my Graham Bonnet-era Palm Beach shirts).

The second outfit was a Whitesnake parody band called Trousersnake, with impressive non-comestible applications of half cucumbers.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 11:37 AM

One of the all-time "in-your-face" bands (still playing, I believe) is "Kinky Friedman and his Texas Jewboys." Kinky, who is given to wearing ten-gallon hats and smoking large stogies, even ran for office recently in Texas. One of his early numbers was dedicated to womens' lib - "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed."

Some others:

The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
A One-Eyed Rocket to Uranus
John Maynard Keynes and the Brazen Interventionists


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 12:04 PM

The Walham Green, Steam Cleaning, Carpet Beating and, Rodent Exterminating Association.

Thanks Tim.


JM


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 12:08 PM

My favourite names must be "The Romney Marsh Mountaim Rescue" and a duo I was in "Protection Racket"... for £15.oo we WONT come & play at your club! Ron


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Banjovey
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 12:17 PM

I'll nominate my current band, The Beachy Headbangers.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Bernard
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 12:19 PM

The Heavily Brothers... he was Smoking Heavily and I was Drinking Heavily.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 12:24 PM

I left out the best (locally-ish - and I mean the name)

Empty Vessels (from near Dartford)


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 02:40 PM

Luther Wright and the Wrongs. Love their blue grass version of Another Brick in the Wall.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,30_button
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 05:21 PM

If I had a punk band, I'd call it Youth in Asia. Doesn't work for anything folkie, I guess.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Cluin
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 05:27 PM

She Stole My Beer.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: JedMarum
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 07:19 PM

Lonestar Stout


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 07:22 PM

Harder For the Ladies.

(You heard it here first).


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: MC Fat
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 03:19 AM

I nearly bought a Lowden guitar as I liked the Lowden he has. If I had bought when we went out as a duo he wanted to call us The Lowden Right Wanes


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,DaveP
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 06:08 AM

A friend of mind once did some sound mixing for 'Vicky Sinex and the Nasal Sprays' - apparently Vicky had green hair


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 06:19 AM

Obviously none of us have got a life....but, thanks for the entertainment!!
Ralphie


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 06:32 AM

Just heard of one from ced2, Sir Nigel and the Gricers, very odd.

eric


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Hamish
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 08:01 AM

Sensitive New Age Cowpersons

Hayseed Dixie - bluegrass versions of heavy metal tunes including one or more by AC/DC

...and of course Blind Summat - Yorkshire bunch who include our very own Banjiman, MrsBanjiman, Becks and Jools.

My first band was called Rising Damp. Then we merged with Jumping Jack Thigh. THe new band was called Damp Thighs.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 09:15 AM

The Band, 'cause it is so easy to remember.
There use to be a punk band from the 70s called the Banned, which I liked.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 09:56 AM

Hey, Masha!

One of my current 'outings' is caalled "Blo na Gael"

Aah wez aalso in a punk band in the 70s, in Cornwall - They wez caalled 'Loose Stools' - Never got a gig!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 10:02 AM

We named a duo of older statesmen at our folk club - Vest Life.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 12:03 PM

Another favorite out of the past was "Pioneers of Modern Typography" -- and I wasn't even in it!

A friend and I sometimes called ourselves "Typographers With Attitude".

Maybe someday I'll put together a group of trad singing women and call ourselves "Ladies With a Past".

Linn


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Rowan
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 04:49 PM

I've mentioned them elsewhere but two early "all women with attitude" rock groups in Oz were
Hens' Teeth
and
The Ovarian Sisters.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: terrier
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 06:03 PM

Years ago, a Liverpool based group, when doing floor spots, would call themselves "The Pleasure Organisation" so they could say to the MC if the name was too long, shorten it to "Pleasure Organ".
ME and Mrs T sometimes go out as an accordeon based band as "Gwynt Yn A Vegin" (Welsh). If we play in England, it translates to "Wind In The Bellows". Another local band is/was "John E Plank and the Planktones" alias "The Helsby Hillbillies". Irish type band "Upstairs in a Tent" conjours up allsorts for me :)


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Rowan
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 07:20 PM

"Upstairs in a Tent" conjours up allsorts for me :)

For me, terrier, it conjured up a notion that had no connection with Irish bands.
In Oz, there are several phrases that start off "As useless as ..." Sometimes, for ironic effect, they're rephrased as "As useful as ..."
One of them is "... a two storied tent."
Another is "... a plough upstairs."
And a third is "... teats on a bull."


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: terrier
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 08:50 PM

I get the idea, Rowan. Like " As usefull as a one legged man in an arse kicking contest :)


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Max
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 10:10 PM

I've been in: The Filthy Fucker Jug Band, Woodpussy & WhistlePig, and The Kazoo & Tambourine Repair Co.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: skarpi
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 02:23 AM

ME , HER AND THE MOUSE ,

and OUR ROSE of course

kv Skarpi


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 08:19 PM

There wez a bunch of sailors in the 70's in Cornwall had a band caalled 'Shy Talk'

Nee doobt aah'll remember a few mair afore lang


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 10:21 PM

I love the Wailin' Jennys.   I have to admit, it took me awhile to figure it out and then one day I was saying their name on the air when it hit me.

I think my new all-time favorite is the No Shit Shirleys.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 10:32 PM

There was a punk band named the Sick Fucks. They got their name one night when someone yelled out "You aren't a band, your just a bunch of sick fucks".


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,John C
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 11:08 AM

has to be Mercury Zoot and The Raspberry Nipples- based around Hertfordshire last saw them about 35 years ago near Stevenage


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Gin Crewe
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 03:33 PM

Called ourselves "Frolicking Pete and the Fumbling Fingers Concertina Ceilidh Band" one cheerful, wine-drinking evening 25 years ago and been trying to pretty the name up ever since.
"The Fingers?" Perhaps not.
"Pete and the Fingers?" No....
"Frolicking Pete Ceildh Band?"
"Fumbling Fingers?" Oh dear!

You should hear the phone calls... "May I speak to ...errr... could I talk to... um- do you have a dance band?"

My current favourite is "Irascible Badgers". Even the band can't explain what it means!

Whilst I'm carrying on: we called ourselves "Wenchall" from "When shall we three meet again," being a little long in the tooth and three in number. That's not the meaning that Internet searches throw up....


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Guest, H
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 07:14 PM

The Four Skins


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: van lingle
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 07:30 PM

The Chicken Chokers
The Mad Ayatollahs From Hell
The Rambling Drifters aka The Drifting Ramblers
Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys
...and yeah The Wailin' Jennys. Great name for a great group.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 07:54 PM

Saxon Violins


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 08:08 PM

One Union Groves say 1974 I was so busy selling Pottery that one of the other guys from My band went up to sign us up .. So as we were getting ready to get up in front of say 60,000. I hear over the PA ... " so give a North Carolina welcome to "Clay Wolff and his Ugly Mugs ".. Not the best name ever but one I will never forget !!! We played "Hickery Wind" and had a standing ovation ...   Nice people .. Bruce Canavaro came up with the name if anyone lives around Port Townsend Washington state . Hes a great fiddle and piano and bass player. All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 06:23 AM

Bryan (The Snail) Creer and I occasionally go out as Drooling Concertinas.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Raggytash
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 07:20 AM

I've just recalled a salford band from the sixties

"Albertos il les trios paranoas"

there also Cliff Rescue and the Helicopters


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 08:34 AM

there was band round here called Letsby Avenue - I never saw them.

I was in a duo called 'idlevice', and I once toyed with the idea of an alter ego called Salvador Diddley - surrealist r and b, but I turned it down in favour of Boy Scout and the Woggles.

I was in a jugband called Juggerlugs - the bass drum had two big pink ears made of hardboard on the front.

i had a record coming out in a duo called Men in Kilts - but luckily the company went bust before it was released - so i never had to get a kilt.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 01:36 PM

Once, when we were competing against groups called "the Slips" and "the Teddies" in an acapella singing contest, I suggested that we change our name (Cyderman's Fancy) to "Long Jon and the Underdinks."

Jon is about 5 foot 6 on a good day, by the way.

C


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: RTim
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 02:21 PM

I suggested to some friends recently that we call our group
Quissett Crossing - because we sometime practice near a set of
traffic lights at a crossroads near the village of Quissett in MA. USA

They said NO - It sounds like a A Shopping Mall!

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Midchuck
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 03:05 PM

"Oedipus and the Mothers?"

Peter


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: RTim
Date: 29 Jan 09 - 10:34 PM

My wife came up with a new one tonight

Miss Heard and the Mondegreens

Tim


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,baz parkes
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 06:44 AM

Ryburn dance band Hooke's Law

Why...their favourite tune was Return of the Spring...

Ask a friendly physicist...I had to!

And just to make Ralphie feel wanted, the Hackney Martians, or have we done that one??

Baz


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Green Wellies
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 07:08 AM

From the 80's there was a punk band named 'Buster Hymen and the Penitrators' Yuk !


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Zen
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 08:47 AM

My two occasional bands go out under the names:

The Sheet Crick Ramblers (still room for MCFat's clearly closely-related outfit!)

The Stocious Brothers

Zen


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,steve
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 09:11 AM

Well there's alway the "Shy Teds" and not to be outdone our shanty group is called "The Two Anchors". There's four of us, but you've got to work out who are the two...

Steve.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 09:37 AM

Or Melons for Ecstasy?

Thought about calling a band the Cambridge Heathens, but decided against it as only inner East Londoners would have understood.


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Subject: RE: Best band name ever?
From: Gurney
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 10:41 PM

I wish 'The New Modern Idiot Grunt Band' would re-form. They were great. I wondered if there was a previous incarnation.

'Previous Incarnation' wouldn't be a bad name, though. 'Treacle Parkin' for a northern band?

I was in a band called 'Tiddly-Pom-Pom-Pom' while it lasted. The name only makes sense in the antipodes.


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