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22 Great Bands With Godawful Names

"See, it's like the creepy little bugs, but ALSO like the parts of music! Get it?!"

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3. Foxygen

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Things that are “foxy” are the mysterious kind of sexy, and it’s hard to find anything less exotic than oxygen. While their music might be plenty alluring, their name is not.

4. Boyz II Men

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A "Z" as a pluralizer AND a Roman numeral really elevate this band name, which is ALREADY a reference to puberty, to legendarily horrific status. Even the majesty of Boyz II Men's linen suit game can't distract from this most dubious of names.

5. Radiohead

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Talking Heads reference or no, there's no denying the corniness of basically proclaiming yourselves audiophiles. A good rule for bands is not to directly reference music in your name — it's redundant, you know?

6. Butthole Surfers

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You have to give the band some credit: The announcer of their first paid show forgot their name and used the title of their song, “Butthole Surfers.” It stuck, and though it’s pretty terrible, it’s also pretty hilarious — and totally fits their personality.

7. Death Cab for Cutie

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I feel like if they had just cut it off at "Death Cab," it would be a little less terrible...actually, no, still the worst. The "cutie" just adds schmaltzy insult to injury.

8. Majical Cloudz

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Self-explanatory. Given the beauty of this band, there's probably some romantic reason for it, but the truth stands that calling yourself this is just sort of silly.

9. U2

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This is how you feel when you think about the fact that one of the most vocal and powerful political bands of the past half-century has this for a name (and a guy named The Edge for a guitarist, for that matter).

10. !!!

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WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING WITH THAT. Also, this band wants you to pronounce their punctuation-based non-name "chk chk chk," which, absolutely not — you should have, I don't know, spelled it that way if that's really what you wanted, guys.

12. Diarrhea Planet

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While the name "Diarrhea Planet" might conjure up some unpleasant images, it does give you a sense of the poop-joke Blink-182 breed of pop-punk comedy present in their music, which is maybe the only semi-positive thing you can say about a name like this.

13. The Smashing Pumpkins

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Great, you named your band after the surest way to ruin a child's Halloween. Also, who wants to be associated with a pumpkin, of all things? (Well, Billy Corgan, I guess, but probably no one else on Earth.)

15. Pissed Jeans

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The three instances when someone urinates in their clothes are the following: A) He or she is, like, 3. B) He or she is frightened. C) He or she is drunk and can’t make it to the bathroom. Totally outrageous and totally befitting this balls-out grunge band.

17. Everything But the Girl

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This duo named themselves after a furniture store with a sign that read, “For your bedroom needs, we sell everything but the girl.” URGH, right? Fingers crossed they're sending some kind of political message, at least.

21. Letters to Cleo

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The name is a reference to the lead vocalist’s childhood pen pal, which gives it about one thousand “awwww” points, but doesn’t do very much in the way of “cool.” They make up for it with their amazing brand of alt-rock, and their music makes appearances in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Craft.