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Bands That Sound Nothing Like Their Name  

Jessica L. Yarbrough
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Have you ever been really intrigued by a band with a great name, only to be super disappointed when you hear their music? Or maybe you've disregarded a band with a lame name, and discovered later on that they're actually awesome. Some bands really nail their names: Smash Mouth sounds one hundred percent exactly like a band called Smash Mouth is supposed to sound, and every time we hear Chance The Rapper we think "Yep, he sure is rapping. This all checks out." 

Unfortunately, many bands missed the mark in naming themselves, resulting in these bands that sound nothing like their name. We are formally petitioning all of these bands to change their name to something more appropriate. We're not band name experts or anything, but in some cases we have suggested alternatives.

(Right off the bat, we agree that this is a pretty wacky premise. Just stick with us.)

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What They Should Sound Like: The name suggests ruthless, take-no-prisoners rock and roll. A band that comes on stage and says "Hello, we're The Killers" is not a band to be messed with.
 

What They Actually Sound Like: The Killers play tried-and-true pop-rock. If you own a radio and have ears and have been alive using both for the last 15 years, you've undoubtedly heard their emotional, sad-boy songs on Top 40 radio.

Suggested Alternative: "Brandon Flowers and His Buddies."

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What They Should Sound Like: Chirp, chirp, chirp.
 

What They Actually Sound Like: Quintessential '80s new-wave, synth-pop goodness! Their legacy might be more about their look than their sound, though: who could forget that hair?

Suggested Alternative: "An Embarrassment of Haircuts."

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What They Should Sound Like: Here again we've got a band calling its shot by identifying a genre of music right in its title. Gun to our heads, we'd guess Panic! At the Disco would sound like disco music with maybe an edge to it (for the Panic!).

 
What They Actually Sound Like: It's less Panic! and more Feelings! This emo band has a punk-pop vibe and ambiguously morose lyrics. The music does make you want to dance, though!

Suggested Alternatives: "Emo! at the Emo Concert."

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What They Should Sound Like: Punk. Maybe even, like, wacky punk but still definitely punk. They've dedicated fifty percent of their name to an established style of music.
 
What They Actually Sound Like: The mysterious members of Daft Punk created a Euro-electronic genre all their own. They've collaborated with so many Top 40 rappers and singers, though, that their most recent music is more pop than anything else, with just a hint of funk.

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