music The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time  

Clark Benson
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List of great bands with crap names. Criteria: great band, and crap name. Greatness of band and crappiness of name are weighted equally, but mediocre names don't count - they have to really be bad names. I am almost always right about whether I will like a band or not based on their name - these bands are the few exceptions that proved me wrong.

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock - The motherlode of bad band naming.

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Modest Mouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
Modest Mouse Indie pop, Garage rock, Space rock - An almost criminally bad name.

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog - Radiohead is only a marginally-crappy name, and they are certainly the best band on this list IMHO, hence the #3 slot

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Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
Uncle Tupelo Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock - Could have seen this band at least 10 times playing in Champaign and Chicago before I moved to California, but never did, because of their name. My loss, but their loss for not having a great fan like me until years later, ha.

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The Geraldine Fibbers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
The Geraldine Fibbers Love this band, hate the name (one of the reasons they didn't sell ANY records).

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The Afghan Whigs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
The Afghan Whigs Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock - Sold a few more records than the above-mentioned fibbers, but still a pretty bad name

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Chickenfoot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
Chickenfoot Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal - OK, maybe they aren't yet a GREAT band (kinda early to tell, tho I do like them). It's my list so I'm leaving them on here, and it is quite possibly the WORST band name ever.

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Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
Traveling Wilburys Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock - Marginally great band (the 2nd album, lamely titled "3", really isn't that great), marginally bad name

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Brad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horribly-Named Rock Bands of All Time
Brad Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock - Unsung great band with a really dumb name. Would you name your band Kevin? or Ben? or Steve?