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Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?  

Clark Benson
697 votes 125 voters 11.8k views 16 items

List Rules Vote up if you think the name is crap (to rank them from worst to just-sorta bad)

List of horribly-named Rock Supergroups. Why this trend? Do they not have access to a thesaurus? Is it because the bandmembers don't have shared-life experiences and can't agree on anything cool? Do they all just completely lack a shred of a clue living in their "rock star bubbles"? Is it because, already being rich and famous, all the bandmembers decide they can afford to waste precious branding on some inside joke (probably resulting from some coke-addled bonding session)? Do their multiple managers just throw their arms in the air and give up? It can't be a complete lack of creativity - some of these groups can still write great songs.

Who knows. The evidence is clear - Rock Supergroups have a surprisingly high instance of crap names. Vote up if you think the name is crap, to rank them from worst to just-sorta bad. Another cop-out for Supergroups is to just name them by combining band names - we will leave out bandnames like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young or West, Bruce, and Laing since it's hard to rank them as any worse than the next one, though I don't condone this naming-convention either.

Examples of decent-to-good supergroup names, for the record: Blind Faith, Cream, The Raconteurs
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Chickenfoot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
I actually really like this band. In spite of them having perhaps the Worst. Bandname. Ever.
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zxray added Pop punk, Skate punk, Punk rock
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zxray added Jazz fusion
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zxray added New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Hard rock
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Electronic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music
Because they weren't really all that electronic.
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The Good, the Bad & the Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Rock music, Alternative rock
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Them Crooked Vultures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Rock music, Alternative rock, Hard rock
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The Firm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock
Maybe in the UK this is a cool band name, but in the US it couldn't be more "corporate rock".
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Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock
Great Pearl Jam side project that many people know nothing about, partly due to their crap name
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Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Lon Harris added Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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Velvet Revolver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock
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SuperHeavy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
DaveWhitaker added Indian pop, Rock music, Electronic music
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Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal
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The Hollywood Vampires is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
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Northern Kings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
RichardBeecher added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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The Power Station is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Why Do "Supergroups" Have Such Crap Names?
Rock music, Dance-rock, Pop rock