Band Names

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Virtually every band name was inspired by something. The only exception is The Band, which is just too general to have inspiration. When you've got a name that badass, you're virtually brand new.

Just the Facts

  1. Perhaps the most popular cliche is the use of contradictory terms, i.e. Led Zeppelin.
  2. Drug-influenced band names are only understood by other crack addicts.

Suggested Listening

RAP:

  • Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
  • Army of the Pharaohs - The Torture Papers
  • Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
  • Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
  • cLOUDDEAD - cLOUDDEAD
  • C-Rayz Walz - Who the Fuck Are You?
  • Deep Puddle Dynamics - Taste of Rain...Why Kneel?
  • Del tha Funkee Homosapien - No Need for Alarm
  • Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
  • Eyedea - The Many Faces of Oliver Hart
  • Heiruspecs - Small Steps
  • Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. 1
  • Jedi Mind Tricks - Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell
  • K'naan - The Dusty Foot Philosopher
  • MURS - The End of the Beginning
  • Organized Konfusion - Organized Konfusion
  • The Living Legends - Legendary Music, Volume 1

HEAVY METAL:

  • Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
  • Behold...the Arctopus - Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning
  • Carcass - Swansong
  • Death - Human
  • Electric Wizard - Funeralopolis
  • Hanzel Und Gretyl - 2012: Zwanzig Zwolf
  • Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
  • Gojira - From Mars to Sirius
  • GWAR - War Party
  • KMFDM - Symbols
  • Machine Head - The Blackening
  • MD.45 - The Craving
  • Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation
  • Panzerchrist - Panzergrenadier
  • Planet X - Quantum
  • Racer X - Superheroes
  • Running Wild - Branded and Exiled
  • Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
  • Ten Masked Men - Return of the Ten Masked Men
  • Warmen - Unknown Soldier

PUNK:

  • Agent Orange - Living in Darkness
  • Anti-Heros - American Pie
  • Authority Zero - A Passage in Time
  • Bad Brains - Bad Brains
  • Black Flag - My War
  • Bomb Factory - Social Suicide
  • Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters
  • D.O.A. - True [North] Strong and Free
  • Leftover Crack - Fuck World Trade
  • Mad Caddies - Just One More
  • Mustard Plug - Yellow #5
  • Rancid - ...Out Come the Wolves
  • Skankin' Pickle - Skafunkrastapunk
  • Star Fucking Hipsters - Until We're Dead
  • Stuck Mojo - Southern Born Killers
  • Tsunami Bomb - The Definitive Act
  • 7 Seconds - Walk Together, Rock Together

HARD ROCK:

  • Alice Cooper - Killer
  • Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation
  • Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Doc at the Radar Station
  • Captain Beyond - Sufficiently Breathless
  • Cream - Disraeli Gears
  • D-A-D - No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims
  • Electric Light Orchestra - On the Third Day
  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - Sheik Yerbouti
  • Heart - Little Queen
  • Jethro Tull - Minstrel in the Galley
  • Lordi - The Arockalypse
  • Mono - You Are There
  • Mr. Big - Mr. Big
  • Queen - Jazz
  • Wishbone Ash - Argus
  • Wolfmother - Wolfmother
  • Yes - 90125