Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ironic Band Names

A few years ago, I wrote about a trend I noticed where hardcore bands were adopting these "verb-the-noun" names en masse.

Now, I've spotted a new trend among indie bands trying to come up with the ultimate ironic band name. Many of them are trying to be funny, but mostly they are just ripping off the status of a celebrity.

Take these band names for example:

  • Gnarls Barkley
  • Ylvis
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  • Com Truise
  • Danananaykyrod
  • Joy Orbison
  • Hoodie Allen
  • Gringo Starr
  • Ringo Deathstarr
  • Tiger & Woods
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad
  • Abraham Drinkin
  • George Moshington
This is a ridiculous trend for several reasons. First of all, it's not very original. Second, basing your band on a misspelling is a terrible way to get people to find you online in the Internet age. Third, most of them are pretty childish. Fourth, it's just piggybacking on someone else's status.

I'm not the only one who feels this way: