->'''LetsPlay/AttackingTucans:''' "We should form a musical group."
->'''LetsPlay/JoshJepson:''' "No we shouldn't. That sounds like a horrible idea."
->'''Attacking Tucans:''' "Let's do it! Band names... We should call ourselves... The Throbbing Masses!"
-->-- ''[[LetsPlay/{{Versus}} Super Mario Sunshine Versus]]''

An unusual yet cool sounding name or phrase is mentioned by one character, and then another character jokingly remarks what he said would be a good name for a band; usually rock or metal. This generally parodies the WordSaladTitle naming convention of many RealLife rock bands.

This is not a list of all bands in fiction, and neither is this a list of what real-life bands were named after (clearly, for any existing band ''someone'' thought that its name was a good one). For the latter, see [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_band_name_etymologies That Other Wiki]].

Compare JustForFun/TropeNamesForABand.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/IronMan3'' has Tony fighting Ellen Brandt, an Extremis-empowered DarkActionGirl. After she walks through the flames he placed to get in her way, VolcanicVeins all ablaze, he boasts that he's dated hotter girls than her. When Brandt responds with "That all you got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?", Tony notes that he should name his autobiography after that line.
* Something of a RunningGag throughout ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', Gary will hear a phrase and tell Steven to write it down. [[spoiler: He turns it round in the climax of the film.]] "Gary King and the Enablers" in particular has become a MemeticMutation.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' [[{{Slash}} slash]][[FanFic fic]] [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/8386 Story of Three Boys]], while a homophobic pastor is talking about "wayward youth" and "vandalism", Finn says that he's going to start a band called Wayward Youth, and that their first album will be called 'Vandalism' and have naked dudes go-go dancing on the cover.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Most of the nonsense phrases DaveBarry said "would make a good name for a rock band" (which tended not to be so nonsensical when viewed in context). ''The Federal Duck'' in particular is a truncation of the real-world "Federal Duck Stamp Program."
* In ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'' (also by DaveBarry), an untalented rock band with the uninspired name Arrival is desperately searching for a new name (one rejected name: "We May Suck, But We Play Better Than You Dance") when they play a gig at a joint whose rowdy patrons beat up their frontman Johnny for not playing country music. The mention of "contusions" (bruises) in the medical report of Johnny's injuries gives the band the idea of changing their name to Johnny and the Contusions, though the story behind this name doesn't bear repetition.
* In ''{{Literature/Illuminatus}}'' by Shea and [[Creator/RobertAntonWilson Wilson]], there is a huge music festival on Walpurgisnacht, with a plethora of Good Names for Rock Bands. [[http://everything2.com/title/Illuminatus%2521+bands Behold!]]
* The Hectic Glow from ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'', a band "so beautifully underground that they don't even exist".
* In his character defining scene in ''[[Literature/TheWitcher Blood of the Elves]]'', Dandelion and his two female companions hastily tidy up their clothing. ''"The modesty of harlots, thought the poet, was not at all a bad title for a ballad."''


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Clyde mentions that Pantheon of Discord would be a good name for a band. The Doctor wholeheartedly agrees.
* In ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'', when Anders says that Cylon Leoben might have been right about Starbuck having a special destiny, Starbuck replies that "Kara Thrace and Her Special Destiny" sounds like a bad name for a cover band.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'':
** On 4/7/2010, the show covered reports of recent scandals with the Republican National Conference. After a CNN clip regarding the RNC's "Lesbian Bondage Fiasco", Jon Stewart answered, "If 'Lesbian Bondage Fiasco' isn't the name of an hard-edged indy band by tomorrow, I'll be very disappointed."
*** It worked. According to UrbanDictionary, "Lesbian Bondage Fiasco" is a [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=The+Lesbian+Bondage+Fiasco! Canadian indie band]]. It's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5m_MDUCU0M a song]] from group Aniki.
** On 2/21/2012, Jon Stewart, commenting on a Virginia abortion bill, mentioned "Transvaginal Ultrasound" as being a 15-member jazz fusion band.
** On 10/23/2013, they discussed one Fox News commentators statement that the Tea Party Republicans were a "suicide caucus", with Jon saying that's impossible because in 1983 he started Suicide Caucus, a speed-punk-ska-jazz fusion band.
* In an episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' that focused on the transmission of diseases, Adam noted that the fluorescent dye in the test (simulating a runny nose) had spread all over, coating everything in a touch of orange. He then joked that "Touch of Orange" was the name of his cover band.
* In a second-season episode of ''Series/DarkAngel'', Max and Alec explore a seemingly abandoned research lab in Terminal City. After finding a huge snake, Max remarks that it's like Ames White and his Familiars are following her around. Alec states that "Ames White and His Familiars" sounds like a rock band. After they leave, a mental patient retrieves the snake and tells it that does sound like a rock band.
* One episode of Series/Scrubs has Elliot buy a new couch in the shape of a car that reminds her of her grandfather who died in a seven car pile up. JD says it sounds like a good name for a band, and Elliot reminds him he told that joke at the funeral.
* During an episode of ''Reno911!'', the cops discover that Wiegel's new boyfriend is a serial killer. They feel conflicted about telling her, because she actually seems happier. One of them points out that she's normally borderline-suicidal, but keeps screwing up her suicide attempts (and subsequently forcing the department to devote resources to suicide watches), and thus having someone around who's ''experienced'' at killing might be better, "like a death leprechaun". Another cop declares that "Death Leprechaun" would be an awesome name for a band.
* A similar joke is used early in Season 5 of Series/CanadasWorstDriver, when the drivers have to reverse a stretch limousine with each other as passengers. Dr. Gembora summed up the challenge as "eight bad drivers in a stretch limo", which Peter Mellor remarked sounded like a movie title.
* On ''{{Qi}}'', StephenFry once demonstrated contempt for the book ''TheDaVinciCode'', describing it as "[[UnusualEuphemism loose stool water]]". Alan Davies then commented that "Loose Stool Water" would make a good name for a blues singer.
* Andy from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' actually is the lead singer in a rock band but he's never really been satisfied with its name, meaning that he's completely serious when he makes comments like this.
-->'''April''': So tomorrow, I lead a public forum in Leslie's Fleetwood Mac sex pants.
-->'''Andy''': Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants, new band name, I call it. Ooh, you know what? Maybe just [[Music/FleetwoodMac Fleetwood Mac]].
* ''Series/CornerGas'': After promotional mugs made for Corner Gas and The Ruby come back reading 'Corner G and The Rub', Brent decides this will be the name of his act if he ever decides to become a rapper.
* On ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'', Sebastian, the assistant evidence tech:
--> "I'm still trying to identify the species, but it's [[GPSEvidence some kind of benthic worm]]. Which, by the way, if I ever have a band, will be the name of said band."


[[folder: Music ]]

* This joke is a mainstay of Music/PaulAndStorm live performances, most evident in their [[OverlyLongGag over-long performances]] of "The Captain's Wife's Lament" in the "X is name of my Y cover band" format.
* Probably every real band in recent history owes its name to this trope to some extent, but Music/DefLeppard gets credit for actually being named after a FakeBand -- lead singer Joe Elliott had created a bunch of made-up rock bands and written reviews of them as English class projects.
* Similarly, ''AudioPlay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum'' featured a sketch that referenced a made-up band called Music/ToadTheWetSprocket. In Creator/EricIdle's own words, "I was trying to think of a name that would be so silly nobody would ever use it, or dream it could ever be used." Apparently it was ''just silly enough'' that someone thought it would be hilarious to use it anyway. His reaction to hearing a real DJ announce the name for the first time? "I nearly drove off the freeway."


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'', Jeremy and his friends are brainstorming names for their GarageBand, when his dad walks in and says "Goat Cheese Pizza?" They go with it, apparently not realizing that he's actually offering them a pizza with goat cheese on it.


[[folder: Radio ]]

* One round in ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' involves the contestants having to say words that aren't related, with the opposing team challenging if they see a connection. A RunningGag has Barry Cryer challenging on ridiculous word-combos, insisting it was the name of a band in the sixties.
-->"Sharabang Sperm? Sixties rock band."
* In one episode of ''The Museum Of Curiosity'', Andrew O'Neil (of The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, so a man who recognises a random phrase's band name potential when he hears it), talking about class-issues on the Victorian necropolis railway quotes one commentator talking about "the body of some profligate spendthrift" before interrupting himself to say "Which is a good name for a band. 'We are Prolifigate Spendthrift!'"
* In an episode of ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth'' Jeremy Hardy challanges (correctly) when Graeme Garden talks about the origins of shellac and its use in confectionary, claiming "Beetle Arse-Juice Sweets" was an indie band he saw recently.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Mocked in the ReducedShakespeareCompany's ''The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)''. Where, while talking about the Exodus, this line was quoted. "And the Lord God cursed the wicked serpent to henceforth crawl about on its belly. Presumable, the wicked serpent had legs prior to that; indicating that it was more of a wicked lizard. And the Lord God thought to himself that Wicked Lizard would be a good name for a Heavy Metal Band." (Possible reference to NoiseRock band TheJesusLizard, which is actually named after a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basiliscus_(genus) type of lizard.]])


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Comes up a few times in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/The_Stone_Mariachis The Stone Mariachis]]: "The mariachis begin to play a sinister song. As the song's tempo increases, a rumbling begins, deep beneath the ground. As the mariachis reach a dire crescendo (Hey, have you heard my new band, Dire Crescendo?) the gate behind the statues slowly grinds open, revealing the way to the Sorceress' courtyard."
** [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Astral_Badger Astral Badger]]: " claws your opponent with his pan-dimensional claws and bites him with his astral teeth for damage. Ladies and gentlemen, coming to the stage right now: ASTRAL TEETH!"
** [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Batblade Batblade]]: "This is a dewinged stab-bat. Have you heard my new band, the Dewinged Stab-Bats?"
** [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/One-winged_stab_bat One-winged Stab Bat]]: "This is a partially rewinged dewinged stab bat. Have you heard my new band, the Partially Rewinged Dewinged Stab Bats?"
** [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Rewinged_stab_bat Rewinged Stab Bat]]: "This is a fully rewinged dewinged stab bat. Have you heard my new band, [[OverUsedRunningGag The Joke That Got Repeated]] [[LampshadeHanging Until It Wasn't Funny Anymore]]?"
** [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Giant_skeelton Giant skeelton]]: "It kicks you with a multitude of phalanges. A Multitude of Phalanges was, by the way, my favorite 80's band."
* Played with in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' when a woman is refusing to cry.
-->'''[[spoiler: Lita]]:''' Never again! I'd sooner have scorpions running down my face than tears.
-->'''Eddie:''' You know, that'd make a cool album cover.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has "Pentakill", which is the Announcer Chatter when one player kills 5 enemies in a very short space of time. It's been officially recognized, with Sona (on keyboard), Yorick (on bass guitar/shovel), and Mordekaiser (on guitar/axe), Karthus (lead singer), and Olaf (drums) getting Pentakill skins.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Referenced in at least two ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strips: [[http://xkcd.com/119/ Worst Band Name Ever (119)]] and [[http://xkcd.com/1025/ Tumblr (1025)]].
* ''{{Webcomic/Matchu}}'' has "Some Whores" and "Blowjobs", which are explicitly pointed out as BAD band names and freak out the clerk working at the record store.
* In [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20130823.html this]] ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock'', Butch learns, to his disappointment, that Matricide Anonymous is a band.
* ''Webcomic/RavensDojo'' has the recurring character Metalhead, who occasionally pops in and steals lines out of context that would make good names for rock bands, much to Dornail's dismay.
-->'''Dornail:''' Dammit, Metalhead! Those are '''my''' sweet band names!


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Of course, there are several [[http://www.bandnamemaker.com/ band]] [[http://www.1728.org/bandname.htm name]] [[http://www.kerrang.com/26483/ultimate-band-name-generator/ generators]] online.
* Author [[Creator/JohnScalzi John Scalzi]] keeps [[http://nextbandname.tumblr.com/ a Tumblr where he collects these]].
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd in his Zelda II review.
-->The Nerd: "Cunt Thrust. That would be a good name for a rock band."
* In Fanfic/JakeEnglishsMysteriousTheaterOfScientificRomanceFromTheYear3000, while reviewing FanFic/TheDarkerKnight Al points out that "Clowns Only Die Twice" would be a good band name.
* Parodied by Website/CollegeHumor in their "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qt2P8cWoqY Honest Music Festival Commercial]]". The bands listed on the poster include stuff like Joke Name, Swiftly Fell the Apricot, and Gored Moose.
* A variation in the ''Blog/WhatIf'' entry [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/28/ "Steak Drop"]] that could be called A Good Name for a Rock ''Album''. The AltText of the third graph reads:
-->a hypersonic steak breaks mach 6 while elsewhere a jam band produces an instrumental album titled 'hypersonic steak 6'
* ''TeenGirlSquad'': "She Likes Cloth. That's a good band name."
* In Creator/StuartAshen's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE8c3E_VZmY Video Game Tat]]" video, Ashens holds up a video game case that would reveal an activation code if he hadn't put a fake LensFlare on top of it, and annotates on video: "'Obscured by Fake Lens Flare' would be a good name for a prog rock band."
* ''HouseToAstonish'' on the subject of ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' titles with an "X and the Ys" format, as seen on the quote page.
* In ''WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}'', PaulAndStorm (mentioned above) were once guests. Joined by host Creator/WilWheaton, they propelled the whole "[X] is the name of my [this artist] cover band" RunningGag to new heights.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'': In reviewing ''TrueLies'', the Chick thinks the terrorist group being named "Crimson Jihad" is ridiculous.
--> "'Crimson Jihad' isn't a terror group! That's the name of your, like, alt rock band that you had for, like, a month in high school!"
* In the ''Website/SFDebris'' review of the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode [[Recap/BabylonFiveS04E13RumorsBargainsAndLies "Rumors, Bargains, and Lies"]], Chuck makes the following crack about the White Stars:
-->"Sheridan's succeeded in convincing the Centauri and Narn to allow White Star Fleet--uh, that's the fleet we saw at the end of last year's [[Recap/BabylonFiveS03E20AndTheRockCriedOutNoHidingPlace "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"]], built using Minbari and Vorlon technology, piloted by Rangers, commanded by Sheridan, [[TheTriple and sounding like a '70s metal band.]]"
** Given a BrickJoke a few minutes later:
-->"So we have the two plots: Sheridan trying to get the Non-Aligned Worlds to accept White Star protection... ''({{beat}})'' I was wrong, it sounds like a toothpaste."
* In TheAgonyBooth, the recap of ''SouthlandTales'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Southland_Tales_2006.aspx?Page=10 one of the responsible]] says that [=MegaZeppelin=] "is so going to be the name of my first album, by the way". A later article on ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Star_Trek_V__The_Final_Frontier_1989.aspx?Page=9 does a]] CallBack:
--->"[[IdiotPlot Mindzonked Sulu and the Morons]] (great name for a punk band—in fact, I hear they’re touring with Megazeppelin right now)
* [[http://grantland.com/the-triangle/going-down-wikipedias-nhl-rabbit-hole/ A Grantland article]] highliting weird parts in the {{Wikipedia}} articles on NationalHockeyLeague teams comes to this after the Tampa Bay Lightning entry:
--->Tony Esposito and Several Satellite Dishes would be a good name for a band.
* In Lawrence Friday's LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/DantesInferno'', Dante is told names of some of the people in Limbo, after having been introduced to Unbaptized Babies, who have, in Lawrence's words, "scythe-hands". He doesn't know if these people are forced to have weaponry for hands, as well. John Murdock asks if they're going to fight "hook-handed Caesar." One chest-cloth cutscene later...
-->'''Lawrence Friday''': Also, Music/PaulAndStorm joke: "Hook-Handed Caesar" is my Music/HootieAndTheBlowfish'' cover band.
* ''GameGrumps'': In the 22nd episode of Sonic Boom, Danny refers to Chili-dogs as "Roasted Landwieners" and then later says "My [[NinjaSexParty band]] has a new name!"
* In ''LetsPlay/LetsDrownOut'', after Yahtzee and Gabriel briefly riffed on the name of the alien in Quake 2, 'The Stroggs', they made a brief joke in that The Stroggs were a punk rock band from west of England.
* Blogger Matt Walsh, in a [[http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/climate-change-deniers-are-completely-insane/ diatribe against global warming]], mentions that “Some Kind of Apocalypse” would be a great name for a band.
* https://youtu.be/WG2zExw42Us?t=78s


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/SheZow''
--> '''Max:''' "So we like Time Travel Guinea Pigs."
--> '''[=SheZow=]:''' "That's a good name for a band."
* Metalocalypse is full of this, being about an extremely successful Death Metal band. The band's name itself, Dethklok, is a great name for a band, except there's already something called the Death Clock, which is why they changed the spelling of the band name.
** They also come up with some pretty good names for songs.
--> Dude, are you puking blood? Hm... Blood Puke. Great name for a song. Someone, write that down... No wait, we recorded that song already... Great song, though.


[[folder: Other ]]

* According to the {{Podcast/Rifftrax}} of ''Film/ThreeHundred'', "Submission" would be a good name for a Muslim rock band.
** In the ''Film/JurassicPark'' riff, there's a RunningGag that Mike played the bass in bands with bizarre, random names that happened to come up in either the movie itself or in one of Creator/WeirdAlYankovic's jokes.
* ''Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom'' notes that "Obama and the Republicans," a phrase which comes up frequently in U.S. political discussions, is a good name for a [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/offtopic/obama_and_the_republicans rock band]].
* Music/{{Voltaire}} did this with his album [[LongTitle Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children]] which was how a fan described listening to his music. It also made its way [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjJDBP292rM into a song.]]
* MontyPython recorded a sketch called "Rock Notes" for ''Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album'', in which a band called "Dead Donkeys" reported their split. During the sketch a number of alternate band names the Dead Donkeys considered using were mentioned, including, "Sole Marnier, then Dead Sole, Rock Cod, Turbot, Haddock, White Bait, the Plaices, Fish, Bream, Mackerel, Salmon, Poached Salmon, Poached Salmon In A White Wine Sauce, Salmon Marnier, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Helen Shapiro]]." Years later, in a truly meta note, another band name mentioned in the sketch was adopted by an actual rock band, Toad The Wet Sprocket.
* The blogger sahira820, upon writing the phrase '[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] and the Sex Vampires' [[http://sahira820.tumblr.com/post/56651375495/if-the-dresden-files-had-harry-potter-ish-titles noted]] this.
-->''(in the tags)'' "Harry Dresden and the Sex Vampires is my Billy and the Werewolves cover band"