A Good Name for a Rock Band
"No we shouldn't. That sounds like a horrible idea."
"Let's do it! Band names... We should call ourselves... The Throbbing Masses!"
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 Word Salad Title
naming convention of many Real Life
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 That Other Wiki
Compare Trope Names for a Band
- Iron Man 3 has Tony fighting Ellen Brandt, an Extremis-empowered Dark Action Girl. After she walks through the flames he placed to get in her way, Volcanic Veins 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 Running Gag throughout The World's End, Gary will hear a phrase and tell Steven to write it down. He turns it round in the climax of the film. "Gary King and the Enablers" in particular has become a Memetic Mutation.
- In the Glee slashfic 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.
- Most of the nonsense phrases Dave Barry 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 Tricky Business (also by Dave Barry), 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 Illuminatus! by Shea and Wilson, there is a huge music festival on Walpurgisnacht, with a plethora of Good Names for Rock Bands. Behold!
- The Hectic Glow from The Fault in Our Stars, a band "so beautifully underground that they don't even exist".
- This joke is a mainstay of Paul and Storm live performances, most evident in their 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 Def Leppard gets credit for actually being named after a Fake Band — lead singer Joe Elliott had created a bunch of made-up rock bands and written reviews of them as English class projects.
- Similarly, Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album featured a sketch that referenced a made-up band called Toad The Wet Sprocket. In Eric Idle'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."
- In the comic strip Zits, Jeremy and his friends are brainstorming names for their Garage Band, 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.
- Mocked in the Reduced Shakespeare Company'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 Noise Rock band The Jesus Lizard, which is actually named after a type of lizard.)
- Comes up a few times in Kingdom of Loathing:
- 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."
- Astral Badger: "<Familiar name> claws your opponent with his pan-dimensional claws and bites him with his astral teeth for <number> damage. Ladies and gentlemen, coming to the stage right now: ASTRAL TEETH!"
- Batblade: "This is a dewinged stab-bat. Have you heard my new band, the Dewinged Stab-Bats?"
- One-winged Stab Bat: "This is a partially rewinged dewinged stab bat. Have you heard my new band, the Partially Rewinged Dewinged Stab Bats?"
- Rewinged Stab Bat: "This is a fully rewinged dewinged stab bat. Have you heard my new band, The Joke That Got Repeated Until It Wasn't Funny Anymore?"
- 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 Brutal Legend when a woman is refusing to cry.
Lita: Never again! I'd sooner have scorpions running down my face than tears.
Eddie: You know, that'd make a cool album cover.
- League of Legends 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.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd in his Zelda II review.
The Nerd: "Cunt Thrust. That would be a good name for a rock band."
- In Jake Englishs Mysterious Theater Of Scientific Romance From The Year 3000, while reviewing The Darker Knight Al points out that "Clowns Only Die Twice" would be a good band name.
- Parodied by College Humor in their "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 What If? entry "Steak Drop" that could be called A Good Name for a Rock Album. The Alt Text of the third graph reads:
a hypersonic steak breaks mach 6 while elsewhere a jam band produces an instrumental album titled 'hypersonic steak 6'
- Teen Girl Squad: "She Likes Cloth. That's a good band name."
- In Stuart Ashen's "Video Game Tat" video, Ashens holds up a video game case that would reveal an activation code if he hadn't put a fake Lens Flare on top of it, and annotates on video: "'Obscured by Fake Lens Flare' would be a good name for a prog rock band."
- House To Astonish on the subject of Flashpoint titles with an "X and the Ys" format, as seen on the quote page.
- In Tabletop, Paul and Storm (mentioned above) were once guests. Joined by host Wil Wheaton, they propelled the whole "[X] is the name of my [this artist] cover band" Running Gag to new heights.
- The Nostalgia Chick: In reviewing True Lies, 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 SF Debris review of the Babylon 5 episode "Rumors, Bargains, and Lies", Chuck makes the following crack about the White Stars:
"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."
- Author John Scalzi keeps a Tumblr where he collects these.
- In The Agony Booth, the recap of Southland Tales 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 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier does a Call Back:
- A Grantland article highliting weird parts in the Wikipedia articles on National Hockey League 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 Let's Play of Dantes Inferno, 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...
- Game Grumps: In the 22nd episode of Sonic Boom, Danny refers to Chili-dogs as "Roasted Landwieners" and then later says "My band has a new name!"
- In Lets Drown Out, 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.
- She Zow
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.