Myspeld Rökband

"...take a really cool word but then spell it all wrong. You know, like... 'Lazor', or 'Bigg Nife', or something like 'Taranchula', or maybe like 'Limozeen'..."
Strong Bad in sbemail #16, "band names".

Sometimes musicians like to make their band's name oddly spelled for one main reason: It's cool. note 

A combination of Xtreme Kool Letterz, often Funetik Aksent and My Nayme Is, and bonus points if they have a Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut. This type of band name is usually associated with music movements like Hair Metal and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, but can be used with any type of rock music (and probably any kind of music at all).

Subtrope of Xtreme Kool Letterz and My Nayme Is when applied to music.


Examples:

Music
  • The Beatles, playing with "beat", is probably the Ur Example.
    • John Lennon would irreverently explain the band's name thusly:
    Lennon: One day a man on a flaming pie came down and said to us "From now on you are Beatles with an 'a'". We said "Thank you, Mr. Man."
    • One anecdotal story was that when Apple Records band The Iveys wanted to change its name, Lennon suggested The Prixnote , suspecting full well that the music press, like as in the reason Led Zeppelin deliberately misspelt their name so that people would give it the proper pronunciation, would predictably get the name wrong anyway.note . The name the band would settle on would be Badfinger.
      • Similarly, Phil Lynott named his band Thin Lizzy as a riff on the way the Irish would pronounce "thin" as "tin".
  • The Byrds
  • Led Zeppelin, probably the Trope Maker and/or Codifier. Originally meant so that "thick Americans" wouldn't mispronounce "lead".
  • Def Leppard
  • Stryper
  • Megadeth
  • The Monkees (a pop rock example)
    • And Gorillaz got their name from the Monkees.
  • Mötley Crüe
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd. Leonard Skinner was a gym teacher at the band members' high school who informed them that they would never amount to anything.
  • Limp Bizkit
  • KoRn
  • Polysics (named after their first keyboard, misspelled to avoid copyright)
  • The Dukes of Stratosphear (XTC's psychedelic alter-egos)
  • Scaterd Few
  • Linkin Park. Spelled that way not because they thought it looked 'cool', but because lincolnpark.com was already taken.
    • The band's original name was Xero.
      • LP's bassist, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, was previously part of a little known band called Tasty Snax.
  • The animated band Prozzäk.
  • Caramell, the band responsible for the song behind a certain animation meme. The Swedish word is properly spelled "karamell".
  • Rammstein: The German city with the air base's name is spelled with only one M, but Rammstein is perfectly fine German for a "ramming stone", or in other words a Battering Ram.
  • Split Enz: They originally averted the trope (as Split Ends), but later changed the spelling to honor their home country of New Zealand.
  • Green Jell˙, with an umlaut over the Y. Originally they were "Green Jellö", but had to change it for trademark reasons; they claim a Y with an umlaut is pronounced like an O.
  • The Kovenant: They were called Covenant at first until sued by another band with the same name.
  • Hurriganes
  • The Cyrkle ("Red Rubber Ball"). John Lennon gave them the suggestion to spell their name that way.
  • Jackyl
  • Carissa's Wierd
  • Basement Jaxx
  • brokeNCYDE
  • Eazy-E
  • G-Eazy
  • The Insyderz (Christian rock/ska example)
  • Kutless (another Christian Rock example - derived from "cut less", not the naval sword)
  • German example: the band Böhse Onkelz's name should be spelled "Böse Onkels."
  • Relient K (based on a slogan for the K Car one of the band members drove, making this another example of Writing Around Trademarks)
  • Bon Iver ("bon hiver" is French for "good winter")
  • Gotye (a phonetic spelling of "Gauthier", the French equivalent of the singer's given name, "Wouter", which is the Dutch equivalent of "Walter")
  • Templeton Pek. Exactly.
  • Red Sparowes. The spelling seems like a parody of The Black Crowes, a more well-known rock/blues band.
  • Phish: Though they've given other origin stories, the most commonly accepted one is that it's just a misspelled variation on a nickname for their drummer, Jon Fishman.
  • Hanzel und Gretyl
  • Redd Kross originally averted this, but had to change when the real Red Cross objected.
  • Kamelot
  • Amorphis
  • Blessid Union of Souls
  • Y Kant Tori Read
  • CHVRCHES: They've said the "v" is meant to be a roman numeral 5, and that the entire reason for spelling it that way is to make it easier to search for information about them online; If you just typed "churches" into a search engine, you'd mainly get sites about actual churches.
  • Trapt
  • Kool and the Gang
  • The Pharcyde
  • Bomshel, a short-lived country music group.
  • Jypsi, another short-lived country music group.
  • Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out… a bluegrass group.
  • Lorde: A feminized version of "Lord". Chosen because she thought an aristocratic name sounded cool, but just "Lord" by itself sounded to masculine.
  • The Weeknd
  • Ludacris
  • 2NE1
  • Tech N9ne

Film

Literature
  • In the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Rodrick plays in a band called Löded Diper.
    • Greg points out that, even though everyone assumes Roderick spelled it that way to make it look cool, it's highly possible that he just doesn't know the real spelling.
  • InKline Plain, Stuart Kline's band, in War for the Oaks. Eddi, the protagonist is a member at the beginning of the novel. It's described as "the most misspelled band in Minneapolis".
  • In the Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, narrator Cole St. Clair is a member of NARKOTIKA. wordofgod states that it's in all caps, because "IT'S LOUDER THAT WAY."

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • Brutal Legend had the Kabbage Boy. And Ironheade, though it was less of a band and more of a band-styled army.

Web Animation

Webcomics
  • Djörk from PvP.

Western Animation
  • Love Händel, the Fake Band from Phineas and Ferb.
  • Mystik Spiral from Daria.
    Trent: Would it help if we spelled "mystik" with two y's?
    Daria: (thinking) And I'll spell my name D-A-R-Y-A, and be crowned Miss America.
    Daria: (aloud) It might.
  • Grojband
  • Dethklok from Metalocalypse.

Alternative Title(s):

Misspelled Rockband