Unfortunate Names: Music

  • In Shel Silverstein's "A Boy Named Sue," best known for its Johnny Cash cover, the narrator's father names him Sue so that he'll grow up tough. It works, but the narrator still resents the name and at the end of the song vows that when he has a son of his own he'll name him "anything but Sue."
  • The Arrogant Worms' song "A Night In Dildo" celebrates the many unfortunate place names in Newfoundland.
    From Woody's Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Fairyland
    Come take a look at Gander; Blackhead's mighty grand...
  • わたしのココ (Watashinokoko) once had the name Kesson Shoujo. So did a naughty Japanese comic with a loose grasp on biology.
  • Taco Ockerse, best known for "Puttin' On The Ritz." Yes, that's his birth name.
  • Victoria Hesketh's artist name, Little Boots, echoes that of a certain tyrannical Roman emperor.
  • Girl Group Stooshe have a name which is homophonous to stooze, the process of making cash via 0% interest rates, a term invented by Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com. Cue the Unfortunate Implications of the name...
  • The band name Katrina & the Waves became one of these after a particularly infamous 2005 hurricane.
  • "Vixen" is a nice name for a girl rock band...until your first gig in Germany, when people won't stop giggling. note 
  • The American funk band Black Merda chose their name as a deliberate misspelling of "black murder"...oblivious to the fact that romance language speakers would laugh their asses off ("merda" is the word for "shit" in Italian / Portuguese and is close to Spanish "mierda" and French "merde", with the same meaning).