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  • 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...
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  • わたしのココ (Watashi no Koko) 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.
  • "H" from the 1990's pop group Steps was attacked on Twitter in 2013 because his real name is Ian Watkins, and people assumed that H was the lead singer of Welsh rock band Lostprophets, who had just been convicted of child molestation. To add insult to injury, Google displayed the pedophile's mugshot on search results for the Steps singer.
  • 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 Cue the Unfortunate Implications of the name...
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  • The band name Katrina and the Waves became one of these after a particularly infamous 2005 hurricane named Katrina.
  • "Headstrong" rockers Trapt's lead singer is named Chris Brown... no, not the guy who beat up Rihanna. Unfortunately, the connection rapidly accelerated Trapt's subsequent fall from popularity.
    • The Trapt vocalist now bills himself as Chris Taylor Brown, obviously to avoid confusion with the R&B singer.
  • "Vixen" is a nice name for a girl rock band...until your first gig in Germany, when people won't stop giggling. note 
  • Also in Germany, The Beatles temporarily renamed themselves to The Beat Brothers during their days as a struggling British band in Hamburg, as their actual name sounded like "peedles," which was apparently slang for a small boy's penis.
  • Metal band Anthrax was briefly rumored to be changing their name in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks. But thanks to support from the hometown New York Police Department and Fire Department, the band dramatically declared at a 9/11 benefit concert that they're not changing their name.
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  • 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).
  • Classical composer Bedřich Smetana's last name means "sour cream" in Czech.
  • Kate Micucci's surname sounds like "my coochie," slang for vagina. She apparently wasn't aware of that until she was 25. It doesn't help that she had a solo show called "Playin' with Micucci." Yeah...


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