Unusual Band Names: Halloween Edition

In this edition of unusual band names, we turn to the dark side. . . to the more sinister band names in our database. As always, we find some band names that are truly scary and awesome, others that seem to be trying a bit too hard, and of course, a few that seem not to be trying at all.


Looking through the database, there were a surprising amount of band names containing the word “ghost.” Not surprising,  since the word does evoke mystery and spirituality. However, the word also evokes images of  people draped in bedsheets with eyeholes. In any case, some of these ghostly names are quite inspired. One of our favorites is Ghostface Killah, from Wu-Tang Clan.Vicious, fierce, mysterious–pretty much everything necessary for a good hip-hop name. It’s certainly better than his real name, Dennis Coles. Another one we really liked is Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. The name carries just the right amount of exoticism, ferociousness and mysticism you would expect from a band led by Sean Lennon. Interestingly enough, it is an indie folk  duo whose music has a definite 1960s pop vibe, reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg. Not exactly the ferociousness you would expect.

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Long Live the Awfully Awesome: Tribute Bands

This week in our continuing study of band names, we take a look at the ubiquitous tribute/cover band. There really is no better expression of devotion and enthusiasm for a particular band than forming a tribute or cover band. However, it is important for tribute bands to not only emulate the original band’s songs, but to also put their own personal and unique spin on the musical oeuvre. This special trait or gimmick, is often evident in the names tribute bands come up for themselves. Please read below for some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) tribute band names we have come across.

Lez Zepplin. Not only is this an all-girl Led Zepplin tribute band, but it is an all-lesbian Led Zepplin tribute band. The group has actually garnered a fair amount of success, releasing its first album and touring the US and Europe in 2011. In the same vein is Misstallica, another all-girl band band from New York that promises “the Metallica experience, but with boobies!” Interesting selling point. AC/DC boasts not just one, but two all-girl coverbands: AC/DShee and Thunderherstruck, although the latter really looks more like a spelling mistake. Chicks with Dixies.  Dixie Chicks tribute band comprised of transvestites. They bill themselves as “the music of the Dixie Chicks with a little something extra.” Quite literally, I am sure. The authenticity of this particular band is still in question–from the looks of their photo on their official page, they may just be a photo-shopped creation.

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Sailors Arrive for Fleet Week 2011

Every fall, fleets of uniformed sailors flood the streets of San Francisco to mingle with the local land-lubbers. This Fleet Week is especially important, as Naval Aviation will be celebrating 100 years of existence. As always, there will be many excellent free events for everyone.

Photo by sam.soneja CC BY-SA 2.o

On Thursday October 6, Fleet Week kicks off with the Blue Angels’ practice air show from 1pm to 5pm, which will give spectators a peek at what tricks the team will be showing off on Saturday and Sunday. Air show practice will repeat on Friday from 12:30pm to 4pm. Meanwhile the Navy Band Southwest will be playing at Pier 39, followed by a meet and greet with the Blue Angels  in front of the Aquarium of the Bay at 7pm.

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Band Names – The Good, The Bad, The Terribad

Here at eventseekr, we come across a lot of different types of bands when we’re on our hunt for awesome musicians and events. Sometimes, what we find is amazing, and sometimes, what we find is just a bit special. To share some of our discoveries with you, we’re starting a series of posts that focus on the aesthetic atrocities of band names.

Clearly the best way to become a famous rock band is to name your band after somebody famous, right?  That seems to be the reasoning behind some of these unique, ridiculous and even offensive celebrity-inspired band names. Some of these bands end up finding success, while others end up suffering legal nightmares.

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