25 of the Strangest Band Names and Where They Came From

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> Founded: Sacramento, California, 1996
> Genre: Funk rock, dance
> Representative album: Wallop

The band took this seemingly unpronounceable name from the way clicking sounds in the southern African Jul’hoan language were represented in the subtitles for the 1980 international hit film from South Africa, “The Gods Must Be Crazy.” The group also sometimes calls itself Chk Chk Chk, only slightly easier to pronounce.

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30 Odd Foot of Grunts
> Founded: Sydney, Australia, 1992
> Genre: Rock
> Representative album: Other Ways of Speaking

Actor Russell Crowe was the lead singer and vocalist of this Aussie band, which apparently drew its name from the collective height of its members and the earthy enthusiasm with which they performed. In 2005, the group evolved into another one with the same initials, The Ordinary Fear of God. When that folded, Crowe formed a band with the disappointingly bland name Indoor Garden Party, which released one album in 2017.

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
> Founded: Austin, Texas, 1994
> Genre: Alternative
> Representative album: Worlds Apart

According to this band’s website, its cumbersome and ominous name is drawn from a passage in a Mayan New Year ceremony, which eerily echoes a line found in an ancient Egyptian burial text. However, band co-founder Conrad Keely told an interviewer in 2005 that the “Mayan thing” was a lie, explaining, “We used to really enjoy just any lie that we could really think of.” The name’s real origins remain unknown.

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Archers of Loaf
> Founded: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1991
> Genre: Alternative
> Representative album: White Trash Heroes

When asked about the meaning of his band’s name by Clash Music, co-founder Eric Bachmann replied, “It’s a riddle. It means something in Russian, but we intentionally mistranslated it. Work it out.”

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Bowling for Soup
> Founded: Wichita Falls, Texas, 1994
> Genre: Alternative
> Representative album: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve

Steve Martin did a sketch on his 1978 comedy album, “Wild and Crazy Guy,” called “Bowling for (expletive)” — a parody of the TV game show “Bowling for Dollars.” This band formed originally as Rubberneck, but after a few months, it adopted the name of the sketch as its own, bowdlerizing the final word of Martin’s title into something more, shall we say, palatable.