Bands That Have Extraordinarily Long and Peculiar Names

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…And you will know them by their extended trail of syllables, ladies and gentlemen. Bands, that is. Groups of musicians who, when tasked with inventing a name for themselves, decided to forgo a more traditionally succinct and descriptive moniker for a seemingly nonsensical one that  goes on…and on…and on. You’ve gotta hand it to the following five bands, though – they sure got artistic while assembling their appellations!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

To kick things off, we’ll start with the band name that possesses the least amount of syllables. And, frankly, their name’s not all that bizarre. Anyone who’s seen the old biker flick, The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando, will get it.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

This chipper indie pop band hails from the town of Springfield, Missouri, which, as we all know, lies well within the boundaries of the United States. So, why they named their band after the first popularly elected president of Russia remains a bit of a ‘modern mystery.’

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkeybirds

Despite sounding like it came out of left field in a baseball stadium on Mars, this one’s not too difficult to explain. Kid Congo Powers was the stage name given to Brian Tristan by members of The Cramps, which was just one of the many underground bands this Mexican-American rock guitarist has been a member of. And the ‘Pink Monkeybirds’ part? Well, that’s just a clever reference to a lyric in a David Bowie song.

I Love You, But I’ve Chosen Darkness

Oh yeah? Well, we probably would have chosen a shorter name. So, take that! We’ll admit, though, that this Austin, Texas band’s title at least somewhat reflects their brand of chilly,  gothic-inspired, indie rock.

The Presidents of the United States of America

Coming in at a whopping fifteen syllables is this alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington! Often just referred to as ‘The Presidents’ or the acronym ‘PUSA,’ this trio gained notoriety in the 1990s with songs like “Lump,” and “Peaches.” Since, as far as we can gather, no member has ever even run for political office, one can only speculate that their name came from the fact that they all met in their hometown while attending The Bush School!

What are your favorite long-winded band names? Let us know!

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  1. Angela (ModCloth) 08/12/2010 at 11:08 am #

    Love the selection!

  2. Mari 08/12/2010 at 11:18 am #

    Godspeed, You Black Emperor

  3. Sarah 08/12/2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Oh yes, I’m so glad you featured Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin! They are most definitely my favorite long-band-name-that-I-always-abbreviate-but-everyone-should-listen-to!

  4. Carrie 08/12/2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I liked Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds. But they’ve changed their name to The Cheek. Not as fun to say now…

  5. Janet 08/12/2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Things of Stone and Wood

    Barry Jive and the Uptown Five

    Does it offend you, yeah?

    Dogs die in hot cars

    Rage against the machine

    *thanks for providing an outlet for my procrastinatory soul*

  6. Emily 08/12/2010 at 1:47 pm #

    I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business

  7. Helen 08/12/2010 at 1:56 pm #

    The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band!!

  8. robbie 08/12/2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
    Everything Everything

  9. Meredith 08/12/2010 at 3:44 pm #

    Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    April Smith and the Great Picture Show

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s


    The Vermicious K’nids

    Some of ’em are more just senseless than they are long…

  10. Julie 08/12/2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives:

  11. Alyssa 08/12/2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Right Away, Great Captain!
    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Big D and the Kids Table
    Straight Outta Jr High
    The Airborne Toxic Event
    We Were Promised Jetpacks

  12. Victoria / Justice Pirate 08/12/2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Oh emily I love I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business’ music!!
    Yey Alyssa for Big D!!!

    other ones:
    The Dillinger Escape Plan
    Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians
    Billie the Vision and the Dancers
    From A Second Story Window
    The Snake the Cross The Crown
    And Then There Were None
    Ascension of the Watchers
    Flowers from the Man who Shot Your Cousin

  13. Elodie 08/12/2010 at 5:07 pm #

    The bewitched hands on the top of our heads (!!)
    The Hillbilly Moon Explosion
    The Most Serene Republic
    Two Door Cinema Club
    Medi & the medicine show

  14. Matt 08/12/2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Dr Sassafrass and the Miracle Cure Alls

  15. Lindsay (ModCloth) 08/12/2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Can I just say that this is an amazing post? Because it is! LOLs for days.

  16. Jenna 08/12/2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

    Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

    Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves

    The Good, The Bad and the Queen

    Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s

    Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers

  17. Isabela 08/12/2010 at 10:19 pm #

    edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros

    does it offend you yeah?

    frankie lymon and the teenagers

    red hot chilli peppers

  18. Shannon 08/13/2010 at 2:11 am #

    you me and everyone we know

  19. Jenna 08/13/2010 at 2:12 am #

    My all time favorite local band is called, Stubborn Tiny Lights vs Clustering Darkness Forever Ok?. It gets shortened to Stubborn Tiny Lights.

  20. Stephanie 08/13/2010 at 4:02 am #

    Oh, upon seeing this post I was just hoping that SSLYBY would be included, and they were! They’re fantastic, really great.

  21. Juliana 08/13/2010 at 10:32 am #

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has been my favorite band for years now, super original, super badass, rock n roll at its finest.

  22. Emily 08/13/2010 at 11:22 am #

    Adam and the Ants


    Flight of the Conchords

    They Might be Giants

    The Velvet Underground

  23. Amelia 08/13/2010 at 11:54 am #

    Kid Congo Powers! Yeah!

  24. Richard (ModCloth) 08/13/2010 at 1:28 pm #

    One of my faves, Amelia!

  25. Marne (ModCloth) 08/13/2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Nice one, Richard!
    May I add:
    Behead the Profit, No Lord Shall Live
    The End of the Century Party

  26. Talani 08/13/2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Under the Influence of Giants

    Working for a Nuclear Free City

    The Math and Physics Club

    Tacks, the Boy Disaster

  27. Wizard 08/14/2010 at 12:24 am #

    I love Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin!

  28. Lily 08/14/2010 at 10:56 am #

    The Birds and the Bees


  29. Lilly 08/14/2010 at 11:15 am #

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart <3

  30. Sharon 08/14/2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Blair Crimmins and the Hookers! An Atlanta based band that stole my heart!

  31. Rachel 08/14/2010 at 4:53 pm #

    The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza

    The Good, the Bad, and the Queen

  32. Alyssa 08/15/2010 at 6:11 am #

    hooray for prez’s of the usa (seattle represent) love them.
    some favorites that haven’t been said

    the apples in stereo
    architecture in helsinki
    be your own pet
    boards of canada
    fountains of wayne
    bomb the music industry!
    cute is what we aim for
    tiny masters of today
    mt. st. helen’s vietnam band
    you say party! we say die!
    colonel claypool’s bucket of bernie brains

  33. Kiki 08/15/2010 at 9:40 am #

    No ! You forgot the unforgettable “godspeed you! Black emperor”…

  34. Kate 08/15/2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Tony Moonlight and the Heartbreak Brigade
    (The Heartbreak Brigade includes fanbase, too! How encompassing!)

  35. Danielle 08/15/2010 at 7:45 pm #

    Youth Pictures Of Florence Henderson!!

  36. Erin 08/16/2010 at 12:47 am #

    Death cab for cutie
    Casiotone for the painfully alone

  37. sparkles 08/16/2010 at 2:35 am #

    i think bonus points have to go to danananananakroyd… for having a long name with only one word…

    and one that hasn’t already been mentioned… eddy current suppression ring…

  38. Melissa 08/16/2010 at 6:07 am #

    tony danza tapdance extravaganza! Not a favourite of mine byt it’s a pretty long name for a band!

  39. Alexandra 08/16/2010 at 11:39 am #

    Mine aren’t very long but…

    The Two Man Gentleman Band
    The Flying Burrito Brothers
    Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Actually lots of “So and so & the such n such’s”

    Now I want to find the longest song name I can.

  40. Kate 08/16/2010 at 5:37 pm #

    Someone already mentioned Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, I think, but I wanted to mention them again because I LOVE THEM!

    Also, “Throw Me The Statue” is a longish one.

  41. Taz 08/19/2010 at 12:26 am #

    Chapi Chapo & Les Petits Musiques Des Pluie

  42. christian 08/20/2010 at 8:43 pm #


  43. Danielle 08/23/2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I you’re searching for long song names look no further than to early Liars’ songs.
    Long album names too!

    examples: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top, Fins To Make Us More Fish-Like, etc.

  44. diana 08/26/2010 at 4:23 am #

    here are a few moree 🙂
    1. the morning benders
    2. the all-american rejects
    3. 30 seconds to mars
    4. new kids on the block
    5. the whitest boy alive
    6. frankie valli and the four seasons (personal favv)
    7. buena vista social club.
    all might i add..decent bands…well maybe not new kids …

  45. Anneloes 09/02/2010 at 5:46 pm #

    When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water !!!

    it’s really long as well (:

  46. Emily 11/24/2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. <3

  47. Jeffrey Renaud 10/16/2018 at 10:23 am #

    In the year 2018, this post helped me pad out my memoir with a 500 word minimum. Thank you.

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