These Are the Worst Band Names in Indie Rock

We Were Promised Jetpacks (No, we weren't.)
We Were Promised Jetpacks (No, we weren't.)

This past Saturday, at the soon-to-close Maxwells, Scottish indie quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks performed. It served to remind us just how great a band this is. Sadly, we frequently forget, thanks to their stupid fucking name. We think these guys would be a lot bigger if it weren't for the annoying moniker. (Seriously--who's ever been promised a jetpack, other than James Bond and Michael Jackson?) With that in mind, then, here are other band names in Indie that annoy the crap out of us.

!!! Now, what genius thought this nonsense up? Way to make it impossible for anyone to talk about you, !!!. Yeah, we know we're supposed to call you as Chk-Chk-Chk now, but we still refer to you as "That fucking exclamation point band", on principle.

Fun. As we all know, after you put a period in text on a computer, the computer automatically capitalizes the first letter that comes after it- because '.' signifies the end of a sentence. It's a miracle that Fun. has done so well then, because it is literally the most annoying band name for anyone to type into the middle of a sentence. Fun, for journalists especially, is not having to use the backspace key every two bastard minutes to change auto-grammar into something that makes no sense.

Archers of Loaf This one still lives on as one of the worst band names in the history of band names. The reasons are glaringly obvious.

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tUnE-yArDs Hey, Merrill Garbus. We like you and everything, but we can't help but wonder if you came up with this band name when you were eight-years-old. Can't we just call you Merrill Garbus and be done with it?

Modest Mouse You've heard it so much now that it has ceased to mean anything (like Death Cab For Cutie), but take a step back and think about the sheer ridiculousness involved with this one. "What's up? I'm a really successful rodent (like Fievel or Remy), but I'm totally self-deprecating still. Name your band after me!"

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