It’s oh so punk to come up with a funny and offensive band name, but let’s face it, it’s got to be very clever to not wear out its welcome. In fact, some band names can seem just so vanilla and their output so boring that they become offensive by virtue of being boring. Others just slap a few choice profanities together in their quest to outrage society, but most never get beyond a handful of gigs at their local punk pub. Here’s our list of a few that made it a bit further than that.
Anal Cunt Entirely predictable and absolutely nonsensical but you’ve got to give these guys points for sticking together since they formed in Boston in 1988. Lead singer Seth Putnam endured countless lineup changes in the grindcore band before passing away in June this year.
Fred Negro It would be remiss of us not to include Tone Deaf's resident cartoonist, Melbourne rock n' roll icon Fred Negro. Over the last 30 years, Fred has single handedly offended half of Melbourne and become a legend in his own lifetime as a result. We take our hat off to him for naming and playing in bands such as The Brady Bunch Lawnmower Massacre, I Spit On Your Gravy, The Band Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Fuck Fucks, Squirming Gerbil Death, The Twits, They Might Be Negroes and 57 Pages of Pink to name just a handful...
Joy Division As iconic a band as they may be over 30 years since the death of singer Ian Curtis, many people forget that they were named after a section of a WW2 concentration camp where female inmates were kept to be raped by the Nazi officers.
Machine Gun Fellatio Enjoying a modicum of success in Australia in the early – mid 2000s, alas the most interesting thing about this band were the name and the stage names of their members, including Pinky Beecroft and Chit Chat Von Loopinstab.
The Slits Led by the unique Ari Up, who passed away in 2010, The Slits were a feminist punk band formed in London in the late 1970s who named themselves after a rather crude euphemism for a woman’s vagina.
Propagandhi A Canadian punk hardcore act that have managed to outlive most bands of their ilk over the last 20 odd years, they managed to combine the term propaganda and the surname of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi in to the one name. Clever.
Dead Kennedys Iconic US punk band who toured Australia recently sans their departed lead singer Jello Biafra, heir name provoked outrage by poking fun at the murdered members of the Kennedy political clan, not to mention songs such as ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’ and ‘California Uber Alles’.
Butthole Surfers Gibby Haynes has been leading the Texan punk rockers for 30 years now and despite his best efforts, they almost achieved some mainstream success in the mid 1990s.
Circle Jerks A much loved hardcore punk band that came out of the California hardcore scene in the late 1970s/early 1980s, their name implied what would be known in Australia as a ‘soggy sao’ where men would gather to masturbate in front of each other.
Lubricated Goat Possibly Australia’s most legendary underground punk band, led by singer Stu Spasm, the band were most notorious for a 1988 performance on the ABC show Blah Blah Blah with Andrew Denton of their song ‘In The Raw’ where they did just that. It’s possibly the greatest display of male nudity ever seen on Australian TV. Check it out here (NSFW)
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