How to Spot a Shitty Ska Band Name

Fan of the show, and cryptic emailer, John, reminded me of this embarrassingly effective formula for judging a Ska band solely by their name.  Adam Coozer’s list of violations goes a bit far, but his talent for creating phony shitty ska band names is where this link really shines.  It’s as if MAD Magazine was sending up Ska.

Here’s just a few of my favorites, but you should check out the whole post at ReadJunk.  Link

International Pancake House of Rhythm

The Go Go Bots

Jerks Like Us

Obi-Wan Ska-Nobi

The Skinhead Oi 2Tone 10 Year Olds

The Honda Accords

Mento Commercials

Skinhead Kickboxer 7

Spider Nick & the Italians

The Utah Mormon Ska-Crap Ensemble

6 Comments

  1. brem Says:

    Doh. Guess we chose a shitty band name for our band :-) Has “tone” in it… to our defense, it was already a name with a “tone” in it and we didn’t make it up.

    Anyhoo, my favourites are:

    The Defecators

    And we almost chose “The Syncopaters”. Glad we didn’t! :-)

    But that assessment can’t be always true…

    I mean… Dave Hillyard and the Magnifidude 7… they’re not crap, are they? :)

  2. DTN Says:

    That article is hilarious. In 1995 or 1996, Jafo and I came up with the name for a bad ska band (or maybe OI!, I don’t remember) that followed Adam’s rules almost exactly. It was called “Skinhead Abby and the Route 69ers.” (Which reminds me, at one point some of the ‘Voovies recorded an as-yet unreleased Oi song once [as the Newcastle Stompers] called “Down at the Pub.” It’s sucktastically excellent.)

    I think my favorite band name in that list is “Punch the Band.” However, I can think of one band with a SUPER unfortunate name that was actually pretty good–”Shrimp Skampi and the Skallops” from Philly. Terrible name (I think they changed it), but not at all a band band (I think they chose their name when they were really, really young).

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  4. Matt Wixson Says:

    I have found what I believe to be the worst band name ever imagined, and it happens to be a ska band. Allow me to present to you Llama Tsunami & the Without Helmet!

    http://www.myspace.com/llamatsunami

  5. arlene Says:

    I have to say i like llama tsunami. It makes you think twice, and shows that naming a Ska band is an art. When i think of a llama in a tsunami, i can really enjoy the band’s creativity

  6. howie bledsoe Says:

    Come to Germany sometime, hehehe…
    talk about shitty ska band names, JESUS!!!
    Granted, some of the bands arent bad, just the names, like,
    ska face
    ratatuska
    skaski and hutch
    ska-rab
    not to mention a czech ska band, the dices, whom I think the irony was lost on, as they couldnt speak english…



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