Naming your band is a lot like naming your first-born child. You want something unique and original that will stand out in the minds of your fans, but nothing too outrageous that will have people questioning your sanity. From Hoobastank to Diarrhea Planet, there are plenty of mind-boggling band names out there that will have you taking a second look. Do you have what it takes to identify the fake band name from the real ones (unlike past Jimmy Kimmel Live guests at Coachella and SXSW)? Find out with our quiz below.
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Coming up with a good name for your band is awfully difficult, but Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory thinks they have the worst.
Bathory recently said in a studio session posted to the band’s YouTube channel that it’s “probably the worst fucking name.”
The guitarist talks about how band names should make people react, whether it’s positively or negatively.
“The name of the band has to have some kind of effect,” Bathory says. “It doesn’t have to be positive. It doesn’t have to be like, ‘That’s the greatest name in the world.’ It can be, ‘Oh, my God, that’s the dumbest fucking shit I ever heard!’ [Which is] equally good, because it got a reaction.”
He continues by relating the topic at hand to his own band’s name, which it turns out he thinks is awful.
“I mean, I don’t think you can beat Five Finger Death Punch,” Bathory says. “That’s probably the worst fucking name. In fact, we almost changed it, but then Ivan [Moody, frontman] came in and said, ‘That’s the best name ever. They’re gonna fucking hate it! Keep it! That’s fucking ridiculous!’”
While it’s strange to want a really bad band name, we can’t disagree that theirs is one of the worst. You can watch the entire clip here.