With its hilarious, list-dominated Web site, Cracked has emerged from its past life as a Mad magazine knockoff to become both of the moment, and very, very funny. Here’s their latest classic list, of the 25 most ridiculous band names. Here they are on Toad the Wet Sprocket:
The story: The band named themselves after a comment in an Eric Idle monologue on a Monty Python album. This, then, is the musical equivalent of the A/V club nerds who recited the “Knights Who Say Nee” sketch over and over.
Why it’s ridiculous: Look, just because your band’s name is intentionally ridiculous doesn’t mean it doesn’t count. It’s like wearing a Care Bears T-shirt ironically. Yes, you know it’s a joke, but at the end of the day, you’re a grown man, you’re wearing a Care Bears shirt and, we’re sorry, you need to be ashamed of yourself. In the same vein, you can talk all you want about the cred naming your band after a Python gag gets you, but it doesn’t change the words, or how stupid they sound. Now, Owl Stretching Time: There’s a name for a band.
And while we’re on the subject of funny-but-true lists, here’s the Onion AV Club on “Ten Directors You Didn’t Know You Hated”– 10 men who not only suck, but are so subtle about sucking that you probably don’t even know their names!