10 weirdest band names I’ve ever heard of

I don’t even know where to start with this one, but there are some CRAZY band names out there! I decided to put together a list of the wild and weird band names either saved in any of my Spotify playlists, bands I’ve heard of, or a special bonus… bands playing in Nashville in the coming weeks. Take a look and chime in below if you have more to add! 

10 Weirdest Band Names in my Spotify… 

Boney M – The name supposedly came from a pseudonym band creator Frank Farian used for himself. Either way, I LOVE the band. 

Marshmello – you’re gonna leave off the ‘w’… really? And even if you kept it, why “Marshmello”? It’s just weird. 

Wolfmother – Surely this was from the mind of a guy. What’s tougher than a wolf? Who’s tougher than a mother? No one and nothing. 

Alien Ant Farm – I’m guessing this started off as a joke but then just stuck. 

Milli Vanilli – It almost sounds like part of a children’s rhyme, but hey, just blame it on the rain. 

fun. – no capital ‘f’ but they make sure to include a period… OKKKKKKKKKKK sure.

The Goo Goo Dolls – originally named “The Sex Maggots,” it’s not a surprise they changed their name when they got serious about pursuing success as a band.

Bow Wow Wow – someone in the band must’ve been a dog lover.

Coopertheband – these new bands with their kitschy play on letters and spaces. 

Shovels and Rope – after burying a body, they thought, “hey our band name could be the tools we just used!” 

Blessid Union of Souls – an ‘i’? Really? 

TV On The Radio – my brain can’t even compute having TV on the radio. It’s not registering for some reason. 

The Ting Tings – this literally IS their name, which is funny because the one song I know of theirs is “That’s Not My Name.” 

Chingy – I hesitated to use any rap names because 99% could also double as the name of a 1980s-era Care Bear… but Chingy is on my Spotify sooooooooo…… yeah. 

And a list of a few playing in Nashville in the next few weeks…

Csztr – umm, what?

Sleeping with Sirens – it’s nearly impossible for this to ever happen. 

The Cold Stares – I wonder if they love eye contact during their shows? 

Dirty Honey – a worker bee’s worst failure. 

The Amazons – they’re big in the US. Actually, they’re big everywhere. They’re just big.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have comments or suggestions, chime in below. Be on the lookout for more posts in the coming days…

-Out of the Wilderness




the girl in the Nate Ruess “Nothing Without Love” video

I’m so happy about the music I’m hearing this year already. First it was “Uptown Funk” (technically released last year but that’s ok), and now a new song from Nate Ruess (that unmistakable voice you remember from the band Fun.). The band is currently on a hiatus while they each pursue solo projects, and Nate hits a home run with his first nate-ruess-single-cover-artsingle “Nothing Without Love.” The video is great, too. Music videos are a risky business because people listening to the song have already formed images in their mind for what the song means to them. So when an artist makes a video, they run the risk of creating something the listener doesn’t enjoy, and possibly making the song less likable. But in this case, the video makes the song better, and that’s a major win for any artist. Check it out! I also uncovered some fun facts about the song and video:
1. features background vocals by Lykke Li and riffs from Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.
2. the lyrics are about what was going on with his life at the time, specifically his relationship with designer Charlotte Ronson.
3. Reportedly the road he’s on is the same road part of the movie “Her” was shot.
4. The water tank he’s swimming in was also used for scenes in Titanic. Nate said, “It was freezing, and after 4 hours in there, I too was about to sink.” I guess he needs a huge door to float on, too.
5. The girl in the video is actress/model Frankie Stone.

Why I Don’t Like Magic’s Song “Rude”

A new offering to the library of island beats known as reggae music comes from a band with punctuation in it’s name but it’s not Fun., they’re called Magic!. It’s just awkward guys. How are people supposed to do this when periods and exclamation points are already included? It’s weird, OK, Magic!? Understand how this sentence is hard to finish Fun.? Magic with a ! hails from the land of tropical breezes and umbrella drinks… Canada. Great reggae up there, eh, mon?

My love for reggae music is stronger than the gravity of a thousand spinning earths so if you’ve been driving around Nashville the last few days, you may have seen me bobbing my head to the new Magic with a ! song “Rude.” Not ashamed! That is, until I listened to the lyrics. My distaste was punctuated by a furrowed brow and a tilted head Olan Mills would’ve been proud of.

The song celebrates disrespect and I can’t get on board with that.

The story goes like this: a guy comes along to ask for a father’s permission to marry his daughter. The father, for reasons unknown, says no. Now my inclination is that he sees something that raises concerns for his daughter’s future. Maybe this guy doesn’t have a job. Maybe it’s a character flaw or just bad timing. We don’t know. But after the father declines, the jerkwad says he’s going to marry her anyway. Why did the entitled jackwagon ask in the first place? After being blown off, I bet the father said, “You just proved my point, son.”

But maybe in more colorfully-punctuated words.

I’ll See You When I Fall Asleep

Yes, that’s the last line from the bridge of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men, one of my favorite songs right now. Is it just me or are there a ton of songs on radio lately that feature guy/girl duo’s or duets? A quick look at iTunes and the top listing is “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink featuring Nate Ruess (from Fun.) and I work in country music so I notice bands like Thompson Square, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, and from Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott has been featured as a duet partner on a few pop songs lately, too. But more what I’m getting at is the back and forth type of song, the guy sings a line, the girl sings a line, on and on. The first one I remember hearing and still listen to when it plays on my iPod, “I Got A Man” by Positive K (which is a whole other story in itself because the rapper Positive K, a guy, also did the female voice on the song, crazy right?). The biggest hit over the last year or so was Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” which featured Kimbra for the female verses. But anyway, this isn’t about coed duets, it’s about a dream I had a few days ago.

ronald reaganI was outside and Ronald Reagan was there. American flags were flying all around. I was balling my eyes out in the dream. When I woke up, my eyes were full of tears. It was weird. I wish in my little talks with God he would just give me a reason why dreams like this happen. Because Ronald Reagan isn’t even somebody that I used to know, but when asked who or what was in my dream, I’d have to say… I got a man!