John Butler Fucks Kidz
If you’re mercifully unfamiliar with John Butler, he’s a dreadlocked Australian purveyor of dire hippie coastal lifestyle music. Some of his fellow countrymen took their hatred of his oeuvre to hilariously libelous lengths with this band name, which lasted for as long as it took for his lawyers to pen them a stern cease-and-desist letter.
A clever play on REO Speedwagon’s name, but clearly not one that the latter found particularly amusing, perhaps because REO Speedealer were prone to writing songs with names like “Pussy,” “Pig Fucker,” and “Double Clutchin’ Finger Fuckin’.” The inevitable note on legal letterhead followed, and REO Speedealer became plain old Speedealer.
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
As far as we know, Natalie Portman didn’t actually sue the really rather excellent Seattle five-piece Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, but after five years playing under the amusing moniker, they changed their name to Brite Futures in 2010. The band, who used to put Portman on the guestlist for all their shows, released a statement explaining that “it has recently come to our attention that our muse Ms. Portman is not so keen on us using her name in ours… so we feel it is time to move forward with a new name.”
Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin
Quirky band! Quirky name! Only problem: we hate quirky!
Gay for Johnny Depp
They really are gay, and they really do quite fancy a bit of Johnny Depp (sample lyric: “I want Johnny to suck my dick!”). Their namesake obviously doesn’t object to their appropriation of his name, as they’ve being using it for seven years, releasing three albums and three EPs along the way. Actually, the whole thing raises an interesting legal conundrum: can you sue someone for declaring loudly and repeatedly that they find you very, very sexually attractive?
One of the wittier band names of recent times, riffing on Run-DMC’s and also acknowledging their apparent love of relatively obscure high-octane psychedelics. The band has quite a way with puns (among other things, they released an album called Bong Voyage, which raised a few giggles in the Flavorpill office when we first heard about it), and their music is suitably tripped-out psychedelic weirdness. We’re not quite sure how Run-DMC are going to feel about the band lifting their logo, though.
Bono Must Die
This one was really just asking for trouble, wasn’t it?