God love it, but rock 'n' roll could stand to be funnier. Given his name, I suspect Jay Reatard agrees. Next week, the Memphis snotball will release Watch Me Fall, his second album for the esteemed indie label Matador. Just like last year's Matador Singles '08 compilation, the new album is a bratty, grin-inducing gem. Over jittery guitars and whip-crack drums, Reatard sings about keeping tabs on romantic miscreants, fakers, and self-loathing in an insolent and inexplicably British accent. If Dennis the Menace grew up, gorged on the Buzzcocks, and started a band, it would sound like this.
To mark the release of Reatard's new disc, I've listed my picks for the ten most ridiculous band names in rock. If you've got any good ones that I missed, share 'em in the comments section.Butthole Surfers: Given their penchant for sonic vulgarity, it wouldn't have been right if Gibby Haynes had christened his psychedelic noise jesters with a more polite handle. The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza: C-list celebrity, a rhyme, tapdancing--this Tennesee metal band came up with a name that has it all. Flying Burrito Brothers: The groundbreaking '60s country-rock act are easily the most artistically successful band on this list. Why they came up with a name that sounds like a faux-Mexican highwire act is anyone's guess. Infectious Grooves: There's a cream you can get for that. Hindu Love Gods: Maybe the name itself isn't that funny, but when you picture the band (which included the members of R.E.M. that aren't Michael Stipe, plus the late Warren Zevon), the joke becomes clear. Six Organs Of Admittance: Ben Chasny is an amazing acoustic guitar player--but the name of his droney psychedelic folk project sounds like it belongs to a porn film about randy hospital docs. Test Icicles: It's one of the golden rules of comedy: Genitals are funny. The Cherry Poppin' Daddies: Don't let your daughters go near this swing revival act.
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