Between the list I compiled way back when and the one by Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Gold, maybe we've focused too much attention on the unfortunate side of band-naming (even though neither list comes close to skimming the surface). Like I stated in my own list of bad local band names, I've played in many many terribly named ones myself, but I've also played in a few that, if I may say so myself, sported some fairly bitchin' nomenclature. What I'm saying is that I'm probably the closest to an expert on the subject I know.
One typically has an easier time explaining where a title goes wrong than how it works. Often the bottom line comes down to simply sounding badass. However, in compiling this list I've come to realize a few rules of thumb:
The traditional plural noun preceded by the article "the" still works and probably always will, as long as the plural noun meets that sounding badass criterion
Puns suffer roughly a 10 percent success rate. If a band name is to rely solely on the primary tool of the dad-joke trade, then the cleverness of the pun must be so insurmountable that no other options for naming your band exist. Notable failures: Watermelon Cauliflower, Hannah Barbarians.
Shorter is almost always better.
While provocation can work beautifully, vulgarity for the sake of being vulgar rarely works. It's one thing to name your band The Fucking Champs (good name), and quite another to name yourself The Fuck Show (bad name). Seemingly, the only decision made in regard to the latter was that the word "fuck" should be used while the rest of the words don't matter much. Quit ruining "fuck" for the rest of us.
With that, I present to you the 20 Best Band Names in the Greater Nashville Area, Including Some from Murfreesboro.
18. On Command
17. The Clutters
16. The Pink Spiders
14. The Ettes
13. The Young Livers
12. The Tits
11. Dougie D and the Believers
10. Reid & Wright
8. Dave Cloud and the Gospel of Power
7. Destroy Destroy Destroy
6. Turtleneck and the Sweats
3. The Blastoids
1. Totally Snake