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Goofiest band names of the 80s

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It's easy to mock the simplicity of some 80s band names, like ABC. Or to marvel at the complexity of others -- such as Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark. But it takes a true 80s fans to choose the goofiest band names of our beloved decade. Everyone has their favorite. But which band truly takes the trophy home for complete silliness?

Some quick possibilities:

Bow Wow Wow -- Their lead singer is anything but a mutt. Alas, she was also underage when she did a nude shoot for their album cover. Whoops.

Oingo Boingo -- Originally called the Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo, the West Coast new wave band was originally a theater/music troupe. Led by Danny Elfman, they later shortened it to just Boingo. Oh yeah, that's much better.

Kajagoogoo -- The band (photo right) says it's phonetic spelling of a baby's first words. Indeed, they sounded like the generic offspring of Duran Duran and Naked Eyes, possibly because the band behind the hit "Too Shy" was produced by Nick Rhodes. The name was later shortened to Kaja.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik -- Supposedly named after a Russian street gang of money launderers.

Violent Femmes -- Great music from a trio whose name was inspired by the Milwaukee slang name for wimps.

Blow Monkeys -- Few people get money and fame from using Monkeys as part of the band name, except the Monkees from TV. This band's name is an Aussie racial slur for Aboriginal didgeriedoo players.

Other notable names: Banarama, Hoodoo Gurus, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and about a dozen or more punk bands whose names are too offensive to be listed.

Give us your list of stupid band names from the 80s....

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]

    

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