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What are the greatest Tampa Bay band names? Our picks are ...



Paste magazine recently unveiled their list of the 100 best band names of all time, broken down into categories. The Muppets’ Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem won the top spot, but one Tampa band also did well — Betty’s Not a Vitamin scored No. 1 in another category, “The (Mostly) Complete Sentence.” ( Says Paste: “It takes a minute for this one until you realize that Fred, Wilma, Barney and Dino all were. Thankfully, Bayer fixed this oversight in 1994.”) Here are our picks for the five OTHER best Tampa Bay band names:

Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso: Frontman Mike Middlebrooks saw something called “Johnny Cakes” on a menue while vacationing in the Caribbean, and thought it would make a good band name but was too short. For the popular ska band, the rest is history.

Light Yourself on Fire: Well, it’s a good name for a metal band, that’s for sure. Self-immolation rules!

The Black Honkeys: For a good time in North Pinellas, call this sassy 'n’ sweaty eight-member funk outfit (whose members are both black and white).

Dukes of Hillsborough (above): Them Duke boys sure know how to play loud and raucus punk rock. And frontman Jeff Brawer must be a brilliant band-namer, because he also came up with ...

Regular Size People Fight: Not a big people fight. Not a little people fight. A regular size people fight. It’s about time you picked on someone your own size!

Honorable mention: Genitorutrers, Blondes Not Bombs, Soft Rock Renegades, Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, Alexander and the Grapes, Sons of Hippies, Nervous Turkey, Vera Violets, Gleaming Amoebas, the Sun Society and the Mojo Gurus.

What's your favorite Tampa Bay band name? Let us hear it in the comments!

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:15pm]


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