Top 10 Most Misleading Band Names and Music Artist Stage Names

Misleading band names /stage names give you wrong expectations and impressions:
1) about their country of origin - a band called 'Birds of Tokyo' is not from Japan
2) about the type of music they play - a band called 'Miss May I' plays metalcore
3) about anything else - the band members of 'Barenaked Ladies' are not hot chicks, and so on.

The Top Ten Most Misleading Band Names and Music Artist Stage Names

1 Lifelover (depressive rock band)

Haha, this is really funny! - Metal_Treasure

2 Birds of Tokyo (Australian rock band)
3 Trans-Siberian Orchestra (American rock/metal band) Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American progressive rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team.

Siberia is a cold region in Russia!
But the band is great. - Metal_Treasure

4 Barenaked Ladies (all members are males)

They are males, there's no pornography. They are an alternative rock band from Canada. - Metal_Treasure

The name perfectly embodies their music--tongue-in-cheek. - PetSounds

5 Job for a Cowboy (death metal band) Job for a Cowboy is an American death metal band from Glendale, Arizona. Formed in 2003, the band's debut album Genesis was released in 2007, peaking at No.

I could easily trick a Country fan to listen to these guys.

Especially if they cover Pantera's Cowboys from Hell. - Metal_Treasure

6 Tokio Hotel (German band) Tokio Hotel are a pop rock band from Magdeburg, Germany, consisting of Bill Kaulitz (singer), Tom Kaulitz (guitar), Gustav Schäfer (drums) and Georg Listing (keyboards, bass) that formed in 2001. more.

I thought they were japanese

7 The Animals (are all human)

This item cracks me up every time I read it - Metal_Treasure

8 Eagles of Death Metal (not a death metal band) Eagles of Death Metal is an American rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998. Founded by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the band also includes a wide range of other musicians that perform both on the band's studio albums and at live shows.

Not a cross between EDM and Death metal. - I80

A great stoner rock band. Their name actually came from singer Josh Home discovering the Polish death metal band Vader, and referred to them as "The Eagles of Death Metal" - ryanrimmel

Thanks for this addition and explanation, Ryan. But now I have to find the band with the female drummer that disappointed me - haha, I don't remember any word of their name... - Metal_Treasure

Ahh, wasn't it a band with a hot female drummer?
About 2 years ago I checked out a band that I expected to be death metal but it wasn't. Maybe it was this one. Thanks to whoever added it. - Metal_Treasure

9 The Choir (not a choir)
10 Cross Canadian Ragweed (American rock band)

The Contenders

11 Cacophony (not a noise music band)

This US band plays neo-classical metal, one of the most demanding and well structured music genres. I have no idea why Marty Friedman and Jason Becker named their band Cacophony. Marty Friedman and Jason Becker are among the most talented guitarists of all time. - Metal_Treasure

12 The Psychedelic Furs (doesn't play psychedelic music)

Also, they are not furries. - Martin_Canine

They play post punk and shoegazer.

13 Smelly Pedros (metal band)

Pedro is a Spanish name and I expected a comedy flamenco band or something like that. This band name doesn't speak metal at all but they are a thrash metal/metalcore band from Canada. - Metal_Treasure

14 Miss May I (metalcore band) Miss May I is an American metalcore band from Troy, Ohio. Formed in 2007, they signed to Rise Records in 2008 and released their debut album, Apologies Are for the Weak through the label while the members were still attending high school.

Geez, they are so well mannered...
They are an American melodic metalcore band. - Metal_Treasure

15 Strapping Young Lad (extreme metal band)

From this band name I expected country music. - Metal_Treasure

16 Silento (constantly screams)

Tell me about it I wish he would be silent because Watch Me was just annoying and awful - christangrant

17 Detroit Metal City (Japanese metal band)
18 Death Metal Pope (plays doom metal)

A band from the United States. - Metal_Treasure

19 Tokyo Blade (UK metal band)
20 Asia (British rock band) Asia is an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1981. The most commercially successful line-up was its original, which was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the 1970s, including lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe more.
21 Grand Funk Railroad (not a funk band) Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American rock band popular during the 1970s, when they toured extensively and played to packed arenas worldwide.

They play Hard/Blues Rock - christangrant

22 Queen (all male band) Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

So are Brian, Roger, and John for that matter. Unless you are watching the "I Want to Break Free" music video. - Torchpost

23 My Bloody Valentine (death metal band)

I love this band but I hate their name.

24 Portugal. The Man (American rock band)
25 Berlin (American band)
26 America (British rock band)

They are not British. They were formed in London, but all members are Americans who were the offspring of US military personnel who were assigned there.

I never got why they named themselves 'America' since they're british.

27 Extreme (not extreme)

They are a glam metal band. Most people only remember their ballad More Than Words, unfortunately.

28 Gamma Ray (not electronic) Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

Power metal and speed metal from Germany. - Metal_Treasure

29 Molotov (Spanish metal band)

Molotov sounds very Russian because Molotov is Russian. But this band even sings in Spanish (song - No Manches Mi Vida) - Metal_Treasure

30 Miss Montreal (Dutch music artist)

Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada. - Metal_Treasure

31 Austrian Death Machine (American metal band)

Side project of Tim Lambesis, singer for As I Lay Dying. It's a parody of- and tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger's films. - Metal_Treasure

32 Boards of Canada (not from Canada)

Scottish electronic music duo - Metal_Treasure

33 iwrestledabearonce (don't play hunting songs)

Legible name spelling: I wrestled a bear once
From a band with this name I expected songs like Deer Season Fever by Lo-Brau, or Fred Bear by Ted Nugent.
It's actually a metalcore band from the USA. - Metal_Treasure

34 Frida Gold (band, not a solo artist)
35 Within Temptation (sounds like a band centering around occult themes) Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt.
36 Silbermond (alternative rock/indie pop band) Silbermond is a German alternative rock band consisting of Stefanie Kloß (vocals), Thomas Stolle (guitar), Johannes Stolle (bass), Andreas Nowak (drums) that formed in 2000. more.

"Silver Moon".
Sounds way too mystical for a band that have absolutely nothimg mystical in their music or lyrics. Fits better for a symphonic metal, new age, gothic or at least emo band. - Martin_Canine

37 Jennifer Rostock (band, not a solo artist)
38 Bushido (German rapper of Tunisian descent, not Japanese)
39 Bass Drum of Death (not death metal or deathcore)

American garage punk band formed in 2008 - Metal_Treasure

40 Hanoi Rocks (Finnish rock band)

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. - Metal_Treasure

41 Blutengel (not a rock band)

Blutengel translates to "Blood Angel". But their musical style is dark wave or future pop, which is atmospheric, but not in the slightest any hard or heavy. Yet, they are always put in the "hard & heavy" section in stores. - Martin_Canine

42 Christian Death (not a black metal band)
43 Isis (no relation to the terrorist group)
44 Gojira (not associated with the Japanese lizard giant, Gojira)

Gojira is japanese for Godzilla but the band is from France. In fact they originally were just called Godzilla but changed it due to copyright reasons. - cjWriter1997

45 Lil Xan (against Xanax abuse)
46 Grave Digger (power metal)

I would expect death metal - Metal_Treasure

47 Deathstars (not related to Star Wars)
48 2002 (They're From the 1990s)
49 Cusco (German new age band)
50 Closure In Moscow (Australian rock band)
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