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Bands/Artists with non-alphanumeric symbols
June 4, 2013 6:22 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for examples of bands or solo artists which contain non-alphanumeric characters in their name. They must be well known (in the UK) and mainstream.

Examples I have so far: Ke$ha, Pink!, Be*witched, Menswe@r, Therapy?

Obviously quotes, parentheses, and '&' are too easy. I'd like examples with £, %, ^, +, =, #, <>.
posted by salmacis to Media & Arts (44 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
!!!
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:26 AM on June 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Against Me!
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:26 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


!!!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:26 AM on June 4, 2013


? and the Mysterians (pronounced "Question Mark and the Mysterians")

Prince when he went by the "love symbol"
posted by John Cohen at 6:29 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Godspeed You! Black Emperor isn't exactly mainstream but it's something, innit?

And, uh... does The Artist Formerly Known as Prince count?
posted by Tomorrowful at 6:29 AM on June 4, 2013


μ-Ziq

posted by hydatius at 6:29 AM on June 4, 2013


Panic! at the disco
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:30 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


98°
posted by amyms at 6:30 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


blink-182

...and you will know us by the Trail of Dead

godspeed you! black emperor
posted by smitt at 6:30 AM on June 4, 2013


Man or Astro-man?
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:30 AM on June 4, 2013


The Go! Team
posted by John Cohen at 6:31 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mike + The Mechanics
posted by amyms at 6:32 AM on June 4, 2013


+44, ?uestion
posted by nickrussell at 6:33 AM on June 4, 2013


Joey Bada$$
posted by hydatius at 6:33 AM on June 4, 2013


A$AP Rocky
posted by Magnakai at 6:38 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


AC/DC
posted by amyms at 6:39 AM on June 4, 2013


? and the Mysterians
posted by amyms at 6:39 AM on June 4, 2013


Thanks for all your suggestions. Perhaps I didn't stress the "well-known (in the UK) and mainstream" part hard enough, though. (According to wikipedia, !!!'s highest album charting is 121, and highest single charting is 74.) And I forgot, I also have Florence + the Machine as an example.
posted by salmacis at 6:44 AM on June 4, 2013


You're close... P!nk is the official spelling.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:44 AM on June 4, 2013


Wreckx-n-Effect
posted by Maecenas at 6:45 AM on June 4, 2013


Tony! Toni! Toné!
posted by amyms at 6:45 AM on June 4, 2013


will.i.am
posted by amyms at 6:45 AM on June 4, 2013


Bitter:sweet is an LA band, but they were fairly well known for a while.
posted by eralclare at 6:47 AM on June 4, 2013


Waterson:Carthy
posted by hydatius at 6:49 AM on June 4, 2013


?uestlove
posted by Betelgeuse at 6:51 AM on June 4, 2013


fun.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 6:51 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


ADULT.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:52 AM on June 4, 2013


The artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince.
posted by Betelgeuse at 6:53 AM on June 4, 2013


Wham!
posted by amyms at 7:01 AM on June 4, 2013


Hear'Say
posted by Jehan at 7:11 AM on June 4, 2013


C+C Music Factory
Jay-Z
The Wh♂
posted by Rob Rockets at 7:43 AM on June 4, 2013


Freur
posted by panboi at 8:06 AM on June 4, 2013


Two different punctuation marks: Run-D.M.C. (with, according to Wikipedia, two top ten singles in the UK).
posted by mhum at 8:33 AM on June 4, 2013


KoЯn
Panic! At the Disco
posted by dudekiller at 9:24 AM on June 4, 2013


Sunn-O)))
posted by anagrama at 9:46 AM on June 4, 2013


India.Arie
posted by drlith at 9:50 AM on June 4, 2013


N.W.A. (featuring Eazy-E)
Too $hort
Also, Diddy – Dirty Money has a lovely n-dash!
posted by drlith at 9:57 AM on June 4, 2013


Not well-known by any stretch of the imagination, but surely NǽnøĉÿbbŒrğ VbëřřĦōlökäävsŦ deserves a mention for answering your question in the most gimmicky way possible.
posted by jackbishop at 10:52 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Alt-J also write their name as ∆.
posted by Richard Holden at 11:26 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can't remember the names, but there was this 'witch house' fad/microgenre a few years back and the artists all had triangles in their names.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 5:06 PM on June 4, 2013


*NSYNC (as written on their website) — also written 'N Sync. The second link is their Wikipedia discography, which includes information on their success in the UK.
posted by John Cohen at 6:14 PM on June 4, 2013


Also, though it's obviously up to you to pick your criteria, you might be interested to know that when Prince was going by the love symbol, he released The Gold Experience, which was aptly titled since it went gold in the UK. It also contained the very famous song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," which was a #1 single in the UK. I'd say that qualifies as well-known and mainstream.
posted by John Cohen at 6:27 PM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


M.I.A. (& she had an album named /\/\ /\ Y /\)
posted by fireandthud at 10:21 PM on June 4, 2013


Florence + The Machine, then.
posted by Tomorrowful at 1:37 PM on June 6, 2013


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