What bands have names that are a word and then a number?
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What bands have names that are words followed by numbers?

My friend has a theory that if your band has this name-number-sequence then you automatically suck.

Is this always the case?
posted by allthewhile to Media & Arts (91 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
obligatory: Blink 182.
posted by allthewhile at 6:51 PM on April 22, 2010


Eve 6
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:52 PM on April 22, 2010


Sum 41
posted by bewilderbeast at 6:52 PM on April 22, 2010


Maroon 5 is the first one that comes to mind. More fives: Ben Folds Five, Dave Clark Five.
posted by stennieville at 6:53 PM on April 22, 2010


Jackson 5
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:53 PM on April 22, 2010


SR-71 (that's kind of word-#)
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:54 PM on April 22, 2010


Front 242
posted by newpotato at 6:54 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Brasil '66? Yes, I'm old.
posted by hangashore at 6:54 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Section 25
posted by newpotato at 6:55 PM on April 22, 2010


Dirty Three
The B-52s?
posted by k. at 6:56 PM on April 22, 2010


Finger Eleven. Sure, the 11 is spelled out but they still suck.
posted by meerkatty at 6:57 PM on April 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


MC5 (maybe-KatehasQuestions set a precedent)
posted by newpotato at 6:58 PM on April 22, 2010


Andre 3000
Calle 13
Deltron 3030
U2, if you count it
posted by domnit at 7:00 PM on April 22, 2010


The MC5
The Alabama Three
Check 1-2 (who are shit, but whose name fulfils the requirement)
posted by pompomtom at 7:00 PM on April 22, 2010


Matchbox Twenty
posted by djb at 7:00 PM on April 22, 2010


Attaque77
posted by infinityjinx at 7:01 PM on April 22, 2010


Pizzicato Five
posted by amarynth at 7:01 PM on April 22, 2010


Ursula 1000
posted by newpotato at 7:02 PM on April 22, 2010


Sorry to double post, I forgot to answer the question.

No.

Also, I'll add to the list:
Eiffel 65
Electric 6
posted by domnit at 7:03 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Zero 7 (technically meets the requirements)
posted by thewalledcity at 7:04 PM on April 22, 2010


the click five
posted by saran-han at 7:04 PM on April 22, 2010


My friend has a theory that if your band has this name-number-sequence then you automatically suck.

Is this always the case?


No. Hot 5, Hot 7.
posted by timeistight at 7:06 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fun Boy Three
Gang of Four
Mega City Four
posted by pompomtom at 7:07 PM on April 22, 2010


Black 47. And they smash your rule to pieces.
posted by inigo2 at 7:07 PM on April 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


It's a stretch, but -- Buck 'o Nine
posted by inigo2 at 7:08 PM on April 22, 2010


Run Level Zero. (I don't think they suck, but my musical tastes are suspect at best.)
posted by dorque at 7:08 PM on April 22, 2010


Current 93? Not really my thing, but hardly Sum 41.
posted by pullayup at 7:08 PM on April 22, 2010


InsanePenguin: You're saying the B-52s and Brasil '66 suck?

You slay me, sir.
posted by Dreamcast at 7:08 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


bumblebeez 81
prefuse 73

So, not a hard'n'fast rule.
posted by carsonb at 7:08 PM on April 22, 2010


Bran Van 3000
RJD2
Both are decent.

And Strength in Numbers is great.
posted by Lemurrhea at 7:11 PM on April 22, 2010


Family Force 5
Louis XIV
Old 97s
Stroke 9
posted by inigo2 at 7:13 PM on April 22, 2010


I'll suggest there is a difference between using a number that represents the number of people in the band (e.g. Armstrong's bands) and just a random-ass number (e.g. Sum 41).
posted by danb at 7:13 PM on April 22, 2010 [5 favorites]


Death From Above 1979
Galaxy 500
Spacemen 3
posted by mdn at 7:15 PM on April 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Jurassic 5
KRS-1
E-40
2Pac(?)
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 7:17 PM on April 22, 2010


A couple more I thought of:

KRS One
Plus 44
posted by inigo2 at 7:17 PM on April 22, 2010


Powerman 5000, the bastard younger brother of White Zombie.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 7:18 PM on April 22, 2010


Spot 1019.

I think mdn's last two put a mortal bullet in your friends rule
posted by mediareport at 7:21 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ooh, and Seven Mary Three, who might actually pose a corollary to your friend's suck-rule, having number-noun-number and sucking really hard.

Also Haircut 100, of "Love Plus One" fame.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 7:22 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Your friend's theory sucks.
Here's everything matching from my library:
Assemblage 23
Bigod 20
Channel 69
Powerman 5000
Cobalt 60
Current93
Deathride 69
Exit 13
Front 242
Heaven 17
Kid 606
Level42
Psy 231
Terminal 46
The Jackson 5
Unit 187
Zero 7
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:24 PM on April 22, 2010


Sham 69
The Big Three
posted by applemeat at 7:25 PM on April 22, 2010


Starflyer 59.
posted by andrewcilento at 7:25 PM on April 22, 2010


Fourplay
posted by fuse theorem at 7:26 PM on April 22, 2010


Oops, nevermind...
posted by fuse theorem at 7:26 PM on April 22, 2010




Finger 5 is kind of like the Japanese Jackson 5.
posted by that girl at 7:31 PM on April 22, 2010


Slant 6!
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 7:34 PM on April 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Buck 65
Congotronics 2
GO!GO!7188
Hesperion XXI (not technically "a band", but still name-number-sequence)

They don't suck. But Blink 182 and Sum 41 do suck.
posted by agregoire at 7:34 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Blue Six (I really wonder what's up with color+number band names).
M83
UB40
Sound Tribe Sector 9
posted by adamrice at 7:42 PM on April 22, 2010


Butter 08
Isotope 217
posted by whiskeyspider at 7:44 PM on April 22, 2010


Swirl 360
posted by candyland at 7:44 PM on April 22, 2010


Delta 5
L7
Goto80
Athletico Spizz 80
MX-80 (Sound)
Gichy Dan's Beechwood #9
Secta Suicida Siglo 20
Fun Boy Three
The Treacherous Three
posted by kelseyq at 7:54 PM on April 22, 2010


You know I think that there are two categories of these names - bands that have legit reasons for the numbers (a B-52 is a bomber, and the Jackson 5 has 5 singers with the last name Jackson) and bands whose numbers mean jack shit. Blink 182 added the number because there was already a band named Blink with a record deal. Just a thought.
posted by radioamy at 7:59 PM on April 22, 2010




BR 549 (they don't suck)
posted by dpx.mfx at 8:12 PM on April 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


Swedish indie pop band Club 8 does not suck.
posted by escabeche at 8:33 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pink Cream 69
Corporation 187
Apartment 26
N17
LAB4
Terror 2000
Grade 8

My friend has a theory that if your band has this name-number-sequence then you automatically suck.

I have a theory that anyone who makes up blanket statements about bands that automatically suck is automatically an idiot. This is apparently always the case.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:39 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Cat 5

Don't know if they suck, never heard of 'em...OK name, though!
posted by Exchequer at 8:41 PM on April 22, 2010


Level 42
Ben Folds Five
One Ring Zero
posted by emelenjr at 8:51 PM on April 22, 2010


Direktive 17
I don't think they sucked, but then again, I went to school with the lead singer.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 9:03 PM on April 22, 2010


Salem 66, a Boston band on Homestead, were pretty good in the late 80s-early 90s. (I may be almost alone in this belief, though. Hope not.)
posted by vickyverky at 9:04 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm going to be picky and mention that it's spelled, "Galaxie 500"
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 9:07 PM on April 22, 2010


Grandmaster flash and the furious five!
Shed 7
posted by MeatLightning at 9:13 PM on April 22, 2010


Link 80
posted by sigmagalator at 9:13 PM on April 22, 2010


Mu330

(And +44, Mu330, and Go!Go!7188 most emphatically do not suck. Your friend is wrong, and should be shunned by all. Send him forth from the town in shame.)
posted by Ghidorah at 9:41 PM on April 22, 2010


I'm going to be picky and mention that it's spelled, "Galaxie 500"

d'oh!

(I will add, while I'm here, the ones I listed are not the only bands I've heard of with word/number names, but specifically ones I think do not suck)
posted by mdn at 9:42 PM on April 22, 2010


The Delta 72s
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:43 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]




Bell X1! God, they're phenomenal.
posted by 2oh1 at 9:54 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Vent 414 (Miles Hunt of The Wonderstuff)
Ursula 1000
Apollo 440
+44
Radio 4
Eiffel 65 (1 hit wonder alert!!!)
Jurassic 5
Ben Folds 5
Sun 60
The 6ths
Lucky 7
Mexico 70
Old 97's
Zero 7
Tahiti 80
The 88
Stroke 9
Seven Mary Three (...kind of sort of fits)
Shed Seven
Finger Eleven

...and I can't believe somebody beat me to Pizzacato Five!
posted by 2oh1 at 10:04 PM on April 22, 2010


Don't know if they all quite meet your criteria, but I don't buy your friend's theory based on the following, all of whom are (or were) varying shades of awesome:

- the 101'ers
- Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3
- Jackson 5
- Old 97s
- The 88
- 808 State
- Number One Cup
- The Only Ones
- The 3 O'Clock
- Gang of Four
posted by scody at 10:05 PM on April 22, 2010


By the way... Ben Folds Five seriously did not suck. Thus, your friend is full of crap :)
posted by 2oh1 at 10:05 PM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well he's obviously getting it from late '90s modern rock radio bands, a lot of whom had that name structure and were terrible, but yeah this form of band name has seen use before & since...
posted by furiousthought at 10:22 PM on April 22, 2010


Hank 3.
posted by McBearclaw at 10:40 PM on April 22, 2010


S Club 7

*ducks*
posted by thesmophoron at 1:32 AM on April 23, 2010


The Max Weinberg 7.
posted by ootsocsid at 2:56 AM on April 23, 2010


Us3.
posted by iviken at 5:41 AM on April 23, 2010


Level 42 - suck
Zero 7, do not suck, even though I don't like them particularly
Mega City Four - didn't suck
Ben Folds Five, definitely did not suck.

Otherwise I've never heard of a lot of these bands so couldn't say either way!
posted by nunoidia at 5:53 AM on April 23, 2010


June of 44
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 6:00 AM on April 23, 2010


The 411
posted by DrtyBlvd at 6:00 AM on April 23, 2010


Rotary Ten
posted by kirkaracha at 6:30 AM on April 23, 2010


Wow, hard to believe no one has mentioned The Four Tops by now.
posted by TDIpod at 7:06 AM on April 23, 2010


sorry, transposed the criteria
posted by TDIpod at 7:08 AM on April 23, 2010


Sheila E.
posted by escabeche at 7:16 AM on April 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Apollonia 6
Vanity 6
posted by kirkaracha at 9:24 AM on April 23, 2010


Some word + number groups that don't suck include:

The Sugarman 3
Ben Folds Five
The Jackson Five
Jurassic 5
Old 97's

So no, not always the case.
posted by andrewraff at 9:27 AM on April 23, 2010


Carbon 12 (who do a great industrial/electro cover of 'Burning Down the House')
posted by FatherDagon at 12:36 PM on April 23, 2010


Fonda 500
posted by doiheartwentyone at 1:30 PM on April 23, 2010


The Project Hate MCMXCIX
The Kelley Deal 6000
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:05 PM on April 23, 2010


LOL. the length of this list is pretty surprising.

Sound Tribe Sector Nine, and they don't suck at all
posted by gt2 at 8:57 PM on April 23, 2010


Excuse 17 is the only one I can think of that's not already listed (and an impressively thorough list it is!).
posted by girlstyle at 9:19 PM on April 24, 2010


Mojave 3 don't suck, either.
posted by klausness at 9:14 AM on April 25, 2010


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