Cro-Mags - Reminder

Hardcore punks and trashers from New York City.

About band name Cro-Mags - Paintings - Lascaux - FranceThe band name is a contraction of the term Cro-Magnon.

Cro-Magnon man is one of our prehistoric ancestors from the late Paleolithic (by the Homo sapiens in the street it is known as the Stone Age).

The creature owes its name to its provenance: Cro-Magnon, near Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in the French Dordogne area.

Their art reminds us of our roots.

Active: 1982-present, USA


Insane Clown Posse

Hip hop duo originating from Delray and Detroit, Michigan that produces horrorcore.

The duo consists of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who rather go through life as wicked clowns with the alibis Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope.

There are not many musical combos with so many explanations for their band name, one crazier or more mysterious than the other.

What follows now is a literal representation of one of the countless colorful posts on the Internet, to give you an impression of this genre:

'They were originally named Inner City Posse, which was a gang composed of Violent J, Shaggy, Jumpsteady (J's brother), Rude Boy, Shaggy's brother John and a few others.

Why was band name Insane Clown Posse chosen - World Clown Association ConventionAfter pressure from rival gangs everyone dropped out and it was left to Violent J, Shaggy and John. They decided they were going to become real serious rappers, full time.

They were first the JJ Boys but this was never really pointed out a lot.

After [that], Violent J, Shaggy, and John Kick-Jazz (Shaggy's brother) started rapping under the name Inner City Posse. But after Dogbeats, their first major (according to them) release, John left the group to live with his girlfriend.

Shaggy and J decided to change the name but wanted to keep the initials because they fit. They came up with several ideas until Violent J remembered his dreams about the clown he chased in Delray, so they came up with Insane Clown Posse.'

Active: 1989-present, USA

Sum 41

If you like melodic hardcore you should be comfortable with Sum 41.

The kabalistic-style band name can be explained in two ways, both of which have to do with money.

One theory is that if you look at which special characters there are on a keyboard above the numbers '4' and '1', you will find the combination '$!' - the band from Canadian Ajax goes for the big money, apparently.

Why band name Sum 41 - penny-nickel-dime-quarterThe other explanation is that if you take a quarter (25 cents), a dime (10 cents), a nickel (5 cents) and a penny (1 cent), you are holding a total of 41 cents. Sum 41 does not sneeze at small change either it seems.

For your consideration: nine cents more and they would have been called 50 Cent.

Active: 1996-present, CAN

Wiseblood - Not for Christ's sake

What does band name Wiseblood mean - Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor - Book coverElectronic noise rock band from Melbourne, circulating around the talents of singer, composer and producer James George Thirlwell (born 1960), also known as Clint Ruin, Frank Want of Foetus.

James' band produced - as he himself put it - 'violent macho American music made by non-Americans'.

Wise Blood (two words) is the title of a novel by Flannery O'Connor from 1952, in which the main character plans to found a 'church without Christ'.

Active: 1987-1991, AUS

Sunn O)))

How did Sunn O))) get the band name - Sunn Coliseum Sound System BrochurePronounced simply as Sun, the name of this band from Seattle, Washington specializing in drone metal, experimental music and noise.

Sunn O))) is a kind of graphical representation of the logo of the famous Sunn amplifiers: that logo consists of the name SUNN, followed by a circle and three 'sun rays' fanning out to the right.

But in several interviews guitarist, composer and producer Stephen O'Malley has stated that Sun O))) is also related to the band Earth, known as a pioneer of drone music. The Sun revolves around the Earth, Stephen is said to have joked.

Add to this the fact that Sun O))) formerly went through life under the name Mars and it is clear: we are dealing here with a cosmic phenomenon.

Active: 1998-present, USA

Wet Dreams

About band name Wet Dreams - Geyser EruptionPunk and psychedelia band from Atlanta, Georgia.

For an explanation of the band name: see Nocturnal Emissions.

Active: 2005-present, USA

Styx - The long way home

Masters in mixing rock genres (prog, power, hard) with elements originating from the American theatre world.

The band from Chicago, Illinois accepted its name with some reluctance after a list of alternatives had been presented to the members.

Inspiration for band name Styx - Landscape with Charon Crossing the River Styx - Joachim Patinir - Museo del Prado MadridAccording to former singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung Styx was 'the only name that none of us hated'.

For completeness' sake: the Styx is the river that in Greek mythology divides earth and the underworld (Hades).

The course of the river can hardly be called a perfect example of efficiency: reportedly the Styx circles the underworld nine times.

Active: 1970-1984; 1989-1992; 1995-present, USA

Dru Hill

Where did Dru Hill get the band name from - Druid Hill Park, Baltimore - Eden Unger Bowditch and Anne Drad book coverSinging group celebrating R&B, soul and gospel music, based in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dru Hill is the pet name of Druid Hill Park, a leafy tract of land that once stood comparison with Central Park (New York) and Fairmount Park (Philadelphia).

The park - like its two above-mentioned 'competitors' – is one of the oldest landscaped public parks in the United States.

Active: 1992-present, USA


What inspired band name Pylon - Pylon_(William_Faulkner_novel_-_front_cover)Rock band with a soft spot for jangle pop, coming from Athens, Georgia. Named after the novel by William Faulkner from 1935.

Active: 1978-1983; 1989-1991; 2004-present, USA

Juliana Theory, The - Speculation

Greensburg and Latrobe, Pennsylvania produced the members of this American rock quartet. The band started its career at Christian record label Tooth & Nail Records; noteworthy, because it was absolutely not a Christian band.

What does band name Juliana Theory mean - coin julianaSome fans seem to know what the Juliana theory is about, but have sworn mutual secrecy. Or perhaps not: an interview on the site refutes the hypothesis that there is a deeper thought or intention behind the band name.

Frontman Brett Detar: 'We used to have an elaborate story that we told, involving sociology students and a huge experiment involving music and people's responses to it, but we got tired of telling the story. [...] It has no meaning at all.'

Active: 1997-2006; 2010, USA

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