Coolest and lamest band names

There are some bands that I wanted to like before I ever heard their music because of how cool there name sounded. There are also some bands that I like but am ashamed to say so because their name sounds so lame. Off the top of my head...

Super cool:

  • The Smiths
  • Elvis Costello (technically not a band name, but not his real name either)
  • Pavement
  • Housemartins
  • Superchunk (helped by the fact that they have an album called "No Pocky for Kitty")
  • The Replacements
  • Travis
  • The Shins (named after the mayor's family in "The Music Man" supposedly)

Kinda lame:

  • Yes
  • The Beatles (so universally loved that I'm not embarrassed to say the name, but still pretty bad for the greatest band ever)
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Gorillaz (it's the "z" that makes me dislike it)
  • Barenaked Ladies (hate to include them, but it is a pretty bad name)
  • Steely Dan (especially if you know where the name comes from)

Anyone else have an opinion? Who did you want to like before you heard their music? Who are you ashamed to tell your friends you like?