The Philadelphia band Nude Beach's Facebook fan count reached 1,467 this afternoon. Pretty impressive, but if you check out the wall posts, it's not the group's tapegaze tunes getting talked about.
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The Philadelphia band Nude Beach has gained a following in the naturist community — but the Facebook fans don't often listen to the music.
The Philadelphia band Nude Beach has gained a following in the naturist community — but the Facebook fans don't often listen to the music. Jens Koehler/AFP/Getty Images
Many of Nude Beach's Facebook fans mistook the page as a naturist dating site — or, in some cases, a place to upload links to NSFW photos and videos. The wall posts misinterpreting the band's (apparently) controversial name stretches back for months.
The Bathetic Records band's Facebook status from Dec. 15 speculates: "The nude beach facebook is way more popular than the band. Have we officially 'made it' on facebook? leave your thoughts... and some nude pics."
Although the guys in Nude Beach were clearly poking fun at their accidental web popularity, their Facebook fans continued to oblige.
Nude Beach told the Philly-based music blog YVYNYL:
"But when we looked at how our Facebook Page got a life of its own and turned into this weird nudist dating site for people too stupid to realize we were a band... We got tired being a magnet for creepy bros penis posting."
But instead of changing the group's name or intensely monitoring its page, Nude Beach split up — only a year after its formation.
However unfortunate for the Nude Beach boys, they aren't the only group out there making music under easily misinterpreted monikers. Just last September, Michigan's Calvin College refused to allow The New Pornographers to play the campus, entirely because of the band's lewd-sounding moniker. Remember Barenaked Ladies?
Can you think of any others? Let us know in the comments section below — and, if necessary, sanitize them for the sake of the innocent.