Give it up for the Swedish twinkle-pop band Loney Dear. After years of torturing copy editors everywhere, the group has officially dropped the inexplicable comma in its name. So, "Loney, Dear" is now just "Loney Dear." Now, if we can just get them to do something with "Loney."
We've lost a lot of time at NPR Music over the years debating how to spell or pronounce a host of baffling band names. Once, Bob pronounced Ani DiFranco's first name with a short vowel (like "bat"), and our intern at the time, a huge DiFranco fan, screamed "It's Ani!" with a long vowel (like "awning"). True story.
News of the dropped comma from the Loney Dear camp got us thinking about all the other band names in need of an upgrade:
MGMT (It's spelled out — M-G-M-T — not pronounced "management")
The Go! Team
Psaap (It's just "sap")
Panic! At the Disco
moe. (Seriously? Moe? All lower case with a period?)
The The (Least searchable band name of all time)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Formerly Godspeed You Black Emperor!)
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Our Dead (Don't forget the ellipses)
!!! (They say it's pronounced "chk chk chk" ...but how is "chk chk chk" pronounced?)
ttttttttttttttttttttt (This is some Canadian band. I have no idea how to pronounce it)
PARACOCCIDIOIDOMICOSISPROCTITISSARCOMUCOSIS (I copied and pasted that from the band's myspace page)
What are some others?