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Ball-ache Band Names – Artists Who Hate Their Band Names!

Marcus Mumford has admitted to regretting Mumford & Sons’ band name, but he’s not alone.

Mumford & Sons

Source: Promo

Marcus Mumford has come out and said that calling his band after himself was a big mistake. Apparently the name Mumford & Sons is a bit of a “ball-ache” and he wishes they’d chosen something else. Speaking to NME Marcus said “I definitely regret the band name. If I’d known it was going to go this way, I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name. It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it, but it’s a bit late now.”

It might make Marcus feel better knowing he’s not alone, even some of the biggest bands in the world regret their own identities.

Foo Fighters

Source: Promo

Foo Fighters

The names Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters are used pretty much interchangeably now, so it was surprising when the frontman revealed he wishes he’d called his band something different. Whilst filming promo material for last year’s Sonic Highways documentary he said, “Had I imagined that it would last more than a month-and-a-half, I might have named it something else. It’s the dumbest band name ever.” Maybe Grohl should have had more faith in the band’s future massive success, but it’s difficult to imagine the group being labelled anything else!

Source: Official Promo

Source: Official Promo

Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner has described Arctic Monkeys as a “bad” name, but thinks it should be forgiven because the group’s fast rise to fame meant they couldn’t change it. He said, “There might have been other ideas for offshoots at the time, but the Monkeys was the first one. It sounds like a first band name, doesn’t it? It’s so bad that the tribute bands don’t sound worse.” Fans now know and love the name, even if they don’t admit to pondering whether monkeys do actually live in the Arctic…

Source: Official Facebook Page

Source: Official Facebook Page


The coming together of McFly and Busted formed a power couple, and as with all power couples the union was marked by merging their names. The result – McBusted. The boys have described it as a “bit sh*t”, but true to their bubbly personalities they’ve embraced it and say they’ve now learned to love it. Thinking about it, it probably is a better alternative to Bustfly.

Source: Promo


And to finish we have P!nk who loves her stage name but on the other hand hates her real name!

The ‘Just Give Me a Reason‘ singer said since becoming famous her family and friends have stopped using her childhood nickname ‘P!nk’ and now call her by her real name Alecia, which she doesn’t like because it reminds her of getting told off. She got the P!nk nickname after blushing when she pulled down her trousers at a summer camp.

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