So here they are. The 20 Coolest South African Band Names… in my opinion at least
Starting from the bottom of the top 20, let’s begin.
Munk. What is a Munk? The brilliance of this name is in the multitude of images it provokes. Could it mean Munk, as in church monk? I get a whole lot of biblical images when thinking about this name. Great band. Cool name.
Agro are one of the coolest and best South African bands. Their music is epic, and it must be said, they have a pretty cool name as well. “Last night I saw Agro.” “How was it?” “Pretty Agro boet.”
18. Desmond and the Tutus
The first time I heard this band name, I rolled around laughing. Desmond Tutu is an amazing person. And this is an amazing band name.
“Fuzi coming at you with the fat ska beatin’!” Fuzigish are an awesome band and one of my personal favourites. What exactly is a ‘fuzigish’? Umm… der… it’s a gish which is fuzi.
16. Freshly Ground
Freshly Ground is such a cool name. It evokes images of coffee, Africa, South Africa and some awesome music. I’ll take a double shot latte of some freshly ground please.
One of South Africa’s best, if not the best South African metal band. I was really upset to hear that they have very recently disbanded. Nonetheless, cool band, cool music and cool name.
Goldfish have really taken South Africa by storm. Their epic tunes resonate throughout the country, and personally, I don’t know many people who have not seen them live. It must said, Goldfish is a pretty cool name.
13. Zebra and Giraffe
I lol’d hard when I first heard this band name. Although quickly gained my composure when I heard their music. These guys rock and will continue to do so for years to come. Cool name, even cooler band.
12. Gross Misconduct
I am a great fan of punk band names, and this is prime example of why they are so brilliant. Gross misconduct, the premediated, serious, unlawful action, is the name this band holds; and what a cool one it is.
11. Deity’s Muse
An excellent band with an excellent name. It sounds all cool and evil and stuff. A winner!
While this name has largely lost its edge, with increasing repetition through the media, it must be said: Fokofpolisiekar is the most controversial name that a South African band with large commercial success has ever had. I still think it’s pretty cool.
9. Taxi Violence
What a cool name, while pretty scary at the same time. I reckon that only South Africans will know what Taxi Violence entails. Cool name; although, a horrific event.
What exactly is a Knave? ” A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.” How cool is that? A cool name which matches an equally cool band.
I love this name. +10 points
6. Running With Scissors
I lol endlessly at this expression and band name. It is one which has been used for centuries and something which all of us are told at least once in our lives. Plus it evokes the key defiance of conventional norms which is so critical to the being of punk music.
5. The Rudimentals
Man, oh man! What a cool band! What a cool name! Pretty clever too. For those of you who do not know, rudiment means the key, bare essentials.
It was a great name back then. It is still great name now. Me likey.
…. and the bronze medal goes to….
3. The Dirty Skirts
What a brilliant name! So indie! Very cool, and a very cool band as well.
…. and in second place….
2. Guns Go Bang
This name is absolute genius. Bang Bang! Skiet Skiet! Guns go bang! and our music does too.
…. and the coolest South African band name is….
1. The Vendetta Cartel
This gets my vote as the coolest South African band name. It must be said, this is bloody cool band! It has a cool name, makes cool music and has the coolest members.
Now, i know I have probably left out loads of names and you might disagree with order. As such, I’m going to sit down and work out the 100 coolest South African Band Names. So if you are in a band, drop me a comment here!
So what do you think are the coolest South African band names?