Last week, Lauryl Sulfate – a musician and mom living in Shorewood – posted a question to her personal Facebook page that read "Make up a bad band name." People eagerly responded to this, offering up doozies like "Chicken Poodle Soup," "Stick Pants," "Roger Waters Robert Plant" and "Trickle Down Urinenomics."
The responses piled up, eventually topping 1,000. After 2,000 comments, Sulfate said she’d plan a karaoke party for her Facebook friends if they hit 3,000. The goal was met the next day.
"Someone suggested they needed stretch goals so, I said at 4,000, I'm making cupcakes for everyone," says Sulfate. (Wow, that’s a lot of frosting.)
So why is this such a bonkers-popular post? Many of us have been a part of the cultural discussion around "bad band names" before. I'm sure where it originated, but it certainly comes up naturally in conversation and is referenced in media. Personally, I've thought about this many times and imagined terrible, awful band names like PregNancy Reagan and Star Warts.
Plus, there really are bands, famous bands, with arguably garbage-y names – especially from the ‘90s. Toad The Wet Sprocket. Hootie and the Blowfish. And the absolute worst: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.
Sulfate has her own thoughts as to why her post resonated with so many of her friends and fans.
"It’s a pretty open-ended question as far as letting people be as creative as they want to be," says Sulfate. "When you ask someone to do something badly, it takes a lot of pressure off."
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.