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"...take a really cool word but then spell it all wrong. You know like... "Lazor", or "Bigg Nife", or something like "Taranchula", or maybe like "Limozeen"...
Strong Bad in sbemail #16, "band names".

Sometimes musicians like to make their band's name oddly spelled for one main reason: It's cool.

A combination of Xtreme Kool Letterz, A Good Name for a Rock Band, often Funetik Aksent and My Nayme Is, and bonus points if they have a Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut. This type of band name is usually associated with music movements like Glam Metal and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, but can be used with any type of rock music (and probably any kind of music at all).

Possibly parodied more than it's actually used. (Or more than it was ever used.)

Subtrope of Xtreme Kool Letterz and My Nayme Is when applied to music.



  • The Beatles, playing with "beat", is probably the Ur Example.
    • John Lennon would irreverently explain the band's name thusly:

 Lennon: One day a man on a flaming pie came down and said to us "From now on you are Beatles with an 'a'". We said "Thank you, Mr. Man."

  • Led Zeppelin, probably the Trope Maker and/or Codifier. Originally meant so that "thick Americans" wouldn't mispronounce "lead".
  • Def Leppard
  • Stryper
  • Megadeth
  • The Monkees (a pop rock example)
    • And Gorillaz got their name from the Monkees.
  • Motley Crue
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Korn
  • Eminem sort of counts
  • Polysics (named after their first keyboard, misspelled to avoid copyright)
  • The Dukes of Stratosphear (XTC's psychedelic alter-egos)
  • Scaterd Few
  • Linkin Park
  • The animated band Prozzäk.
  • Caramell, the band responsible for the song behind a certain animation meme. The Swedish word is properly spelled "karamell".
  • Rammstein: the German city with the air base's name is spelled with only one M.
  • Split Enz: They originally averted the trope (as Split Ends), but later changed the spelling to honor their home country of New Zealand.
  • Green Jellÿ, with an umlaut over the Y. Originally they were "Green Jellö", but had to change it for copyright reasons; they claim a Y with an umlaut is pronounced like an O.
  • The Kovenant: They were called Covenant at first until sued by another band with the same name.
  • Hurriganes
  • The Cyrkle ("Red Rubber Ball"). John Lennon gave them the suggestion to spell their name that way.
  • Jackyl
  • Broke NCYDE
  • Eazy-E



  • In the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Rodrick plays in a band called Löded Diper.
    • Greg points out that, even though everyone assumes Roderick spelled it that way to make it look cool, it's highly possible that he just doesn't know the real spelling.
  • InKline Plain, Stuart Kline's band, in War for the Oaks. Apparently, nobody ever spells it 'correctly'.
  • In the Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, narrator Cole St. Clair is a member of NARKOTIKA. wordofgod states that it's in all caps, because "ITS LOUDER THAT WAY."

Video Games

  • Brutal Legend had the Kabbage Boy. And Ironheade, though it was less of a band and more of a band-styled army.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

 Trent: Would it help if we spelled "mystik" with two y's?

Daria: (thinking) And I'll spell my name D-A-R-Y-A, and be crowned Miss America.

Daria: (aloud) It might.

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