It’s oh so punk (or metal) to come up with a funny and offensive band name, but let’s face it, it’s got to be very clever to not wear out its welcome. In fact, some band names can seem just so vanilla and their output so boring that they become offensive by virtue of being boring.

Others just slap a few choice profanities together in their quest to outrage society, but most never get beyond a handful of gigs at their local punk pub. Here’s our list of a few that made it a bit further than that.

This is not only a list of the “most offensive” band names, we’ve also given props for those which are actually tongue-in-cheek references, particularly creative, and just plain funny.

It’s oh so punk (or metal) to come up with a funny and offensive band name, but let’s face it, it’s got to be very clever to not wear out its welcome. In fact, some band names can seem just so vanilla and their output so boring that they become offensive by virtue of being boring.

Others just slap a few choice profanities together in their quest to outrage society, but most never get beyond a handful of gigs at their local punk pub. Here’s our list of a few that made it a bit further than that.

This is not only a list of the "most offensive" band names, we've also given props for those which are actually tongue-in-cheek references, particularly creative, and just plain funny.

Anal Cunt



Entirely predictable and absolutely nonsensical but you’ve got to give these guys points for sticking together since they formed in Boston in 1988. Lead singer Seth Putnam endured countless lineup changes in the grindcore band before passing away in June this year.

Bits Of Shit



When it comes to offensive band names, punk rock has the whole idea on lock. While metal bands are often confined to the insular restrictions that the genre can impose on musicians, i.e. the need to be very, very serious (with some obvious exceptions), punk has carte blanche to be as fun and unserious as it wants to be.

While metal bands can conjure up some rather offensive monikers, they'll never be as puerile or nonchalant as a band like Bits Of Shit.

Batpiss



If these Melbourne punks ever decide to sign to a faceless major label with the hopes of nabbing the big bucks and a support slot with Taylor Swift, they can look forward to the inevitably meeting with a PR rep in which they bring the members into their corner office and hit them with the, "So boys, about the name..." talk.

Luckily, the irreverent rockers don't seem like they'd be the types to do that anytime soon.

Pisschrist



This Melbourne crust punk outfit was obviously courting controversy when they named themselves after the infamously divisive Andres Serrano photograph. The image depicted a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist's urine.

The photo has been the subject of many protests and in 1997, then Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, George Pell, sought to have it banned from being shown at the NGV. By choosing the title of the notorious photo for your band name, you're just asking for trouble.

Butthole Surfers



Gibby Haynes has been leading the Texan punk rockers for 30 years now and despite his best efforts, they almost achieved some mainstream success in the mid 1990s.

Circle Jerks



A much loved hardcore punk band that came out of the California hardcore scene in the late 1970s/early 1980s, their name implied what would be known in Australia as a ‘soggy sao’ where men would gather to masturbate in front of each other.

Cuntz



We reckon it's unfortunate that any time a band comes out, there's instantly a debate about whether they're "4 Real" or poseurs, but with a band name like Cuntz, it basically obliterates that conversation in an instant.

Regardless of how you feel about the incendiary title, the Melbourne outfit, who in the past have supported the likes of list alumni Fucked Up, certainly isn't looking to get the major label bucks.

Diarrhea Planet



According to band leader Jordan Smith, this Nashville punk outfit intentionally sought a name that would be "annoying" and "immature" but without "any real cuss words in it", because, y'know, then it would be too obvious.

We've gotta say, we like this one best out of all of the bands listed here.

Dying Fetus



Like Fucked Up, Dying Fetus are one of those bands you tell people about and they instantly think they know everything there is to know about them. We can't blame them, it's a name that fosters being pigeon-holed.

However, if you get past the name, you'll discover one of the most acclaimed and beloved death metal bands that Maryland has to offer. The band is known for their complex riffing, heavy breakdowns, and politically-themed lyrics.

Fucked Up



Not unlike Nirvana, whose name was an ironic commentary on the band's heavily distorted, explosive sound, Fucked Up may bear all the hallmarks of your local, faceless punk rock outfit.

Little would you know, however, that the band are actually one of the most critically acclaimed groups to come out in recent years, with their 2008 album, The Chemistry of Common Life, cited as one of the year's best.

Gay Witch Abortion



This one's almost like the band created some sort of offensive band name generator that was filled with random words that would no doubt inspire outrage and spark controversy. In that sense, they're not unlike Italian one-hit wonders Eiffel 65... y'know, if that's what actually happened.

Joy Division

As iconic a band as they may be over 30 years since the death of singer Ian Curtis, many people forget that they were named after a section of a WW2 concentration camp where female inmates were kept to be raped by the Nazi officers.

Lubricated Goat



Possibly Australia’s most legendary underground punk band, led by singer Stu Spasm, the band were most notorious for a 1988 performance on the ABC show Blah Blah Blah with Andrew Denton of their song ‘In The Raw’ where they did just that. It’s possibly the greatest display of male nudity ever seen on Australian TV.

Machine Gun Fellatio



Enjoying a modicum of success in Australia in the early – mid 2000s, alas the most interesting thing about this band were the name and the stage names of their members, including Pinky Beecroft and Chit Chat Von Loopinstab.

Propagandhi



A Canadian punk hardcore act that have managed to outlive most bands of their ilk over the last 20 odd years, they managed to combine the term propaganda and the surname of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi in to the one name. Clever.

Rapeman



Do we even have to explain this one?

Revolting Cocks



Famously irreverent Ministry frontman Al Jourgenson has had no shortage of offensively titled albums (Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs), songs ('Jesus Built My Hotrod'), and side-projects (1000 Homo DJs) in his career.

However, Revolting Cocks might be not only his most blatant attempt at stirring controversy, but also his most, um, graphic. Oh well, that's why we'll always love you, Al.

The Slits



Led by the unique Ari Up, who passed away in 2010, The Slits were a feminist punk band formed in London in the late 1970s who named themselves after a rather crude euphemism for a woman’s vagina.

Viet Cong



This group's name recently cost them a gig, with the promoter apologising for booking an act whose name “deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities", extending his apology “to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations”.

Named after the notorious army and political front that battled against the US and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, it's not surprising the band's name conjures unpleasant memories for many Vietnamese people.