Band Names You Don’t Know How To Pronounce (and How To Pronounce Them Correctly)

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Bands are running out of name ideas. All the obvious ones are taken, so bands are forced to get creative. They're leaving out letters, adding extra letters, including out-of-place symbols and numbers, and choosing foreign or made-up words. We can read and write about these bands all we want, but that doesn't help avoid that awkward situation when you have a conversation about Bon Iver for the first time and say, "Oh, I love Bawn Eye-ver, they're my favorite band!" and then some snob corrects you, looks at your like you're a poser, and spits at your feet. If you've ever been spit on because you don't know how to say Bon Iver, this post is for you.

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  • still wondering

    but how do you say MS MR?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    I’d liike to meet who was mispronouncing Miike Snow.

  • howdoyousayMúm

    I feel like there are a lot more confusing band names out there there should def be a part two of this

  • howdoyousayMúm

    I feel like there are a lot more confusing band names out there there should def be a part two of this

  • howdoyousayMúm

    the above comment wasn’t meant to be a reply

  • enid

    Tell me about it I’ve to say these on the radio!

    Gang Gang Dance’s last album has symbols instead of track names “∞∞∞”

  • TR

    Miss Mister

  • batmayne

    Shoutbox taught me.

  • Joyce Ng

    Also: Ryan Hemsworth’s uniquely titled “(。◕‿◕。)”

    HOW?

  • Confusion

    Leave more suggestions, we’ll do a part 2

  • Confusion

    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Joyce Ng

    -___-“

  • batmayne

    SOHN (son?) and Rhye (Ray or Rye?).
    I’m think Kwes is pronounced Keys. But I’m not sure.

    I wish they were more like rappers and shout themselves out on their own songs.

  • but

    and how does one pronounce XXYYXX?

  • https://soundcloud.com/eidn/eidn-never-die-im-alive cmmtsundertheinflnce

    Xiu Xiu is actually pronounced Shew Shew, or Shoo Shoo (oo as in foot) and the g in Sigur Ros is really soft, you almost don’t hear it (Si-ur Ros).

  • https://soundcloud.com/eidn/eidn-never-die-im-alive cmmtsundertheinflnce

    Well, SOHN is son in german. It’s a silent h and makes the o sound longer, kinda like the o sound in flown. Just listen to it here: http://translate.google.com/#de/en/sohn

  • jazzydior

    This was such a basic list.

  • Sam

    Add Autre Ne Veut .. I know I’ve been saying this mfcks name wrong for a minute ..

  • Geovane M

    Just said this

  • yumpinfun

    i’m surprised that oOoOO is not on this list

  • e

    what about toro y moi….

  • RyBu

    girl called me out yesterday at acl for saying toro y moi wrong but she looked good in the flower head band she probably bought at american apparel the day before

  • Nick Wenger

    MØ? Pronounced Mo?

  • Nick Wenger

    I asked my french friend how to pronounce this. I still say it wrong.

  • Nick Wenger

    “it’s TORO-EE-MWAH. It means the bull and me, half Spanish/half French.”

  • Jetsfoo

    It’s pronounced LeviOsa, not LevioSA

  • Name

    I’ll pronounce it how they (most) spell it. If a band name is taken, it’s a bit of a dick move to change a letter and just take the phonetics (biggest offender: Fun.)
    I didn’t watch the video, but I doubt MGMT minds being referred to as Management too much; that’s what the band name was while they were are Wesleyan.

  • Chase

    I live in the South and literally every person I meet who enjoys Bon Iver pronounces it Bon “Eye”-ver. When you try to correct them they get incredibly offended too because the band is “one of their favorites”. Also, find a lot of people pronounce The Avett Brothers with an “ahh” sound instead of “aye”-vett.

  • Y.R

    Mø is pronounced probably like u say the “ur” in “Hurt” so – or atleast almost.

  • Carson

    Toro y Mois, DIIV both come to mind

  • https://soundcloud.com/eidn/eidn-never-die-im-alive cmmtsundertheinflnce

    Toro Y Mois is explained below, and DIIV is pronounced dive.

  • MadDanny

    I always figured it was something like Ziz…?

  • MadDanny

    Yeah, the g is pretty much silent, and almost a y sound like “Siyur” and “ros” is almost like “roast” without the t at the end.

  • Dianne

    Include Saosin and Bjork. It’s 2013 and a lot of people doesn’t know how to say it properly.

  • Shelly, Faery Queen

    This list might have been incredibly sarcastic, and if so, it’s really fucking funny

  • Nock4Six

    Rhye is pronounced rye like the drink and SOHN is pronounced like Sewn…or rhyming with moan.

  • Adam Robinson

    i’ve always said zeeks

  • ssss

    it’s pronounced like ‘muh’