The Black Keys are rolling into town, so we’re counting down 10 of our favorite bands with “colorful” names.
10. Blood Orange
Dev Hynes’ latest music under this moniker is pretty much the second coming of Prince with a live show to match. ’Nuff said.
9. Blue Oyster Cult
They’re more than just a deftly executed cowbell.
8. Deep Purple
There’s a reason the “Smoke on the Water” riff is one of the first things anyone learns on guitar. One of the pioneers of heavy metal.
7. Green Day
OK, so American Idiot (and all subsequent albums) might have been ill-advised, but don’t forget, before their commercial drop off, these dudes just wanted to make punk music and smoke reefer.
6. White Zombie
The off-chance you’ll hear “Thunderkiss ’65” is the only reason to ever listen to The Blitz.
The synthpop duo hailing from Bath, England, pays homage to the darker side of glam rock with glitter-kissed soundscapes and hypnotic voice. If you aren’t dancing by the end of “Ooh La La,” you’re the problem.
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Peter Hayes-lead psych rockers are named after a fictional motorcycle gang, but they exude plenty of black leather cool.
3. Pink Floyd
There’s a reason that generation after generation of college freshmen go through a serious Floyd phase. The definitive psychedelic rock band.
2. The White Stripes
Dear drunk sports fans: Give us “Seven Nation Army” back.
1. Black Sabbath
Sabbath is No. 1. This is not up for debate. This is just fact.