What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to Japanese bands, a lot, actually. Japanese rock groups, like Western psychedelic bands of 30-some years ago, have been coming up with some extraordinarily creative and just plain nutzo band names of late.

And just as bands such as Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Incredible String Band and Lothar & the Hand People (where are they now?) created some incredibly wonderful and inspired music, the tendency for Japanese musicians to come up with wacko band names seems to go hand-in-hand with making cool, adventurous music. They both draw from same wellspring of inspiration.

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