Remember when Cracked magazine used to be nothing but parodies, like Mad with training wheels? Now, it seems, it’s all just funny lists, like this one of the 25 most ridiculous band names ever. (Thanks, Stereogum. BTW, both these links have some NSFW language.) Now, granted, some band names are clearly absurd; can anybody really say “Hootie and the Blowfish” (pictured), “Hoobastank,” or “Limp Bizkit” with a straight face? For other names, however, ridiculousness must be in the ear of the beholder. What’s wrong with “Smashing Pumpkins,” “Stone Temple Pilots,” or “Nickelback”? Seems unfair to penalize a band’s name just because the group’s music sucks (Puddle of Mudd, Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts); on the other hand, making good music (Mott the Hoople, The The, or the top two bands on the list, whose names I’ll leave for you to discover) shouldn’t cut you any slack for having a goofy name. Still, I think we can do better (that is, worse). C’mon, any takers for a-ha? Echo and the Bunnymen? Lynyrd Skynyrd? Kajagoogoo?