Evolution of Band Names?
During the 50s rock'n'roll/ doo-wop era, we had dozens of great vocal groups that leaned towards "classy" or romantic sounding names, most having "The" at the beginning. Old school versions, of course.
The Five Satins
Occassionally, you'd get names w/ the -(leader's name) & (The Band's Name Here) formula. (eg: Buddy Holly & The Crickets)
By the late 60s, we started seeing way out names. The more bizarre, the better. No doubt a reflection of the 'psychedelic' counterculture & their values. (eg: Strawberry Alarm Clock, Moby Grape, Crazy Elephant, Vanilla Fudge, The 5th Diomension, Iron Butterfly...)
In the 80s, seemed we were getting into an era of fun names or ones that reflected music trends (eg: The Go Gos, The B-52s, Eurythmics, Oingo Bingo, New Order..) Phrases started to creep their way into the picture too (eg: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, A Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons...)
Bring Me The Horizon
The Devil Wears Prada
Job For A Cowboy
Escape the Fate...
You can call the older ones lame or boring...but that's too easy to say with the benefit of 2008 hindsight. Back when those groups were new, few even thought rock'n'roll would last 5 years.