Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free. I was lucky enough to be invited to the recent Festival of the Fuck Bands, led in a ceremonious fashion by Fucked Up's very own Father Damian. The festival is a chance for bands worldwide to get together, discuss music and politics, and chat about how awesome they are for having the word "fuck" in their band names. The festival took place this past November in — appropriately enough — Fucking, Austria.
Holy Fuck is a Canadian electronica band from Toronto. They were a part of Dependent Music , a music label and artist collective that began in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in until its closing. They were then a part of the Young Turks label  and in they signed with Innovative Leisure. In the summer of , Holy Fuck performed at the Glastonbury Festival , the largest music festival in the world, where they were named the No.
No single moment can truly be called the watershed usage of the word "fuck" as a band name, but you can at least trace the trend 20 years, when Fuck formed in Oakland, Calif. By naming themselves as such in , the quartet "resign[ed] themselves to a career of obscurity," at least according to All Music Guide. But hang on. By the time they went public as Fuck, the word was moving past its ability to shock.