They may be one of the hottest acts in pop at the moment, but US dance music duo the Chainsmokers are being criticized by health organisations and campaigners because of their rather unhealthy-sounding name.
The twosome, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, have conquered charts all over the world with their songs like "#Selfie", "Roses", "Don't Let Me Down" and "Closer", but their nom de plume has not gone down well with the likes of Action on Smoking and Health, NHS Smokefree and so forth.
An anti smoking campaigner said:
"It's an interesting name for a band but to be honest I think it sets a bad example. Smoking is toxic and poisonous to the human body, and kills millions of people every year. In fact, over 20 million have died from it over the last 50 years in the US alone. Wouldn't Alex and Drew set a good example by going with a nice, healthier alternative name like The Carrotchewers? It certainly would be a nice way to encourage people not to, er, chainsmoke."
The band's latest single "Closer", which is a duet with Halsey, has already topped the charts in both the UK and the US, and made them the first act to have four number ones on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and was number one in all of the world's mainly English speaking countries. The band apparently chose their name "just because it sounded clever for them and the domains were open". Hmmmm, we don't think it is a clever name if you want to impress health campaigners...
A spokesperson for The Chainsmokers was unavailable to comment on the situation today (6th October 2016). As far as The Spoof knows at this time, the band will not be changing their name.