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Friday, February 19, 2010

So apparently it’s become almost impossible to find a name for your new band, given all the other new bands out there.

OK, I sympathize, to a point.  But really, if you're creative enough to write a decent song, I think you should be able to find a word or phrase that a) doesn't suck and b) isn't in use right now. Interpol managed to do it. 

Instead, we've seen a spate of Full Sentence Names: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, for example, or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or my personal fave, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. And then there are the bands whose names say "I've simply stopped trying," like the group known as !!! (pronounced, apparently, chk-chk-chk - or any other three identical sounds), or any of the dozens of groups with the F-word in their name. 

Band names can be important - these days we often hear about a band before we actually hear their music, so this is often a band's first chance to impress us with their well-developed sense of irony or nihilism or quirkiness.

Fortunately, there IS help available -- a largely-untapped wealth of great band names just waiting to be used. I'm speaking of course about the writings of Dave Barry. The best-selling humorist has for years been interrupting his hard-hitting investigations into things like the enormous amount of methane released into the atmosphere as a result of the cow population passing gas by saying things like “as we consider the bovine methane problem (which, by the way, would be a good name for a band)…”   Actually, I think I might’ve made that one up, and might actually be feeling proud of myself for doing so, but if you really want to see some great band names, check out Dave’s online list of Rock Band Names.  But hurry – I’m thinking of using “Duane Ketter and his Wildlife Technicians” myself…

Tell us: Have you had trouble naming a band? Have you had trouble liking a band because of their name?


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Comments [2]


yr a douche– that's your band name.

Feb. 26 2010 12:15 PM

All those bands you mentioned in the first paragraphs have great, memorable names, so I don't know what your point is.

Feb. 22 2010 07:24 AM

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