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What’s in a band name?

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Posted by admin On May - 21 - 2008

-Z.T.-
I’ve never been in a band, so I have to live vicariously through Guitar Hero, Rock Band and karaoke nights. One of the best parts is coming up with a bad-ass band name. You need to somehow capture the spirit of the music and catch people’s attention. It’s a tough combination of factors.

Some bands name themselves after inanimate objects (Spoon, Lettuce, Cake) Some name themselves after punctuation (!!!) Some are hilarious (Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds, Orange Juice After Toothpaste) and some are horrifying: (Alcoholocaust, Amish Meth Lab, Anus the Menace and Gonnorhea Pizzaria.) I got those last few from this list.

My first Guitar Hero band was named “Sex Nachos.” I think it conjures up some good imagery. Lately I’ve gone with a name Andy came up with: “Clean Machine” First one to catch that reference gets a hug.

There’s also something special about band names next to each other. When I used to put together the calendar for IU’s weekend bands, I came across the best one-two punch in the history of rock. The band “Tremendous Fucking” was opening up for “You Will Die.” It took every bit of restraint I had not to make a listing for: You Will Die after…Tremendous Fucking! Who wouldn’t go to that show? (and want to go out like that, for that matter)

What would you name your band? And what is the best band name of all time?

4 Responses

  1. Walton Said,

    Brian Jonestown Massacre. I don’t know if this is the best band name of all time, but it is pretty cool. I would name my band the High Incident Bandits for many reasons.

    Posted on May 21st, 2008 at 3:13 pm

  2. Jordan Said,

    electric lunchbox

    Posted on May 22nd, 2008 at 12:15 am

  3. Matthew Said,

    Evolution, but i guess you’d have to see me naked to understand…

    Mental Floss is currently my fave band name…ever hear of those crazy cats?

    Posted on May 22nd, 2008 at 9:10 am

  4. Teibs and Shore Said,

    hahaha evolution cause you’re so hairy and you come from monkeys?!

    Posted on May 22nd, 2008 at 9:27 am

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