Sunday, September 6, 2009

Band Names: The Good, the Not Bad, and the Ugly

Once I suffered through finding a band name that adequately communicated the essence of my music, I found I couldn’t shut the search function off in my head. Tom and I are always listening for phrases that would make a statement as a band name and we often come up with some great ones. Often times, these have already been taken by other bands ("The Untold Story") and they are almost always names that have nothing to do with any music we would ever create ("The Improbability Drive") so they are essentially useless to us. But some of them are pretty damn funny ("Gunky Bob & the Flaming Tumbleweeds") so at least we get a laugh out of it in addition to a little brain exercise.

So, today I’m sitting in the van at the gas station and I notice a banner advertising beer. I came up with "Bud Miller and the Brown Bottle Boys." Eh... It’s worth a smile, but that’s about it. Then, I started thinking about Coors (pisswater, Golden, etc.) and stumbled across this, my favorite band name of the week: "Adolph Coors & the Clear Creek Contaminants"

OK, your turn now. Go...


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  2. Nick Swagger and the Strolling Roans

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  4. My buddies and I always thought to have a band name that would look great on the marquee and a marketing draw: "Free Admission"

  5. This is a game that Sooj and I play pretty often:

    Viral Vinyl
    Liquid Pez - by our friend Vixy
    Disco Vampire Chimney Sweeps
    Swap Shack Bunnies
    Evil Ex-Bosses
    Reptile Farm Espresso

    Also, best music billboard we ever saw:
    Bare Naked Ladies"

  6. Vanity Farrakhan
    The Dalai Lama Ding Dongs
    The Other White Bread
    Bitesize Mongoose
    Tough Cookies
    Supergroup with Sting, Ric Ocasek and Ray Manzarek: The Police Car Doors

    Some favorite real ones:
    The Done Me Wrongs
    The Fat Chick from Wilson Phillips
    Biff Hitler and the Violent Mood Swings
    The Lost Sea Squirrels