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What's in a band name?

From the Guardian, via Large Hearted Boy:

It is one of the more thrilling aspects of the life of the music writer: the daily bundle of envelopes that pops through the letterbox, bringing word of the latest alleged sensations and the music to match.... But how to navigate through it all, and decide what to hod down to the second-hand shop, so as to pay the grocery bills? When time is a little tighter, however, an altogether sharper instrument comes into play: the Crap Name Test, which can send CDs flying towards the "sell", "keep" or "keep then sell" piles in mere seconds.

This will sound like so much woeful name-dropping, but what the hell: when I was a student, I received a couple of well-written letters from an aspiring musician named Ed O'Brien. His band was called On a Friday, which I assumed denoted some kind of workaday pub rock, so I failed to follow them up. It was only when they changed their name that I caught up with the embryonic wonderment in which they were dealing. By then, Ed's band was called Radiohead, and I felt like a clot.

Full article here. Also read the hilarious "Anyone seen The Entire Population of China?".

Band on the run: Interpol turns up the fashion for the New York Times

Lemme see, some great band names for me, off the top of my head, are: Franz Ferdinand (go alliteration!), Interpol (espionage or something, kewl!), Shonen Knife, Talking Heads, The Clash, Radiohead, Pizicatto Five, Madness, God Lives Underwater, Air, Badly Drawn Boy, Thievery Corporation, Groove Armada (hear those R's?), Daft Punk (use that harsh critic's review as your name!), Veruca Salt, Stone Temple Pilots (I dunno, it just sounds good), Kraftwerk, Violent Femmes, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, and I forget what else.

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  1. Blogger indi 

    "Whatever else he may have done in life, Archduke FRANZ FERDINAND is known now as the man whose assassination touched off World War I....the assassin was Gavrilo Princip, a member of the Serbian nationalist group known as the Black Hand. The shooting led to war between Austria and Serbia, which escalated into World War I." -from http://www.answers.com/topic/archduke-ferdinand

    what's with war references and bands? joy division naman, world war 2, comfort women ng nazi ba yun adam?

  2. Blogger Midori 

    i didn't know joy division had to do with comfort women. i did know franz ferdinand was an archduke who got killed, which set off WWI.

    oh, there's another band name that i think is cool. ATARI TEENAGE RIOT! o dava. ;) astig!

  3. Blogger Adam 

    JOY DIVISION yung tawag sa comfort women camp ng nazis. tapos 'di ba naging NEW ORDER sila pagkatapos? na nazi reference din ('yung nauna nilang pangalan ay WARSAW, na again, nazi reference)

    read widely and know useless stuff.

    iba pang magagandang pangalan para sa banda: GOOD FORCES OF EVIL, na nickname namin para sa banda namin nung high school... at sieyempre, plug-plug, 'yung ALINA NAIBA na pangalan ng duo namin ngayon ni Ms Alina Co, at ang I LOVE YOU BUT I'VE CHOSEN DARKNESS, isang banda mula sa Austin na mahahanap sa http://www.chosendarkness.com/ at sa libreng CD ng The Believer, kasama ang DECEMBERISTS, na may libreng video ngayon sa internet.

  4. Blogger r 

    my favorite band name is girls against boys, though bloc party is climbing the charts...

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