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What not to call a band

Stanron 19 Feb 17 - 07:24 AM
sleepyjon 17 Feb 17 - 05:10 AM
GUEST,leeneia 16 Feb 17 - 11:02 AM
Tradsinger 15 Feb 17 - 07:47 PM
GUEST 15 Feb 17 - 10:15 AM
GUEST,Mark Bluemel 15 Feb 17 - 10:12 AM
Jack Campin 15 Feb 17 - 09:17 AM
Will Fly 15 Feb 17 - 06:52 AM
GUEST,Eddie1 (Cookie lost forever) 15 Feb 17 - 06:30 AM
Hagman 15 Feb 17 - 04:34 AM
GUEST,Mark Bluemel 14 Feb 17 - 08:03 AM
GUEST,Gerry 14 Feb 17 - 05:17 AM
Mrrzy 13 Feb 17 - 10:32 PM
BrooklynJay 13 Feb 17 - 05:13 PM
Dave the Gnome 13 Feb 17 - 10:54 AM
Howard Jones 13 Feb 17 - 10:48 AM
Mo the caller 13 Feb 17 - 09:43 AM
TheSnail 13 Feb 17 - 08:49 AM
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GUEST,Tom Mycock 13 Feb 17 - 03:05 AM
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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Stanron
Date: 19 Feb 17 - 07:24 AM

The Well Oiled Machine?


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: sleepyjon
Date: 17 Feb 17 - 05:10 AM

Tried to get some friends to go out as "Perry Stolsis and the Motions" but for some reason they didn't go for it - ?

SJ


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 16 Feb 17 - 11:02 AM

A band's name should tell you that it's a band. Shy Teds, Crazy Cousins, Cheap Serenaders are all okay names, because they let us know that humans are involved.

It's bad when you can't tell whether the name denotes a band, a song, an album or a venue. Mirie it is, MP3, Weddings Parties Anything - those names are too precious and don't help get gigs and make money.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Tradsinger
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 07:47 PM

There's a group of aging rockers in this area called "The Shy Teds".


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 10:15 AM

Some more real names:
A band in Falkirk that call themselves "The Lazy Boys of Banknock" (Banknock being a place near Falkirk).
A band that used to play at Loanhead Festival - The Betty Swallocks band (think about it!)
And "Celtic Corrections".
And in tribute to "The Silly Sisters" my friend and I call ourselves "The Crazy Cousins".


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 10:12 AM

There seem to be quite a few functions bands called "Got It Covered" - hard to know if you're booking the one you thought.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Jack Campin
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 09:17 AM

Not an obvious choice of name given that "The band's first performance was in 1988 at Putnam's mother's house in front of some family members, namely his mother, his two little brothers and his grandmother, as well as some of his mother's friends"...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_Cunt


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Will Fly
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 06:52 AM

My favourite (real band) name is Robert Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders.

A friend of mine once played in a jug band called King Edward's Easy Scrapers.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Eddie1 (Cookie lost forever)
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 06:30 AM

Back in the 60s there was a band in the Edinburgh area called "Late Licence" cause they reckoned their name on a poster ensured a good -sized audience. I used to sing with a guy called Bill under the name "Edible Pear"!


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Hagman
Date: 15 Feb 17 - 04:34 AM

A very succesful long-running band down here in Oz was/is Weddings, Parties, Anything...


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 14 Feb 17 - 08:03 AM

Suffering from a complete lack of inspiration, we were called BWNN (the Band With No Name)...


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 14 Feb 17 - 05:17 AM

Australian folkie Martin Pearson formed a trio called The MP3. Try finding them on Google!


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mrrzy
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 10:32 PM

On the other hand...


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 05:13 PM

Back in the early 1980's, I tried to get a musician friend of mine to start a mock-punk band that would feature the lead singer disemboweling himself onstage. (I do theatrical and special effects makeup.)

The band's name? Captain Colitis and the Running Sores.

Sadly, the band never got off the ground, but I still occasionally find myself thinking back to "Oh, what might have been..."

Definitely a concept that was before its time!


Jay


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 10:54 AM

A friend of mine started a band called Snotty Stones and the Turdbenders. This was in the late 60s - Well before punk :-)

DtG


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Howard Jones
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 10:48 AM

To answer Mo's original question, there is a Scottish country dance group for the LGBT+ community in Manchester called the Gay Gordons, so it could be them. Seems like a good name to me. Not too hard to Google if you give it a few more clues - "gay gordons folk dance manchester" finds them top of the list.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mo the caller
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 09:43 AM

A Google friendly name is important. So it needs to be obvious how you spell it, and not bring lots of unrelated results.
Friends had a group called after an old song "Mirie it is "
They had someone ring up and ask for Merryitis - like some illness where you can't stop laughing I suppose.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: TheSnail
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 08:49 AM

The Omega 3
Excellent band but impossible to Google for.

Following the chemistry references, there used to be a band here in Sussex called Maxwell's Demon which is a thermodynamics reference but a good name without knowing that.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: BobL
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 03:18 AM

Local duo Novak & Goode briefly contemplated becoming a trio, Steele Novak & Goode.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Tom Mycock
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 03:05 AM

I play guitar and sing, and I've a friend who does likewise, whose surname is Balls. We have often joked about doing a musical collaboration, Mycock & Balls.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,DeanofRochester
Date: 13 Feb 17 - 01:02 AM

I loved Giles Smith's book Lost in Music, when he played in a band in Essex called 'Pony'. They got loads of gigs in Essex, but whenever they tried to get a gig in London, were just laughed at.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: eftifino
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 11:00 PM

There was a Melbourne group in the '80s called:

Farmers Union Creole Kings

But they had to change it when the folk saw the bass drum!

I personally like Peter Sellars' satirical:

Turk Thrust and the Y-Fronts.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: llareggyb
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 07:59 PM

With a nod to the Two Ronnies, *don't* call your band "What's yours"
My brother played in a group called "Sound of Silence" Now that's not so much bad as lame, lame, lame. He wanted the name to be "Brick Window" - now there's a *good* name!


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 07:48 PM

There was (maybe still is?) a band in the Glasgow area called 'Willie and the Hand Jive'. I used to be amazed when I saw posters /adverts for them in pubs and other venues -- must be my impure mind!


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 01:38 PM

Ugly Abbotts!!!


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 10:18 AM

In the current US political climate, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to name a band "Truck Fump".

It's not a bad name, but you'd be risking bodily harm if one of the more rabid supporters of a certain future ex-president should get the joke.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 09:05 AM

My mate Arthur & me are both getting on a bit & became
Arthur Itis and the Plastic Hips


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: ced2
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 07:20 AM

Snotty and the Nose Pickers


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Tom Mycock
Date: 12 Feb 17 - 05:52 AM

I play in a ska band, we used to gig quite regularly with Catch-It Kebabs, also a local ska punk band called Special Guests.

My own pet hate is bands with numbers and / or punctuation marks in their names, don't know why but it gets on my wick.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 11 Feb 17 - 03:37 PM

I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned The Otterby Band, so called because they "oughta be banned".


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: JHW
Date: 11 Feb 17 - 10:51 AM

'one of Vin Garbutt's early albums was called King Gooden'
and there was Shy Tot Pommie


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Feb 17 - 10:05 AM

From Southampton
JABB (just another bloody band)
Bruce Roberts had a band called Fester and the Vomits.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 07:04 PM

anyone remember Pete Ness and the Four Skins?


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 08:50 AM

"We've All Slept With The Banjo Players New Wife"


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 07:37 AM

A young traditional band would be well advised not call themselves The Kiddie Fiddlers.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 04:49 AM

A name like mine lends itself to parody.

My former flatmate, Greame, suggested Grim Spew and the Come Stains.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 05:02 AM

One of these days, I'm going to form a bluesy pub-rock band full of fat, balding middle-aged men.

We will be called Prostate.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Luthier2b
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 11:43 PM

The band names that cam immediately to my mind were:
* Stage Dark
* Spot O'pot
* Mike Recker
* Barry Manillow
* Just Paroled
* Klezmer King Krimson
* Aunty Semite
* DOA
* Wrong Date
* Closed For Renovation


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: frogprince
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 09:46 PM

The wife and I spent a while yesterday at a nearby cider mill listening to "The Porta Potty Pickers". No lie. While I don't expect to see them on national television any time soon, they were more than good enough to put on a really enjoyable country-style show; respectable picking, respectable singing and harmonizing, and very diverse and well chosen repertoire spanning everything from stuff at least 80 years old to Guy Clark, Tom Paxton, and Garth Brookes. Just 4 guys from 50ish to 70ish having a lot of fun.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: JesseW
Date: 18 Oct 09 - 02:38 PM

There's a filk group called Roadkill out there -- I'd be sort of afraid to hear them if they were on tour...

Excellent thread, BTW -- lots of guffaws reading it.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 09:24 PM

There used to be a band called Blue Anchor up Middlesborough way and of course one of Vin Garbutt's early albums was called King Gooden! and the Watersons performed alongside the Rubber Band.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 07:43 AM

We did think of renaming "Blind Panic" to "Bland picnic" for a vegetarian gig.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 05:17 AM

Since there is a thread about the Manchester Sports Guild folk club currently, who could forget Big John MacAtee's Baekelite Nipple Band ?


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: scouse
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 04:23 AM

I well remember in Southampton years ago there was a bunch of guys who called themselves the "Stinkin' Prongful." Sang with a few of them!!
As Aye,
Phil.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 06:47 PM

HuwG

>>I knew some Chemistry students who formed a punk band named "Hoffman Degredation"<<

Nice one Huw.

When I was a guitar-playing chemistry student many years ago, some friends and I talked about forming a band called "Al D. Hyde and the Ketones". Never got around to doing it, but I believe somebody else eventually used the name and achieved a modest success. Ah well, another career opportunity missed!

Other possible names for chemistry student bands might be "Bunsen and the Burners", "The Harvard Synthesis" , "Hell, Volhard and Zilinsky", or "The Green Yard Reagents". Or possibly not!

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Ian Gill
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 02:25 PM

I was a member of 'Les Mis and the PP.S' for a while.We weren't that bad actually! Very sadly in the 70's I was also a member of a band called 'Plughole' - who lived up to their name in terms of career progression...what not to call a band, indeed.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 05:09 AM

Juan Kerr and the Seamen


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mooh
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 09:12 PM

There sure are a lot of singers named Kara Oke, or one that gets around like VD, so I wouldn't choose that name.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 06:27 PM

Vin Garbutt is not a band, it's a speech writer.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Willie-O
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 02:50 PM

If you're not in Canada, you probably don't know about the Polaris Prize, and that this year it went to veteran punk band Fucked Up.

Should have heard all the perorations of that name on the radio the next day...many (as in the case of mentions of another prominent Cdn band, Holy Fuck), called it "effed up". The CBC decided their announcers wouldn't say "Fucked Up" but that it was okay to run the sound clip "the award goes to...Fucked Up."   

There's also another long-running outfit in Toronto "Bunchafuckingoofs". BFG if you like.

Makes me sound pretty tame, which is how I like it.
I used to be in the Seldom Heard, after which I swore off self-fulfilling prophecy in band names. I like The Media Darlings better.

W-O


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