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What not to call a band

Mo the caller 03 Oct 09 - 06:57 AM
Declan 03 Oct 09 - 06:59 AM
Mo the caller 03 Oct 09 - 07:04 AM
Steve Shaw 03 Oct 09 - 07:09 AM
SteveMansfield 03 Oct 09 - 07:10 AM
GUEST,Jonny Sunshine 03 Oct 09 - 08:56 AM
wysiwyg 03 Oct 09 - 09:17 AM
GUEST,AndyJames 03 Oct 09 - 09:50 AM
John MacKenzie 03 Oct 09 - 10:18 AM
Geoff the Duck 03 Oct 09 - 10:33 AM
oldhippie 03 Oct 09 - 10:43 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 03 Oct 09 - 10:51 AM
Alice 03 Oct 09 - 10:58 AM
GUEST,leeneia 03 Oct 09 - 11:01 AM
Little Hawk 03 Oct 09 - 11:02 AM
GUEST, topsie 03 Oct 09 - 11:07 AM
BobKnight 03 Oct 09 - 11:09 AM
Leadfingers 03 Oct 09 - 02:22 PM
Dave MacKenzie 03 Oct 09 - 05:31 PM
John MacKenzie 03 Oct 09 - 05:54 PM
Acorn4 03 Oct 09 - 06:23 PM
Barbara 03 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 03 Oct 09 - 06:43 PM
Bat Goddess 03 Oct 09 - 06:43 PM
Ross Campbell 03 Oct 09 - 07:24 PM
Jack Campin 03 Oct 09 - 08:00 PM
GUEST,Nick E 03 Oct 09 - 08:27 PM
Artful Codger 03 Oct 09 - 08:55 PM
Little Robyn 03 Oct 09 - 08:57 PM
M.Ted 04 Oct 09 - 02:53 AM
GUEST 04 Oct 09 - 02:59 AM
Nick 04 Oct 09 - 05:10 AM
catspaw49 04 Oct 09 - 05:55 AM
Dave Hanson 04 Oct 09 - 06:09 AM
Tradsinger 04 Oct 09 - 11:32 AM
Tim Leaning 04 Oct 09 - 12:09 PM
meself 04 Oct 09 - 12:25 PM
Nicholas Waller 04 Oct 09 - 12:31 PM
Steve Shaw 04 Oct 09 - 03:25 PM
Richard Bridge 04 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM
Steve Shaw 04 Oct 09 - 07:01 PM
Bat Goddess 04 Oct 09 - 07:09 PM
Vic Smith 04 Oct 09 - 07:46 PM
Fidjit 05 Oct 09 - 12:28 AM
Peace 05 Oct 09 - 12:38 AM
Barbara 05 Oct 09 - 12:54 AM
Richard Bridge 05 Oct 09 - 04:23 AM
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Subject: What not to call a band
From: Mo the caller
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:57 AM

I've just been looking at the Water Aid website and clicked on the Manchester Ceilidh.
There was very little detail but it said Gay Gordons. I wondered if this was the name of a band, but Google really is no help.
They are almost as unfindable as a Smith in a phone book.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Declan
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:59 AM

I always fancied calling a band Many More. You would get lots of Fesival gigs, but always be bottom of the bill.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mo the caller
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 07:04 AM

I sometimes call with Full House, but was told that by a dancer that people might not go to the dances, thinking they were sold out.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 07:09 AM

The story goes that, in Patrick Street's early days, the band had booked into an hotel, to find when they arrived that just a single room had been booked in the name of Mr P. Street. :-)


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 07:10 AM

I used to be part of a band called Trebuchet, and indeed they've carried on without me.

We thought we'd be beaten in the search engines by the medieval seige engine - but it certainly didn't strike me that we'd also be fighting for Goggleability against every mention of the font ....

Other things not to call yourself probably include

Free Bar And Buffet
Late License
Don't Expect Paying
etc.

and I can't imagine anyone would want to call themselves after certain tunes - Jack's Maggot springs to mind ...


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 08:56 AM

"Many More" certainly get about, but not as much as "TBC" or my favourite act "Plus Local Support"

Names that are easily mis-pronounced or misspelt are always a bad move.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 09:17 AM

"All-Request All-Stars"

NOT!

~S~


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,AndyJames
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 09:50 AM

How about:

Please Observe Dress Code

Mensa Members Only

Featuring Extended Tin Whistle Improv

(ducks flying tin whistles)


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:18 AM

Mike Hunt and the Beavers
Wayne Kerr, and Full Supporting Cast


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:33 AM

I'd like to see Ducks flying tin whistles...
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: oldhippie
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:43 AM

Free Beer Tomorrow


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:51 AM

The rock band Free had trouble in their early days with venues saying that audiences thought that the performance was free. But some names I think are just stupid; for example, why would a Scotish band want to call themselves Texas?


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Alice
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 10:58 AM

The Out of Tuners


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 11:01 AM

avoid anything that's smells bad or seems dirty.

(I haven't picked up an issue of 'Dirty Linen' yet.)

I agree that 'Patrick Street' is not a good name for a band. People who have never heard of the band think it's just a solo gig. Are they still in business, by the way?


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 11:02 AM

The Major Losers

George Bush

Jock Itch

The Acne of Success

The Rolling Scones

Really, the possibilities are endless...


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 11:07 AM

There's one near here called Saxon Drain, possibly after the place they practice?
I find the name so off-putting that I've yet to go and hear them.

[apologies to any members of the band who might be reading this]


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: BobKnight
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 11:09 AM

A good way of avoiding the tax man - "Private Function," which is a wee bit suggestive as well. :)


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 02:22 PM

All the bands I have been in NEVER wanted to be called Too late to get a drink !


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 05:31 PM

When I was with "Tripe and Onions" we ended up calling ourseves the "Tripe and Onions Band"


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 05:54 PM

I blame Paddy Marchant.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Acorn4
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:23 PM

In the days of cassette tapes "Head Cleaner" might have been quite successful!


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Barbara
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM

No Cover

or maybe things like

Dueling Accordians
Cat Fight Bagpipe Band
2 Stoned 2 Play

Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:43 PM

"Time Gentlemen Please"
"Gastric Band"
"Five Fingered Widow"
"Jason and the Arguments"

Don T.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 06:43 PM

Free Pizza

Clod & Brisket

Always loved the named Starboard List.

Linn


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 07:24 PM

Upcoming Shows at Fleetwood Folk Club, Thursday nights at the Steamer, Dock Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire

8 Oct 2009         20:30
        Former Residents of Fleetwood Folk Club
15 Oct 2009         20:30
        Party Night - 40 years of Fleetwood Folk Club
22 Oct 2009         20:30
        Bonded Boots
29 Oct 2009         20:30
        Free Sandwiches

Sadly, we were unable to book Free Beer (Tomorrow or any other day).

Check http://www.myspace.com/fleetwoodfolkclub if you don't believe me!

Ross


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 08:00 PM

Right now in Edinburgh, you wouldn't get many bookings if your band was called "Tram Works".


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Nick E
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 08:27 PM

To Be Announced


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Artful Codger
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 08:55 PM

"The (your-name-here) Experience": well, I guess disappointment is an experience.

"The Newbies"

"Ocarinas and Bagpipes"

"Second Door on the Left"

"Great Expectorations"

"Last Minute Replacements"


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Little Robyn
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 08:57 PM

My husband is in a band called Last ones out - because by the time they've taken down the sound system they usually are.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 02:53 AM

I could make up funny names, but they'd just be made up names. Here are names that people really used(including links to their music, when possible), though God only knows why--The Worst Band Names of 2007


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 02:59 AM

Blood Bourne Pathogenes - aka - BBP


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Nick
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 05:10 AM

Cancelled Due to Illness


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 05:55 AM

We Suck
Can't Play for Shit
Navel Gazers
Pickin Boogers
Happy Blues Band


Actually its hard to think of dumbass band names as so many are real...........

Toad, the Wet Sprocket
Alice in Chains
Dropkick Murphys
Cradle of Filth
Hoobastank
Death Cab for Cutie
....a personal favorite


Spaw


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 06:09 AM

Hitler Youth Band.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Tradsinger
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 11:32 AM

I liked the name of the band from Hampshire - The Itchen Scratch Band. There is an ageing rock group in Gloucestershire called The Shy Teds (think about it).

I would like to call a band Porky Pie and the Flying Pigs.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 12:09 PM

Band in Scarbro area Shy TalK


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: meself
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 12:25 PM

There was a band in my neck of the woods some years back that had named themselves after the Blue Rodeo hit, "Bad Timing". I guess they just didn't think it through ....


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Nicholas Waller
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 12:31 PM

On the Googleability front - which wouldn't have been a consideration when the bands were formed - you'd think "Muse", "Yes" and especially "The The" would be terrible band names but it turns out they all come up first or second choice when I google for them. Even "Free" comes up fourth.

I should think calling your pub/folk-circuit band by some popular pub name - Queen's Head, White Hart, Royal Oak - would cause confusion.


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 03:25 PM

To take a cue from the Kipper Family, hows about "Norfolk 'n' Good?"


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM

I think that one's been done Steve.

"Drunk on Stage"
"Suffer little Children"
"Paedophile"
"The BNP"
"Give it up for Jesus"
"The Conservative Party"
"Braille Beauty Contest"
"Howler Monkey"


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 07:01 PM

Well I can't find it on this thread, Richard.


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

There used to be a local (Portsmouth, NH, USA) rock band called "Jiggle the Handle".

And there used to be a local pipe band called "FTITCTAJ" (pronounced "fa-tit-ca-tage"). The initials stood for "Fxxk Them If They Can't Take a Joke".

Linn


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Vic Smith
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 07:46 PM

Tradsinger wrote

I liked the name of the band from Hampshire - The Itchen Scratch Band.


To be honest, that was a one-off pick-up band for a dance in Southampton and I just happened to be the caller. Fortunately, the band I normally work with has a much more sensible name.

Vic Smith
(member of The Sussex Pistols)


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Fidjit
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 12:28 AM

I have friends who call themselves "Still no Bagpipes"

I've often said that I am a one man ceilidh band called "Left Leg Over".

It's a chauvinistic reference to when friends ask "How are you getting on?". The sexist reply is ,"Left leg over".

The groups I am actually in are "Halmstråket" which is Swedish and translates to "Straw Bow".

The other group is called "Fidjits" Hence my Mudcat name.

Chas


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Peace
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 12:38 AM

RE: What not to call a band

The Elastic
The Rubber
The Head


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Barbara
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 12:54 AM

The Gastric

..to follow Peace's lead.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 04:23 AM

No, what I meant, Steve, was that after the Trunch input on the topic I think there actually was a band of that name.

I ahve thought of another

"THe Gary Glitter reunion tour"


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: bubblyrat
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 04:36 AM

Don MacKenzie (Glasgow,but now Gosport ) and I were sometimes known as " Aha !Don!" , and we were both in bands aboard carrier HMS Eagle,he in "Sounds Fayre" and me in "The Guinness Grenadiers" ; later,we teamed up with Martin Horan and others in Gosport as "Hay Fever" so called because we got up peoples' noses .


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

How about Canny Play which would have totally different meanings in Glasgow and Newcastle?


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Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 05:32 AM

"Hay Fever" - How about Hey Fever?


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