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What not to call a band

03 Oct 09 - 06:57 AM (#2737189)
Subject: What not to call a band
From: Mo the caller

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.


03 Oct 09 - 06:59 AM (#2737193)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Declan

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


03 Oct 09 - 07:04 AM (#2737196)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mo the caller

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.


03 Oct 09 - 07:09 AM (#2737199)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Steve Shaw

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. :-)


03 Oct 09 - 07:10 AM (#2737200)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: SteveMansfield

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 ...


03 Oct 09 - 08:56 AM (#2737237)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine

"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.


03 Oct 09 - 09:17 AM (#2737244)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: wysiwyg

"All-Request All-Stars"

NOT!

~S~


03 Oct 09 - 09:50 AM (#2737252)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,AndyJames

How about:

Please Observe Dress Code

Mensa Members Only

Featuring Extended Tin Whistle Improv

(ducks flying tin whistles)


03 Oct 09 - 10:18 AM (#2737258)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie

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


03 Oct 09 - 10:33 AM (#2737266)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Geoff the Duck

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


03 Oct 09 - 10:43 AM (#2737274)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: oldhippie

Free Beer Tomorrow


03 Oct 09 - 10:51 AM (#2737281)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Tunesmith

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?


03 Oct 09 - 10:58 AM (#2737286)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Alice

The Out of Tuners


03 Oct 09 - 11:01 AM (#2737290)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,leeneia

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?


03 Oct 09 - 11:02 AM (#2737291)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Little Hawk

The Major Losers

George Bush

Jock Itch

The Acne of Success

The Rolling Scones

Really, the possibilities are endless...


03 Oct 09 - 11:07 AM (#2737296)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST, topsie

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]


03 Oct 09 - 11:09 AM (#2737299)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: BobKnight

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


03 Oct 09 - 02:22 PM (#2737430)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Leadfingers

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


03 Oct 09 - 05:31 PM (#2737563)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Dave MacKenzie

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


03 Oct 09 - 05:54 PM (#2737582)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie

I blame Paddy Marchant.


03 Oct 09 - 06:23 PM (#2737595)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Acorn4

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


03 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM (#2737598)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Barbara

No Cover

or maybe things like

Dueling Accordians
Cat Fight Bagpipe Band
2 Stoned 2 Play

Blessings,
Barbara


03 Oct 09 - 06:43 PM (#2737602)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

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

Don T.


03 Oct 09 - 06:43 PM (#2737605)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bat Goddess

Free Pizza

Clod & Brisket

Always loved the named Starboard List.

Linn


03 Oct 09 - 07:24 PM (#2737638)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Ross Campbell

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


03 Oct 09 - 08:00 PM (#2737660)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Jack Campin

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


03 Oct 09 - 08:27 PM (#2737669)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Nick E

To Be Announced


03 Oct 09 - 08:55 PM (#2737674)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Artful Codger

"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"


03 Oct 09 - 08:57 PM (#2737675)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Little Robyn

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


04 Oct 09 - 02:53 AM (#2737741)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: M.Ted

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


04 Oct 09 - 02:59 AM (#2737742)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

Blood Bourne Pathogenes - aka - BBP


04 Oct 09 - 05:10 AM (#2737764)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Nick

Cancelled Due to Illness


04 Oct 09 - 05:55 AM (#2737783)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: catspaw49

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


04 Oct 09 - 06:09 AM (#2737789)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Dave Hanson

Hitler Youth Band.

Dave H


04 Oct 09 - 11:32 AM (#2737976)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Tradsinger

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


04 Oct 09 - 12:09 PM (#2737996)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Tim Leaning

Band in Scarbro area Shy TalK


04 Oct 09 - 12:25 PM (#2738002)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: meself

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 ....


04 Oct 09 - 12:31 PM (#2738007)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Nicholas Waller

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.


04 Oct 09 - 03:25 PM (#2738147)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Steve Shaw

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


04 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM (#2738354)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Bridge

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"


04 Oct 09 - 07:01 PM (#2738375)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Steve Shaw

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


04 Oct 09 - 07:09 PM (#2738381)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bat Goddess

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


04 Oct 09 - 07:46 PM (#2738401)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Vic Smith

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)


05 Oct 09 - 12:28 AM (#2738551)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Fidjit

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


05 Oct 09 - 12:38 AM (#2738558)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Peace

RE: What not to call a band

The Elastic
The Rubber
The Head


05 Oct 09 - 12:54 AM (#2738564)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Barbara

The Gastric

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


05 Oct 09 - 04:23 AM (#2738614)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Bridge

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"


05 Oct 09 - 04:36 AM (#2738623)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: bubblyrat

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 .


05 Oct 09 - 05:05 AM (#2738635)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Vic Smith

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


05 Oct 09 - 05:32 AM (#2738651)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST, topsie

"Hay Fever" - How about Hey Fever?


05 Oct 09 - 07:17 AM (#2738697)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Dave hunt

I have called with these bands
Syphon the Python
Les Miserables and the Proper Pissers
Cwm Dancing (love that one - some members from Wales)
May Contain Nuts


05 Oct 09 - 09:08 AM (#2738769)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mr Happy

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

....recalling some time back at Chester FF, a local folkie acting as MC in a marquee concert, announcing a band called 'Sileas' as ' Silly Arse'!!


05 Oct 09 - 09:34 AM (#2738788)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Charley Noble

One of my favorite suggested names for our dance band was "Further Ado." I figured no one could plan a special event without giving us a call.

The worst suggested name was "Down the Loo."

We settled for "The Sea Slugs."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


05 Oct 09 - 09:45 AM (#2738800)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Doktor Doktor

For a while we had "Earem & Greive" on singers nights

& the ever popular "Come All Ye"


05 Oct 09 - 09:59 AM (#2738808)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mark Ross

There was a duo back in the day in Greenwich Village that called themselves "Free Beer". And then, there was "Breakfast Special" which had as members Kenny Kosek, Andy Statman, Tony Trischka, and Stacy Phillips.

But the worst band name I've ever run across was here in Eugene OR; a punk band that called itself FUCK GOD IN THE FACE!

Mark Ross


05 Oct 09 - 10:00 AM (#2738811)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie

The Shy Torques


05 Oct 09 - 10:15 AM (#2738819)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Sailor Ron

I was once in a group called "Skidmarks", we didn't get any bookings [mainly because we were crap].


05 Oct 09 - 10:29 AM (#2738824)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine

I have to admit there was a certain naive honesty about the band that called themselves "Bob's little brother's mate's band"


05 Oct 09 - 10:39 AM (#2738831)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: theleveller

Whatever you do, don't call yourself Whipstaff because that's our name.


05 Oct 09 - 10:45 AM (#2738834)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Charley Noble

One of my best names for a sea music band has to be "Roll & Go." We get product placement in many traditional sea shanties.

The only downside has been the persistent attempts by portable toilet vendors to purchase our name. We would never sell out for money!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble
Roll & Go, Inc.


05 Oct 09 - 10:46 AM (#2738838)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: frogprince

I guess it was Saturday Night Live, years ago, that did a take off on the Smucker's "With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good" slogan. A co-worker's husband came up with something at the time that could be just as "good" for a band: "Dead Rats In A Drain Pipe".

Then again, it just occured to me that "Weird Smell in Corner" has a certain ring to it...


05 Oct 09 - 11:14 AM (#2738850)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: banjoman

I once played in a band called "The British standard Brown Ale & Black Pudding Band" Didn't get many gigs as they couldn't fit our name on their posters.
We later changed the the name to "Dis Band" which later evolved into The Old Trout Band which is still very active in Hampshire and the Southern counties


05 Oct 09 - 01:56 PM (#2738989)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: HuwG

I knew some Chemistry students who formed a punk band named "Hoffman Degredation". It's a chemical process by which an organic amide is converted to an amine, and involves the loss of a carbon molecule from the alliphatic carbon chain. <yawn>

By the time they had explained the origin of their name, for all I know with chalk and overhead projectors (no PowerPoint presentations in those days, thankfully), the gig was almost over.


05 Oct 09 - 05:02 PM (#2739142)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Anne Lister

I always wanted to be in a band called Lemming Moran and the Tarts. It didn't happen.


05 Oct 09 - 05:07 PM (#2739147)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: bubblyrat

Many years ago ,"Private Eye" magazine kept going on about a group called "Spiggy Topes and the Turds"....
            I rather liked that.


05 Oct 09 - 09:26 PM (#2739272)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: DPF

I recently came across a heavy metal band in western Massachusetts calling themselves "Skillet".

Unfortunately, they looked serious. Very Serious.

I'm sorely tempted to let them in on the joke.


06 Oct 09 - 07:35 AM (#2739454)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bryn Pugh

Farquanelle ?


06 Oct 09 - 08:15 AM (#2739489)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Gedi

how about "The Fold Arts Band"

Ged


06 Oct 09 - 08:53 AM (#2739508)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mooh

Once, for a year and countless gigs, I played with a singer who chose to switch from his own name to a "band" name, in an effort to appear more democratic to the band. He was a tyrant either way. He named the band "By Special Appointment". Folks would approach us and ask what our name was and why the gig was by special appointment. Stupid name.

Some years later there was the band "...and the Penetrators", not related I believe to the many current bands with a similar name. All we got were drunken house parties and the like. Figures. I couldn't keep up to the level of partying anyway.

Peace, Mooh.


06 Oct 09 - 09:10 AM (#2739515)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Steve Shaw

I suppose The Nipple Erectors would be, at least, er, eye-catching on a poster.


06 Oct 09 - 11:57 AM (#2739649)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

The Glitter Band


08 Oct 09 - 05:36 AM (#2741026)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie

Prick up Your Ears!


08 Oct 09 - 11:47 AM (#2741186)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mr Red

There is a shanty duo in Gloucestershire called the "Two Anchors".


08 Oct 09 - 01:05 PM (#2741261)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Jim Dixon

Some Minnesota Bands:

Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs

Trampled by Turtles

Two Many Banjos

Pert Near Sandstone (Sandstone is a town in Minnesota)

Not from Minnesota, but I once met a busker who said he was a member of Shoot the Hostages. Oddly enough, the guy played good Irish fiddle, but you don't hear that in the band.


08 Oct 09 - 01:31 PM (#2741274)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: The Villan

Too many posts to go and read at the moment.

has anybody done

R Souls

Dicky and the Condoms


08 Oct 09 - 02:35 PM (#2741339)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Bridge

Karaoke

Old Skool Disco

Under 18 night.


08 Oct 09 - 02:41 PM (#2741351)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: The Villan

Vin Garbutt


08 Oct 09 - 02:50 PM (#2741365)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Willie-O

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


08 Oct 09 - 06:27 PM (#2741535)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Bridge

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


08 Oct 09 - 09:12 PM (#2741642)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mooh

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.


09 Oct 09 - 05:09 AM (#2741808)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: John MacKenzie

Juan Kerr and the Seamen


14 Oct 09 - 02:25 PM (#2745780)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Ian Gill

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.


14 Oct 09 - 06:47 PM (#2746013)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: MikeofNorthumbria

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!


15 Oct 09 - 04:23 AM (#2746278)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: scouse

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.


15 Oct 09 - 05:17 AM (#2746307)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bryn Pugh

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


15 Oct 09 - 07:43 AM (#2746407)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

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


15 Oct 09 - 09:24 PM (#2747106)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey

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.


18 Oct 09 - 02:38 PM (#2747338)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: JesseW

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.


18 Oct 09 - 09:46 PM (#2747652)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: frogprince

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.


18 Oct 09 - 11:43 PM (#2747693)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Luthier2b

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


19 Oct 09 - 05:02 AM (#2747761)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

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.


20 Oct 09 - 04:49 AM (#2748534)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bryn Pugh

A name like mine lends itself to parody.

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


20 Oct 09 - 07:37 AM (#2748592)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Jack Campin

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


20 Oct 09 - 08:50 AM (#2748631)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

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


25 Oct 09 - 07:04 PM (#2752630)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

anyone remember Pete Ness and the Four Skins?


11 Feb 17 - 10:05 AM (#3838266)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

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


11 Feb 17 - 10:51 AM (#3838272)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: JHW

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


11 Feb 17 - 03:37 PM (#3838307)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Richard Mellish

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


12 Feb 17 - 05:52 AM (#3838412)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Tom Mycock

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.


12 Feb 17 - 07:20 AM (#3838425)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: ced2

Snotty and the Nose Pickers


12 Feb 17 - 09:05 AM (#3838446)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

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


12 Feb 17 - 10:18 AM (#3838454)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bee-dubya-ell

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.


12 Feb 17 - 01:38 PM (#3838479)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bonzo3legs

Ugly Abbotts!!!


12 Feb 17 - 07:48 PM (#3838535)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Gallus Moll

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!


12 Feb 17 - 07:59 PM (#3838539)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: llareggyb

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!


12 Feb 17 - 11:00 PM (#3838560)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: eftifino

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.


13 Feb 17 - 01:02 AM (#3838565)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,DeanofRochester

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.


13 Feb 17 - 03:05 AM (#3838572)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Tom Mycock

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.


13 Feb 17 - 03:18 AM (#3838574)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: BobL

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


13 Feb 17 - 08:49 AM (#3838633)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: TheSnail

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.


13 Feb 17 - 09:43 AM (#3838647)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mo the caller

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.


13 Feb 17 - 10:48 AM (#3838657)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Howard Jones

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.


13 Feb 17 - 10:54 AM (#3838658)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Dave the Gnome

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

DtG


13 Feb 17 - 05:13 PM (#3838743)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: BrooklynJay

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


13 Feb 17 - 10:32 PM (#3838786)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mrrzy

On the other hand...


14 Feb 17 - 05:17 AM (#3838835)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Gerry

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


14 Feb 17 - 08:03 AM (#3838871)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel

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


15 Feb 17 - 04:34 AM (#3839034)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Hagman

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


15 Feb 17 - 06:30 AM (#3839056)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Eddie1 (Cookie lost forever)

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"!


15 Feb 17 - 06:52 AM (#3839062)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Will Fly

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.


15 Feb 17 - 09:17 AM (#3839090)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Jack Campin

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


15 Feb 17 - 10:12 AM (#3839106)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel

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


15 Feb 17 - 10:15 AM (#3839107)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

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".


15 Feb 17 - 07:47 PM (#3839192)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Tradsinger

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


16 Feb 17 - 11:02 AM (#3839294)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,leeneia

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.


17 Feb 17 - 05:10 AM (#3839475)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: sleepyjon

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


19 Feb 17 - 07:24 AM (#3839912)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Stanron

The Well Oiled Machine?


16 Mar 17 - 04:52 PM (#3845273)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Merritt

Well, I've pitched Day-Old Donuts as a band name any number of times and so far never had anyone agree with me that it's just an awesome name. So, based on that experience, I guess it's what not to call a band.


17 Mar 17 - 07:16 AM (#3845328)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST

"Gig cancelled"


18 Mar 17 - 07:05 AM (#3845489)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Severn

Then there was our old Bluegrass band, named The Sheep Mountain Boys after a country boy's first love affair......

And I was part of a Gospel Quartet down in Georgia that, somehow, nobody ever took seriously.....

And there was a holiday caroling group from India called the Mhari Krishmas that used to sing at airports before 911.......


18 Mar 17 - 07:08 AM (#3845490)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Severn

Whoops! That aforementioned Gospel Group from Georgia was called The Macon Believers......


19 Mar 17 - 06:36 AM (#3845640)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mr Red

I am surprised no-one has suggested:

the Trump Pets

The Orange-a-Tans

the White Hearse

I see a theme arising............


19 Mar 17 - 08:23 AM (#3845652)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Sarah the flute

I play and call in the Aqueduct Ceilidh Band. On our big bass drum we have written The Adequate Ceilidh Band and have a picture of a rather well known viaduct. It creates a talking point at gigs - check out our website to see a pic.

We also went through a band name choosing with a kind of South London theme and came up with

Eltham John, Catford Stevens, Jonah Lewisham and Deptford Leopard


19 Mar 17 - 12:28 PM (#3845679)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Snuffy

The Hackney Martians has to be one of the best names ever actually used.


19 Mar 17 - 05:34 PM (#3845728)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST,Biffo

My album was goan to be "See inlay card for details"


20 Mar 17 - 05:17 AM (#3845775)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mr Red

Hackney Martians LOL

what about the "Pinner 4"?
"Bow & Harrow Brigade" ?
"Waltham Stoics"
"Harringay Gordons"
"Theydon Boys"
"Wool Itch Jumpers"
"Epsom Psalters"
"Feltham Hall"
"Shirley Knot"

And avoid, at all costs, any mention of Cockfosters


20 Mar 17 - 10:51 AM (#3845827)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: GUEST, Paul Slade

There was a bit of craze for cowpunk and pub bluegrass here in North London a few years back. One of the bands this spawned was called Banjovi. Genius!

I also have very fond memories of Psycho Ceilidh, who used to play a Finsbury Park pub every Sunday afternoon. They did a great version of Lou Reed's Vicious, which went like this:

You're savage,
You hit me with a cabbage,
Three times a week on average!
Baby, you're so savage.


20 Mar 17 - 06:28 PM (#3845890)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Bat Goddess

There used to be a band around Portsmouth, NH called Jiggle The Handle.

Linn


20 Mar 17 - 08:45 PM (#3845901)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Tattie Bogle

We play in Edinburgh about 6 times a year, and rebelled against being called a band, as it seemed too exclusive, so came to a mathematical solution - we are the Cafe Ceilidh X-tet (where X = any number), so anyone can come along and join in!


21 Mar 17 - 09:26 AM (#3845957)
Subject: RE: What not to call a band
From: Mo the caller

I like that one. Not a "what not to call" at all.