What's In a Name, Part Two
Hey BRP loyalist, good to have you back. I have a bunch of stuff all ready to post, but alas, I need a different computer to populate the pictures. How fancy pants is that? They are worth your time, so check back shortly to see what’s brewing. In the meantime, I have some more band names to riff about, and I hope you enjoy.
Bully – I don’t care for bullies. But maybe this isn’t a bad name. I’m on the fence about whether I love it or hate it. As the Pretenders sang, it’s a thin line between love and hate. Thoughts?
The Buzzcocks – Alas, like the Beatles, a great band with a terrible name. Is it a haircut? Or something worse having to do with a man’s nether region? One of BRP's favorite bands ever!
Car Seat Headrest – Descriptive. Silly. But a good up-and-coming band.
Catfish and the Bottlemen – I like the Bottlemen part because another thing that characterizes rock is alcohol abuse. But what’s with the Catfish? How does that fit? Good band, stupid name.
Cheap Trick – Clever name, good band. Rock ‘n roll hall of fame worthy? Hmmm, maybe. Not. But this is one great song.
The Rolling Stones – who thinks about whether or not it’s a good name? It’s just the Stones right? I guess it’s ok, but it’s odd that they named themselves after a magazine.
U2 – Pretty good name. Pretty good band, especially in the early days before pretention sank in.
The Clash – good name for a punk band that wanted to change the world and had a political message with many of their songs. Much better than their compatriots, the Sex Pistols, who sported a silly name but spawned an alter ego band called the Celibate Rifles. It’s true – look it up.
The Cramps – for a band that explored the not-so-large gap between rock music and horror films, it’s a pretty good name. But I always wondered what women thought of this name – why not call themselves the Monthlies? What’s the male equivalent – Jock Itch?
The Cure and The Damned – both fantastic names. What ills do you have? We have the Cure. Will rock save you? Nope, you’re Damned in the eyes of the establishment. You’re on the highway to hell – at least your friends are gonna be there, too.
The Darkness – Ooooh, pretty good for a heavy metal band, right? Black Sabbath, another great name, laid the groundwork for this name. It’s scary, it’s Satanic, it’s rock and roll marketing at its finest!
Sheesh, after that video, I think it's time to take a little breather. Don't you worry, I'll be back with plenty more commentary on rock band names. It's a rich and rewarding field! In the meantime, hang tight, go see a band, and trust in me that I will be posting some really great (make that badass) stuff in the very near future. Devil horns up!
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My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.