Coming up with a bandname, and then realizing it's taken

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Tupac, Dec 2, 2013.


  1. Tupac

    Tupac

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    I hate this. Urge Overkill (from Funkentelechy) is the perfect bandname, but it just had to be gotten to first. Ugh.

    Share stories of this pain.
  2. El Raro

    El Raro

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    What kind of music you playing, friend?
  3. Tupac

    Tupac

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    We're just a cover band for now, going to move on to originals once we're comfortable with each other. Probably going to make alternative rock of some sort.
  4. El Raro

    El Raro

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    Are you covering different bands' songs or just a single band's songs? If its just a single band's music then maybe consider naming yourself after one of their songs. For example, I once saw an Opeth cover band called "Blackwater" after the album "Blackwater Park". Sometimes that can work well with originals.
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  6. Gazman

    Gazman

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    Urge overkill rocked!

    You can have "Twisted Slinkys" instead.
  7. SteveHeissner

    SteveHeissner

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    Phat Bastard... Jorge Schroeder's band. What a great band name - nobody will forget it. Wish I had thought of it.
  8. PimasterPearson

    PimasterPearson

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    I got really sad when I found out Bananaconda was already taken.
  9. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High Supporting Member

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    Mess around with the initials of he band members, first names, last names, or a combination of the two. Hopefully you have people in your band with names starting with both vowels and consonants.
    You can usually come up with an acronym, or a word or two ( even it spelled phonetically) that is agreeable, or has the "badass", or "Funky", or whatever vibe you're looking for in a band name.

    Personally, I've always like "Gut Bucket" as a band name, but was never able to convince the other band members of it's "colorful" mind's image. So I always ended up in bands with names like "The Group", "Sponz", "Platypus", "Roosevelt Garage", and other such mundane handles.

    Anyway, best of luck with finding a name that suits you and the band.
  10. jaxstarke

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    I've always been partial to "Jaxstarke and the Jaxstarke Band featuring Jaxstarke". Other band members hate it. I secretly hate them. :smug:
  11. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High Supporting Member

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  12. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    Maybe you could just shorten it to "The Urge"...........
  13. dalkowski

    dalkowski

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    "... a Tribute to Stu Hamm"

    Consider also:
    "Urge Overkill UK"
    "Urge Overkill with All New Members"
  14. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

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    or maybe just "Overkill"

    Surely both of those names aren't taken.
  15. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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  16. lundborg

    lundborg

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    Overkill, speed metsl band from LA
    The Urge, alternative rock from St Louis

    Band names are like passwords, you can't choose one that can be found in a dictionary.

    Maybe UrghKill or something like that...
  17. the ombudsman

    the ombudsman

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    Wow, hasn't Urge Overkill been around since like, the 80's? :eyebrow:

    From New Jersey, actually.
  18. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

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    Kill Urkel

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  19. mellowinman

    mellowinman Not a Clique Member Supporting Member

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    Kill Urkel is perfect.
  20. kedo

    kedo

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    I was in the same boat when I wanted to call my band Led Zeppelin.
  21. The Celestials

    The Celestials Supporting Member

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    We wanted "Escape Goats".

    Taken by some jerks. Grrrrrrrrrr :(

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