Band Names

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by BlueAliceOasis, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Tried to find a thread like this, but didn't, so here goes...

    For you guys that have played in band s(most of you I would assume), what were the names of your bands? Did your band even have a name or were you guys just the bar band for the night? What motivated these names, what were their sources, etc.

    Is genre a factor when it comes to names? Because I've contemplated this and I have a few ideas for names based on genre:

    Punk- Children With Scoliosis
    Technical Death Metal- Heaven, Hell and Akuma In Between (or Akuma In Between for short), All Of Creation
    Alternative Metal- 20 @ Stalk3R (or just 20 At Stalker)
    Jazz/R&B-Blue Circle
    Prog Metal- BlueAliceOasis or Planetary Coffin
    Thrash/Groove Metal- Ale-X
    Hard/Prog Rock- Ocean

    Just a few I came up with, just was wondering about the rest of you guys.
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  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Wow... not that I think this is exactly what you're asking for, but I'm going to give a run through of some of the bands (band names) I've played in. I never really did this before, hence the opening "wow" :). These are at least ones I can remember right now. Played for a lot of artists that went by their name, too.

    The Team
    The Nerve
    Nerve (a different one)
    Cortez the Killer
    Vinyl Stash
    JNP (Joe Nerve Project)
    Led Blimpie
    Led Bazooka
    The Happy Problem
    LaLa's Basement
    Monte's Crew
    The Rumrats
    My Magic Johnson
    Dictator's Bitch
    Keeta Speed
    Top Down
    As Is
    Rubber Band
    Group Therapy
    The Violets
    That Confunded Bridge
    Red Not Chili Peppers
    Lord (my very first band)
    Spineless Puppet
    Thunder Farm
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  3. Freez


    Nov 8, 2008
    Bands I've been in:

    Sway (late 70's-early 80's) - Named after a Stones song. We were just kids (15-17) but we had a nice thing going, kind of like Black Crows, before Black Crows...

    Nitro (early 80's) - same band but now the hair metal thing has taken hold. We still had a Black Crows kind of vibe, but hey, early 80's, so Nitro it was. We got some pointy guitars too!

    The Action (mid eighties) - same lineup as Nitro, but we found out there were other Nitro bands (pre internet, children!) Name change was intended to reflect mod influence (The Who, The Jam). We still sound like The Black abandoned after one gig to go back to Nitro, because no one new who the hell The Action were, but everyone knew Nitro! Other Nitro's be damned!

    MDP - (late 80's - early 90's) First letter of each members last name. Basement power trio, played Rush, Ozzie, Sabbath, etc. Guilty pleasure band

    Bad Fun - (mid 90's) - Named after a cult tune.

    Ex-Supermodels (xSM) - (early 2000's) - not sure where it came from, my guitar players idea. To me it's sort of like Barenaked Ladies, but my GP can't stand them, so that ain't it!

    The Fuze Band - (2000's) Short and easy to remember; yes I know there are 1000 variations of "Fuse" as a band name. Bar band that played every damn era of pop/rock music that there is, can't say I loved it, but it helped pay the bills during the economic crunch.

    The Ilk (2010-2016) This project just recently called it a day. I came up with the name but was never really proud of it; it looks funny written out, it's not a widely use term so people don't "get it", when you say it sounds like " The Elk", etc. For some reason it fell out of my mouth and the rest of the band kind of identified with it. The GP actually loved the weirdness of it and the fact that it confused people, he loves that kind of crap. Great band that just couldn't get anything happening, too involved in careers and family and such.

    I know there have been a few others I've been in over the years, but they must not be too memorable!
  4. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    love red not chili peppers!

    Sam's Hot Mom
    Duck Butter
    Jesse Died Again?
    Brock's License to Kill
    Greenest Bongwater Survival
    The Soggie Monsters
    Jayne Dracula
    Sucks Capacitor
    Salute the Sun
    Falling Water House
    Flood Robertson IX / Flood 9
    Gomer Gomez

    @Freez totally wanted to do a redneck metal band called The Elk way back in hs ~2000. The only other musicians in town were very much not redneck at all :(
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  5. Led Blimpie has an awesome website, seems really cool. That Confunded Bridge, The Team and Red Not Chili Peppers are also genius.
    That's pretty cool! What was The Ilk about?

    Flood 9, Falling Water House and Jesse Died Again? :laugh::laugh: Those are pretty cool. What genres do you play?
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  6. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Flood's group is kinda proggy bro country. Zack Brown + Mastodon? no recordings yet:(

    FWH was very Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Street originals plus some green day, daft punk, and sublime covers all done in a smss surfpunk flavor

    JDA? was a straight up black flag circle jerks ripoff with lyrics that were just inside jokes that had us dying onstage. pretty fun for us anyways.

    The rest were all some flavor of psychadelic... jam, sludge punk, that one goth metal band, acid jazz, shoegaze
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  7. Freez


    Nov 8, 2008
    The Ilk was an originals band primarily. We did play several multi band tribute shows though. We have a nice little clique of musician friends that all have bands, so it's pretty easy to get 5-10 bands that will come out for a British Invasion show, or a Beatles show, or 80's, or Power Pop, etc. We've got a Bowie tribute coming up soon, did a Kinks show, that kind of thing. It's kind of like a social event for all of our musiciand buddies, but we all make a few bucks too. Lotsa fun!
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  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    I have a notebook page with band name ideas. Don't do all that much with it. One day I went and googled them all and found that 95% of them were taken.

    Band's I've been in:

    Virginia Dare (drummer's idea for a name.)
    Parabolic Wave (NOT my idea. never went anywhere).
    Switchblade Beat (my idea, but I wound up not liking it)
    Finding Fire (some originals guys I jammed with, actually they came up with that name after I left)
    Wipt (I hated that one - already chosen before I joined)
    The Fuzzboxx (had been gigging 10 years with that name when I joined)
    Longhand (current cover band. Name was my idea, but not my first choice)
    Fallen Houses (originals project of a guitarist friend, his name choice, I like it).
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  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I never worried about band names. As long as it is nothing offensive, or patently misleading, who cares?
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  10. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Springtown, Texas
    B.C and the Cavemen (fronted by Big Chuck Monroe)
    The Firebirds (B.C. bought a new guitar)
    The Modernaires
    Looking Glass
    Southfield Blues Band
    The Diminished Fifth
    All Night Diner
    The High Speed Wobblers
    4 Against the Current
    Doc Hogan's Bad Habit

    Those are the ones I can remember.

    I was not in these, but I like the names

    Sheep Herders International Trade Union
    W.C. Fields Memorial Electrical String Band
  11. Current Band: NIGHT SHIFT (Everybody made suggestions, picked it out of a hat. Drummer was working the Night Shift at the time.

    Past Bands (All cover bands):

    Crown Regal Band CRB (Play on words for our favorite libation "Crown Royal")

    Flashback (Played old covers! And where my screen name came from)

    Double Secret Probation DSP (First band to play out!)

    Notable "Basement" Bands through the years;

    Burnt Toast

    Tall Dead Grass

    Physical Insult

  12. skot71


    May 22, 2014
    Saw a headline yesterday in my local paper about 2 brothers fighting and one stabbed the other with a fork. "Pork Chop Fracas"
  13. Currently: Ricochet Rabbit
    Side project: MIB (Mike, Ian & Brad... or Monkeys In Bondage, Mine Is Bigger, Made In Bankok... Malevolent Inbred Bastards...)


    The Smokin' Rutabagas
    Freewill (Didn't care for that one... Everyone called it "Free Willy")
    Avocado Shag (Funk trio)
    Leather Messiah (original)
    Total Rewind (HATED that name)
    Intensive Care (80's)
    Classified (80's)
    Ground Control
    Woody James Band (hired gun)
    Tokyo Rose
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  14. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    One of the reasons for my TB name is an old band name. We were drinking Two Fingers Tequila while trying to figure out a band name. We shoulda called it Hangover. Oy.
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  15. whatizitman


    Sep 9, 2014
    Double Secret Probation gets my vote for the win.

    I realize I haven't been in that many bands. Or rather, many bands that went far enough as a unit to actually settle on a name.

    Small Talk (high school. Asked to sing one show for them)
    Crop Circles (first college band. Collective would probably be a better word for it. Played acoustic and electric guitar for a weird, creepy songwriter guy. I mean REALLY creepy. I was pretty open minded at the time, if a bit naïve. He didn't care what instruments people played, as long as it were his creepy songs. I appreciated the novelty at the time, since my college was really conservative and preppy)
    Zero (college band I fronted and played rhythm guitar for. I wrote most of the material. Pop punk/grunge, I guess)
    Electric Alligator (recent alt-country band, part original, part cover. But not really a cover band. Play bass and back up vocals)
    Yet to be named (actually haven't decided on a name for our current soul/r&b cover group. Although my guitar buddy has floated a few, I'm too picky)

    EDIT: Cow Congress and J.Miles Band - not bands, but names for my solo stuff.

    Several other projects over the years that never got off the ground and never got a name (at least not that I can remember).

    The best band names were the ones that came inadvertently, and not while a bunch of us were sitting around floating ideas. For example, that creepy songwriter guy said something about crop circles one day, and I was like.... a fitting name for whatever this weird band is turning out to be.

    I prefer short, sweet, easy off the tongue band names.
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  16. picko

    picko Inactive

    Feb 23, 2016
    The Big Show
    Cherry Lace
    The Concert Pigs
    Bonnie Blue
  17. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    As a guy that plays in bands, watches the other bands, and consumes massive amounts of music, here's my opinion:

    Genre does matter. Your band name needs to be something that grabs the attention of the unaware. It needs to convey something about the band. If you are a jazz three piece a name like Blood Drenched Triptych wouldn't make a lot of sense. Transversely, a death metal band called The Johnson Lounge Quartet wouldn't make a lot of sense either, unless it is obviously ironic like Pink Pony Gore Orgy.
    At some point the name of a band just becomes a brand that people don't think too hard about. We say the name "Beatles" but does anyone think about bugs? Names like Iron Maiden or Judas Priest have the right sound, but we don't think much about how their name relates to the band. Metallica is a nonsense word, but it conveys the idea of the band perfectly. So is Opeth, but the word has some kind of an ethereal quality that matches the band's work.
    What I'm really tired of are word salad band names that just sound like someone just glued some random things together. A Job For A Cowboy? Doesn't sound very metal and doesn't mean anything. Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon, Thy Art Is Murder, Fit for An Autopsy, The Devil Wears Prada, etc; these are dumb names for a band. Another one that makes zero sense is Fallujah. Why would would name a tech metal band after a city in Iraq? It sounds like they just thought it sounded cool and went with it without thinking. I get at this point a lot of the "good" names are taken, but come on guys.

    As to your names:
    The punk one is OK depending what kind of punk it is.
    All of Creation is pretty good but Beyond Creation kinda has you beat. The other sounds like word salad.
    Your alt metal name: NO! No one will remember it and it makes no sense.
    Blue Circle- there is potential there
    Prog Metal- its hard to judge those since the fans tend to be a little wacko. Either of those could work.
    Ale-X? Nah. Sounds like you are knocking off Alestorm.
    Ocean? Already taken.

    A band name is important. You don't need to agonize over it until the band is up and moving, but it should have some kind of meaning. It should either be witty, eye catching, memorable, or plant an idea in the head of the consumer. Cover bands tend to use song lyrics or album names for their bands, especially if they are tribute bands. Literature is a great place to find band names. Maybe so many band names suck because people don't read anymore. Lighter styles of music tend to use band member, city, street, or location names.
    Just remember to put yourself in the shoes of the listener. Pretend for a moment that you know nothing about your own band. What would grab your attention about your band?
  18. In Order of name critique:
    -What kind of punk would it fit?
    -Dammit, I was thinking that. I like the other one though, it sounds cool IMO, and I based it off of Street Fighter.
    -I came up with it at a time when I thought band names were allowed (so to say) make no sense.
    -I don't even know who Alestorm are.
    -I had a feeling, ugh. Lol

    Agree with the above. Those names are stupid, but fitting. Stupid names for stupid bands. People should read more.
  19. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
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  20. grinx


    Mar 24, 2003
    Raleighwood, NC
    Rud Awakening - metal cover band
    Feuri - metal cover band
    Velcro Coffin - alt original band
    Naked House - same band as VC but added vocalist and did more covers
    EST - same band as NH but added vocalist
    Boneyard - alt-country originals
    Rubber Gypsy (since 2001 - ?) - acoustipirateyfolkmountainyrocky originals
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