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

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

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    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. What kind of music you playing, friend?
  3. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    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. 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.
  5. Urge overkill rocked!

    You can have "Twisted Slinkys" instead.
  6. Phat Bastard... Jorge Schroeder's band. What a great band name - nobody will forget it. Wish I had thought of it.
  7. I got really sad when I found out Bananaconda was already taken.
  8. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
    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.
  9. jaxstarke


    Nov 6, 2010
    I've always been partial to "Jaxstarke and the Jaxstarke Band featuring Jaxstarke". Other band members hate it. I secretly hate them. :smug:
  10. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012
  11. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Maybe you could just shorten it to "The Urge"...........
  12. "... a Tribute to Stu Hamm"

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

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    or maybe just "Overkill"

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

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI

  15. lundborg


    Apr 8, 2008
    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...
  16. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Wow, hasn't Urge Overkill been around since like, the 80's? :eyebrow:

    From New Jersey, actually.
  17. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2008

    Kill Urkel

  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Kill Urkel is perfect.
  19. I was in the same boat when I wanted to call my band Led Zeppelin.
  20. The Celestials

    The Celestials

    Jul 1, 2013
    We wanted "Escape Goats".

    Taken by some jerks. Grrrrrrrrrr :(