Curious about band names

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by 1st Bass, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    It seems that there are certain critters that are deemed worthy of emulation (Beatles (yes, I know how to spell the critter), Eagles, etc.) But what about other such bugs, birds, or such?

    Green Night Herons are really intelligent-seeming birds, but as far as I know, no one has grabbed that for a name.

    Funnel-web spiders are among the most fearsome of venomous arachnids, Stoats are pretty ferocious little predators, Fisher Cats too, but much larger.

    What makes an Eagle an appropriate name-source, but a Nighthawk not so much? (Actually, that one, with all the associations regarding the eagle, I sort of get, but...) Whippoorwills?
  2. PauFerro


    Jun 8, 2008
    United States
    I think if the animal is cool somehow, then it is a candidate. For example, the name, "The Fluffy Bunnies" just doesn't cut it for a rock band. On the other hand, the Gray Panthers might work for an older group of guys. I think that's why "The Eagles" works -- because it's an agressive, warlike creature that generally has a lot of respect, being our national symbol etcetera.

    Also, it has to fit the style of the music. Hard metal bands tend to have really aggressive names like "MegaDeath" or "Metallica". I think you would be hard pressed to find one called the "Woods Quartet", which is more for a classical group playing polite music.
  3. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    Hmmm. Yeah, some of that seems self-explanatory.
  4. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    There is a Blues band called the Nighthawks
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  5. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    can't worry too much about decorum and "what's appropriate."

    Exhibit A: When People Were Shorter and Lived Near Water, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, The Butthole Surfers, The Hard Drinking Housewives, etc—all honored ancestors of the crop of active bands proudly bearing weird names (for example, Modest Mouse, Eagles of Death Metal, Texas Chainstore Manager, etc.)
  6. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    there's flock of seagulls, screaming jayhawks, dragonfly, and i just discovered a band called pelican. black widow was a band in the late '60s with lyrics about satan.

    i suspect that if you look up enough animals, insects and birds, many of them have bands named after them, albeit bands that most of us haven't heard of before.
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  7. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah I think part of it is that the name has to either.....

    1) Be just weird enough to be memorable.
    2) Be funny.
    3) Just be really catchy.
    4) Roll off the tongue.
    5) Be ominous (in the case of serious rock/metal bands)

    Sure, there are some exceptions.

    No offense, OP, I personally would not be interested in pounding beer and wings while the Green Night Herons of Funnel-Web Spiders rawked out. That is, unless somebody I know and trust had already seen them and recommended them.
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  8. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    I call Fluffy Bunny.
  9. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Buldog and the Fluffy Bunnies :roflmao:
  10. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    I might have to invest in a second "L".
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  11. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show In Memoriam

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    From The Commitments
    Jimmy Rabbitte: We have to be "the" something. All the great sixties bands were "The Somethings".
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  12. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    Not a band, but a song about a critter..................
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  13. "Funnel-Web Spiders"

    Well, David Bowie's band was "The Spiders from Mars".

    So, take a random animal, and add "from <some planet>"?
  14. Old Blastard

    Old Blastard

    Aug 18, 2013
    Flesh-ripping Weasels would rock.
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  15. "The Fluffy Bunnies"

    I kind of like it. But I play in a band named after a cartoon character.

    Maybe not, but there was an "Echo and the Bunnymen"
  16. L Anthony

    L Anthony Supporting Member

    May 14, 2009
    Yeah, this.

    Going for a night of beer and wings you want to hear a band named Dragonscales, Harleypipes, or something similar. Not the Waterbugs or Burning Blunts, unless you're into progressive/indie/pop. Conversely, when you go to see a jazz group, you want to see the Bob Smith Trio or Nightdreams.
  17. Ox Boris

    Ox Boris Inactive

    Nov 23, 2015
    Muriel Volestrangler and the Stoatweasels.
    The Funnelwebs is a great name!
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  18. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    Cool! When I was a child, and we were first building the home in which I now live, there was a nested pair of nighthawks living in an adjacent orchard, and swooping and booming every evening. I have never seen them since then, but it is a nice memory.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2017
  19. 1st Bass

    1st Bass

    May 26, 2005
    Forest Grove, OR
    Guess I really wasn't thinking about what kind of band. Different names evoke different images: for example, the Ermine is a vicious little weasel capable of killing game several times its size-- but most people imagine very costly white fur, not a crazy-wild little killer. :) Whereas the Red Sable is a larger weasel living in Siberia or some such place...but I only think of expensive varnish-brushes.

    Good answers! My curiosity is slaked.

    Aha! "Unslaked!"
    Nahhh...too obscure. :)
  20. My first band, in 1964, was called the Bumblebeats.
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