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Horrible band name...

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Mossiebass, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. Mossiebass


    Nov 15, 2012
    Cork, Ireland
    So I recently joined a new band. We're not too bad, but there's a problem: The name sucks! We're called "The Hideous New Kids". :spit: :rollno:
    I can't just come out and say it to them, I'm a new member. So what should I do? Everytime I think of the name I cringe :bawl:
  2. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Just come out and tell them, but tactfully. Ask them if theyve ever considered a "more marketable" band name or something.
  3. Piggy8692


    Oct 2, 2010
    Northern Utah
    If there's one thing that bands love, it's when they hire new people that want to change things. Did you know the name of the band when you joined? Do they have any reputation with that name? How recent is recent? How long have they been a band?

    If you knew the name before you joined, then you shouldn't say anything at all. You knew what you were getting into. If they already have a following, then changing names could potentially be a problem. If not, there's no reason why it couldn't be changed. I'd wait until your fresh scent has worn off before you make any kind of serious attack towards the name.

    Just be prepared to have a list of less horrible suggestions ready when you say you want to change it.
  4. Yep. When you don't get gigs because your band name sucks then it's time to change things up.

    Maybe you can be diplomatic about it and suggest that they drop the last two words and just go with "The Hideous"...?
  5. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    The name is pretty bad but you should have asked about it before you joined. In all honesty, it sounds like the name of a New Kids On The Block tribute or parody act.
  6. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    If your new, best to put your efforts into other things.

  7. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Just tell them you've mentioned it to 3 people who all replied with negative facial expressions and thought it had something to do with the boy band "New Kids on the Block"
  8. Mossiebass


    Nov 15, 2012
    Cork, Ireland
    Funnily enough, that actually happened.
    This band is almost totally unknown, no following, just beginning to get gigs.
    I'm going to wait and see whether someone else (outside the band) mentions it, and then I'll have some ground to stand on.
  9. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Ha - that is bad
  10. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    'Wink Martindale'.
  11. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Wink Dinkerson
  12. The band has essentially no following? If that's the case, there really shouldn't be an issue with just telling the others that you don't like the band name, but be prepared to justify your dislike of it. Either they'll change it or they'll tell you why they aren't going to. Not really a losing situation I can see here.
  13. Heinous New Kids - now THAT's a band name!
  14. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    They should definitely change that name.

    To "New Kid Heinies."

    WAAYYYY more appeal....
  15. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    How about "Hideous Caesar"?
  16. Piggy8692


    Oct 2, 2010
    Northern Utah
    Tell them you don't like it. Either they'll take it into consideration and you get to choose another name, or they keep it. In which case you have some options, stay with a bad name, or leave a not too bad band.
  17. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware rep.
    Jack Mack and the Slackers
  18. Drop * new* from the name: Hideous Kids, for me, rolls off the tongue far better. It's got to be easy to say, write and/or remember.
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    new kideous the hids


    Kideous Hids
  20. speyer

    speyer Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bowen Island, CANADA
    +1 - that has got to be a simple compromise... And the "the hideous kids" is no that bad at all. There are plenty of worse band names out there!