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How do you come up with band names

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ChaosGwar, Dec 13, 2001.


  1. I was just wondering how everyone makes up names for their bands? I have a few ideas, but no one seems to like mine. :(

    Well, here are my (maybe not so good) ideas.

    In my younger High School days, we mostly got names out of the back of a Chemistry book.

    We also named ourselves after common household items, and attatch an adjective to it. (idea sessions sounded more like a Mad Libs story than naming a band). Most recently, I have gone to using military terminology, gee go figure, I'm in the US Air Force.
     
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Here's a method:

    Pick three nouns. The first one should be the name of a mmaterial, the second, the name of a place and the last one the name of a profession. i.e. Stone Temple Pilots

    You could be the:

    Sawdust Ocean Monitors,

    Plastic Hallway Rangers,

    Acid Forest Lifeguards

    Mix and match.:D
     
  3. Toony

    Toony

    Jun 15, 2001
    Texas
    beer and...um green drugs. no really it just happens. what's the message, motif or whatever behind the band......that usually makes good names. or sometimes it's something that has happened or is currently happening in society.

    funny most of the younger bands now are using diseases, mental illnesses, and dumb common words for band names....:rolleyes:....oh hell now i sound like i'm the old guy.
     
  4. It seems our guitsrist and drummer spent however long jotting down their preferences. Then they brought it to rehersal and the vocalist and I picked what we likwd.

    Job done!!!

    John
     
  5. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I like it. "Glass House Carpenters" was the one I liked best in my efforts.


    Chas
     
  6. A Rock

    A Rock

    Mar 18, 2001
    New Haven, CT
    find one or two adjectives or nouns that describe yourself as a band.

    then use a thesaurus and find a cooler version of those words.
     
  7. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    First of all -- Congrats on the outstanding username! As I am a huge GWARrior myself, I have to say that GWAR rules! :D With that out of the way, here's my two-cents:

    I try to find something that is unique and memorable, as well as something that can be associated with a cool logo or "mascot." Names I have come up with in the past have been met with less-than-favorable reviews by my fellow bandmates, that's why instead of being known as "Monkey's Uncle" or "Fearless Freddie," we're called Brass Munkey (how seriously do you think our "fans" take us -- busting out songs like "Seek and Destroy" and "Mudshovel," with a name like Brass Munkey?) :rolleyes:.

    My advice on choosing your own name? Find something original and memorable, something you can relate to some sort of logo and something that fits the kind of music your band plays. Don't get too far out there or try to be too clever -- when dealing with the public, you almost have to cater to the lowest common denominator. Hey! There's a band name right there -- Lowest Common Denominator (you could go by LCD for short)!
     
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    aluminum lunchbag congressman was the best I could do with that method. Good idea though, me and my guitarist spent months debating names and bassically getting WAY too involved with it. We came up with Mud Prophets, which if I added a place would be like a result generated by Big Wheel's method, and could have saved us a lot of time. Where we're you when I needed you Big Wheel?!!?!:D;)
     
  9. Hootz

    Hootz

    Jul 1, 2001
    Hull, England
    Easy. Take one historical figure (let's use Napoleon), then take a type of facial hair, or maybe a body part, (Sideburns, for instance). Then put the two together. My band will hopefully be called Lenin's Moustache when we manage to find a drummer.
    Still, it works a treat:

    Napoleon's Sideburns
    Hitler's Bad Teenage 'Tasche
    Blackbeard's Wishbone
    Eisenhower's Mutton Chops
    Caesar's Goatee
    Henry VIII's Six Whiskers
    Plato's Bumbeard
    Shakespeare's Earlobe

    The list is endless!



    :cool:
     
  10. i think 1 of the best ways to come up with a name (especially 4 punk bands) is to get really drunk and record a "who can come up with the stoopidist word/phrase competition" and the next morning see wot u came up with.

    2 examples of this are bread bin, and porno teddies my current band, and once wevev written enuf songs and recorded tham all the album will be called sex toys, i think its quite clever, try it!
     
  11. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    It could come from anything. One band got their name from an insult. Upon hearing the line up for a new band, someone commented, "Yeah, that's gonna float like a lead zepplin!"
    Back in the '70's, to describe the scene or weather, the Scotts used a slang term.
    "How was the party?"
    "It was too crazy for the average white man!"
    Hence the name, The Average White Band.
    After hearing that his band had to change its name, Larry Blackman looked out of his hotel window and saw an ad for Cameo cigarettes.
    A lot of it comes from unplanned events and happenstance.
    Pink Floyd were named after 2 American blues singers. (Pink Johnson & Robert Floyd. Somebody may want to correct me on the names)
    You have Grand Central Station in New York, so Larry Graham went with the obvious choice for a name.
    Earth, Wind, & Fire felt that their music embodied the world and the universe in general, so they named themselves after the elements of the universe.
     


  12. Plastic Hallway Rangers is a kickin name, i think i might "borrow" that if i ever join another band. :D
     
  13. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Heh, you know where I was.

    Right here, a mere mouse click away!:D
     
  14. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Another name:

    Candy Morgue Poets.

    The system works!:D
     
  15. LiquidMidnight

    LiquidMidnight

    Dec 25, 2000
    We're forgetting another popular method here. Taking some sort of word that has no real meaning to most people in and sticking a number after it.

    an example would be something like: Focal 192
     
  16. That formula works wonders!
     
  17. Big Wheel , that is an awesome method.
    Here are a few I've just come up with.

    Flaming Midget Soldiers

    Sick and Twisted Morticians

    Grade School Robbers

    ... and of course, you can always use names of Chevy Chase movies like Fletch, Spies Like Us, and the Three Amigos (works especially well if you have four or more ppl in the band).

    Link two phrases with one common denominator.

    Newtons Law of Armed Conflict
     
  18. Originally posted by LiquidMidnight
    The danger with this method is we end up with crap like Blink 182!:)
     
  19. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    "Knowing is half the battle"......er sorry;)


    Damn good system!!! I like it!!
     
  20. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Plastic Toilet Jockeys.

    That is a very cool method, BW!:cool:

    The originals band that I'm in that is just really starting back up has one of the coolest band names I have ever heard. Lucid Dreamer.

    Our guitarist got that off of the marquee at a bankrupt drive in movie.