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To "The" or not to "The"

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by HOOLIGAN, Oct 29, 2010.



    Dec 21, 2007
    Cowtown, USA
    Trying to get peoples opinion on the importance of having the
    word "The" before your band name.
    My current project is torn between calling ourselves
    "Cheap Knockoffs" or "The Cheap Knockoffs"-

    To get the idea, some bands are easy, "Cheap Trick" is never
    called "The Cheap Trick",
    yet if someone asked "Who played Blitzkrieg Bop" you would
    say "THE Ramones", when their records simply say "Ramones"-
    Is it "Rolling Stones" or "The Rolling Stones"?

    I'm looking for examples of the obvious & not so obvious
    examples of bands that do or don't use "The"
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    THE Beatles sounds better than Beatles
    THE Kinks is better
    REO Speedwagon works, THE REO Speedwagon doesnt
    Led Zeppelin is good. THE Led Zeppelin is not
    I prefer Cheap Knockoffs. It rolls off the tounge better (to me anyway)& can refer to knockoff's in general
    THE Cheap Knockoffs sounds as if YOUR BAND's a cheap knockoff of a better band. The word THE makes it more personal
  3. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    When in doubt, throw 'the' out.

    I once had a band called the Human Machine, and we were often referred to as The Human Machines...

    I hate it when my current band, Ugly Ape, gets billed as The Ugly Apes


    Dec 29, 2009
    Rule of thumb: more than one, add "the". Singular- none.

    THE rolling stoneS
    THE ramoneS
    REO speedwagon

    Get it?
  5. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    heh, went quickly through my collection and that seems to be the case, except for some exceptions like The Prodigy, The Mars Volta, Pet Shop Boys...

    I'd say whatever sounds and looks better to you. I'd say it also depends on the music you play and a "statement" you're trying to make...


    Dec 29, 2009
    That's why I said rule of thumb. There's always exceptions. Although I challenge your "pet shop boys" example. I say THE pet shop boys.
  7. I say go with "the", preceded by someone's name, e.g. "Roland Rolex and the Cheap Knockoffs". :)
  8. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    There was once a band called "The The"... :)
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    It's Smokey Bear...

    Not Smokey THE Bear.

    We now return you to your previous digression.
  10. dokazaado


    Mar 25, 2009
    Empty Hills
    ok, here's my nerdy language usage take-
    as long as your band name clearly has a noun in it, "the" is superflous.
    if the name of your band could possibly be viewed as a verb or just a descriptor, use "the".

    "Rolling Stones" is different from "The Rolling Stones".
    the first sounds like a description of something you do, the second is a noun with a descriptor.
    another example - "Strokes" can be a noun or a verb, but "The Strokes" is clearly a noun with the article adjective.

    see also "The Fixx", "The Fall", "The Cure", etc.

    unless, of course, you dig the ambiguity.
  11. xxfaux_punkxx


    Mar 18, 2010
    John Doe and THE Nobodies?

    I say go with cheap knockoff.

    If you add the S then add the "the".

    Cheap knockoff

    The cheap knockoffs.

    The "s" and the "the" kinda give it a plural ordeal reffereing to all those involved in the band.
  12. Mr wiggl3s

    Mr wiggl3s Banned

    Feb 27, 2009
    Anyone else read the op like this?

  13. Yup... it's "The Cheaps" or "Cheap Knockoff" to my ear.
  14. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I always avoided the "the" in bands I named just because lots of bands used it and I had good names without it. However, when we formed my current band in 2001, I had the name "The Conniptions" and decided to use it. The funny thing is that many times when we are advertised in the newspaper or on signs, people just use "Conniptions" and eliminate "The". We are fine with it no matter how they present it in print but when we tell people the name of the band, it would sound stupid if we said "We are Conniptions" instead of "We are The Conniptions".
  15. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass. Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Providence, RI
    HA, yeah, I hear ya... our band Red Eye Flight has more than once been introduced as or referred to as "The Red Eye Flight Band." Eeeek.
  16. ggunn


    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Some friends of mine had a band they named "Oz". A neighborhood bar where they were scheduled to play had a hand scrawled poster behind the bar that said "Friday Night - The Oz's". My friends were not amused, but I sure was!
  17. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    My band's name is Silverback, yet many fools call us The Silverbacks, even though they've never seen it in print or heard it uttered from a band member's lips. FOOLS!
  18. I love those clips from the late 60s where a TV presenter introduces 'The Pink Floyd', and 'The Deep Purple'.:D
  19. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I believe it originally WAS "The Pink Floyd"

    My band suffers from the same superfluous "The" when billed.
  20. ric stave

    ric stave

    May 6, 2006
    Buffalo, NY
    One of my old bands' names was "The Sparx Flight"

    We had been billed/advertised as "Starry Flight" and "Sparky and the Flightmen"...

    ...so I didn't really worry about the 'the' too much....

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