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Where To Find A Good Band Name?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by philzbass, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. Hey everyone, just looking for some kinda direction here. My band is looking for a name and were drawing blanks. I'm not asking anyone to come up with one for us, just looking for some pointers. :help:

    I don't know, maybe this is a dumb thread.

    Any replies would be appreciated
  2. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    I think Bard2dBone has a good list to get you started.

    Also, Goldenboy might be able to lend a hand.
  3. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
  4. wolfs


    Jan 18, 2006
    Take the what your band sounds like (or wants to sound like), multiply that by your favorite color. Divide that by the average age or number of band members. Finally, add that total to middle name or initial of your greatest music hero...

    Seriously, I wish I would have come up with Kathleen Turner Overdrive or Brian Jonestown Massacre... I like names that are clever plays on stuff that has merit... so look at stuff that you like (song titles, lyrics, albums, etc.)
  5. wolfs


    Jan 18, 2006
  6. tzadik


    Jan 6, 2005
    What I've learned:

    Pick something that sounds familiar.

    Pick something that sounds specific.

    Pick something that matches your genre.

    Don't pick something ambigous, iffy, confusing, or long.

    My band's name - I wish I'd thought of it, but didn't - is Five Star Loser, and I think it's a great name because it's a pop punk band and, well, it's a pop punk sounding name.

    The Five Star part is great because anytime we drive by a building that says "Five Star Mattress COmpany" or a van that says "Five Star Painting and Lawn Care", we all jump out, pose, and snap a picture, and there ya go - instant goofy band pic. It's a term everyone's hear of.

    The Loser part - well, it's self explanatory....We're a bunch of 3-chord-punk-rock losers.

    Names I don't like - Sounds of Time. Noise Machine. Away Place. Side Thought. Truth Unknown. These are all kind of wishy washy. Maybe good for a new age group?? Dunno.

    Regarding complexity - steer clear. I went to see a show once with 5 bands. One was on stage and they kept saying their name between songs and we were trying to catch it. I leaned over to my drummer and said,

    "Hey what did he say they were called?"

    "I think he said Geranium Plant."

    "Huh? I thought he said Auditorium Planet."

    "Oh, yeah, maybe..."

    "Wait," says my guitarist, "I thought it was Automatic Parent."

    We were stumped.

    So we listened to Geranium Parent, or whatever, for a while and they were a decent rock band. Finally I noticed a poster nearby that said their realy name.

    Auditory Implant.

    Sure it's a cool name, but not necessarily a good one! Too far out. Big words are a mouthful. Maybe better to save those for a funk project or something.

    Bottom line: Simple, familiar, and following the grain of the genre = a good thing, in my opinion.

    Let us know what you choose!:bassist:
  7. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    What about Led Zeppelin? Is that taken?
  8. How about The Christ Punchers?
  9. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    San Jose, CA

    I don't know but i think Zed Leppelin is a catchy name.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Start eating fortune cookies.
  11. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    The name is Hell's Satans!

  12. Glad someone got it ^_^
  13. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Ya, that episode was on the other night. Did you see it too?
  14. What about Pablo Dali? Is that confusing? It's a combination of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. We play progier rock. Do we get your approvel?

    Oh Wait you guys are LOoSerS, what do I care what you think.
  15. I don't recall it being on, then again I'm in the tri-state NY area, so it airs different episodes at different times.
  16. Kibuddy


    Apr 30, 2005
    I actually like somewhat complicated names, such as Synapse, or Epsilon Orionis.

    Then again, those would be for a prog rock band.

    And I'm a geek.
  17. Yes, it's confusing, but that's actually your goal if you're a prog rock band. Go forth and mystify!
  18. tzadik


    Jan 6, 2005
    Sure, a good prog rock band name would be something like

    Pragmozatron Yield

    Tangential Reflux

    The Icarus Polydactyl Project

    Beryllium Shift Transducer

  19. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    Youre doing it all wrong.. you need to come up with band names the way I coem up with songs names.
    Write a program that pseudo-randomly puts letters or words together. You get some good stuff!! like... "Wmmm"
    A later update of the program made sure that only sensical names came out.
  20. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Look in a landfill or junkyard.

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