Band names are hard

The last time I checked, David and I were working on some 22 tunes, so despite our famously fast work rate – some of the songs were “nearly done” in 2007 – it’s possible that we might actually finish something by early 2013. As a lot of it’s quite different from the stuff we did in Kasino, and because half of Kasino aren’t currently involved in it, if we ever actually put something out I’d like to do so under a different name.

Bloody hell, coming up with band names is hard.

And it’s even harder if you’ve got a stupid sense of humour, which I do.

Yesterday’s bright idea, which I’d already envisaged the typography and promo photos for, was ROCKTONAUTS. I know, it’s brilliant – you can see the 50s b-movie sci-fi imagery already, can’t you? – but it isn’t even remotely us. The day before? OWLS, which amused me, but it turns out that that one’s already been used. And today’s one is even less appropriate.


Coming up with a band name is much, much harder than doing the music.






0 responses to “Band names are hard”

  1. mupwangle

    You are very weird.

  2. Craig Grannell

    It’s even more fun when you come up with a name when you’re a teen, and get bullied out of it by some fuckwit ‘lawyer’ who you should probably have ignored at the time, and then your second name ends up in use by some awful Japanese compilation thing, and then the third name is shit. (I’m back with the second one now, although I’ve had to go with a horrible ‘uk’ addition on the Bandcamp URL. Sigh.)

  3. What about M-BOSS or N-DUROX or is that sort of thing so last five minutes?

  4. Gary

    Go on, spill. What was the teen one?

  5. Gary

    Haha, yes, something that sounds like a giant killer robot :)

  6. Excitement Posse


    Strum Mum

    Denim Clad Dad

    Top Geird

    Johhny Fuzz and the Distortions

    Paul Whitelaw and the Outlawed Inlaws

    Sputniks Up

    Kasino Royale

    Shoop Dogg

    one of those is actually real.

  7. Have some more –

    Vernon Kay’s O Face

    Band the Band

    The Wonder STFU

    The Feel Good Band of The Year

    Steve Job’s Ghost

    Homeopathy (the less people listen, the better it gets!)


    Pope Show

    …I’ll get my coat.

  8. Gary

    I reckon most of those could work :)

  9. Don’t think I’m going to be any help on this one – the best my stunted imagination can come up with is ‘Fecal Leakage’.

  10. Gary

    It does rather limit the Children’s TV opportunities :)

  11. So, whay not just go with Ouwls?

  12. Squander Two

    I like “Time Sex Thing”. Which has an amusing story behind it:

    More generally, there are great band names to be gleaned from bad mistranslation errors and randomly generated text in spam mails. Why not thing of a phrase you like and bung it through a translation engine and back a few times to see what happens?

    No, that’s not where “Squander Pilots” came from, surprisingly.

  13. I’ve already said this to Gary via email, but the acronymn of “Experience Gary And David” is “Egad!”

  14. Gary

    Perilously close to Mumford and Sons, that one :)