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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.

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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.)

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.

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.

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.

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