by carl wilson

Prototypical Band Name of 2006

If you are looking for that big online buzz score, we highly recommend you name your next band, "The Black Horse, Wolf Mountain, Bear Island Shout Shout Yeah National Dance Parade Collective."

You're welcome.

(General idea swiped from Sneaky Feelings.)

Brief analysis: The indiesphere prefers anything categorized as natural to anything categorized as human, and groupings to individuals, especially when the groupings are expressing blind enthusiasm.

Extended analysis: The indiesphere is fond of expressing its desperation to find innocence in imagery that until quite recently might have read as fascist.

| Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, April 12 at 5:24 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (10)



Well, that's a little unwieldy for a band name, there, Jagger.

Posted by zoilus on April 20, 2006 6:38 PM



thank you nathan, that sounds like the perfect title for the debut from my new band, Wolf Blitzer.

Posted by bw on April 17, 2006 1:32 PM



Nostalgic disconnect?
Tapes 'n Tapes, Forget Casettes, Casettes Won't Listen...

Posted by J on April 14, 2006 2:29 PM



This may have died out a little now, but you could do a similar thing with late-90's post-rock album titles. I always thought the child safety poster they have at municipal pools - "If They're Out of Reach, They've Gone Too Far" (or almost that) - would have made a perfect title for an album by Do Make! You Deep Dark Social Tra-la-Guh Scenekrestra.

Posted by Nathan on April 13, 2006 12:44 PM



Robots and ghosts are at least partly an improvement - still kid-cartoon names, but not stretching for eco-cosmic significance. Robots and ghosts aren't romanticized the way bears and horses are. (By the way, I actually give They Shoot Horses Don't They a pass because it's actually about a movie not a stallion.)

John, "Ruby Thicket" in no way has the tone of the kind of names I'm talking about. No mystifying overtones at all - it sounds more like the name of a woman in a Dylan song.

Posted by zoilus on April 13, 2006 11:51 AM



Animals have always figured in band names going back to at least the Crickets. For my own band I picked a mineral and a vegetable: Ruby Thicket. A collective vegetable.

It's funny to wake up and find oneself to be part of a cliche!

Posted by john on April 13, 2006 11:04 AM



& Robots

robots, robots: everywhere

Posted by marina on April 13, 2006 9:44 AM



& "Family"

& first names beginning "Jen-"

Posted by marina on April 13, 2006 7:51 AM



You forgot "Ghost," Carl.

Posted by stuber on April 12, 2006 9:58 PM



Sage wisdom indeed. And with just the right amount of snarkiness.

Now I wonder, could the "desperation to find innocence" in fascist imagery be analogous to the
indie kid* trying to find a hint of remorse somewhere deep inside the bully that picked on him in grade school?

*of course, that would be the "stereotypical" indie kid: gawky, bespectacled, athletically deficient. ;-)

Posted by Craig on April 12, 2006 9:24 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson