You can’t rock with a lame name. Just ask Straight to Video, the Snakes, and the Flyer Band. Are any of them musically any good? Maybe, but who goes to see them with such unimaginative monikers? You want your band’s name to be original (Cartoon Boyfriend, Midget Handjob) but not so clever (3D House of Beef, Gepetto’s Other Puppet) that it grows stale. Along the years, some band names have appeared in our Rock & Pop listings that we have grown to love: the Groovy Rednecks, the Sugarplastic, Los Super Elegantes, and a supremely excellent name we hope to see in these pages for eons, Betty Blowtorch, who were once known by the most memorable title of Butt Trumpet. They’re all great bands, but they have also nailed down the spirit of their music in their appellations. Here, pulled directly from our listings, are some examples of how you can go wrong and right when it comes to what gets slapped on the Whisky marquee.
1. DON’T CONFUSE A PUN WITH A GOOD BAND NAME
Venus Envy Blizzard of Ozz Patsy Whine Wok-Stars Dust for Life Nostradumbass The Dolly Ranchers . . . UNLESS IT PERFECTLY DESCRIBES YOUR SOUND