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Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Best Band Name

As I'm sitting here listening to music, I can't help but wonder: How do bands come up with their names? Seriously. Some names are most excellent (Chumbawamba) and some don't hit the "most excellent" mark (The Turtles). But, I would have to say that the most original/well thought out band name goes to...drum roll, please...dun, dun, dun...drum roll continues...Dave Matthews Band! Yes, the Best Band Name award goes to them because they're just so darn clever.

My brain likes to collect random tidbits of useless information and these facts are automatically inserted into my storage vault. Example: I heard that that the creator of Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane, was supposed to be on one of the 9/11 flights but couldn't make his flight. Was his life preserved? Hmm...maybe so that he could create a fourth season. I'm not too sure on whether this next story I'm about to share, though, is actually a fact. But I like this story, so we'll pretend for the sake of this entry that it is indeed true:
There was a little-known band (at the time) who would play in bars. Unfortunately, since no one had heard of them (because they weren't yet famous, obviously) no one would come watch them. This made the band frustrated. Not knowing what to do to get more people to their gigs to hear their stupendous music, this band had to get creative. And their creativity paid off! Outside the bar, the band had decided to paint a sign and place it directly outside of the bar to attract more people. Do you know what words they painted on the sign? Of course you don't, because I haven't told you yet...well, this brilliant band painted...drum roll, please...dun, dun, dun...drum roll continues...Barenaked Ladies. This sign was so successful in attracting people into the bar (who were probably disappointed it was only a band playing, and no nude women) that the band decided to lay this name upon themselves. Forever. And ever. The end. Oh, and it seems that a lot of people--especially those in Utah--don't like saying Barenaked Ladies (because there are too many syllables or because it's awkward to say aloud? Hmm...), so they can also be known as BNL.

Actually, I take back the Best Band Name award I gave to Dave Matthews Band. It should now go into the hands of...drum roll, please...dun, dun, dun...drum roll continues...Butthole Surfers. For being so classy. Thank you. And, Butthole Surfers, I expect you to display your trophy where it can be seen by others (like on a bookshelf) and don't try and get creative by displaying it up where the sun doesn't shine (yes, I'm referring to the first half of your band name).


  1. What about the Foo Fighters? What the hell is a Foo anyway?

    No, you're right, Butthole Surfers wins hands down.

  2. "Foo" is short for "fool".

    Example: 'Sup, foo'?
    What's up, fool?

    Does this enlighten you? Good.

    PS: I have no idea what Foo Fighters means.

  3. I am enlightened, and I'm going out now to beat up some unintelligent people. It should be fun.

  4. You've probably looked this up by now but a Foo Fighter is an old timey word for UFO. Also, I knew that tidbit about BNL because I'm originally from Canada. As a Canadian it is law that we know everything about everything that happens in Canada. Except politics, in Canada they think our current Prime Minister is Barack Obama.

  5. The Beatles!? I mean come one. That should be the worst band name. Why would you name yourself after a dirty ugly bug? I'm going to name my next band the rollie pollies. Now, thats pretty cool.

  6. Thanks for the read... it got me thinking... and "Mott the Hoople," "Mr. Mister," and "The The," came to mind...


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