Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bad Trends In Music, Part Two: Unimaginative Band Names

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM

UNIMAGINATIVE BAND NAMES

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Exhibit A: Tanlines, a Brooklyn-based duo who should've chosen another name, lest anyone confuse them with Memphis' own River City Tanlines. Since 2004, the latter have released countless 7-inches, one full-length, and a compilation disc; the former are still preparing their debut EP.

Exhibit B: The rising British country band The Gilded Palace of Sin. Way too obvious. They're fans of Gram Parsons. But "it’s kind of like taking Exile On Main Street as a moniker," as Popmatters noted last month.

Exhibit C: "Cheeky" dance producer Joy Orbison. Sure, it has more of a ring to it than his given name, Peter O'Grady, but, as noted on Buddyhead, appropriating the moniker of the "Crying" crooner makes for an "astonishingly terrible" name for a DJ.

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