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    What’s in a name?

    Every year there seems to be common trends/fads/themes in the names of bands. Types of names seem to drift in and out of fashion. One of the most common names is a band named after the person (or persons) that formed the band. Aside from egomania, I see no reason for this – it’s boring, unoriginal and almost always wholly unearned. I actively avoid bands that use just the name of the founder/lead singer etc… DJ’s that just go by their name are especially suspect, because its usually not enough just to go by their REAL name but commonly they also use pictures of themselves on their album covers (witness Paul van Dyke as the prime example) – totally unwarranted.

    So skipping bands named after themselves this year’s biggest theme seems to fall under Family & Kids type names:

    Aphex Twin
    Kid Sister
    Little Brother
    Sons & Daughters
    Akron Family Band
    The Teenagers
    Cold War Kids
    The Cool Kids
    Boys Noize
    Black Kids

    This year’s color of choice is definitely “Black”
    Black Kids
    Black Mountain
    Black Lips
    Turbonegro

    Location/Place names are also popular but the motivation of these bands is very different. You have bands like Portishead (who are from a place near Portishead, England) who probably couldn’t think of name so picked a local place and then a band like “I’m from Barcelona” who are actually from Sweden so were going for that 90s irony thing.
    Portishead
    Dimitri from Paris
    I’m from Barcelona
    Architecture in Helsinki
    Manchester Orchestra
    AUSTIN TV
    And then the more abstract location names:
    The Streets
    The Field
    Islands

    Another common theme that never goes out of fashion is sex. And where would Drugs and Rock & Roll be without sex?
    The Breeders
    Orgasmic Curses
    American Bang (a double entendre to be sure)
    Holy Fuck (ibid)
    The Bird & the Bee

    Which also leads to this year’s animal which is oddly: the Bee. Because of:
    The Bird & the Bee
    The Bees

    Usually its something bad ass like Wolf (Parade, Eyes, Mother, etc.) – go figure?

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    bored? hehe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalmerThanYou View Post
    bored? hehe...
    Yes bored and also I wanted to start a thread without the possibility of someone saying that there were already 12 threads just like it. I am pretty sure the number of threads like this one are less than 12... :P

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    There are....only 7.

    This is, however, the only thread ever anywhere that contains an "Apostrophe E" in the title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Sparks View Post
    There are....only 7.

    This is, however, the only thread ever anywhere that contains an "Apostrophe E" in the title.
    sigged. too damn funny, sir.
    I love music, and I hate vowels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Sparks View Post
    There are....only 7.

    This is, however, the only thread ever anywhere that contains an "Apostrophe E" in the title.

    Hmmmm.... do you think I should fix that or do you think this would make people more likely to read and respond?

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    Ouch - this thread gets moved because I strayed off topic.

    Hardly fair Ma'am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Sparks View Post
    There are....only 7.

    This is, however, the only thread ever anywhere that contains an "Apostrophe E" in the title.
    HAHA! Well done sir...

    And thread started, i was just fucking around with you. I love that you put in that much effort. i thought about it for a second then ADD kicked in
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    I miss the year of the wolf...wolf parade, wolf eyes...don't think wolfmother made it that year (04 maybe) wolfmother came in 06 right?
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    Wolfmother was indeed in 06 in the Mojave.

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    Another catagory I was toying with but seemd a stretch was the elements:
    Aesop Rock
    Spank Rock
    Goldfrapp (stupid name in soooo many ways)
    Santogold
    Chromeo

    Also with "Does it offend you, yeah?" we have an opportunity for a theme. We could have the "Yeah yeah yeahs," "Clap your hands say yeah" and "Yaz(oo)" all added making a pretty strong theme. The last one has been suggested as a possible add.

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    I believe Cafe Tacvba is named after a cafe in Mexico City, that's a place, eh?.
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    Default Re: This Year'e Themes (Band Names)

    Like MSTRKRFT last year, MGMT is this year's band that hates vowels. This also seems to be the year of the one-named female artist: MIA, Santogold, Sia, Yelle, Adele, and Duffy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliMag View Post
    Ouch - this thread gets moved because I strayed off topic.

    Hardly fair Ma'am.
    Just about everything gets moved here from the Line Up forum. I still don't understand the logic all the time...though this thread is weird enough to qualify I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarbFlonsen View Post
    This also seems to be the year of the one-named female artist: MIA, Santogold, Sia, Yelle, Adele, and Duffy.



    You forgot Uffie.
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