August 25, 2009

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Yes, there are certainly more profound issues in the world (especially today), but ladies and gents, I need your help. Since "The Strike" and various forms of "Strike" already exist on iTunes, OUR BAND NEEDS A NEW NAME. We're at the end of our rope with this one, having already dealt with it in 2007, and need to trawl your collective forebrains.


Yes, we know there's plenty of jokey band names. We need one we can actually use, so nothing in the realm of "The Vaguely Creepy Flight Attendants" or "Cap'n Kokk and his Fantazmik Urethra" or "That Wasn't a Fart That Was The Chair". Our band is hard to describe (we've heard "Aimee Mann meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers" and "XTC meets Tom Petty") but we're the kind of group that needs a name that isn't much longer than two syllables, if'n you know what I mean. We're twee enough without the name making us tweer.

Try listening to the song below - I happened to write this one, but both our guitarist and lead singer are gifted songwriters - and see if it conjures something. Or just tell me a band name you always wish existed. If yours gets selected, you get a handwritten love note and CD from the four of us!

I'm a Nine.mp3

Posted by Ian Williams at August 25, 2009 11:07 PM
Posted by: FreshPaul at August 26, 2009 4:07 AM

I've always been a fan of inventing band names out of obscure historical references; only one of them have ever been employed (other than "Adult Situations", which is cinematic, rather than historic).

to wit:

Iron Clad Oath
the Midnight Judges
Flapper Pinko
the Anaconda Plan
Pleasure Beefsteak (a bit of a stretch).

et cetera

Posted by: Salem's Little Sister at August 26, 2009 4:14 AM

Advice and a suggested name rolled into one: Ask Lucy

Posted by: littlerattyratratrat at August 26, 2009 5:18 AM

Has to be: The Public Option.

Posted by: erica at August 26, 2009 5:26 AM

I always said if I had a band, it would be Tastes Like Chicken, but alas, I have no musical ability whatsoever and plenty of people have already beaten me to that one.

I am reading Outliers. You definitely fit the description on that one. Or Outliar for variation...

Posted by: Alex Winters at August 26, 2009 5:42 AM

Posted by: Salem at August 26, 2009 5:58 AM

How about a "house"?
Pink House
Purple House
White House
Bright House

Posted by: GFWD at August 26, 2009 6:16 AM

Sounds a little like a younger light-hearted Joni Mitchell meets Ben Folds.

Call yourselves "Joni Folds". People will accept it like "Pink Floyd" and will think that it's the cute lead singer's name.

Or, you can call it:

Synechdoche (because I still don't think I understand that word)
Trouser Snakes
Quartet (and make fans always wonder where the 4th person is when you're on stage)
Tripoly (because you're only three, but you're also many)
Tripoli (snag that precious Marines demographic by dropping the y and adding an i)
Lutessa (for the two lovely ladies in your life)
Tessalu (because, technically, you've known Tessa longer)
Zed's Dead
Secondary Break
Wednesday's Child
Moose Knuckle
Less Paul
Venice Menace (don't you live near that beach)

Posted by: Jason Savage at August 26, 2009 6:17 AM


Posted by: chip at August 26, 2009 6:27 AM

Keeping with the Lucy theme:

I like cheese

Since I'm on a Mad Men kick, although it
will probably get you a Cease and Desist order from

Sterling Cooper

Posted by: chip at August 26, 2009 6:29 AM

One more for the road:

Hank and Ankle

Posted by: Jill at August 26, 2009 6:31 AM

A word I just learned: Orogeny. "(Greek for "mountain generating") refers to natural mountain building, and may be studied as (a) a tectonic structural event, (b) as a geographical event, and (c) a chronological event."
Bonus, it sounds completely dirty and isn't at all.

Posted by: josie at August 26, 2009 6:34 AM

Hmm...I like Ask Lucy, although there may be other offspring to honor....

It's got to be hard on a band to have to change its name. You could keep "Strike" and add an adjective...Plucky Strike...Fire Strike...Or, add a word....Strike Three...Strike My Fancy.

Unrelated, I am WOWed by the many definitions of strike (verb/adjective/noun/idiom). DictionaryDOTcom has no fewer than 88. There's some good inspiration there.

Posted by: Ehren at August 26, 2009 6:59 AM

One that popped to mind just now when I was thinking about the movie business: Soft Industry

Posted by: tregen at August 26, 2009 7:01 AM

"free beer"

"no cover charge"

Posted by: chm at August 26, 2009 7:02 AM

Drag. I was gonna say "That Wasn't a Fart That Was The Chair."

Posted by: Neva at August 26, 2009 7:10 AM


Posted by: Neva at August 26, 2009 7:12 AM

Or... Shady Freud?

Posted by: Joanna at August 26, 2009 7:13 AM

Of course, I don't have a suggestion. But, after hearing your song, I'm thinking a little more feminine, a little more wholesome than The Strike.

Posted by: Bozoette Mary at August 26, 2009 7:18 AM

Well, since "strike" and variations are taken, let's go with "spare":

Spare Parts
Spare Change
Spare Me

Or... Lulubeans.

Posted by: Annie H. at August 26, 2009 7:30 AM

Josie gives me an idea: Strike Four!

Posted by: once a heel at August 26, 2009 7:35 AM

Tantalus Drinks

Open Ended

Sunset Clause

Posted by: kevin from nc at August 26, 2009 7:43 AM

The Linguists

Posted by: CM at August 26, 2009 7:54 AM

Love that song! It rocks and it's not wussy. And it's completely original, hard to find these days. (Except for the nod to Bette Davis Eyes, ha ha). I love the line:
Look at what you did name? I don't know. Piggy's Asthma?

Posted by: CM at August 26, 2009 8:04 AM

Ooh, just followed Alex's link - I love "Bleeding" too!!

Posted by: the other Lee at August 26, 2009 8:17 AM

I've always liked the band name "Sprawl"

Posted by: Ehren at August 26, 2009 8:20 AM

Taking off what Annie suggested, "the Four Strikes"

Posted by: Ehren at August 26, 2009 8:22 AM

I've always liked "Sheepish" for a shoegaze band, and I've wanted to see a math rock band named "Cassini Division" for a while. The Cassini Division is the dark gap between the A and B rings of Saturn.

Posted by: k at August 26, 2009 9:05 AM

In ascending syllables:



Choosing Sides

Posted by: schultz at August 26, 2009 9:34 AM

I hereby relinquish the rights to the name :

Tequila Mockingbird

Sadly, most people don't get it.

Posted by: wyatt at August 26, 2009 10:38 AM

Bad Moustache

The Slammin' Screen Doors

Sons of the Los Angeles Aqueduct

Posted by: wottop at August 26, 2009 10:47 AM

pandemic dystopia

a lot of sylables, but fun to say and topical in an odd way.

Posted by: xuxE at August 26, 2009 10:54 AM

this track reminds me of interplanet janet from schoolhouse rock, so i thought of:

galaxy girl

the other tracks have a kind of innocent quality so with the xtc reference how about:


or maybe:

dame fortune

Posted by: wottop at August 26, 2009 10:55 AM

Pantone 278

I'll let someone else explain it.

Posted by: Kelly in NC at August 26, 2009 10:58 AM


Posted by: Claverack Weekender at August 26, 2009 11:16 AM

Try this for some real entertainment.

'spicy poodle'

Posted by: LFMD at August 26, 2009 11:55 AM


Posted by: jje at August 26, 2009 12:01 PM

Wow - love that song! Very catchy - think it's going to be in my head the rest of the day (but in a good way, not an ear worm way!).

Posted by: Anne at August 26, 2009 12:06 PM



Unclaimed Assets







Narrative Ark

Bowwow Theory
("In linguistics, the idea that language began when humans imitated animal noises or other natural sounds.")

The Autodidacts


Noble Savage

Posted by: Kjf at August 26, 2009 12:41 PM

I was going to try and think of something clever but how do you beat Bowwow Theory?

Posted by: Bliss Broyard at August 26, 2009 12:47 PM

Nico has two names for rock bands that he's been storing up for just such an occasion. They are:

Saddest Faction

The Ragged Claws

(I vote for the first one... Not that I don't like Eliot.)

Hope all is well! Bliss

Posted by: ken at August 26, 2009 1:31 PM

I have a Word document brimming with potential band names, most of which I'm saving but I'll give you a few.

Visqueen (appeals to your Anglophilic side)

Fogboy or Fog Boy (Kinda like Foghat but funnier)

Boots McGoo (another Brit reference)

Posted by: kent at August 26, 2009 2:35 PM

Do what the big boys do, add a location to your name, e.g. Charlatans UK, The Verve UK...

The Venice Strike

And maybe a bit too hippy dippy but

Ozone Way

Posted by: xuxE at August 26, 2009 2:51 PM

paradise flea market

Posted by: Tammy O. at August 26, 2009 3:01 PM

The name I've coveted for my fantasy, all-girl punk band is Tramp Stamp. But I don't think that will work for you, Ian.

Band of Koi popped into my head on the subway, and I quite like it.

Also, for some reason, The Strike made me think of Elizabeth Bishop, and I'm surprised by how many titles of her poems would make great band names:
Jeronimo's House
The Shampoo
Filling Station
Crusoe in England (way too twee, but a great name!)
The Moose
Pleasure Seas
The Wit (I like this one!)

Posted by: emma at August 26, 2009 3:20 PM

Four corners

Posted by: jje at August 26, 2009 3:59 PM

The Mulley Grubs (as in A Case of the Mulley Grubs, one of my favorite poems)

Posted by: jje at August 26, 2009 4:08 PM

Pooh, I misspelled it - should be Mulligrubs.

Posted by: Ruthy at August 26, 2009 4:33 PM

the collective forebrains

Posted by: chm at August 26, 2009 6:40 PM

county cricket

Posted by: Caitlin at August 26, 2009 7:55 PM

My brother's "band" in high school (they could not actually play any instruments, but hung around in the basement anyway) was called Bitter Vengeance. It's yours if you want it.

Posted by: Chip H at August 26, 2009 8:19 PM


Posted by: jje at August 26, 2009 8:35 PM

I've got it! The Gingersnaps!

Wait, apparently much like The Mulligrubs, this is already a band - in fact, a central NJ based metal/hardcore band. Go figure...

How about -


(gal-li-maw'-free) n. a hodgepodge, jumble; a mixture of diverse things [From French galimafrée "a stew, hash, ragout," from galer "to make merry" + mafrer "to eat heartily."]

Huh. Apparently that's a band in the UK.

Okay, what about -

Scotch Woodcock

(skoch' wood'-kok) n. buttered toast spread with anchovy paste with creamy soft-scrambled eggs on top.

No, forget it - that's a Candian DJ. NO WAIT, wait, it's this band:

*snort* Well, that's a hard act to follow, isn't it? Bet you don't have cool hats like those. And if you don't like it...well, they kindly ask you go suck a railroad spike.

Okay, I'm going to keep trying...

Let's try The Turophiles:

(toor'-oh-file, tyoor'-oh-file) n. a connoisseur of cheese; a cheese fancier. [from Greek tyros "cheese" + philos "loving."]

Goodness, already claimed as well! I am better at naming bands than I thought. I was going to offer up The Abecedarians, but yes, also a real band. Holds true for The Micawbers and The Chiliad as well.

Might I offer the Scions of Opprobrium? According to google, this is available. Shocking.

Or how about Aeolian Foofaraw?

No thanks necessary. Really. ;-)

Posted by: julie at August 27, 2009 6:20 AM

Cosmic Tutelage

Posted by: Mindy at August 27, 2009 9:17 AM

Hybrid World -- sort of environmental meets mixed musical style???

Posted by: Paul G at August 27, 2009 3:57 PM


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Posted by: Emily B at August 27, 2009 4:58 PM

You could borrow my kid's band name (formed in last year's 2nd grade afterschool care, but now defunct): The Flame

Posted by: Randy at August 27, 2009 10:19 PM

Late to the game:

How about Updike Falls.

You could always resurrect Wednesday's Child.

Posted by: kmeelyon at August 27, 2009 10:47 PM

Heh. I kid of liked Collective Forebrains.

Or how many of you are there? Collective Fourbrains? Collective Threebrains?

I know you wanted two syllables.

Twee Enough?

Posted by: eric g. at August 28, 2009 6:28 AM

Single Malt


The Empty Pools


Posted by: Tammy O. at August 28, 2009 6:41 AM

I was thinking of short syllables and come up with a few more that I liked:
Slow Night
Low Cut

And here's a one syllable name: Prime.

Posted by: MarkC at August 28, 2009 7:23 AM

When I was at UNC I had a good friend who always talked starting a band and naming it "Vacation Bible School." I don't think he ever did that, and that name gives you a ton of free advertising (at least down South).

Posted by: emmo at August 28, 2009 12:54 PM

The Strayers

Posted by: Laurie from duke at August 28, 2009 9:07 PM

Way late to the party, but I come with thoughts.

I'm making an assumption that the name The Strike came about because the band formed during the Writers' Strike. Is that right? If so, perhaps some other ideas from that concept:

The Walkout
The Resolve
We Resolve
The Resolute
The Residuals
100 Days
La Grève (The Strike, in French)

Good luck on this.
Love the song!

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(inside joke here at work; I can provide the details if requested, but the mystery is better, isn't it?)

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