Note: this post isn’t about the MTV show credited for bringing us such quality acts as O-TOWN and Danity Kane.
If you were like me in elementary school and went through a phase of wanting to start a band (let’s face it, my roommate and I thought about in college too), then you’ve definitely brainstormed potential band names at some point in your life. My first experience with this was on the playground during recess. My friends and I found a spot on the pavement that had a splotch of tar in a star shape. That was our stage and we were the stars. I believe our band name was Triple A (yes, like the insurance company) because all of our names started with the letter “a” and we thought it was a clever play on words. Triple A never signed a record deal or had a number one hit, but that “band” gave us a sense of belonging and purpose; something that made us feel more important than three 10-year-old girls.
I wonder if people in actual bands get the same feeling. I’ve always thought there was something romantic and nostalgic about being in a band. The combination of being a part of an entity bigger than yourself and collectively creating music that inspires people. But as good as your music is, you can’t ignore that first impressions do exist. And for a band, that first impression is your band name.
I started thinking about how a band gets its name to stand out among thousands of other bands out there. I can relate because growing up there was always more than one Amanda in my class. Triple A could have been Octuple A. So is there a way to make your band name stick out more? Is that why do so many bands call themselves “The “? Does the initial “The” give a band more credibility or somehow strengthen ownership of the name?
Whatever the reasoning behind it, the “The” band trend has stood the test of time and crosses all genres: the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Four Seasons, the Carpenters, the Cure, the Flaming Lips, the Strokes, the Game, the Pussycat Dolls, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Just to name a few.
But I’ve noticed an emerging trend that’s taking a run at title for the best-formula-for-a-band-name since the “The ” band trend. Or maybe I just notice insignificant things. It’s really not that much different, it’s just about where you put the word “The”. Maybe you’ve noticed this too. Instead of putting “The” at the beginning of a band name, you put it in the middle à la Foster the People, Young the Giant, Pedro the Lion, Portugal. The Man, Minus the Bear, Dry the River. (My theory is that Toad the Wet Sprocket was way ahead of its time and unknowingly started this trend in the late eighties)
While I’m inclined to latch onto the trend because I like all the bands I know that have adopted this template, I’m not sure that these names will make the same first impression a “The ” band would. I also have a hard time understanding the meaning behind the band names. But maybe that’s the point. I’m left to wonder what the name means, therefore, remembering the band. Ah I see what you did, sneaky clever bands.
Who knows, maybe I’ll discover a band out there called Triple the A.
Sight, smell, touch. These are all senses that can help remind us of fond memories, bringing us right back to the places and people we remember. But every now and then, you encounter music that evokes nostalgia in a way that no other vehicle can. There’s that magical moment when voices and instruments combine seamlessly in a way that isn’t just something you hear, it’s something you feel. It’s rare enough to encounter a song that gives you that feeling. But last night, I found an entire album! Shallow Bed is the latest album from Dry the River, an English folk-rock band who, in my mind, are absolute geniuses.
As if I wasn’t already head over heels for this band, they did a live concert. On a riverboat. In Amsterdam. Need I say more?
To top it off, I just found out that they’re coming to a cafe in Arlington, VA on May 19th. The bad news is that you can’t buy tickets in advance, so you better believe I will fight for a spot in that concert if I have to. What can I say, their music just gives me a lot of feelings!
This has been stuck in my head for DAYS and now it will be stuck in your head too.
Cool suits, dope boots.
Even though I am definitely a Gleek, I’ll admit that sometimes the performances on the show can be hit or miss. I came across this one today, and it is just too good not to share. I’ve been listening to it all day, and it’s not getting out of my head anytime soon. Let’s hope I can save a little bit of excitement for Tuesday when it airs. Who am I kidding? I’ll always be excited for anything with Brittany and Santana in it. Well done Glee, well done.
It’s that day of the week again. It’s Friday, and I feel like getting a little fancy today. How do you class up Rebecca Black, you ask? Since it’s not the classiest of performances to begin with (that’s just my opinion), there’s an endless array of possibilities. How about having a string quartet perform it? That should do the trick. Enjoy, and happy weekend!
I apologize. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a Friday music video. Then I came across this gem today, and it was just too epic not to share. Christopher Columbus would be proud that you started your long weekend in style. Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Taylor Hicks, a dance team, aliens, and what looks to be the abominable snowman? Seems like a holiday weekend to me. Don’t worry, the Friday Friday postings are back with a bang. Enjoy!
I like my Music Mondays. It’s a necessary part of starting the work week. Listening to music at my desk; I find myself escaping to another place, and for a second I actually forget that it isn’t the weekend anymore. I may not be what you would call a die-hard music person that’s able to do a weekend-long event like Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo, but I did manage to go to the Virgin Mobile FreeFest this past Saturday. It’s September, and I’m totally okay with continuing to go to outdoor concerts and extend summer just a little bit longer.
Being an outdoor concert, it’s expected that there would be trees and animals. Freefest had both, except the animals were performing on stage and the trees were filled with lasers. Ah the great outdoors. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand what the deal is with music groups wearing animal mascot heads in their performances. Freefest was no exception to the furry-headed trend with performances by the Teddybears and Deadmau5. I just think my head would get hot and I’d probably topple over. I would much prefer glitter, face paint, and light shows.
Speaking of light shows, I ended FreeFest in the dance forest with Ghostland Observatory. I wish I could recreate the laser show they had during their performance. Since I can’t do it through words, here’s a clip of the show from Saturday. Enjoy!
It’s that day of the week again. It’s Friday. Time for another Friday music video. I’m still amazed at how many covers of this song exist. Here’s one you don’t see every day. It’s slightly swingy, slightly German, and totally random. Also, better than the original.
I feel bad about skipping last week, so I’m back on the search for the best covers of Rebecca Black’s Friday. Today I found this super chill instrumental version for your listening pleasure. Sit back and enjoy. Happy Friday everyone!