Monday, July 23, 2007

Anything Can Be a Band Name!

As part of my pursuit to hunt down songs new, rare, endangered, potentially dangerous, possibly fanged, and undeniably exquisite, I found a phenomenal 54-track album titled Unsigned and In the City 2006. I recognized exactly one of the featured artists, yet I can safely report that the album was well worth the ten bucks it cost to download on iTunes. In fact, I'm enjoying it vastly more than the new Spoon or White Stripes albums I downloaded last week. There's something about the freshness of a new band and the manner in which escapes the kind of expectations you attached to a group you already know… It's hard to put into words, but perhaps best explained by having you recall the joy you feel when you come across a new band with the. greatest. band name. ever. You know? The two work similarly, at least inside my head.

In any case, the band names glimpsed on this CD's tracklist are roundly good. I've decided to list some of them below, along with a number of fakes, and have the brave venture guesses which ones are real and which ones phony.

Or, you know, you could always just Google them.

  • Onion Knight
  • The Blueheads
  • Blankedy-Blank
  • PenKnifeLoveLife
  • Flood of Red
  • Cats Don't Dance
  • The Show-Me State
  • The Missing Ellsworth Arm
  • Arms Bend Back
  • The Friendly Fires
  • Vilma
  • Jack Afro
  • The Fleas
  • The Permissive Society
  • The Wombats
  • Texas Radio Band
  • Hattie Nagahana
  • Joe, Paige & Audrey
  • Granby Row
  • Milke
  • Malo Malo
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Curse de Alley
  • Cuddle Mobster
  • 52 Teenagers
  • The Concentric Circles
  • Two Knight
  • The Great Northwestern Hoboes
  • Bindhi & Benday
  • Chikorita
  • Josephine Oniyama
  • The Mono Effect
  • Driving By Night
  • Industrial Soap Dispenser
  • Sally Suicide
  • Bricolage
  • New World Record
  • Lesser Panda
EDIT 8.19.2007: I finally posted the answers, backdated for proximity's sake.


  1. There's no way that Curse de Alley is real.

  2. Anonymous9:12 PM

    My guesses: the Blueheads, Flood of Red, Cats Don't Dance, Milke, Sally Suicide, others.

  3. Anonymous4:30 PM

    If there's others, why didn't you say them? He said how many were fake.

    Also, Bindhi and Benday is fake. You've made a joke about them on your blog before.

  4. Anonymous8:34 PM

    Cats Don't Dance is a beloved childhood movie. Therefore, it should not be a band.

    Or it should.

    Can you just tell us which ones were fake?