I’ve always wanted to sing in a band. In high school, I sang in a religious sort of folky group called “Outreach” (two of our old members recently married after years apart, which I thought was kind of cool). I was also part of the Young Internationals, a group patterned on the Young Americans, if you remember them. We did lots of covers of pop music, and added dance moves to them for our act, but this was a school-sponsored group, so not really a band.
So those are as close as I ever got, aside from playing my guitar and singing folk music in occasional venues. My nephew, Jordan Martin, was actually in a band that hit the Billboard Christian music charts briefly, and now that the band is no more, he has a bunch of albums of his own (I think he’s very good, but then I’m biased). His former band’s name was Iconoclast. I always thought that was such a cool band name (and it turns out, a popular one–there are other bands with that name, I’ve discovered, which is sort of ironic, considering what it means).
Which brings me to the point of my post. If I had a band, it would have to have a really cool name. I mean, I love weird band names like Third Eye Blind and Crash Test Dummies, and I especially love all the Celtic band names: Peatbog Faeries and Old Blind Dogs and Enter the Haggis (three of my favorite bands; ETH is on the left). I’d want something like that, something unique, with a little hint of the historical (especially if I were doing traditional Celtic music). Something like “The Wench Brigade” or “Too Cool for My Band” or “Dickensian” (you’d be surprised how many bands there are with Dickens in their name). I think choosing the name would be my favorite part.
So what’s your favorite band name? (But keep that separate from the music, if you can–you don’t have to like their music, just their name.) If you could be in a band, what kind would it be (punk rock, heavy metal, Celtic fusion, pop, rap, etc.)? And what would be your cool band name?