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need a band name

Did a very lame gig last night for an independent film production that paid no money. It was supposed to be over at 10:30 PM, but our portion actually finished at 3:30 AM this morning. It wasn't a total loss though, because the bass player and drummer and I had some good nuts-and-bolts discussions about the new band that we'd like to start.

The gist of the group is that we're playing modern improvisatory music using themes taken from dance music, hip-hop, electronica, jungle, dub, and just plain funky, bassy music with sophisticated grooves and melodies that connect. Our audience could range from young adults who are looking for funky music you could dance to but that's more well thought out, to open-minded jazz fans who would like to hear how modern pop music can be used as a platform for good improvisation.

It should go without saying that the music we play will be totally live. At some point in the future, it might be possible to incorporate a DJ as an additional member of the group, but we're starting with the fundamental structure of bass, drums, electric guitar, and tenor saxophone. The guitar player may do vocals on the occasional tune, but the orchestration of the melodies will be multifaceted and not focused on the saxophone, for example (most commonly done in traditional jazz combos with a horn player in the lead).

So does anyone have any ideas for a name for this group? We have a few original compositions, but we'll also be covering a number of tunes by bands like Radiohead, Portishead, maybe Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright, as well as some stuff like middle Stevie Wonder, plus Curtis Mayfield and even Led Zeppelin. All with a funky jazz sometimes-swingin always-rockin groove.

Don't forget: you can dance to it if you want to. It would be best if you all did, actually. Each set would be a continuous program with a certain progression to it in mood and content. We'd want you all to be on the floor with us, experiencing the grooves and getting into the jam right there with us on the stage.

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dremwkr March 19th, 2002
How about? RadioJazz, RadioFunk,
Jazzland, the Funkaholics,...just trying to generate some names...

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iamom March 20th, 2002
That's good man, thanks. Someone needs to get the ball rolling...

jaipur March 20th, 2002
Glissando Funk?

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iamom March 21st, 2002
Thanks for the suggestion.... I don't think I want to have the words jazz funk or anything particularly related to the genre, though. Some favourite band names of mine are names like Portishead and Hooverphonic. The spirit of the name is grounded in the genre, but it makes no explicit mention of the genre in the name.

You know what I mean?

Like... Interphonic. What about that?

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jaipur March 21st, 2002
Yeah, I didn't like the word funk in their either but Glissando sounded too much like a ballet (though I thought it captured the dancing idea you were talking about :). Interphonic definitely sounds more like a loud band. :)

hai_kah_uhk March 21st, 2002
i love thinking up band names... just not for other people's bands. i think it's the rejection part that gets to me. But since I've never been in a band, it certainly does me no good.

I made up a band for a short story once (a long, long time ago, when the earth was bein' born) called Knox Overstreet. It was the name of my favorite character in the movie "Dead Poets' Society". Actually he was only my favorite character because of his name. The story sucked, but I still like it as a band name.

My husband said that if he had a band, he'd name it Fluid Dynamics. He's a science teacher... but I find that a lot of scientific terms make nifty band names. Especially marine invertebrates, like Siphonophore (a deep-sea communal jellyfish). Or Coelacanth. Rick wrote a poem once called Coelacanth Spirit that is one of my all-time favorite poems (up there with Shel Silverstein's).

I'm just babbling to offer you some food for thought. Feel free to drag it in the direction of your choice.

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iamom March 21st, 2002
That's a great band name, thank you! It will most certainly move to the short list.

teawhiskers March 21st, 2002
Personally, I like "Teawhiskers" (T. Whiskers) LOL

joyofmacs March 22nd, 2002
Zwiebacks
Toasted Zwiebacks
Wanton DeNera
Little Kibbles
Twisted Nipples
Wasted Youth
Hammered

Here are some that are in my neck of the woods or national that I wish I had thought of

Government Cheese
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Funky White Honkies

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iamom March 22nd, 2002
Wow - great variety! Thanks...

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