I mentioned on here several months ago that the 'possible band names' game is a popular subject for SMS exchanges with my old friend, The Poet. Here in China, you quite often find inspiration in the random bits of Chinglish on public signs and in company and product names. In that earlier post I cited the great example of The Sex Health Protection Monopoly - which is in fact a chain of specialist clinics or pharmacies down in Shanghai. And then of course many actual band names in China are superbly warped - tonight I'm going to a gig featuring Banana Monkey and Muscle Snog! And I have spoken often of my adulation for Beijing's weirdly wonderful experimental jazz outfit, Glorious Pharmacy.
So, I'll kick off with a 'Top 10' list of possible band names that have always appealed to me, and will then invite my readers to add their own suggestions in the 'comments'. Most of these, of course, are film references - feel free to shout out if you recognise them (or to complain if you don't).
I omit my very favourite, The Gutter Roses (the story behind that one is here), because I think I might actually use that one one day.
I wonder how many of these are already band names. At least some, I imagine; perhaps all. Never mind. I can't be bothered to check now. Somewhere in the world, at some time or other, almost every conceivable combination of words in the English language must have been adopted as a name by some teenage garage band..... There was, for example, back in the late '80s/early '90s a band gigging around Oxfordshire called Kitchens of Distinction - another favourite name of mine.
Anyway, here goes with my Top 10....... (counting down).........
10) Drowned Kittens
8) Bedtime for Bonzo
7) The Smoking Beagles
6) Surf Nazis
5) Cherry 2000
4) Glove Full Of Vaseline
3) War Rocket Ajax
2) Monsters From The Id
And...... my current absolute tip-top Number 1 fave.....
1) Candygram For Mongo
Now it's your turn........
[Well, what do you know?! I discovered in April 2012 that Candygram For Mongo is a real band. You can check out their official website, their merchandise, and some free sample tracks on MySpace.
They're from LA, and were born more than two years before I came up with the idea.]