Thursday, April 27, 2006

Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies

This was suggested as a post by alert reader Kate A. She noted that the band name has good assonance. Also, it sounds really good when said in a Monster Truck Rally voice, always a plus. My problem is that I have a hard time visualizing a screamin' cheetah wheelie. At first, I thought the name was cheeto, not cheetah, which made me think of those wheel-shaped cheetos. Imagining them screaming ("don't eat me!") is kind of twisted and funny. What is a cheetah wheelie? A cheetah with rad dirt bike tricks? Chester Cheetah? I am torn on this band name. Help me out.

Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies: undecided.


Yes, "!!!" is a band name. It's supposed to be pronounced "chik-chik-chik."

People. Please don't name your band something with questionable pronounciation. Chik-Chik-Chik sounds cool. But is every ticket seller and record (I'm showing my age) store clerk likely to know how you pronounce it, or are !!! fans resigned to explaining what the band name is each time they say it? Bands, please don't make your fans feel stupid.

On a side note, I think schwah (upside-down e) is a really good name for a band. People (at least the English majors who make up a plurality of my associates) tend to know how to pronounce the name of the upside-down e, though, which makes all the difference.

!!!: Sucks.

Friday, April 21, 2006


This band name has two major flaws.
1) Ambiguous pronounciation. It's supposed to be pronounced "see say," but one might pronounce it "sissy" or "seese."
2) An asterisk. This renders it nearly unsearchable. Try searching for it on Amazon. OK, never mind, I've done that for you. There are different listings under "Si Se," "Si-Se," "Si*Se (with an accent aigu over the e, which I can't figure out how to do here)," and "Si*Se."

Si*Se are one of my favorite downbeat artists, but guys, you need to do something about your band name.

Si*Se: Sucks.

King Lychee

Let's start with King Lychee, a hardcore punk band from Hong Kong. I was recently lucky enough to see King Lychee perform on their home turf. They rock, and I hope they play in the States someday. Their name, in juxtaposition with their musical style, shows they don't take themselves too seriously. This quality is rarer than it should be, I think.

King Lychee: Rules.

Here's how it works

The rules are simple. I will post a band name (of a real band) every day or two. You comment on whether the name Rules or Sucks. Base your comment on the band name only, not the band's music (if you are familiar with it). I may offer my opinion of the band name as well. Giddeyup!