Your Name in Bands

James Hanley

James Hanley is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.

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  1. Murali says:

    Michael Learns to Rock
    Rolling Stones
    Amboy Dukes
    Led Zeppellin

  2. Saul Degraw says:

    Using my nom de plum

    Sex Pistols
    Andrew Bird
    Urge Overkill
    Led Zepplin

    Green Pajamas
    Rolling Stones
    White StripesReport

  3. Glyph says:

    Limiting myself to ones I’ve featured here:

    Godspeed etc.
    Psychedelic Furs
    House of LoveReport

  4. Road Scholar says:

    Oak Ridge Boys

    Ozzy Osbourne
    Los Lobos

  5. Chris says:

    Hundred Waters
    Real Estate

    All artists I listened to today. Booya! (On Songza, which I now use way too much.)Report

    • Glyph in reply to Chris says:

      I haven’t heard the new Caribou or Iceage yet, are they good? Caribou puts on a good show, I’ve seen them several times dating back to when they were still Manitoba (yes, I know it’s one guy on record but live he brings a band).

      My wife lurrrrves Real Estate; while I find them pleasant enough, I immediately forget their songs as soon as they end. However, I adore the stylistically very similar Beach Fossils, who get stuck in my head for days (she likes BF too). No idea why one and not the other for me though.

      I’ve been playing the heck out of Objekt’s Flatland, but I am second-guessing myself – is it really as good as I think it is, or does it just check all of my electronic music boxes (Berlin; minimalist/functional moniker that evokes Plastikman; abstract black and white art; all that deep dark bass and those sculpted sonic surfaces)?

      I THINK it sits kind of at a midpoint between Aphex/Autechre/Warp, and Scuba or Andy Stott; but OTOH this guy and his label/art team may just have my number and I am powerless to resist.Report

      • Chris in reply to Glyph says:

        Icage: Yes! Along with Ought’s new(ish) album and No Age, they’ve been scratching an angsty post-punk itch really well. This, I believe, is the single, but it’s pretty representative:

        Caribou’s new album is full of mellow catchiness. I have been listening to it at work for a couple weeks, and enjoying it, but it’s not something that really sticks with you outside of the catchiness. Here’s the opening track:

        Real Estate isn’t a band I’d paid much attention to, but R. saw them at ACL a couple weeks ago and instantly became a fan. I’m going to have to see if she likes Beach Fossils as well.

        I will have to check out Flatland too.

        Oh, the other artist I’ve been listening to is Youth Code, but there aren’t any y’s in my name:


      • Glyph in reply to Glyph says:

        Holy crap, that Youth Code – I’ve been wondering when the industrial revival would begin. Now I know. That really takes me back to club nights with Ministry & Nitzer Ebb.

        Hey, that Ought is good! Def. pretty Pixies/Modest Mouse. Downloading now with some iTunes credit I had. If you like that, there is a band called Blood on the Wall you may dig.

        Here’s some of that Objekt:


      • Chris in reply to Glyph says:

        Ought’s album is one of my top 10 of the year. Iceage is sneaking into that territory, though I have only been listening to it for a couple weeks.

        Youth Code is seriously 90s. In fact, the first time I heard that particular song, I was only half paying attention and my first thought was, “Is this a Ministry/NiN song?” They can be a little preachy (the album opens with a song that is actually preaching), but they do a lot of hip hop/industrial hybrid stuff that I’m finding fun.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Glyph says:

        Dude, this Ought is AWESOME. This is what I wanted Parquet Courts to be. MM, Pixies, Pavement/Fall (“We have reached the intermission!”), maybe Feelies? Heads-via-CYHSY? I will be spending a lot of time with this, I think.

        There needs to be a name for that jittery nasal neurotic vocal/lyrical style that runs from (at least) Tom Verlaine/David Byrne/Peter Perrett, through Black Francis/Gordon Gano, to Isaac Brock/Alec Ounsworth, and now this guy. “Too-much-coffee-rock.”Report

      • Chris in reply to Glyph says:

        Dude, score! This may be my song of the year:

        Ought “Today More Than Any Other Day” from Constellation Records on Vimeo.

        I have a half-written post about Ought and The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die… and

      • James Hanley in reply to Glyph says:

        How bad a person am I if the only one of these above here that is remotely interesting to me is Youth Code?Report

      • Chris in reply to Glyph says:

        That doesn’t mean you’re bad, it just means you’re a 15 year old in 1992. 😉Report

      • James Hanley in reply to Glyph says:

        Well, I wasn’t back then, so I might as well be now.Report

      • Chris in reply to Glyph says:

        Oh, and I didn’t include any songs from them here because I figure Glyph had probably heard the new album and they weren’t really up his ally, but I find it impossible not to like Hundred Waters, so maybe you will too:


    • James Hanley in reply to Chris says:

      You almost used all bands I’ve never heard of, but then you had to go and finish with Spoon.Report

  6. Burt Likko says:

    Bachman-Turner Overdrive

    Imagine Dragons
    Killing Joke
    Kriss Kross

    • Burt Likko in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Crap. Now I see U2 and Rush were both used previously.

      Ugly Kid Joe

      • Glyph in reply to Burt Likko says:

        @burt-likko – if you are actually a Replacements fan, this is a very good bootleg from the tour they did with Tom Petty (on which he presumably stole Paul’s line “rebel without a clue”):

        The whole thing is good, but the 4-song run of “September Gurls” (Big Star) – “Another Girl, Anther Planet” (The Only Ones) – “Within Yr Reach” – “Left of the Dial” is FANTASTIC (“Within” in particular, slays the album version: “I never seen no mountain / ‘cept on a six-pack of beer”). “Gurls” starts at 9:36.Report

      • Burt Likko in reply to Burt Likko says:

        Dude, I’m a married man now, and my wife goes to bed early because she works an early shift so I’m not going to play the Replacements now because there’s no point playing them at all except at damn near maximum volume and then that’ll wake my wife up and make her ask “What’s that awful noise?” and then I’ll have to tell her “Honey, it’s the Replacements and they’re RULING!” and she’ll just shake her head and go back to bed mad at me.Report

      • Glyph in reply to Burt Likko says:

        …you’re…MOCKING me, aren’t you…

        Kids, this is what it looks like when you capitulate to The Man. It’s 2014, so The Man may be a woman, but the principle is the same. Early bedtimes, noise ordinances. Burt used to rock and roll all night and party every day. Then it was every other day… now he’s lucky to find half an hour a week in which to get funky. He’s got to get out of this rut and back into the groove.Report

      • James Hanley in reply to Burt Likko says:

        Burt needs to go scuba diving.Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to Burt Likko says:

      I’m surprised anyone remembers Live. I think I saw them in 1994 when I was in 8th grade.Report

  7. Slade the Leveller says:

    Super Furry Animals
    Linus of Hollywood
    Asylum Street Spankers
    Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
    English Beat

    Tally Hall
    Explorers Club

    Living Color
    Enuff Z’nuff
    Van Morrison
    Electric Light Orchestra
    Len Price 3
    Love and Rockets
    Rum Drum Ramblers

    The curse of a long nom d’internet. All are represented in my record collection.Report

  8. Road Scholar says:

    To be perfectly honest, half these names could be totally made-up and I wouldn’t know the difference.Report

    • Glyph in reply to Road Scholar says:

      Dang, I should have used Godzilla’s Butt Plug for mine.Report

      • Road Scholar in reply to Glyph says:

        Quite honestly, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to question it.

        Slightly more seriously, is there a proviso like, “has an album available on iTunes”? Because I can think of a couple local acts from the early eighties that I bet you’ve never heard of that put out an album and then promptly disappeared.Report

      • Tod Kelly in reply to Glyph says:

        Oh, I used to listen to Godzilla’s Butt Plug… before they went all commercial.Report

    • Kim in reply to Road Scholar says:

      The difference is: when I use totally made-up names, they’re for real.
      [I know a guy who briefly had a group of musicians. They played on stage, but everytime they did, they chose a different name — so, um, you’ve never heard of them (maybe some of the folks from DC have)].Report

  9. Tod Kelly says:

    I’m tempting to say this entire post was an excuse to post the word “hooters,” but…

    R Kelly*

    Oingo Boingo

    Electric Light Orchestra
    Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
    Young the Giant

    *Because really, don’t I kind of have to?

    Also, a shout out to @slade-the-leveller for the Asylum Street Spankers.Report

  10. Kazzy says:

    Kanye West
    A Tribe Called Quest
    Ziggy Stardust
    Ziggy Stardust (I really hope I didn’t make this up because that would make two of my letters wrong)

  11. krogerfoot says:

    With reckless disregard for whether any of these have been used:
    Kool Keith
    Red Rider
    Ozzy Osbourne
    GG Allin
    Elliott Easton
    Rick Rubin
    Foo Fighters
    O . . . dammit, too many Os in my handle. Ornette Coleman.
    Okkerville River
    Tommy Tutone

    My reach exceeded my grasp.Report

  12. Reformed Republican says:

    My handle is too long, but fortunately my real name is extremely common.

    Ryan Adams
    Iced Earth
    Children of Bodom
    King Crimson

    My Dying Bride
    Indigo Girls
    Travis Tritt

  13. Aaron david says:

    Ass ponies
    alvin bros
    Nick cave

    Dave Brubeck
    Archers of loaf
    Vince gil
    Annie Lennox
    Def tonesReport

  14. Vikram Bath says:

    I’m giving myself the additional challenge of not using any groups that anyone has mentioned yet.

    Veruca Salt
    Iggy Pop
    Kula Shaker
    Amos, Tori

    Bonham, Tracy
    The Cure
    Hendrix, JimiReport

  15. Jane’s Addiction
    New Order
    The Trews
    Hot Hot Heat
    Arcade Fire

    Modest Mouse
    Corrosion of Conformity
    One Sick Puppy

  16. Mike Schilling says: