Sunday, July 05, 2009

Makes You Want to go "Huh?" -- Susanna Carr

Last night Duran Duran was playing at the amphitheater at the park down the hill from me. Usually I can hear the concerts in my backyard, but this time I wanted to enjoy the whole concert experience. What can I say? I grew up in the 80's.

Since you have to find a spot to spread your blanket on the grassy knoll, I made sure I got there on time. It turns out I didn't need to rush because there was an opening act. I never heard of them, but I don't think I'll ever forget their name: Natalie Portman's Shaved Head.

Seriously. What kind of name is that?

Then again, Duran Duran is a strange name. According to their website, "the band took their name from Roger Vadim's 1960's cult sci-fi classic film "Barbarella" starring Jane Fonda. There was a character played by Milo O'Shea called Durand Durand."

Uh... okay. It begs the question WHY.

And here I thought coming up with book titles was hard. Creating a memorable band name might be tougher.

What crazy band names have you heard? The kind that you don't know where they got it or why they use it?


Emmanuelle said...

I really loved 10 000 maniacs but always wondered "why that name ????"... if anyone has a clue by the way...;-)

Alison said...

My brother likes a band called 'Half Man, Half Biscuit'. Um, yeah...

Susanna Carr said...

Yeah, 10,000 Maniac makes you wonder.

Half Man, Half Biscuit? Okay, that's right up there with Natalie Portman's Shaved Head!

Jane said...

Russell Crowe's band has a wacky name. The band is called Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts.

Maureen said...

A few years ago I brought my son to the store to buy CD and my daughter asked me the name of the band and I said Jimmy Eats Soup instead of Jimmy Eats World. My kids thought this was hysterical but I thought my name made more sense.

Mari said...

I know way to many odd names to list. I am a music fan from A to Z (Amadeus Mozart to Frank Zappa)and everything between. So there are quite a few odd names in between. I also really like live music, and will often see shows when I have a chance.
Some of the weirdest:

Pungent Stench
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
The Circle Jerks
The Revolting C**ks
And you Will Know Us From The Trail of Dead

I could go on....I just looked at my ticket stub collection and realized how many concerts I have been too.

Ash said...

I've heard some weird names...

Goblin C**k
Swingin' Utters
You Will Know Us From the Trail of Dead
Bowling For Soup
Coheed & Cambria
Dying Fetus
Enter Shikari
I Set My Friends on Fire
Impaled Nazarine
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Panic! at the Disco
Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Stabbing Westward
Suicide Silence
A Thorn For Every Heart
To Write Love on Her Arms
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Sloppy Meateaters
Death on Wednesday
A Wilhelm Scream
The Gaslight Anthem
Opiate For the Masses
Jughead's Revenge
Fear Before the March of Flames
Los Kung-Fu Monkeys
The Toasters
Theory of a Deadman

Hope that gives you a lot to mull over :)

Donna Alward said...

I LOVE Theory of a Deadman. :-)

We have friends here for vacation and you'd have to hear the whole conversation to get the full laugh effect, but we came up with 2 band names over breakfast coffee - The Barking Crows and Skirts without Clothespins. LOL

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Icons for Hire - scratching head - daughter's pick

Dottie :)