+10,000 Statistically Grammar-Average Fake Band Names
Someone was giving me a hard time for my website naming convention trend (e.g. rocketboom, apollo pony, motion abbey, julia set, century plant). Its been going on for years. It may be my affinity towards this primary source of inspiration: Ten Thousand Statistically Grammar-Average Fake Band Names:
"Instead of thinking up a few, I made a quick script to part-of-speech tag the original list of 6,500 artist names that we were considering. This left us with a set of common band name grammars (popular ones were NNP NNP and NNP #.) We then fed terms from our already collected music text set ('Klepmit') through the grammars again (at the natural probabilities) to make some believable names."
Like, Gambit Alder and Saint Arroyo.
The way I like to use the site, however, is to scroll the names, usually keying in on one of the multiple word names (not both words) and then adding the word that I like to a list. Then, as I continue to scroll around, I'll look for another word that might pair well with the other word I already found. This often leads to a thesaurus where the naming possibilities suddenly really take off.
To me, most of the phrases in that don't sound like band names. Rather, they sound like algorithmically derived non-sequiturs. Some of them work, but most times you need a human element to capture the poetry of illogic.
Posted: August 16, 2006 1:19 PM
I kinda like your naming method, where you jam together two words that fit but are not usually seen together. It's a good way to come up with something memorable, now that all the one-word domains are taken.
Here are some rules I came up with with the ideal pair of words.
The words together should evoke the image you want. RocketBoom and Apollo are good examples, with the geeky-optimism of 1950s sci-fi. FingerSlice or SlobberFoot is OK for a band but not for a consulting business. Bland words (vanilla, report, beige) can be used ironically (VanillaSociety, GattlingReport).
Pick words that are easy to spell. If possible, easier than Apollo and Abbey with their double letters. Abreviations are bad. Homophones and multiple spellings are bad. (Was it RuffToons or RoughTunes? DinkieLuv or DinkyLove?)
Simple meter is nice, like the trochee of MotionAbbey and RocketBoom, or the iamb of ApolloPony.
Watch out for baggage. JabberTalkie sounds a lot like JabberWalkie. ApolloPony looks a little like PoloPony. SmoothPig sounds cannibalistic. AirplaneBlue sounds like AirplaneGlue. JackBooties? DocilePenguin suggests Linux. DickerYak, IdentityVibration, VagusMons and PublicMaster all sound sexual.
On a different subject, what does DemBot mean anyway? DemonBottle? DementedRobot? DemocracyBotulism? DemoBottom?