Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Plea To Bands

It's no secret that band names are getting dumber and dumber as time progresses. Perhaps it's because we are running out of band names, much like domain names, that many musicians have resorted to branding themselves with numbers and letters, sometimes both at once. The list is long, and ugly: NT89, SBKMRT, M83, NRBQ, ZZT (a lame rip-off of ZZ Tops name), HTRK, NOFX, PG Six, MGMT, etc. There's a reason that Van Halen's OU812 album was easily the worst of their career and it wasn't Sammy Hagar. How do you market a serial number, or a license plate for that matter? It's a small leap to a musical future full of bands with emoticons in their names. General marketing note: If your product has a terrible name it better be a damn good product, so keep that in mind when you're thinking of naming your band IM2DUM4SK8. You should also try putting more naked women on your album covers, it helps.

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