Naming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!
It’s been a great week here at Square Pig Central! On Wednesday, the self-titled EP by my fictional all-girl teenage garage band St. Rage got a nice review on No More Division. Then the novel in which they appear, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST RAGE, got two more 5-star reviews on Amazon. Yesterday, I learned that the Seattle Public Library has added 3 copies of the book to their collection. The sun came back, allowing for a lovely dinner last night on the patio at Little Water Cantina, followed by a nice walk home. And this afternoon, to quote the St. Rage song “Something of Mine,” my iron was high enough and they hit the vein, so I was able to donate a pint of blood for someone who needs it. And now I have the pleasure of celebrating these five band names:
No big dramatic losses in front of millions here; not only losers, but mundane everyday losers. Who can’t relate to that? To quote another St. Rage song, “We’re all losers but we’re gonna make it look like we’re winning.”
This pun has it all for a country dance band: rural reference; cute rodent mascot; implied risk-taking; and an allusion to the usual state of a working musician’s finances.
Putting the lie to the sugar & spice notion.
Things got backlogged for a few days last week, but our shipment finally came in.
Song titles make wonderful names for tribute bands and this is no exception. Apart from the meaning of the original song, I like to read this as drunken utterance: the words one slurs while wasted.
For those who are interested, here are the two St. Rage songs referenced above: