Square Pig in a Round Hole-December 2, 2017

Square PigNaming 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!

At last, it is no longer too early for Christmas music and holiday decorations. If you’re already stressing about gifts, don’t. Get everybody music by your favorite local bands or books by your favorite local authors. And if you need a suggestion, I’m not above recommending my own garage-rock fairy tale, The Gospel According to St Rage. Now that’s out of the way, we can get on with the celebration of band names!

BFFs Forever and Ever Amen

An abbreviation turns into a redundancy turns into a prayer. These best friends are emphatically BEST.


Either the slowest spaceship, or Skywalker’s daycare nickname, before he could walk.

Surf the Pines

A beautiful, impossible dream born of camping in the piney woods where the wind in the trees sounds like the ocean’s roar.

A View of the Earth from the Moon

When you need perspective. (I have a personal fondness for extra-long band names, especially when they reference an image I have loved for most of my life.)

White Shark Cafe

AKA the beach on Amity Island on the 4th of July. (Actually a region of the Pacific, but whatever. Apparently even sharks need a place to hang out and work on their novels.)

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