Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 6, 2019

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!

I’m back! Didja miss me? The writers’ conference had some interesting and encouraging panels, but the greatest value came from hanging out and cementing real-life friendships with other authors. I even had a long conversation with an illustrator about band names. And that’s why you’re here, right? I hereby present this week’s winners:

The Movielife

Like real life but with all the boring parts removed and your hair always looks good even when you’re fleeing dire peril.

Sick City Vultures

I chose this due to a misprint that listed “Slick City Vultures,” but the real name also holds up and encourages multiple interpretations. Ultra-cool urban scavengers? Scavengers who are under the weather (perhaps because urban carrion is not as wholesome as the country variety)? Or maybe lawyers?

Space Basil

A rhyme, a pun, and an actual science experiment walk into a bar …

Two Minute Hate

Could be a Nineteen Eighty-Eour reference. I prefer my first interpretation, that an angry punk rock song is the best way to get your loathing out. You’ll feel better afterwards.

The What’ve Beens

Peculiar yet grammatical phrasing for things that really existed, whether or not they still do.


One last thing before you go: I share highlights from this blog in my quarterly author newsletter, The Storypunk Report, as well as news of what I’m writing and reading, and other goodies. The first issue came out in January and if all goes well, the second might come out tomorrow. Click the link to check it out and subscribe here for future issues.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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