Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 28, 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!

The past two weekends were unusually packed, so a brief afternoon event and a few errands were about all the outside activity I could tolerate today. Just because I’m not going out to a show doesn’t mean I won’t talk up some great band names, though. Just look what I’m missing:

Bear Call

Making noise to attract bears rather than warn them away seems … ill considered.

Plague Vendor

I like this kind of wordplay, where changing a few sounds in a common phrase twists the meaning in an unexpected direction. Not just infecting others, but selling it to them. That’s a clever rat.

Sleep On It

Trash Boat

I might have chosen either of these anyway, but seeing them on the same bill created a funny picture. A garbage scow is an honest, hardworking vessel but probably not somewhere I’d want to sleep. But let me think about it.


There’s a sex demon in the rhythm section! Not the player, but the instrument itself.


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