Square Pig in a Round Hole-December 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!

How are we feeling about heading into 2020, not just a new year but an election year? If it helps with the anxiety, please know I’ll be here every week with a new list of band names. Not a cure, but it helps and gives me hope. For now, enjoy this last selection for 2019. New Year’s week is heavy on the tribute bands, which account for 3 out of 5 of my picks. As I noted last week, part of the fun of starting a tribute band must be coming up with a clever name.

Electric Boots

Rather than playing on a song title or the name of the artist for which it is a tribute, this extracted lyric perfectly evokes the whole Elton John aesthetic in two words.

Fleetwood Snack

Sometimes all you need is a taste. (Seems to be not so much a tribute band as a tribute name, but I like it either way.)

Love Vigilantes

Sometimes a song title needs no adjustment at all to become a band name, it only needs someone to claim it, like DIY justice for lovers done wrong.

Waves Like Weapons

Sound is a wave and has been used offensively at least since Joshua and the walls of Jericho.

We Don’t Know

Truer words were never spoken. Appropriate for all occasions.


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