Square Pig in a Round Hole-December 12, 2020

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 nightlife listings for abundant source material!

(Until live music returns, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)


“A thunder of jets, an open sky, a streak of gray and a cheerful ‘Hi!’
A loop, a whirl, a vertical climb, and once again you’ll know it’s time for …”

Here at Square Pig HQ, our weekend movie nights almost always begin with an episode of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, of which we own three seasons. Moose and squirrel are a big part of our family culture, so it seems appropriate to choose a Rocky and Bullwinkle theme for the blog. There aren’t quite as many fitting band names as there were for the October moon and November literary themes, but still more than enough. As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Boy & Bear
(October 25, 2014) My first thought is of Christopher Robin and Pooh. My second thought is of Moose and Squirrel. I like the simplicity of the monosyllables related by alliteration, and the innocence of the image.

Chin Up Rocky
(December 22, 2012) Hokey-smoke! A Bullwinkle reference!

DJ Doo Right
(June 11, 2011) I’m picturing a square-jawed DJ in a Mountie uniform . . .

Elk and Boar
(January 15, 2011) I suppose this has something to do with wild animals or game meat, but the construction evokes “Moose and Squirrel.” Anything that makes me think of Rocky and Bullwinkle is OK by me.

Fearless Lieder
(September 15, 2012) Any band that can combine references to German art song and Rocky and Bullwinkle gets my vote. I see this and I hear Boris Badenov saying it. “That voice! Where have I heard that voice?”

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