If You Need Help Naming Your Band, Part 4

From So You Want To Be A Rock Star, published in 1983, gathering dust at my local library:

Here are some pointers that may aid you in choosing a name that feels right and says what you want it to say:

  1. Your band’s name can be derived from an “in joke” among the group as long as it’s not so in that no one else is interested or attracted to it.
  2. Most often, a positive, imaginative context works best, as opposed to a “down” quality.
  3. Your name can be derived from an emotion or from a thought in one of your original songs.
  4. Perhaps one member of your group is already fairly well-known or stands out in performance in a way that his name should be part of the group’s name, such as Elvis Costello and The Attractions, or Rockpile with Nick Lowe.
  5. It can be a regional name a la the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
  6. Effective group names sometimes are made up of the last names of their members, but these usually work only when the public has already been acquainted with those members; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young was a good choice because fans were already familiar with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. If they had been total unknowns, the name might have seemed to say nothing important to the rock world.
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