Name this Band
September 19, 2016 1:46 PM   Subscribe

Starting up a new project, and we can't agree on a name. Hope that Mefi will have a good suggestion!

The band is basically a Hawkwind ripoff. Think Psychadelic rock with straight ahead punk/garage rhythms, swirling keyboards and a noisy saxophone. A bit tongue in cheek. Subject matter so far includes: polynesian canoe exploration of Antartica, Smart Dust (used as a way to communicate with enslaved loved ones on a generation starship) and Smart Dust (by way of Totoro), limited communication in deep space, "Space Magick" and "Lightspeed Love".

Currently we've tepidly agreed on Ultrawave.
Rejected names:
Moon Fetus
Skywave
Erokose
Dust Mice (taken)
Red Panda(s) (taken)

We have been consulting "The Oracle", an online bandname generator and while the groupchat has been a lot of fun I decided to call in the big guns and AskMefi for suggestions.

I can post a link to some demos if that's allowed , can't remember the rules on AskMe.
posted by kittensofthenight to Media & Arts (63 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Catamarantartia.
posted by effluvia at 1:54 PM on September 19, 2016


Taklamakan
posted by Chrischris at 1:55 PM on September 19, 2016


Subspace Transmission
Hailing Frequencies
Interplanetary Craft
Orgone Accumulator
posted by kindall at 2:02 PM on September 19, 2016


the Yapanauts (a caste of highly skilled interstellar navigators, whose secret techniques have been passed down via membership in the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and are now used to safely guide the giant steel wa'a kaulua through featureless instellar oceans between the stars...)
posted by Chrischris at 2:04 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Alchemy
Mercury
posted by maurreen at 2:04 PM on September 19, 2016


Hat Field
posted by Kabanos at 2:04 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Cinnamon Merkin.
posted by Foam Pants at 2:05 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Escape Ferocity
posted by Kabanos at 2:11 PM on September 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


Merkin Dismal
posted by enzymatic at 2:12 PM on September 19, 2016


Petunia Screw
posted by jeffamaphone at 2:21 PM on September 19, 2016


Luminous
Astroarchaeology/Astroarchaeologist
Spectral Peculiarity
Protoplanetary
Peculiar Star
Superdimensional
posted by wintersweet at 2:21 PM on September 19, 2016


Fulgens
posted by praiseb at 2:27 PM on September 19, 2016


Catbus
Dust to Dust
Oscillation
Ripples
Fourier
Node
Minions of the Mouse Maven
posted by sparklemotion at 2:28 PM on September 19, 2016


Numinous Cloud.

(You can post links to demos on your profile page, I think).
posted by Iris Gambol at 2:39 PM on September 19, 2016


Early Days of a Better Future
posted by adamrice at 2:42 PM on September 19, 2016


https://www.buzzfeed.com/spenceralthouse/lets-play-wikipedia-names-your-band

Include me in the liner notes of your quad-LP first album TIA
posted by Spacelegoman at 2:44 PM on September 19, 2016


(Link to demos in profile page, thanks IG.)
posted by kittensofthenight at 2:49 PM on September 19, 2016


Wikipedia random name generator is already delivering hot fire:

Monarchs of Naples
Ituri Batis
Unity Pond
Pyramid Peak
Darimu
posted by Spacelegoman at 2:50 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Naugahyde Windpipe.
Oedipus and the Mama's Boys
My Johnson is Twelve Inches Long

OK, they're from a movie, but they're good names. Naugahyde Windpipe might actually be up your alley.
posted by kevinbelt at 2:51 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Silver Machinations
posted by kimota at 2:52 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Enslaved Loved Ones On A Generation Starship isn't good enough for you?

Liminality. Liminal Space. Liminal Spacemen.
posted by Leon at 2:55 PM on September 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


Forgone Conclusion
Twinline
400 Milligrams
Crash Course
NSAID
The Coronary Carpenters
Alright! Avalanche
The Pickilillies
posted by blackzinfandel at 2:57 PM on September 19, 2016


Meteor Showerhead
posted by Kabanos at 2:57 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Brilliant Pebbles
posted by srednivashtar at 3:07 PM on September 19, 2016


> Brilliant Pebbles

Ooh. Violet Club. The most terrifying atomic weapon Britain ever produced.
posted by Leon at 3:17 PM on September 19, 2016


I love both Catbus and Foregone Conclusion. Hailing Frequency is pretty much perfect.
posted by Threeve at 3:21 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Ultraviolet Catastrophe (my dream band name, but since I will never be in a band, it's all yours)
posted by Neely O'Hara at 3:22 PM on September 19, 2016


Slaviors Wavelength
posted by Oyéah at 3:38 PM on September 19, 2016


Hapax Legomenon
posted by Glinn at 3:43 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Von Daniken
posted by Morpeth at 3:44 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


as my 40th birthday is coming up and i still only play in my garage by myself it is clear that i won't likely become a rock star. i hereby bequath to you the greatest band name ever:


smiling politely


thank me in your platinum grammy speech please.

(sorry everybody else!)
posted by chasles at 3:51 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Hawkwind, but with "wind" pronounced as in "winding a watch."
posted by ejs at 4:15 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's currently 9am where I am right now, but I'm bookmarking this for when I'm in a more 'receptive' state of mind to do a deep dive into Moorcockian nomenclature. Flip through one of his books and use the first Proper Noun that isn't Hawkwind.

Off the top of my head:
The Dancers at The End of Time
The Black Blade's Song
Courts of Chaos
Arioch

Or eschew a name entirely and just use the Mark of Chaos as your name.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:17 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


There's also a page in the Illuminatus! Trilogy that's just hundreds of fake band names.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 4:18 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Fhoi Myore is already taken.

Jhaelen Irsei
Scarlet Robes
Tanelorns
Space Needles
Programmatics
Cornelians
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:39 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


Helicoprion
posted by neroli at 5:53 PM on September 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


Skytracer
Multicaster
Density
posted by Annika Cicada at 5:55 PM on September 19, 2016


Listerine Dream
posted by porn in the woods at 6:16 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Planet Blue
Triangulum
Against The Sky
posted by comealongpole at 6:30 PM on September 19, 2016


Skywalker is taken, which is sad.

(But Skywalker The Second is not. You could also just actually go by "STS" and ask someone to make you a groovy logo and have the logo be the thing. "STS" is also the acronym for an organization called Space Tourism Society Canada which I think offers handy if oblique resonance for Skywalker the Second, but is also great on its own, and might not be a legal problem if you're based in the USA)
posted by cotton dress sock at 6:43 PM on September 19, 2016


Needle Gun
Veterans of the Psychic Wars
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:49 PM on September 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


'Paper bag Revolver.'

Works better for album title.

'I said album'
Could work as a retro thing.
'Quasar Tann'
posted by clavdivs at 8:06 PM on September 19, 2016


Technopriest
High Dudgeon
Alpha Centaur
posted by wemayfreeze at 9:15 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Falconrites
posted by wemayfreeze at 9:16 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Moorcock
posted by fings at 9:18 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Bonus points if you have it in this font.
posted by fings at 9:20 PM on September 19, 2016


Airbrush
Gatefold
Moonwurm
posted by wemayfreeze at 9:23 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


I was saving this name for my future restaurant - but you can use for your band too. Short List
posted by helmutdog at 9:38 PM on September 19, 2016


Moon Wave
Moon Mice
Dust Panda
Moon Panda
UltraRed Panda
posted by bongo_x at 11:13 PM on September 19, 2016


Sonic Ion
Dominion
False Red
Frayed Lines
Mercurion
posted by christiehawk at 11:16 PM on September 19, 2016


Key of the Eidolon
The Blackstone Commentaries
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
A Forest of Swords
Rendezvous with Prince Rama
posted by Sonny Jim at 11:52 PM on September 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


The band is basically a Hawkwind ripoff.

Falconbreeze

Psychadelic rock with straight ahead punk/garage rhythms, swirling keyboards and a noisy saxophone. A bit tongue in cheek. Subject matter so far includes: polynesian canoe exploration of Antartica

Magma cum Loud
 
posted by Herodios at 8:36 AM on September 20, 2016


or . . .

Greasy (Space) Truckers (Party)
 
posted by Herodios at 10:08 AM on September 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Finally listened to your demo songs, and I'm picking up a Blue Oyster Cult vibe as well.

To swipe a name from your own lyrics:

Winds of Time
posted by fings at 12:26 PM on September 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


HOLY SHIT this is a treasure trove. Thank you all for the cosmic suggestions. I'll post again after conferring with my fellow travellers through the cosmos.
posted by kittensofthenight at 1:09 PM on September 20, 2016 [4 favorites]


The Continuum
posted by Kabanos at 2:00 PM on September 20, 2016


Elysian Effluvium
posted by Kabanos at 2:01 PM on September 20, 2016


Big Bang Aftershock
posted by Kabanos at 2:08 PM on September 20, 2016


Naked Spacewalk
posted by Kabanos at 2:08 PM on September 20, 2016


Chaotic Phlegm Dodgers
posted by therealshell at 5:30 PM on September 20, 2016


Finally listened to your demo songs, and I'm picking up a Blue Oyster Cult vibe as well.


Moorcock also did a bunch of stuff with them, lyrics and also the logo.

More band names:

The Final Programme

The Musical Assassin

The Condition of Muzak

Beyond the Black Sun
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 6:26 PM on September 20, 2016 [1 favorite]


Stellar Graves
Draconian Girlfriend
Black Sun Salutation
posted by Sonny Jim at 12:21 AM on September 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


> Moorcock also did a bunch of stuff with them, lyrics and also the logo.

Anything from here then. I vote for "The Nature of the Catastrophe".
posted by Leon at 4:29 AM on September 21, 2016


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