Choosing band name tips, do's and dont's

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  1. Just A Box

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    Better Than Better Than Ezra

    Just do what the band who thought they were better than the band Ezra did.
     
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    I think Skeletonwitch is the best band name, it’s so evocative and delightful
     
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    Or pull a Windows 10 and skip that name and go straight for "Better Than Better Than Better Than Ezra."
     
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    "kind and gentle musicians collective"
     
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    Elective Sole
     
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    A few bands have gotten their names from Monty Python sketches: The Dead Milkmen, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Boxhamsters, etc.

    Since you're Hungarian, maybe you could be "Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook." Or, "Yandelavasa Grldenwi Stravenka."
     
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    Whatever you’re going for, punch it into Google and YouTube and see what pops up for results.

    A few bands ago my band used a super common term that the singer thought sounded cool and it made searching for us problematic.

    Having to put extra numbers at the end of your band name is also problematic… when your email is [email protected] and you’re Supercoolbandname2021 on Facebook and Supercoolbandname_2 on Instagram, but your fans keep searching for Supercoolbandname and getting someone/something else…
     
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    You only have to be good. Your name doesn't matter if you aren't good.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    "Dos and Don'ts" is actually a decent suggestion, I'd go with that
     
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    Every band name is dumb until you make it big.

    Don't worry too much about it. Just choose something audience can easily cheer (no more than three words) and you're good to go.
     
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    Remember Slayer? Remember San Antonio Slayer? Because that was a band, too. They formed around the sameish time and started getting bigger around the same time. They were both called Slayer, until Slayer threatened to sue Slayer, so Slayer changed their name from Slayer to San Antonio Slayer to avoid confusion. Some fans refer to San Antonio Slayer as "SA Slayer (formerly Slayer)" - confusion averted. Thank Cthulhu!
     
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    Anything with Blood in the name
     
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    Blood Grocery Cart.
     
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    Blood Dumpster
     
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    I heard that the names of their albums "Rembrandt pussyhorse" and "independent Worm Saloon" et al were names that they used as a band before they settled on butthole surfers...regardless Goofy's Concern is a bad ass song and I will never forget hearing butthole surfers on a nintendo commercial of all things.
     
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    Also as far as OP enquiry...your music may dictate what you can't or shouldn't use. If you are a thrash metal band you can't use silly names like rainbow spit or deep fried jedi. But I am of the opinion that one word one syllable names are best....korn, tool and nothing that your music has to live up to should you want to diversify your music so no calling yourself cryptic infant slaughter or some shit like that
     
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    Make sure your band name is easy to Google/search, no matter how dumb it sounds. It's pretty frustrating to search for tweets about a band/artist whose name sounds so vague that you end up finding more unrelated tweets unless you use their handle.
     
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    well, thought that was going to be a guide book.
     
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