Paperback Book Details
- 252 Pages
- Released: April 28, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Publisher: Abrams Image
Description by OLDIES.com:
And All The Brilliant Colorful Stupid Ones In Between!
Would the Sex Pistols or Talking Heads be as successful if they hadn't chosen those particular names? Maybe. But the Ultimate Spinach never hit it big. Nor did Cranberry Moustache. And Starcastle, anyone? (Although *NSYNC, Wham! and A-Ha did okay for themselves with some pretty crappy name choices, so maybe there really is no lesson here.)
There's something mesmerizing and possibly useful about reading the hundreds of clever, obscure and downright stupid names that bands have taken on, especially when veteran music journalist Bart Bull has done the job of selecting, juxtaposing and categorizing them thirty-five different ways. In this maybe-almost-sort of poetic-stream-of-consciousness, he includes the cream of the crops of heavy metal, reggae, punk, country, hip-hop and prog rock, but he digs deeper and includes the girl groups, Japanese bands with English names, tribute bands, bands with colors and places in their names, as well as band names that are just really, really small. He even dares to declare history's all-time best and worst choices.
From the ridiculous to the sublime and frequently back to the ridiculous, this highly designed and thoroughly obsessive book travels through fifty years of music history, proving that the road to fame and glory is littered with equal parts genius and idiocy. (Actually, probably a lot more of the latter.)
Award-winning veteran music journalist Bart Bull has created a one-of-a-kind book and compiled hundreds of the most colorful, clever, obscure, and unusual band names of the past 50 years. Broken down into 35 highly designed chapters, Bull covers the worlds of Ska, Surf, Hip-Hop, Punk, Country, and Heavy Metal alongside more creative categories such as Tribute Bands, Girl Groups, Japanese Bands with English Names, and, most daringly, the Best and Worst band names of all time. The book's free-styling flow is irresistible as one band name trips gracelessly over another from Sublime to The Ridiculous Poodles and on to The Ultimate Spinach. This jam-packed musical stream of consciousness is a perfect gift for music or language lovers as well as fans of cutting-edge graphic design.