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Dec. 16th, 2008

07:31 pm - Pretentious? Moi?

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As I was telling the Ambassador the other day, pretentiousness can be fun if done right. Suppose I were a rock singer with a band. I've got the perfect pretentious title: In a Darkened Living Room, Lit by the Kitchen Light. Our fans would refer to us as ...Kitchen Light for short.

What would your pretentious band name be?

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From:just_the_ash
Date:December 17th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
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"Each to Each," as in how J. Alfred Prufrock heard the mermaids singing. If we needed an abbreviation, we could be E2E.
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From:athelind
Date:December 17th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
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Sacred Duty.
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From:shockwave77598
Date:December 17th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
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Busted Lizard

Albums include: Roadkill, Hanging off the Drapes, Stones, and the double platinum Reptilian Pavilion.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 17th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Wouldn't Broken Lizard sue?
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From:doodlesthegreat
Date:December 17th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
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The Design of Everyday Things. And the first album would be "Warning, Psychological Hazard."
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From:koakako
Date:December 17th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
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The "Everglorious Lichtenstagg". And the first album would be, "Gaze Upon the Waters".
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From:octan
Date:December 17th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
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*pulls out his handy list of fake band names and album titles*

Not Free in Australia. And our album would be called Handmade Earth. It would be our only album because shortly after its release, we would break up because we couldn't stand being around such pretentious people.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 17th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
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And then after 20 years you'd rejoin and put out a 2-disc album in which each track consisted of one of the band members noodling around for 45 minutes and refusing to let any of the others join in?
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From:megadog
Date:December 17th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
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I'd call my band Nude. Our first album would be Buck Naked, and as our style developed we'd issue a followup double-album called Puberty/Nocturnal Emissions, which would highlight our Emo/Goth style transition.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 17th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
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Ooo, I got another one! We'd call ourselves "Westber", and get really pissy and snide towards people who mispronounced or misspelled it as "Webster".
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From:q_pheevr
Date:December 17th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I think I saw In a Darkened Living Room, Lit by the Kitchen Light in concert once. They were opening for Italo Calvino.

As for me, well...

  • My pretentious metal band name would be That Bad Eminence (after Milton, natch, but also with a tip of the hat to the only other band I know whose name begins with a demonstrative, That Petrol Emotion).
  • My pretentious punk band name would be Void Where Prohibited (and our true fans would know that void is a verb here).
  • My pretentious emo band name would be Septimus Warren Smith (after Woolf). (We would play South by Southwest and sell t-shirts that said SWS/SXSW.)
  • My pretentious industrial band name would be Das Gnadenbringende Strafgericht.
  • My pretentious nerdcore band name would be i gate ∨ π (with apologies to Dennis Lee).
  • My pretentious name for a klezmer band from Puvirnituq would be the Hudson Bagels.
  • My pretentious name for a goth band from Winnipeg that plays covers of Gilbert and Sullivan songs at half tempo would be H.M.C.S. Anhedonia (which I totally ripped off from Bruce McCall).


Edited at 2008-12-17 05:51 pm (UTC)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:December 17th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Ooo, I live in Winnipeg (that sound you just heard were the balls being frozen off a brass monkey) and I have *got* to get the word out to have someone form that band here!

(That sound you just heard were the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup. It's frozen over here all month!)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 17th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
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One Sinner Lifetime.
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From:nicodemusrat
Date:December 17th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I'd shoot for the nerdcore set with the pretentiously-named band Molybdenum-Technetium, known as 42-43 for short. (If you don't get why that's the nickname, you're obviously not our audience.)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 18th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
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Those are the atomic numbers of Mo & Tc.

Or if you went one more, you could be MoTcRu.
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From:nicodemusrat
Date:December 18th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
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Indeed! I wasn't suggesting you wouldn't know, you understand. Just as a general rule, that'd be a qualifying test. :)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:December 17th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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As a Colician I highly approve of this Pretentiousness(tm), for that is our best-defined national characteristic! (You definitely would have made an excellent citizen!)

Perhaps you could play the vibraphone in Room 101.
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