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Hieronymus Bosch
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[ 18.03.2008, 11:52: Message edited by: Hieronymus Bosch ]

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nope. and the album is shite as well.
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<falls off chair in shock>
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One of their dads is Martin Rushent.
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I really like it. Not the band name but there are loads of killer songs on it. Way more interesting than the Fouls or Crystal Castles.
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pssshhh, wrongness
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Ah man, Crystal Castles are shocking aren't they? Every blog I like seems to think they're awesome but they're all wrong.
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Carcass, do you mean the Foals?
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Yes. The album is very . . . workmanlike. It's pretty good but not worth this hypegasm that's spasming all over the press at the moment.

Neon Neon. That's where it's at.

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I liked the Foals album a lot.
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Does it offend me? Yeah


The Broken Family Band's Steven Adams is pretty sure his group's name is a good one. What a shame so few musicians have equally good taste in monikers ...

Friday March 14, 2008
The Guardian

This month, a hotly tipped group called Does It Offend You, Yeah? release their debut album, the amusingly titled You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into. Obviously, they're aware that their name is going to annoy some people - and perhaps that's the point. All I know is, I've had it stuck in my head for the past week, and it's driving me mad.

Some people get the Mork and Mindy theme tune or Roxette's It Must Have Been Love on irritating rotation; I get bad band names. Last month it was an all-male vocal group from Bradford called - I kid you not - Voicemale. And around Christmas it was Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers outfit, Mudcrutch. We're not talking about any old band name here - these are truly, staggeringly bad.

Fortunately, these are boom times for bad names. Not since the 1980s, when the likes of Kajagoogoo, Bucks Fizz, Spandau Ballet, Morris Minor and the Majors and Salt-n-Pepa were allowed to roam free have we seen so many band-name atrocities committed. Cherry Ghost? Pigeon Detectives? Even Arctic Monkeys? That is a bad name. If it isn't, then I'm changing my name to Smashing Pumpkins. Or take Does It Offend You, Yeah?'s recent tourmates: Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong. Without wishing to be unkind, I'd say there's little enjoyment to be gleaned from saying that band's name out loud, unless you have the good fortune to be four years old.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? certainly aren't churning out the sort of challenging noise that genuine censor-baiters such as Cannibal Corpse or Anal Cunt have in the past. In fact, they sound a little bit like !!! (whose name, pronounced "chk chk chk", is itself deeply unhelpful) - so will it matter that they have a crap name?

Despite being a musician, I did some proper research for this piece. I actually contacted people in the music business to canvass opinion, like a real Guardian writer would. And nearly everyone I spoke to offered businesslike variants on the same theme: "A good band will transcend a bad name", or, "A band name is only as strong as the music", or, "Give it a name and I'll show you a three-year marketing strategy" (I made that one up). But it can't be as simple as that - surely in the end a bad band name will catch up with you?

Not so, says gig promoter Howard Monk. "When I look back at some of the shows we've done - particularly Atombombpocketknife, Good Time Pony, Empire of Sponge, I could go on - I realise that most of the bands I've put on have got stupid names, to be honest. And good on 'em. I think a band's name becomes more acceptable the more successful they become."

I wouldn't argue with that, though I think Empire of Sponge is a pretty good name. But what about my all-consuming hatred of Does It Offend You, Yeah?'s name? Should I just not let it get to me? "It's a crap name, obviously. But surely that's the point. I've had a listen to them and they're not as rubbish as I expected. A bit like something in Nathan Barley or The Mighty Boosh, but it's got some power. I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness is a much better name. Americans seem to be better at band names than us."

It's true. Take Austin, Texas, which hosts the South By Southwest music-industry feeding frenzy, and has more bands per square inch than anywhere else in the world. One of my favourite bands hails from Austin, and they're blessed with an excellent name: Knife in the Water. Their singer, Aaron Blount, tells me that his best friend is the frontman in another Austin band ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. That's another cracking one. And of course they're both on good terms with the aforementioned I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. See, Americans can do it.

Aaron suggests ignoring band names altogether. "Life's too short, man, and there are plenty of bands with great names." Now we're getting somewhere. "Forget about Does It Offend You, Yeah?" he says. "Try the Crack Pipes."

He's right. Austin's Crack Pipes haven't reinvented the wheel, but they are an astonishingly good garage-rock band. Their singer, the Right Rev Ray Pride (I'm not sure what denomination he is, but he ain't C of E) says: "Some people love our name, some people hate it. But most people who have actually seen or heard us start to focus more on the music and less on the objects we're named after."

I was starting to think that Ray and Aaron were right, that I should stop worrying about Does It Offend You, Yeah?'s name and try to enjoy their punk-funk groove, their treble-heavy melodic counterpoints. Then Ray forgot he was a rock'n'roll outlaw with a heart of cold steel and all that, and started sounding like a man in the London music business. "A band can transcend its name if it's a really good band," he told me, and my heart sank. Sensing my dismay, Ray added some words of comfort: "Hey, a bad band name can really hinder a band too, I think. I live in a town with hundreds of bands and many have horrible names, and they go away and are never heard from."

The Crack Pipes is a great band name, but perhaps it's easier for garage-rock bands. The Sonics, the White Stripes, the Monks, the Horrors - they've all got it easy. In fact, when you're happy to be a genre band, doing what you do for the same people album after album, your name takes care of itself. You just pick a name that falls within the genre. It barely matters if it's good or rubbish. Take heavy metal, for instance. You have a pretty shrewd idea what you're going to get when you see the names Slayer, Black Sabbath or Megadeth. Megadeth, incidentally, is a terrible, terrible name. Oh yes it is.

And of course once you've achieved success with a name, you're lumbered with it. Megadeth's whining head honcho, Dave Mustaine, converted to Christianity not so long ago, but even with the might of gentle Jesus behind him, he is obviously still beholden to the dyslexic Armageddon his band's name promises.

I apologise if Megadeth are your favourite band. For a brief period, when I was 14, they were one of mine, too. But very often we choose not to think about the names of our favourite groups, and we barely notice they're often crap. Maybe you're a big Deep Blue Something fan? Or you have a secret Reel Big Fish collection? Unconcerned that Fleetwood Mac sounds like the name of a disreputable plumbing firm? Queasy at the weak pun in the Beatles? (By 1967, they hated their name so much that they tried to change it to Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - and inadvertently rebranded themselves so successfully that by their next album they had become a band who no longer needed cover art, just whiteness.)

Sometimes even people involved with bands don't notice how awful their band name is. Pink Floyd, for example, isn't a very good name. But Andrew King, one of the Floyd's managers from their Syd Barrett heyday, hasn't noticed. "It's not a bad name," he says. Then he loses all chance of a fair hearing by telling me that "a good band can transcend a bad name".

So is it just me who's bothered by bad band names? "Well," says King, "I've long been haunted by a band called Writing On the Wall, but I know nothing about them. That's a bloody awful name, isn't it?"

Musicologists have long foretold of a time when mankind would run out of original combinations of musical notes; perhaps the explanation for Does It Offend You, Yeah? is that we've run out of good band names. Maybe they figured it was a little better than Am I Bugging You Or What, You Twat? Still, I'm not convinced their name is going to stand the test of time. As Edward Fox says to Mick Jagger in the 1970 film Performance: "You'll look funny when you're 50."

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Tell me that's not the album cover at the top of the thread? It looks like something knocked up by the Children's ITV artwork department in 1985.
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Does it bore me? Yes, especially when said in the whiny middle class mockney accent that I assume the band members speak in.
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you see the PR goes on about the addition of guitars in the bands nu-rave excess.
but i cant hear them, as most of the music just sounds like second rate Justice rip offs.
i'm sure live the band and crowd have a riot, and its a sure-fire guarantee that they will make a lot of friends in 2008 as they will be appearing on every festival line up.
no idea re official cover, as the promo version is just the logo dropped onto a black background.

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To be honest if this is true, the idea behind it or lack thereof is less annoying than I thought but it is a really really shit name

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In an interview with NME.com, synth player Dan Coop explained: "Everybody thinks the name is some kind of statement but it's a quote from David Brent in an episode of 'The Office'. "When me and James [Rushent[/B] first started writing music together we decided to put it up on MySpace. We needed a name to put as our profile name so just put what was the first thing that was said on TV, we switched it on and Ricky Gervais said 'Does it offend you, yeah? My drinking?' so we just went with that. No thought went into it whatsoever."[1]


Oh dear

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The group are known for their raucous live shows, which often end in stage diving and broken instruments

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