These are not the greatest band names in the world…

 … They are just Tribute Bands.

It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And it’s true that the real art of the Tribute Band goes far beyond mere copying.

The best tribute bands take on a cult following of their own, and can easily recharge the public interest in the original band and the source material.

However, I’m not going to write about the skill and dedication required when delivering someone else’s songs with the accuracy, feeling and heart needed to be successful as a tribute band.

No – I’m going straight for the most difficult task any tribute band needs to address: the adoption of a humorous yet familiar name.

Some play on the fact that they are NOT the original artists, such as Noasis, The Bootleg Beatles, or my friend’s band, The Small Fakers.

Others throw in some wordplay, such as The Velvet Underpants, or sometimes adopt a hybrid name if they cover two bands. Tangerine Queen, or Elvis Presley And The Attractions may be two possible names I doubt we’ll ever see.

This wordplay has led to the single best Tribute Band name I’ve ever seen, which combines clarity of thought with the band name, so you know what you’ll get and what you need to do: Earth Wind and For Hire.

Of course, one simple way to get the name is to merge the band name with where you are, although this can be a little restrictive if you’re unfortunate in where you live.

So here are a few suggestions – feel free to let me know if you want to use them….

  • The Boston Stranglers
  • Durham Duran
  • Devon 17
  • Alton Images
  • Terence Trent Derby
  • The Human Leeds
  • Cutting Crewe
  • Men At Warwick

 Living in Maidenhead, I really thought that the ‘geographical name’ was something I’d struggle with, but then inspiration struck. I didn’t think I was going to get any better than the frankly disappointing Frankie Goes to Holyport, but last night, whilst thinking about this, I realised that there were a couple of names I’d not considered.

So look out in the next few months for more information about The Psychedelic Furze Platt, and the frankly unforgettable T’Plow…..



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