One of my favorite band names of the last 20 years is Collective Soul. I've never become a huge fan of the band, more from lack of effort than any conscious avoidance. Yet as it turns out, I do have a favorite Collective Soul song. It's from their debut Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, released in 1993. The singles from the album were Shine, Breathe, and Wasting Time. "Shine" was a Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock #1. None of those three, however, are today's FSOTD. The number I selected as Friday's Song Of The Day (see FSOTD #26 ) is "Heaven's Already Here". Absolutely dig this tune. Like the band's name, the song itself is a top ten-ish fave o' mine from the last two decades, a spunky acoustic rocker with soul-searching harmonies. It runs through my head so often I'm surprised it had not made first song of the day by now. But somehow, I feel that actually affirms the "first song" concept.
Whatever. Back to the favorite band name thing. Wikipedia reports band founder/leader Ed Roland saying this: He "was reading Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead and came across the phrase "collection of souls". Although Rand actually uses the phrase in a negative connotation, using the "collective soul" as a threat to the main character's sense of individualism, Ed is quick to point out, "...we're not preaching Ayn Rand, objectivism, egoism, or anything...we just dug the name..." and "it [the band's name] could've come out of a Motorcycle Magazine." Vroom. All the better.
So how about so other great band monikers? My man Rip offers up Joy Division. Yes, Rip, IMO, that's a great band name. Thanks. I think Wilco is really fine. Short and so full of allusion. And let's not forget the local scene. I get big cocktail mileage out of the name of local DFW cover band Petty Theft. It's conversation currency, like having a really good joke at the ready.
Ever play the game "that would make a good name for a band"? You either do or you don't. I do. I have for years. A little later today, I'm going to add a comment to this post, which will include a couple of my recent favorites. Yes, I keep a "band name" file. ~ Yab