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Old 04-11-2008, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Band names impeding enjoyment of music

Do any of you have this problem I have? If a band has a silly band name, or an overly ridiculous image, I find I'm very unable to enjoy their music except under very unusual circumstances. Somehow, if I can't take them seriously on that most basic level as their name, I wonder how serious anything they put out can be on any level, be it music, idealogical, or whatever. I don't think this has actually prevented me from hearing anything good, so far, but who knows. I can't be the only guy like this, right?
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well sometimes band names put me off from checking them out (My Bloody Valentine) but they don't actually put me off the music when I hear it. Same goes for images.
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i'd probably listen to clap your hands say yeah more often if they were named something else

like clap.
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I can only think of names that help. Swollen Members anyone?
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Not really, but bad names often put me off checking them out to begin with which is pretty shallow
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A band's name doesn't usually discourage me from initially listening to their music, but sometimes later when I'm trying to tell someone about the band and I say their name outloud, I might realize how stupid it sounds and be discouraged from talking about it or listening to it openly. So I guess in that sense it impedes my enjoyment of their music.
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i still think finger eleven should have stuck with their original name - the rainbow butt monkeys.
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The good thing in my case was that I would discover a nice song on the radio and then look for it or just listen and not see the videos so that I never was too influenced by this. If a song is good, I like it, I don't care what name does the group have.
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Do you judge a book by its cover? I do sometimes I suppose. The same thing goes for bands with ridiculous names or vice versa. I couldn't wait to listen to Butthole Surfers, for example, because I thought their name was bad-ass.
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I don't think its been an issue as of late, but it probably was in my youth. I recall refusing to listen to Meatloaf when I was a kid because it reminded me of a food I hated at the time.

Meatloaf has since became one of my favorite foods.
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