Square Pig in a Round Hole-December 31, 2016

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

How better to see out 2016 than with a celebration of band names? In a year that seemed to have no end of bad news*, this weekly roundup of creative thought in the local music scene gave me something to smile about on a regular basis. Here, then, are the final five of 2016, with a bonus special mention.

The Considerate A-holes

Subtract a tw0-letter prefix from a common, sputtered complaint to create an oxymoron, a classic form of band name.

The Laughing Group

I’m picturing a sober business firm founded 1916 by Mr. J. J. Laughing, a man who never smiled.

Naked Walrus

The funniest part of this is imagining a clothed walrus.

Perfect by Tomorrow

Wow, that’s some resolution!

Rocket Coma

As a science-fiction writer, I’ve spent a certain amount of time thinking about long space journeys and how to make them tolerable and cost effective. We throw around words like hibernation, statis, hypersleep. This is a blunter way to put it.

Bonus special mention:

It Gets Worse

I featured this band exactly two years ago, in my last post of 2014. At that time, I wrote: “A simple and obvious play on the It Gets Better campaign, but so punk and so often true.” Now it looks like an honest prediction of how 2017 might compare to 2016. Please, no.

*I can’t be too down on a year that brought my first published novel into the world, but I know a lot of people who can’t wait to see 2016 gone. Seriously, though, if you believe in Truth, Justice, Rock & Roll, check out The Gospel According to St Rage.

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