Naming 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!
Apologies in advance to everyone who has gigs tonight. I won’t be gracing you with my presence this evening; I donated blood today and there’s a pretty good chance I’d faint. Fortunately, I can appreciate band names without even leaving the house.
Always happy to see classic X and the Y structure, but I chose this one for entirely personal reasons. My mother was a Marilyn and my first musical influence. It’s time for the name to make a comeback.
How are these two not on the same bill? (Y’know, besides playing in different genres.) I like how neither obviously references a state name until read aloud.
A variation on classic X and the Y structure. As I discovered writing real songs for a fictional garage band, even real musicians have a fictional aspect while performing.
This one gets in for the repeated “P” sounds, the humorous image, and the bouncing rhythm. Maybe also because we have a bucket of ping pong balls in our music studio.
I’ll close with some good advice for musicians and audience alike: