In honor of Sleep, here are ten other bands with (nearly) Google-defying names
In this Internet age, it's about as important to consult Google when you name your band as it is to do a trademark search. Bands frequently come up with names that, while catchy or clever, often make a quick Google search for them somewhat maddening. If you factor Myspace out of the equation, some of these bands are next to impossible to find. With Sleep in town this weekend we started thinking about other bands with (nearly) Google-defying names after the jump. Check out our list after the jump.
First result on Google: US Open results
The way to find them: Search for "Tennis band"
Even if you search for "tennis band," the first link you'll find is a item we wrote, then one the A.V. Club did and finally, the third result is their MySpace page. Who has time to look all the way to the third result?
First result on Google: Your search - +/- did not match any documents
The way to find them: Search for "plus minus band"
Seriously? You're going to name your band +/-? Okay, granted, it doesn't take that much brain matter to figure out how to search for this group, but still.
8. Pee Pee
First result on Google: YouTube video titled Pee-Pee
The way to find them: Search for "Pee pee band"
This one's not particularly hard to find if you attach "band" to the end. If you forget, however, prepare yourself for a slew of weird YouTube videos.
First result on Google: Fuck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The way to find them: Search for "fuck band Oakland"
This one's sort of complicated in that you need to know the band was from Oakland. On the other hand, who the hell cares about the band Fuck anymore anyway?
Photo: Dr. Facade
First result on Google: Fell (comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The way to find them: Search for "Fell band Denver"
Again, you need to know which city the band is from -- you can get away with searching for just "Fell, band" but the results are still a bit whacky.
First result on Google: Real Estate Listings, Homes for Sale and Rental Property...
The way to find them: Search for "Houses band"
People are searching for Houses all day long right? Wonder if that's what the members of Houses were thinking when they came up with their band name. Probably not, considering if you search for just "houses," you'll need to dig deep into Google to actually find the band.
4. Nautical Mile
First result on Google: 1 nautical mile = 1.85200 kilometers
The way to find them: Search for "nautical mile Colorado band"
If you search for just "nautical mile band," you'll just get some show listings, but if you add "Colorado" you'll get directed to their MySpace page. Remember the old days when bands used to have their own websites?
This is actually Cornershop.
First result on Google: HillaryClinton.com - Welcome
The way to find them:Search for "Clinton band cornershop"
This one's a big pain in the ass. If you don't know that Clinton was a Cornershop side project, you're pretty much screwed. Even if you add "band" to your search string, you'll just find videos of a bunch of high school marching bands.
2. Final Fantasy
First result on Google: Final Fantasy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The way to find them: Final Fantasy Owen Pallett
First off, you need to know that Final Fantasy is Owen Pallett. Perhaps naming his band the same name as a best-selling video game series was probably not the wisest decision to begin with for Pallett.
First result on Google: Your search - !!! - did not match any documents.
The way to find them: Search for "chk chk chk band."
If you have no idea that !!! is usually referred to as "chk chk chk," there is no chance in hell you'll actually find the group on Google. Perhaps it's for the better anyway -- any band with a name like that doesn't deserve your time.
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