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The New Band Name Game

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New band names usually bubble up spontaneously. For instance, my friend Andrew sent me a text in which he inadvertently thumbed the numeral 9 instead of the @ symbol. His next text said, “Disregard the 9.” Thus a new band name was born.

If you’d like to play, use the hashtag #NewBandName when posting or tweeting your contribution.

Below is a partial list of #NewBandNames friends and I have come up with over the last couple of years. Enjoy!

  1. A Good Lamp
  2. A Sudden Hair
  3. A Violent Game of Spoons
  4. Aggressive Pedestrian Eye Contact
  5. All the Suddens
  6. Anderson Cooper Eyeroll
  7. Arrows and Bras
  8. Assassinology
  9. Bag of Ropes
  10. Balloon Schrapnel
  11. Bananas and Coffee
  12. Barking Soybeans
  13. Big Guy in a Little Shirt
  14. Biologically Improbable
  15. Box the Knots
  16. Caffeine & Gristle
  17. Calculus of Despair
  18. Cheese and Soap
  19. Chunky Lighter Fluid
  20. Clawless Mauling
  21. Coffee Puppets
  22. Cootie Stew
  23. CowKid
  24. Dad in Allergy
  25. Decomposition Stew
  26. Deconstructed Guacamole
  27. Delightful Meatballs
  28. Dessert Peanut
  29. Disregard the 9
  30. Disregard the Goat
  31. Drowning in Mannequins
  32. Droxing While Intivocated (DWI)
  33. Ecclesiastical Badminton
  34. empty five
  35. Extraordinary Melon
  36. Failed Mime
  37. Filled with Spoons
  38. Fishbowl Otter
  39. Four Angry Adjectives
  40. Freedestination
  41. Giant Bag of Disappointment
  42. Give Your Duck to Me
  43. Glass of Doubts
  1. Goat-toothed Waitress
  2. Gordon the Outside
  3. Gory Pancakes
  4. Gratuitous Vowels
  5. Greasy Evil and the Birthday Girl
  6. Groovious
  7. Grumble of Pugs
  8. Grumpy Buddha
  9. Grumpy Tool
  10. Guardian Drink Angel
  11. Happy Faces of Destruction
  12. Haunting Munsters
  13. High Girls and Mike
  14. Hi-Ya Depravity
  15. Homicide on Friday
  16. Hot Slobber
  17. I Called You Mustard
  18. I Love Fub
  19. I Punched Your Bagel
  20. ‪I Sense Dill
  21. idiosyncratic coding acumen
  22. Inspirational Ghost
  23. Irrandom
  24. Justin Beiber’s Monkey
  25. Magic Mom Spit
  26. Mancandiness
  27. Manly Firmness
  28. Meat Facial
  29. Meatcandy
  30. Medication Situation
  31. Namaste Blah Blah Blah
  32. NATO Potato
  33. Not B, but b
  34. Pansy-Ass Hail
  35. Peasant of Plot
  36. Phantom Buzz
  37. Pieces of Foot
  38. Porn of Absurdity
  39. Pretentious Facial Hair
  40. Pun Locker
  41. Purse Never Listens
  42. Quarter-Hearted
  43. Radial Obedience
  44. Reckless Eater
  1. Reluctangly
  2. Richard Nixon’s Taint
  3. Rocking the Hobo
  4. Rooster Virgin
  5. Russian Hedgehog
  6. Sacrificial Potato
  7. Sad Bacon
  8. See Pi Tha
  9. Series One Ladle
  10. Shrinkled
  11. Sincerity of Cats
  12. Smoky Phlegm
  13. Smothering Love Manifesto
  14. Spilm Feed
  15. Steampunk Emergency
  16. Strengthen Your Thumbs
  17. Stuff and People
  18. Stunt Bride
  19. SugarDirt
  20. Surprise Cantaloupe
  21. Surprise Uncle
  22. Susceptible to Gravity
  23. Swing Odd
  24. Tastes Like Thumb
  25. Teeny-weeny Giant
  26. Tell Me My Tell
  27. Tepid Meatballs
  28. The Begrudgingly Shout
  29. The Nosesigh
  30. The Original Dan
  31. The Watermelon People
  32. The Whimsicles
  33. Tiny Space Sweat
  34. Tooty Soups
  35. Trafficking Mayonnaise
  36. Uncomfortable Synonyms
  37. Unnecessarily Enthusiastic
  38. Vague Respect
  39. Wedding Pudding
  40. Weird Sugar
  41. Yeah That’s Yeah That’s Yeah
  42. Your Hobo
  43. You’re Dumb and I’m Sleepy
  44. YouWeGo

101 Favorite Novels

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  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • Alas Babylon – Pat Frank
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • Angle of Repose – Wallace Stegner
  • Anthem – Ayn Rand
  • Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Blue Shoe – Anne Lamott
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
  • The Boxcar Children – Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler
  • Cat's Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  • Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  • Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • The Commitments – Roddy Doyle
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • The Cracker Factory – Joyce Rebeta-Burditt
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • The Death of Bees – Lisa O’Donnell
  • Deliverance – James Dickey
  • Diary of a Mad Housewife – Sue Kaufman
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park – Stephen L. Carter
  • Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions – Edwin A. Abbott
  • Forever – Judy Blume
  • Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
  • The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  • The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Great Santini – Pat Conroy
  • The Green Mile – Stephen King
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  • High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  • Hold Tight – Harlan Coben
  • The Hours – Michael Cunningham
  • House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  • If Rock and Roll Were a Machine – Terry Davis
  • Imperfect Birds – Anne Lamott
  • Ironweed – William Kennedy
  • Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
  • Leaving Home – Garrison Keillor
  • Little Children – Tom Perrotta
  • Lord of the Flies – William Goldman
  • The Lost Weekend – Charles Jackson
  • A Map of the World – Jane Hamilton
  • The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Missing – Karin Alvtegen
  • My Ántonia – Willa Cather
  • Mystic River – Dennis Lehane
  • North Dallas Forty – Peter Gent
  • On the Beach – Nevil Shute
  • One Day – David Nicholls
  • Ordinary People – Judith Guest
  • Paper Moon – Joe David Brown
  • A Patchwork Planet – Anne Tyler
  • Peace Like a River – Leif Enger
  • The Pigman – Paul Zindel
  • Portnoy's Complaint – Philip Roth
  • Presumed Innocent – Scott Turow
  • The Razor’s Edge – Somerset Maugham
  • Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  • Rosemary's Baby – Ira Levin
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Semi-Tough – Dan Jenkins
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  • The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Ship of Fools – Katherine Anne Porter
  • Short – Cortright McMeel
  • Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  • A Simple Plan – Scott B. Smith
  • Sole Survivor – Dean Koontz
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  • The Stand – Stephen King
  • Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
  • The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  • Stones from the River – Ursula Hegi
  • Thank You for Smoking – Christopher Buckley
  • That Was Then This is Now – S. E. Hinton
  • A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Trespass – Fletcher Knebel
  • True Grit – Charles Portis
  • We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates
  • Wifey – Judy Blume
  • The Winter of Our Discontent – John Steinbeck
  • Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell
  • The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  • The World According to Garp – John Irving
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L'Engle

101 Favorite Movies

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  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • Air­plane
  • Aliens
  • Almost Famous
  • Amer­i­can Graffitti
  • Ani­mal House
  • Annie Hall
  • Apollo 13
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Blaz­ing Saddles
  • Blood Sim­ple
  • Bull Durham
  • Cad­dyshack
  • Casablanca
  • Close Encoun­ters of the Third Kind
  • The Com­mit­ments
  • Con­tact
  • Dazed and Confused
  • The Descen­dants
  • Dodge­ball
  • Drug­store Cowboy
  • Dumbo
  • Ed Wood
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Fail Safe
  • A Few Good Men
  • Fight Club
  • Galaxy Quest
  • The God­fa­ther
  • Good­fel­las
  • Grease
  • Ground­hog Day
  • Half Nel­son
  • Hed­wig and the Angry Inch
  • The Incred­i­bles
  • Inde­pen­dence Day
  • Iron Man
  • It Hap­pened One Night
  • It’s a Won­der­ful Life
  • Jacob’s Lad­der
  • Jaws
  • Juras­sic Park
  • A Knight’s Tale
  • LA Con­fi­den­tial
  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Lords of Dogtown
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Man Who Shot Lib­erty Valance
  • The Manchurian Can­di­date (1962)
  • Marty
  • The Mata­dor
  • The Matrix
  • Meat­balls
  • Memento
  • Mid­night Run
  • Mon­sters Inc.
  • Moon­rise Kingdom
  • Mulan
  • My Favorite Year
  • Mys­tery Men
  • Napoleon Dyna­mite
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
  • The Philadel­phia Story
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pleas­antville
  • Pol­ter­geist
  • Princess Bride
  • Pulp Fic­tion
  • Rachel Get­ting Married
  • Radio Days
  • Rais­ing Arizona
  • The Right Stuff
  • Rocky
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • School of Rock
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Series 7
  • Shake­speare in Love
  • The Shoo­tist
  • Signs
  • Six­teen Candles
  • Slum­dog Millionaire
  • The Social Network
  • Stage­coach
  • Stand by Me
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • The Sting
  • The Straight Story
  • A Street­car Named Desire
  • Swim­ming to Cambodia
  • Tan­gled
  • Titanic
  • Tomb­stone
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Train­ing Day
  • Unfor­given
  • Up
  • Walk the Line
  • Wed­ding Crashers
  • The Wiz­ard of Oz

101 Favorite Record Albums

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  • After the Gold Rush — Neil Young 1970
  • Against the Wind — Bob Seger & the Sil­ver Bul­let Band 1980
  • Aja — Steely Dan 1977
  • Almost Famous Soundtrack — Various 2000
  • Amer­ica — Amer­ica 1971
  • Another Grey Area — Gra­ham Parker 1982
  • As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls — Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays 1981
  • At Crooked Lake — Crazy Horse 1972
  • At Fill­more East — The All­man Broth­ers Band 1971
  • AWB — The Aver­age White Band 1974
  • Back in Black — AC/DC 1980
  • Back to Black — Amy Winehouse 2006
  • Big Hori­zon — David Wilcox 1992
  • Blood Pressures — The Kills 2011
  • Bon­nie Raitt — Bon­nie Raitt 1971
  • Book of Dreams – The Steve Miller Band 1977
  • Born to Run — Bruce Spring­steen 1975
  • Buf­falo Spring­field — Buf­falo Spring­field 1966
  • Celebrity Skin — Hole 1998
  • Cheap Trick at Budokan — Cheap Trick 1979
  • Com­bat Rock — The Clash 1982
  • Comes a Time — Neil Young 1978
  • Core — Stone Temple Pilots 1992
  • Crazy Horse — Crazy Horse 1971
  • Damn the Tor­pe­does — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1979
  • Decade Of Rock & Roll — REO Speed­wagon 1980
  • Dig Down Deep — Jana Alayra 1996
  • Dirt Sil­ver & Gold — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1976
  • Diver Down — Van Halen 1982
  • Downward Spiral — Nine Inch Nails 1994
  • Every­body Knows This is Nowhere — Neil Young and Crazy Horse 1969
  • Fanmail — TLC 1999
  • Farewell to the First Golden Era — The Mamas and the Papas 1967
  • Fire — Ohio Play­ers 1974
  • For Every­man — Jack­son Browne 1973
  • Gaso­line Alley — Rod Stew­art 1970
  • Greet­ings from Timbuk3 — Timbuk3 1986
  • Hair of the Dog — Nazareth 1975
  • Hang On for Your Life — Shoot­ing Star 1981
  • Harder … Faster — April Wine 1979
  • Head East — Head East 1978
  • Her­mit of Mink Hol­low — Todd Rund­gren 1978
  • Hotel Cal­i­for­nia — Eagles 1976
  • Is This It? — The Strokes 2000
  • Jack­son Browne — Jack­son Browne 1972
  • Jesus Christ Super­star — Orig­i­nal Broad­way Cast 1970
  • Jonathan Edwards — Jonathan Edwards 1971
  • Karla Bonoff — Karla Bonoff 1977
  • L.A. Woman — The Doors 1971
  • Lady in Satin — Bil­lie Hol­i­day 1958
  • Late for the Sky — Jack­son Browne 1974
  • Led Zep­pelin II — Led Zep­pelin 1969
  • Left­over­a­ture — Kansas 1976
  • Let it Bleed — The Rolling Stones 1969
  • Lon­don Call­ing — The Clash 1979
  • Machine Head — Deep Pur­ple 1972
  • Mama Let Him Play — Doucette 1977
  • Mole City — Quasi 2013
  • Mondo Bongo — The Boom­town Rats 1981
  • Muswell Hill­bil­lies — The Kinks 1972
  • Nev­er­mind — Nir­vana 1991
  • New Rid­ers — New Rid­ers of the Pur­ple Sage 1976
  • Nothing's Shocking — Jane's Addiction 1988
  • O Brother Where Art Thou? Sound­track — Var­i­ous 2000
  • Phoebe Snow — Phoebe Snow 1974
  • Pre­tenders — The Pre­tenders 1980
  • Parade — Prince 1986
  • Quadrophe­nia — The Who 1973
  • Red Octo­pus — Jef­fer­son Star­ship 1975
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars — David Bowie 1972
  • Rocks — Aero­smith 1976
  • S.R.O. — Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass 1966
  • Skele­tons from the Closet: The Best of Grate­ful Dead — The Grate­ful Dead 1974
  • Smell the Color 9 — Chris Rice 2002
  • Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley — Robert Palmer 1974
  • Some Girls — The Rolling Stones 1978
  • Songs in the Key of Life — Ste­vie Won­der 1976
  • Speak­ing in Tongues — Talk­ing Heads 1983
  • Squeez­ing Out Sparks — Gra­ham Parker 1979
  • Sticky Fin­gers — The Rolling Stones 1971
  • Stranger Than Fiction Soundtrack — Various 2006
  • Surfer Rosa — The Pixies 1988
  • Tail­spin Head­whack — Chris Duarte 1997
  • Tak­ing Lib­er­ties — Elvis Costello and the Attrac­tions 1980
  • That’s the Way of the World — Earth Wind & Fire 1975
  • The Age of Aquar­ius — The 5th Dimen­sion 1969
  • The Dark Side of the Moon — Pink Floyd 1973
  • The River — Bruce Spring­steen 1980
  • The Unfor­get­table Fire — U2 1984
  • Three Dog Night — Three Dog Night 1968
  • Time Fades Away — Neil Young 1973
  • Time Out — The Dave Brubeck Quar­tet 1959
  • Toys in the Attic — Aero­smith 1975
  • Voices in Mod­ern — The Four Fresh­men 1955
  • Wait­ing for Colum­bus — Lit­tle Feat 1978
  • Wild Planet — The B-52’s 1980
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2001
  • #1 Record Radio City — Big Star 1974
  • 1984 — Van Halen 1984
  • 4 — For­eigner 1981
  • 41 Orig­i­nal Hits from the Sound­track of Amer­i­can Graf­fiti — Var­i­ous 1973
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