07.19.2010 09:02 AM

Bollocks

Rotten says “Sex Pistols” was a lousy name. He means it, maaaan.

I say bollocks.  I wore one of my many [one of 2,000 he owns – ed.] Sex Pistols Bollocks T-shirts on Friday, on the way up to the cottage, and it got a postive response everywhere.  A grandfatherly type came up to me at a gas station on Kingston Road and said he bought that album “simply because of the name.”  So there, Johnny.

Band names are crucially important – more important than your actual songs, in my experience.  Some of the names of bands I have been in: Hot Nasties (taken from a porn film), Social Blemishes (because we were), Sick Dick and the Volkswagens (from a Pynchon novel), Nemesis Goosehabit and the Jesus Beatles (dreamt up whilst I was a telephone solicitor at Calgary’s World of Cleaning Services), Chicken Realistic and the Fabulous Kevins (featuring my friend James Muretich on lead screams, R.I.P.), and – of course – Shit From Hell, now SFH.

Speaking of which:

6 Comments

  1. Andrew says:

    I wear my Ramones t-shirt every week with pride.

    Punk bands I was in…The Executives (actually ska-ish), Moral Decay, Skippy and the Social Norms…life was good with only three chords to play.

  2. Ginger says:

    I read Michael Stipe comment once that no band has ever become famous if they have an apostrophe in their name. Hmm….

  3. allegra fortissima says:

    LOL – The “Hot Nasties” apparently still “young and green”… only later “Sick Dick and the Volkswagens” contemplaient le chef-d’oeuvre

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xisbvqvSEg8

  4. Nasty Bob says:

    If I recall Nemesis Goosehabit was an actual name in the white pages you came across while working one day. It’s a good thing the band went nowhere or you may have been sued ( didn’t Lynyrd Skynyrd try to sue Lynyrd Skynyrd for misappropriation of name or something?) although I have my doubts about Goosehabit being a real name.

    Reminds me of a guy ( brother of a well know folk singer and musician in his own right ) who told the phone co. his name was E. Bob Yasser which, of course, was listed as Yasser, E. Bob !

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