THE AERIAL TRAM AND BAND NAMES
My current musical group settled on its name, “The Lighter Notes”, the way most bands do. First, there’s a long ridiculous naming process and then the one that everyone can live with, is picked by default. I’m from the old school where the band name should be a group of things like “The Beatles”, rather than an object like “The Thundering Chicken.”
Before we became a trio, my duo changed its name frequently. Finally we settled on the Whateverly Brothers. It was actually a fairly successful act in that we had a beat – I played the tambourine and occasional cowbell with my foot. I used to have a wahwah pedal but I found it just didn’t capture the emotion in my foot properly.
I never really was crazy about "The Whateverly Brothers" name, because it was derivative – a feeling that was driven home even more when I found myself at a Simon and Garfunkel concert and the real Everly Brothers came out, but the fact is we played some fairly big clubs around town: The Dublin Pub and Harrington’s to name two.
Actually, we did notice that many of the clubs we played would close, and it became sort of a running concern, especially after we played one place, and it closed, then we played it again under a new name, and probably a new name for us as well, and it closed again.
This was Galway’s, a triangular building on Sandy. Not only did it have no parking but cars whisked by both sides of the stage, and I always felt we’d end that gig in dramatic fashion.
Some of our other names back then were “The Opposable Thumbs”, “The Likely Stories” and the "Koola Wahids", which is based on Arabic.
I bring all of this up because the aerial tram has now produced one undeniably great band name: “The Vital Linchpins”. I intend to approach my group, “The Lighter Notes”, and see if they want to make the switch. We would sacrifice our fan base under the old name, but, come to think of it, that shouldn’t be a major problem. We do have a big gig in Eugene coming up, and we’ve played Redmond in one earlier version, and a bunch of times in Seattle and Salem. Still, let’s just say no one would be too traumatized by the sudden switch.
This got me thinking of band names with the word “Tram” in them. By the way, there would have been a second great band name coming out of this project, but “The Boondoggles” was already taken. Besides, the overall feeling here is of something forced upon us against our will.
This lead to the following question: What if bands were suddenly forced against their will to include “Tram” in their names? I’m going to make an exemption for Aerialsmith, although Aerotram works even better. But here’s how some of the others would go: The Rolling Trams, Tram 2, KC and the Sunshine Tram, Pink Tram, The Tramimals, The Dave Clark Tram, The Tramtations,...
Wait, this is ridiculous. Let’s just make this announcement: “The Lighter Notes” might become “The Vital Linchpins”, so to all of you sitting out there right now trying to think of a band name, that one is taken.