Band Names Beginning With ‘The’
Yes, some of the most famous band names in the world begin with ‘The’ – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who etc, as it can be a convenient and memorable way to refer to a collection of popular music makers, however during the early noughties, a rather irritating trend emerged where popular new ‘indie’ and rock bands would all name themselves ‘The’ something…
The first popular new band I seem to remember starting the dumb fad was ‘The Killers’ and from there a floodgate of ‘The’ bands seemed to engulf mainstream music for a number of years – The Kooks, The Kinks, The Hives, The Vines, The Thrills, The White Stripes, The Ting Tings, yada yada yawn yawn. Not really being a fan of the genre I quietly stood back and watched how easily led morons were bombarded left right and centre and quickly became obsessed with these ‘fresh’ new bands which all had cutsie names that began with ‘The’.
I don’t know if I was the only one who could see the generic pattern and who wasn’t swept up by it but it certainly seemed like it at the time. I’d be asked by friends and work colleagues “Oooh have you heard ‘xyz’ by The blah blah’s” and I’d reply with “Er no, no I haven’t”, only to be met with the same question the following week regarding some other new amazing band beginning with ‘The’. I actually remember listening to the radio chart countdown at one point and laughing to myself as every one of the top ten releases was by some band that began with ‘The’. I also remember at one point thinking – right, that’s it I’m going to put an end to this nonsense once and for all and start my own group called ‘The The’ but it seems that had already been done!
To me it just seems half baked and uncreative – everything good music shouldn’t be but hey what do I know – I prefer electronic music… Thankfully the tiresome trend seems to have died down in recent years as the bands disappeared into obscurity after enjoying their five minutes of fame, before their so called fans moved onto the next hot tip – no doubt still proclaiming themselves to be ‘indie’ viduals of the alternative scene – yeah, right!