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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by offsideref, Aug 4, 2020.
My dad offered a suggestion for my first band's name, around 1970... the "Flat Wheel Caboose Band".
My brother's band in '66-67 was "The Extreme Left."
I’m hesitant to say.. but here goes.. “What Would Jesus Listen to?” And no we were not a church band. All of our first gigs were at churches though, so we came up with a name that the audience could relate to lol
Elmo The Magnificent... 1975-ish.
The first band I was in never got anywhere. A bunch of nice Jr Hi kids, just getting together to learn some British Rock tunes back in '65/'66. Mostly Rolling Stones, The Who, Animals, etc.. We never got to the point of even thinking about a name. 2 guitars, drums and me on vocals. No bass player.
Then I got a call from a guy I knew in The Hazy Shades. Got the name from a Simon & Garfunkel song, Hazy Shade Of Winter. They were a Top 40's once removed band. LOL We played songs that were on the charts several months ago. Took us a while to learn new songs back then. Still in Jr Hi, but we did some gigs (mostly Jr Hi dances and a couple parties), and actually got paid for one gig! $60!!! That was pretty darned good for 5 Jr Hi kids! No PA. We all put a mic in our guitar amps! LOL I didn't have an amp, but the rhythm player didn't sing, so my Shure UniBall mic plugged into his amp. We played a lot of easy songs. Hang On Sloopy, Farmer John, Louie Louie, Gloria, Satisfaction, Love Potion #9, Poor Little Fool, Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin', Little Black Egg! LOL - etc.
Then the rhythm guitarist from the first band calls me. He got in a "real" band and they needed a lead singer. He knew I could sing and play harp. That band was The Lovin' Kind, named after a Terry Knight & The Pack song. (before they became Grand Funk Railroad.) That was a really good band. Played the heavier current rock stuff. We even had THE PA! Shure Vocal Master! Amazing how much better you get between Jr Hi and being in High School!
After Hi school (Graduated in '68) I played in mostly Blues based Rock bands for a while. I didn't play while in college. But started playing gigs shortly after. And was also playing guitar by then. Got into more jazzy Blues/Rock then. Studied Jazz for a while. Played in a lot of bands over the years.
I think the best band name of all the bands I played in was a really good Blues band in Vermont. Our name was . . .
Blues Anatomy (Where The Blues Comes From) Logo was, um, er . . . yeah, a blue skeleton! LOL
Never had a band. My best name for one: Stranded Motorists.
Second Best name? Buckhead Matrons. It's an Atlanta thing.
Sativa. 1977. Still embarrassed.
Filet of Soul. Formed in 1966 and over the next couple of years played school and party gigs playing House of the Rising Sun, Gloria, Hang on Sloopy, Listen People, Shapes of Things, Paint it Black, Little Latin Lupe Lou, then soul music by Sam and Dave, the Rascals, Born to be Wild, Sunshine of your Love, others. Our biggest gig was at a huge hotel for a Jaycees convention. We added Hey Jude that night. I played a Harmony electric guitar through a twin 12 inch Jensen speaker Harmony combo amp.
"Sounds Unlimited" in middle school and "River Bottom Rock" during the college years
Bronx River Boinkers
Not my first band, but joined a band in Hawaii 1983. They wanted to change the name since half the band was new members. So, Skip said "how bout 'Gone Fishin'? Ok, sounds good. First gig was at a steakhouse, big sign out front said 'Gone Fishin'........you guessed it, nobody came, they all thought the owner was on vacation!
Sounded good on paper.
The Renegades 1964. I played drums with two cousins and a friend. We started out playing Surf music and instrumentals. Didn’t have a bass at first and right after this picture my cousin with the SG went out and bought a bass. Then the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan and our repertoire (and my hair) changed over night.
The Crutches. Our first gig was supporting a band called legless....
We played 3-chord strum punk, sometimes 4-chords.
"GAT BLAU" - have no idea why, or what it meant, but we did have a logo on the bass drum ‼️ About 1964......
There is a band in Belgium that is called Absent Minded and it is somewhat known.
Bazooka Joe and the Boogie Brothers.
Should have gone with Coocoocachoo
Devastating Madness, 1970
Rubber Band...played 30s-40s swing and big band from about 1967 to 70.