In my Lizzie Evans series, Lizzie's brother, Tyler, is in a band. I spent hours (okay, maybe not quite that long) trying to come up with a name for them, be it by playing on a band name generator or by coming up with something on my own. (Here's my favorite band name generator, it has this box where you can insert a word that you know you want in your band name, and it will create a name that uses that word. I used the word 'sonic' a lot.) Here are some of the names I found on the generator:
Defunct Intermission and the
Cobalt on the Voltage
Insane Blimp of the Stuck Wallet
Swollen Sonic and the Bladder
Sonic of the Refried Trial
Sonic Analogy of the Starry
Sonic of the Timely Cannibal
The Alloy Havoc
Missile of the Advancing
Flamboyant Newcomer Of The
Glazed Sonic Doughnuts (Actually, this one was just 'Glazed Sonic', and I added 'Doughnuts')
Yeah. Weird. In some cases hilarious. And those were just an example.
Then I found a name, and I fell in love with it. It was Sonic
Aftermath. I know, it's weird, but go do a Google search for the top 40
new bands of 2011 and take a gander at those names.
[insert you doing said Google search here]
Yeah, there's seriously a band called Yuck.
However, my time with Sonic Aftermath was short lived. I did a Google
search for it and found out that there's already something called Sonic
Aftermath; an RPG website forum thing. I was bummed. I had thought
that was the perfect name, and I couldn't use it. (The same thing
happened to me with Lizzie's favorite ice cream parlor and chocolate shop. I'll
have blog posts about my naming adventures with them sometime soonish.)
Here are some of the results I got from the generator while looking for a
Large Sonic Of The Ice-cold
Seashell Of Sonic
Sonic pasta sauce
Shutdown Of The Sonic
Weathered Exhaust Of The Bound
Jugs Before Explosion
Cheese Of The Minority
Skillet Of The Tired Resin
Quasi Smack And The Primary Talk
Frisky Crow And The Ethereal
In the end, the replacement I got was not one suggested by the
generator. I Googled lists of cool words, and found the perfect word to
pair with 'sonic': Sardoodledom. Sonic Sardoodledom.
Sardoodledom refers to a play that has an overly contrived and melodramatic
plot. It doesn't really fit with 'sonic', but it
sounds great, and it's a lot better than some of those real band's names. Now I
just have to go back through my manuscript and add or change a scene so that it
says that Sonic Sardoodledom is Tyler's band's name.
One band name idea I didn't mention earlier was acronyms. There's an
acronym generator made by the same people who made that band name
generator. I have a ton of acronyms for the word 'sonic'. I may do
a post on them later.
(Just out of curiosity, did any of you see the title of this post and automatically insert the word "screwdriver"?)