Naming our Band

Many people have told us that our band name is really cool, and we agree!  But it wasn't always that way.  Here's the story of how we got our name.

Originally, we were just Chuck and Lori.  We didn't even think about recording together when we first met.  We just liked playing music together in our respective living rooms.  Very gradually, there was a transition from casually singing other people's songs, to writing our own, to recording them.  Once we started recording, we started imagining what might happen if we were to organize them into a CD.  So it was THEN that we needed a name.

We considered many, but nothing seemed to fit.  Glancing around the room, searching for an idea, Lori's eyes landed on a candle.  Maybe "The Candles"?  For a few days we tried out the sound of "The Candles."  It sounded a little too common.  Then Lori had an idea.  How about "Two Candles?"  It made a lot of sense, since we had met on 11/11, and Chuck's apartment was #11.  So for a few months, we called ourselves Two Candles.  That is, until we did a google search and discovered that Two Candles was already taken -- by a company that sold scented candles, massage oils, and other products that will go unmentioned.  We dropped Two Candles like a hot candle and spent probably a few weeks casting about for a new name.

Choosing a band name is not as simple as it seems.  A name would sound great until we found out it was already taken or it had unwanted associations for one or both of us.  For example, "The Lonely Scones" was one of our top choices but sounded a little too -- well -- lonely.  The "Prickly Pears"?  Too local.  "Indie Nile," believe it or not, was already taken!  We still have a list of over 70 names that we tried out.  Maybe we should sell it on eBay.

Here are some of our top choices:

Bonati Charles Band

Tangerine Road

The Wry Catchers

The Pine Cones

Catalina Combo

PACIFIC BUFFALO became our #1 choice for lots of reasons.  Our roots, the ocean, the animal that was so important to Native Americans,  the incongruousness, and -- best of all -- it hadn't been taken!

So now you know.


Ramblin' Jim
October 10, 2010 @06:01 pm
Well, I didn't realize it was so complicated. Reminds me of: NIGEL: And then we looked at each other and says well we might as well join up you know and uh.... DAVID: So we became The Originals. NIGEL: Right. DAVID: And we had to change our name actually.... NIGEL: Well there was, there was another group in th East End called The Originals and we had to rename ourselves. DAVID: The New Originals. NIGEL: The New Originals and then, uh, they became.... DAVID: The Regulars, they changed their name back to The Regulars and we thought well, we could go back to The Originals but what’s the point? NIGEL: We became The Thamesmen at that point. - Spinal Tap
September 25, 2010 @01:10 am
love the's perfect!...also thoroughly enjoy checking out your website and songs!..great stuff!

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