0 items / $0.00

Paratroopers for Jesus: 4,936 Band Name Suggestions from the '90s Internet [presale]

$20.00

Image of Paratroopers for Jesus: 4,936 Band Name Suggestions from the '90s Internet  [presale]
  • Image of Paratroopers for Jesus: 4,936 Band Name Suggestions from the '90s Internet  [presale]

Pre-sale! This product will be shipped in February 2024.

A list of nearly 5,000 band name suggestions, from As You Read This So Shall You Be Damned to Zero Golf, from 1-900-BOTULISM to 90 Day Warranty.

In 1996, Yahoo catalogued more than a dozen "band naming" websites, many of which were on college servers or GeoCities sites, with names like "Official List of Stupid Band Names." Most of these sites gladly accepted suggestions from readers, running the gamut from sincere to well, stupid, and usually with an exhortation like "if you see one here that you'd like to use for your band, by all means, go for it *and let me know if you DO use one*."

The list in this book appears to have been assembled from a variety of those long-defunct websites by an anonymous person, who rescued it from oblivion in the mid-2000s by secreting it away on the back end of a music school's website in PDF form. This document was recovered by Birchwood Palace Industries in 2023. Carefully edited to omit real-life band names and duplicates, with an introductory essay on media archaeology, Web 1.0, link rot, the joys of language, the indestructibility of the PDF format, and the low-stakes '90s band rehearsal culture from which these names emerged.

Spiral bound, black-and-white, 74 pages. Product number BP017.