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Alternate Universe Band Names Contest

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May 13, 2010 By Laura Studarus Photography by Wendy Lynch Redfern Web Exclusive
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Parallel universes are all the rage right now. In Fringe, we're held rapt as two worlds are busy colliding (Eric Stoltz as Marty Mcfly? Ha!). On Doctor Who it seems like nearly every week some pesky monster is escaping from "the void." And Lost...well, does anyone really know what's going on there? This all got us thinking, what would bands be called in a universe not-so-far-away? (Or, if they just spent a bit too much time combing though a thesaurus?)

Under the Radar staffers fearlessly entered said parallel universe and (and dusted off our reference books) to retrieve our favorite bands' alternate names. Can you guess who these groups really are? (i.e.: Young Adult Appreciation Society = Teenage Fanclub)

Contest: Think you can one-up our creative minds? Comment with your favorite bands' alternate-universe names. Our favorite will receive a two-year subscription and an Under the Radar messenger bag from JanSport. The runner up will receive a two-year subscription.

We also encourage you to guess the real names of these bands in the comments below.

Answers and winners will be announced next Friday, May 21st.

So, who are these bands in our universe?:

1. Bloodsucking Saturday and Sunday
2. The Godlike Farce
3. Coastal Home
4. Endearment is Everything
5. Fiery Bird
6. The Countrywide
7. Made to Fall
8. Fractured Friendly Happening
9. AWOL
10. Fauna and Beasts
11. We Shall Be Recognized by the Aftermath of Deceased Persons
12. Fibbers
13. Mammal Grouping
14. The Fresh Smut Makers
15. Greusome Ursidae
16. Ocular Shine
17. Pyrexia Beam
18. Quebec Born
19. Misspelled Primates
20. Coterie of Steeds
21. Blacktop
22. Demure Rodent
23. Time Machine
24. Father's Father
25. The See-Through

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george
May 14th 2010
5:29pm

Without cheating, this is what I’ve got so far.

1. Vampire Weekend
3. Beach House
5. Phoenix
6. The National
7. Built to spill
8. Broken social scene
11. And You will know us by the trail of dead
12. Liars
13. Animal collective
14. The New Pornographers
15. Grizzly Bear
18. of Montreal
20. Band of Horses
21. Pavement
22. Modest mouse
23. Delorean
24. Grandaddy

john
May 14th 2010
6:54pm

1. vampire weekend
2. the divine comedy
3. beach house
4. love is all
5. phoenix
6. the national
7. built to spill
8. broken social scene
9. MIA
10. plants and animals
11. and you will know us by the trail of dead
12. liars
13. animal collective
14. the new pornographers
15. grizzly bear
16. bright eyes
17. fever ray
18. of montreal
19. gorillaz
20. band of horses
21. pavement
22. modest mouse
23. delorean
24. granddaddy
25. the invisible

Thierry Côté
May 14th 2010
7:17pm

I really like the Young Men on a Sandy Strip, the Stand-Ins, the Remedy, and the Aches of Existing Genuinely in One’s Core.

Ryan Henry
May 14th 2010
7:17pm

5 Alt-Universe Band Names…

Terror-Stricken Cottontail
The Most Altitudinous Homo Sapien Upon The Globe
Chemical Element “Ne” Native American
The Clinch Unfluctuating
Wave-Riding Hemoglobin

colleen
May 14th 2010
8:25pm

alternate universe name contributions:

snip xerox
fairies
flaxen carrottop
the record foliage
the sure sure sures
feline might
behind-the-alley juvenile males!!

Matt Pusatory
May 14th 2010
8:53pm

1. Vampire Weekend
2. The Divine Comedy
3. Beach House
4. Love is All
5. Phoenix
6. The National
7. Built to Spill
8. Broken Social Scene
9. MIA
10. Plants and Animals
11. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
12. Liars
13. Animal Collective
14. New Pornographers
15. Grizzly Bear
16. Bright Eyes
17. Fever Ray
18. Of Montreal
19. Gorillaz
20. Band of Horses
21. Pavement
22. Modest Mouse
23. Delorean
24. Grandaddy
25. The Invisible

Mark Redfern
May 14th 2010
9:56pm

Thanks for all the great guesses and suggestions thus far. Just wanted to be clear that the winners will be the ones who come up with the best new suggestions, not the ones who correctly guess our original alternate band names (but keep doing that too). Also, when making your own suggestions, make sure to tell us what the real band names are.

John Gleason
May 14th 2010
11:34pm

Oh I like this game. Here are my guesses so far:
Thierry Côté :
1) Beach Boys
2) The Replacements
3) The Cure
4) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Ryan Henry:
1) Frightened Rabbit
2) The Tallest man in the world
3) Neon Indian (?)
4) The Hold Steady
5) Surfer Blood

Colleen:
1) Cut Copy
2) Pixies
3) Blonde Redhead?
4) The Album Leaf
5) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6) Cat Power
7) Backstreet Boys

And here are my submissions:
1) Ebony Insect Magnificent Color Spectrum
2) Applaud Your Metacarpus Verbalize Yes
3) Shivery Conflict Juveniles
4) Luminous Palaces
5) Asinine Ruffian
6) Yours Truly’s Daybreak Windbreaker
7) Decease Carriage for Dreamboat
8) Lady Discourse
9) Behemoth and Amorous Illicit sexual relationship
10) Pious Fornication
11) Sweltering Fragment
12) The Enduring Post Autumn
13) Impartial Dairy Product Hospice
14) African-Americans Possessing Demeanor


And Mark, if I give answers now, where’s the fun in guessing?
I’ll give them later.

Max Webber
May 15th 2010
4:19am

Here’s five of my own:

*Cerulean Cerebral Cortex
*Precipitation Generator
*Demons of Downhome
*Highpowered Hexad
*The Dudes Who Work at the Local CVS and Their Friend Ted Leo

Max Webber
May 15th 2010
4:22am

Answers to the previous post:

1) Bluebrain
2) Rain Machine
3) Monsters of Folk
4) Electric Six
5) TL/Rx

Tyler Anderson
May 15th 2010
11:59am

A Dozen Shafts, Bustling Adolescent, Map Noise, Nice Flames, Burning Doritos

Tim
May 15th 2010
3:25pm

The xx: The One Letter Short of Porn
Megafaun: Fucking Epic Animal
Julian Lynch: Roman Calendar of Deplorable Racial Murder
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: The Repetitive Confirmation/ I mean I guess, sure, totally!
Big Black: Large Person of African Descent (not a fan of RCDRM)
Shellac: Bug Shit
Passion Pit: Humping Hole
Real Estate: Legitimate Property
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Reverse Heart Attacks
Lotus Plaza: Aquatic Flora Strip Mall

Ricardo Balmaseda
May 15th 2010
4:53pm

Canadian Rock duo Japandroids’ alternate names were between “Japanese Scream” and “Pleasure Droids”! haha

Allison
May 15th 2010
6:13pm

The Most Luminous Transparent Crystal of Tetrahedrally Bonded Carbon Atoms that Belongs to Me
Jesus’ First Ornithological Disciple
Yearlys
Reindeer Cousin
Russian Young Female
The Skilled Storytellers
The Hoodie I Wear at Daybreak
Titan Leader Four
Auroral Ocular Organs
Fe and Two Buck Chuck

Max Webber
May 15th 2010
6:40pm

A few more:

*Nikolai’s Strip Club and Lounge (Gogol Bordello)
*H.R. Dept. (MGMT)
*Winter Worshipers (The Decemberists)

Thierry Côté
May 15th 2010
7:21pm

John Gleason guessed right for mine.

Could I add one more? F.O.O.D. (short for Fast Ocular Organ Displacement)

Justine
May 15th 2010
7:21pm

1. vampire weekend

3. beach house
4. love is all
5. phoenix
6. the national

8. broken social scene

12. liars
13. animal collective
14. the new pornographers
15. grizzly bear
16. camera obscura
17. fever ray
18. of Montreal
19. gorillaz (made me giggle)
20. band of horses
21. pavement
22. modest mouse

24. grandaddy
25. the invisible

urban hooters
water in the sand
brilliance overhead
devotion dimple
spiral speck through a telescope

... i am determined to figure out the others!

Justine
May 15th 2010
7:22pm

bah.  i have been beaten.

Justine
May 15th 2010
7:25pm

whoops… here we go!

urban hooters = owl city
water in the sand = oasis
brilliance overhead = explosions in the sky
devotion dimple = passion pit
spiral speck through a telescope = m83

Justine (Portmann)
May 15th 2010
7:28pm

everyone’s submissions are so hilarious, this is such a fun game.

Justine (Portmann)
May 15th 2010
7:33pm

peace sign = doves

spencer
May 16th 2010
3:02am

Christmas Staple
#1 Seashore
the fairer sex
vacation home
most overrated ever

by the way, fauna means animals, flora means plants

sleigh bells
best coast
girls
beach house
lcd soundsystem (*zing*)

Tyrannosaurus Max
May 16th 2010
1:54pm

alternate universe band name contributions:

-DTS Television
-The Attractive Grasslands
-Aerial Navigation of the SST (Super Sonic Transport)
-Megapiece
-Casper & Alcohol
-The Worst of Shakespeare
-Koughy Kid
-The Only Country That Calls it Soccer with the Alternate use of what should be soccer
-Baby Horses
-Expel Seed
-‘Lil T-Rex
-Drums Chew Melodymakers

 

 

 

 


And the answers:

-LCD Soundsystem
-The Magnetic Fields
-Flight of the Conchords
-Superchunk
-Ghosts & Vodka
-Titus Andronicus
-Weezer
-American Football
-Foals
-Chuck Berry
-Dinosaur Jr.
-Cymabals Eat Guitars

Allison
May 16th 2010
7:32pm

Oops, I forgot the real names!
My Brightest Diamond
Andrew Bird
Annuals
Caribou
DeVotchKa
The Raconteurs
My Morning Jacket
Kronos Quartet
Bright Eyes
Iron & Wine

sean harrison
May 16th 2010
8:04pm

alternate universe band names AKA bizarro bands:

1) Docile Avians & War Gongs
2) Aura
3) Commencement
4) Game Place Inferno
5) Dark Heaven Scraper
6) Stratus Sect
7) Russian Roulette
8) The Supping Chambers
9) Visages
10) The Hotheaded Heat Houses
11) Wraith World Cupola
12) The Righteous, The Impure, and The Old Gay Man
13) Hola, Indigo Petals
14) The Freakys
15) That Which America Refuses
16) Up Aboves
17) The Russian Ballet
18) Explain!
19) Always Speaks In Favor
20) Ransacker

and the answers…

wait for it…

okay, here they are:

1) Wildbirds & Peacedrums
2) AIR
3) Alpha
4) Arcade Fire
5) Black Mountain
6) Cloud Cult
7) Deerhunter
8) The Dining Rooms
9) Faces
10) The Fiery Furnaces
11) Ghostland Observatory
12) The Good, The Bad, and The Queen
13) Hello, Blue Roses
14) The Kinks
15) Metric
16) Stars
17) Swan Lake
18) Why?
19) Yeasayer
20) Destroyer

John Gleason
May 16th 2010
9:50pm

Alright, here are my submissions and answers from the other day:
1) Ebony Insect Magnificent Color Spectrum
2) Applaud Your Metacarpus Verbalize Yes
3) Shivery Conflict Juveniles
4) Luminous Palaces
5) Asinine Ruffian
6) Yours Truly’s Daybreak Windbreaker
7) Decease Carriage for Dreamboat
8) Lady Discourse
9) Behemoth and Amorous Illicit sexual relationship
10) Pious Fornication
11) Sweltering Fragment
12) The Enduring Post Autumn
13) Impartial Dairy Product Hospice
14) African-Americans Possessing Demeanor

Answers:
1) Black Moth Super Rainbow
2) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
3) Cold War Kids
4) Crystal Castles
5) Daft Punk
6) My Morning Jacket
7) Death Cab for Cutie
8) Girl Talk
9) Hercules and Love Affair
10) Holy Fuck
11) Hot Chip
12) The Long Winters
13) Neutral Milk Hotel
14) N.W.A.

-John

Dusty Karls
May 17th 2010
11:55am

The Coruscating Labiums (The Flaming Lips)

Ryan Henry
May 17th 2010
12:14pm

5 Alt-Universe Band Names…

Terror-Stricken Cottontail
(Frightened Rabbit)
The Most Altitudinous Homo Sapien Upon The Globe
(The Tallest Man On Earth)
Chemical Element “Ne” Native American
(Neon Indian)
The Clinch Unfluctuating
(The Hold Steady)
Wave-Riding Hemoglobin
(Surfer Blood)

richard
May 17th 2010
6:51pm

-that by which one perceives the world is blinding, blinding
-make a palm slap explosion sound your affirmation
-the ornamental bone weapons!!!!!!!
-i got it
-the chemically dependent on shared affection, but now!
-new year’s evil
-piedmont & northern

———
-bright eyes
-clap your hands say yeah
-the antlers
-yo la tengo
-the modern lovers
-my bloody valentine
-norfolk & western

Ben
May 17th 2010
6:51pm

1. The Aeronautical Harmful Act
2. Casualty Car For Hire For Angel
3. The Fondles
4. My Before Noon Parka
5. Gal & Guy
6. Icedfoolery
7. Allah Assist The Lass


1. The Airborne Toxic Event
2. Death Cab For Cutie
3. The Fondles
4. My Morning Jacket
5. She & Him
6. Coldplay
7. God Help The Girl

Ben
May 17th 2010
6:52pm

Whoops.
the answer to 3 is The Strokes

Max Webber
May 17th 2010
11:22pm

*He and Shim.

:D

melissa
May 18th 2010
1:23am

Alt - Universe Band Names

1 - Italian Robot
2 - Imported Mexican Beer
3 - Cold Primates
4 - Beauty and the Crab
5 - Testing Group
6 - Superior Beach
7 - Heavenly Bodies
8 - The Underwear Uprising
9 - Vibrating Roosters
10 - Kitty Strength
11 - Bambi Killer
12 - Canine with a Ph.d
13 - Script Supervisors
14 - Aquatic Dog
15 - Fireworks
16 - Idiots Treasure
17 - The Massive
18 - Demi God Scandal
19 - Overheated Microprocessors
20 - European Enforcers
21 - Lonely Inuit
22 - Tinkerbell’s Friends
23 - The Everymen
24 - Abduction in the Forest
25 - The Cry Babies  

ANSWERS::

1 – Florence and the Machine
2 – The XX
3 – Arctic Monkeys
4 – Belle and Sebastian
5 – Beta band
6 – Best Coast
7 - Stars
8 – The Boxer Rebellion
9 – The Buzzcocks
10 – Cat Power
11 - Deerhunter
12 – Dr. Dog
13 – Editors
14 – El Perro Del Mar
15 – Explosions in the Sky
16 – Fool’s Gold
17 - The Heavy
18 – Hercules and the Love Affair
19 – Hot Chip
20 - Interpol
21 – One Eskimo
22 – The Pixies
23 – The Smiths
24 – Taken By Trees
25 - The Weepies

melissa
May 18th 2010
6:16am

came up with a few more :]

1 - Half Way to China
2 - Happy Separation
3 - Smitten
4 - Rulers of the 7 - 11
5 - Inedible Fruit
6 - Scary Music Genre
7 - Approving Green Light

Answers::

1 - The Middle East
2 - Joy Division
3 - Keane
4 - Kings of Convenience
5 - Moldy Peaches
6 - Monsters of Folk
7 - Ok Go

Lauren D.
May 19th 2010
12:44pm

1. Nonfunctional Chimes
2. Radio on the TV
3. Paleozoic 4
4. The Honorable, the Deplorable, and the Empress
5. The Yard Brooms
6. The Farmers?
7. Abbreviated Bosses

........

1. Broken Bells
2. TV on the Radio
3. Jurassic 5
4. The Good, the Bad, and the Queen
5. The Rakes
6. Los Campesinos!
7. MGMT

Gabrielle Marshall
May 21st 2010
1:55am

1.  Creatures with A Penchant for Blood after friday
2. North of Tucson, Ripe with Controversy
3. Structures fortified with Radius, Ulna, and Humerus
4.Desire and Obsession in a Chasm
5. Red When Oxygenated Male Siblings

 

The answers are:
1: Vampire Weekend
2:Phoenix
3:ARMS
4:Passion Pit
5:The Blood Brothers

Baume Mercier
July 16th 2010
12:09pm

really like the Young Men on a Sandy Strip,

Aerobics Trainer
August 31st 2010
6:54am

Terror-Stricken Cottontail
(Frightened Rabbit)
The Most Altitudinous Homo Sapien Upon The Globe
(The Tallest Man On Earth)
Chemical Element “Ne” Native American
(Neon Indian)
The Clinch Unfluctuating
(The Hold Steady)

Golf Gear
September 6th 2010
6:27am

The New Pornographers

Joyadelfin
October 17th 2018
5:21am

Good Luck.!
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