By Matt Pais and Ernest Wilkins
RedEye Sound Board
November 12, 2013
It would be very easy to hear about a band named Diarrhea Planet and want to ignore them completely. No one with the terrible judgment to call a band that can have the good judgment to make music worth hearing.
Of course, you know all that business about judging and book covers. Diarrhea Planet is actually pretty good, as are these other questionably named groups that come to mind.
Does it rhyme with “butt,” or do you pronounce it like the wack cologne from the ‘80s? No matter how you say it, the songs are airtight. – Ernest Wilkins
The whole “replace vowels with symbols” trend is hacky and tired. This indie pop group deserves better. Sorry, I mean “dvsvrvvs bvttvr.” – Ernest Wilkins
The Hold Steady
OK, I’m holding. Now what? – Ernest Wilkins
The Joy Formidable
The Welsh trio is intense and powerful. The name is wordy and pretentious. – Matt Pais
Great band from Atlanta. They’re not an orchestra. That seems needlessly confusing. – Matt Pais
Forever annoyed with this name. Also, forever annoyed with their gradual descent into mediocrity. – Ernest Wilkins
The music is far too smart for a name so stupid. – Matt Pais
Run the Jewels
El-P and Killer Mike make rap roll off the tongue in ways that this clunky name doesn’t. – Matt Pais
Waka Flocka Flame
The sonic equivalent of naming a neutron bomb “Huckleberry Hound.” The name completely takes away from the intensity of the music. – Ernest Wilkins
We All Have Hooks for Hands
I’m sad this South Dakota collective is no more. Not because I’ll miss recommending them by their ridiculous name. – Matt Pais
Diarrhea Planet, 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Beat Kitchen, $10.
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