Pleased to meet you, won’t you guess my name

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    Oh, come on. Here are some names of present or recently past huge bands in Japan, each of which is usually, or always, written in English/roman characters:

    B’z
    Glay
    Puffy
    Supercar [no longer active, unfortunately]
    Judy and Mary [also broke up; no one by either name in the band]
    Mr. Children
    PornoGraffitti
    Love Psychedelico
    L’Arc-en-ciel
    Bump of Chicken
    Asian Kung Fu Generation
    Thee [sic] Machine Gun Elephant [garage-style band; see also names of some of their tracks, e.g. “Pinhead Cranberry Dance”]

    To say nothing of the inescapable superannuated boy band/media conglomerate, SMAP. “The words held no special meaning”: Even nonsense names can be evocative; e.g., TMGE’s manages to suggest as much about their image as “Caligula” does, while being more kakkou ii IMHO. (Alas, their music is not necessarily so.) If J-bands can think them up, why can’t Americans?

  2. Anon321 says:

    The article reminds me of a segment from a recent audiobook, The Ricky Gervais Guide to the Future. In it, Karl Pilkington predicts that we’ll need to add more letters to the alphabet in the future, since we’ve run out all the good words. Ricky responds that we haven’t run out of good words, it’s just that Karl’s too uncreative to come up with new ones. Karl challenges him to coin a new word and is shocked when Ricky’s second offering, “scrimpton,” turns out to be a perfectly decent-sounding word.

    Perhaps someday Scrimpton will perform at a multi-day festival, alongside Pavement, The Shins, The Strokes, The Fall, The Rapture, Beach House, Girls, Woods, and The Bug.

  3. Ken says:

    “Today’s Wall Street Journal contains …” Well sumbich, I guess that shows how useful today’s Fox Street Journal has become.

    My two favorite blogs are Concurring Opinions and Marginal Revolution. Under the assumption that naming a band exactly after one of those two might run into a little trademark difficulty, I tried googling “Revolution on the Margin” and “Divergent Opinions.”

    Zero hits on either.

    C’mon, WSJ, stick to what you know a little about.