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When People Were Shorter and Lived By the Water and Other Bands That Are Great No Matter What They Sound Like

I posted Digital Dream Door’s list of funny band names a long time ago, but  why not do it again? Here is how it starts:

A Band Named Bob
A Box of Fish with Tartar Sauce
A Boy Named Gomer
A Cat Born In An Oven Isn’t A Cake
Above Average Weight Band
Abracadaver
Abstract Penis Brigade
Actual Size
Adickdid
Adios Pantalones
Admiral Poopy Pants and His Dancing Teeth
Adult Children of Heterosexuals
Adventures in Shrubbery
The Advil Monkey
Aerosol Methods
Afghanistan Banana Stand
Afraid Of Figs
Afrodiziac
Agnes Morehead
Aha, the Attack of the Green Slime Beast
The Al Roker Death Cult Wind Ensemble

The last one above still is my favorite. A few of the bands actually are well known. Others, such as such as “Frogs Don’t Cry,” “Gonnorhea Pizzaria” and “He’s Dead Jim” probably understood at the outset that their commercial potential was limited.

Above is Jon Lajoie’s “Everyday Normal Guy” video, which has 30.5 million views on YouTube. Afroman’s “Because I Got High” raises all sorts of issues, but it’s funny too. Both are NSFW.

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--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

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Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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