The 24 Wonderful Stages Of Being In A Teenage Band

Mainly involves thinking of a name.

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@psmith The Little Pipes - three geeky boys, one geeky girl, I was on vocals and, naturally, clarinet. We all had the same length hair.

Alice Vincent@alice_emily

@psmith The Little Pipes - three geeky boys, one geeky girl, I was on vocals and, naturally, clarinet. We all had the same length hair.

3:25 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. And then comes the most important part: choosing a name. How about a play on words?

@psmith Tequila Mockingbyrd 'surely one of the top covers band on the Preston scene right now' So said the Blackpool Gazette

Aaron Lavery@AaronLavery

@psmith Tequila Mockingbyrd 'surely one of the top covers band on the Preston scene right now' So said the Blackpool Gazette

3:26 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. It helps if someone in the band has a punnable name.

@psmith Kendall and the Mintcakes (our lead singer was called Kendall, obvs)

Miranda Thompson@Mirande

@psmith Kendall and the Mintcakes (our lead singer was called Kendall, obvs)

3:29 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. Why not go for something from your English GCSE syllabus?

@psmith Doomed Youth. Yes, named after the Wilfred Owen poem (we were doing Y11 English)

Matt Andrews@mattpointblank

@psmith Doomed Youth. Yes, named after the Wilfred Owen poem (we were doing Y11 English)

3:27 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@psmith The Illiodds. Like Homer's The Iliad, but random and kooky. I wish I was lying.

Dan Sadler@_dansadler

@psmith The Illiodds. Like Homer's The Iliad, but random and kooky. I wish I was lying.

3:50 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7. You could take a mathematical approach.

@psmith sixteenpointeight. Due to the average age of the four members - only that original calculation was incorrect. Stuck with it anyway.

Tim Miller@brasseye

@psmith sixteenpointeight. Due to the average age of the four members - only that original calculation was incorrect. Stuck with it anyway.

3:41 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. You could be like East 17 and call yourselves after where you grew up (doesn't work so well if you're from Kent).

@psmith CT10 because it was our postcode and we were copying East 17. We let a girl from CT9 in though, because we were nice like that.

Kimberley Dadds@KimberleyDadds

@psmith CT10 because it was our postcode and we were copying East 17. We let a girl from CT9 in though, because we were nice like that.

4:10 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. Some are too clever for their own good.

@psmith 'The Intercession' Meaning: 'An interruption, a radical interruption of the norm.' Oh god.

Joseph Stashko@JosephStash

@psmith 'The Intercession' Meaning: 'An interruption, a radical interruption of the norm.' Oh god.

3:43 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@psmith I was “in” a conceptual band called Glamorgan whose success was limited by use never all being in the same room at the same time.

Tom Phillips@flashboy

@psmith I was “in” a conceptual band called Glamorgan whose success was limited by use never all being in the same room at the same time.

3:26 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

10. And some are so punk rock that they stick it to THE MAN and they just don't care.

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK Yes! Ad we were the "Fucking Tram Haters"

Serienpilot @Serien_Pilot

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK Yes! Ad we were the "Fucking Tram Haters"

3:46 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK Pelvic Thrust

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK The Crappies.

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK I was in Evil Skull Bat. Our logo was a skull with batwings vomiting up the name. I still think it was cool.

Philly Byrne@PhilipNByrne

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK I was in Evil Skull Bat. Our logo was a skull with batwings vomiting up the name. I still think it was cool.

1:09 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

11. If all else fails just get one out of the dictionary.

@psmith *deep breath* Breed of Hardy Pony. Taken from a dictionary definition. I 'played' bass. Oh God.

Helen Stuart@HellyStuart

@psmith *deep breath* Breed of Hardy Pony. Taken from a dictionary definition. I 'played' bass. Oh God.

3:34 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

12. But someone in the band doesn't like the name. So you go back to discussing it endlessly.

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK Hardcore Prawn, Libido, Denial Of The Bear. All great great names.

Mark Brennan@markvangogh

@psmith @BuzzFeedUK Hardcore Prawn, Libido, Denial Of The Bear. All great great names.

3:48 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@psmith One called Casper, one called Pilot Star. Also had a big beat side-project called Shrimpmangarlic

Dave Jones@jonesthescribe

@psmith One called Casper, one called Pilot Star. Also had a big beat side-project called Shrimpmangarlic

3:59 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

14. ONLY AT THIS POINT CAN YOU ACTUALLY START PLAYING ANYTHING.

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16. No one could drive to practices, so you had to get all your gear on the bus. Drummers would re-think their choice of instrument.

The studio with the band was good, fecked my shoulder carrying the cymbals!

James@OmG_TrampolinE

The studio with the band was good, fecked my shoulder carrying the cymbals!

11:35 AM - 20 Oct 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

19. Songwriting! Your lyrics are THE most important words that anyone has ever written.

Even more terrible lyrics- gawd why do I even try XD

Alice@Brooksies_

Even more terrible lyrics- gawd why do I even try XD

11:04 PM - 14 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

21. By law, all bands formed in the western world after 1991 have to do a version of Smells Like Teen Spirit.

View this video on YouTube

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It's a song that's been subject to some fairly inventive interpretations over the years.

View this video on YouTube

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This is closer to free jazz than the original.

23. After one gig, it's time to change your name again. How about ...

@psmith @buzzfeeduk Choice Blend, after the description of the tobacco contents of an especially rank brand of tabs smoked by the drummer

Neil Murphy@neilmurphy1978

@psmith @buzzfeeduk Choice Blend, after the description of the tobacco contents of an especially rank brand of tabs smoked by the drummer

4:12 PM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite