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Genre Bending

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Every band has to come up with some wanker-ass name to tag themselves for PR people, for EPK sites like Sonic Bids (which is an elaborate spam scam, that you pay for, I’m convinced), writers, reviewers, booking agents, blah blah blah. Basically, everyone wants you to pick some kind of name that doesn’t mean anything (e.g. indie-post-punk) so they have an idea of what you don’t actually sound like, but still have something to say about you.

And to be fair, it’s an honest question when your friends are asking it, “what kind of music do you play? what do you sound like?” You need to be able to tell them something, and it’d be nice to have something a bit more thoughtful than “we’re a rock and roll band.”

And then something occurred to me:


Man, does that look good in all caps, or what? I think it says a lot about us. Adam says he likes “just about anything that makes me think of Eddie, Hunter Thompson, and porno at the same time.”

I think we’ve found our made-up genre. At very least, it’s something we can certainly aspire to!



Muppet Wiki:

Gonzo, formally known as “The Great Gonzo” or “Gonzo the Great,” is the resident daredevil performance artiste on The Muppet Show. He is an odd looking, unclassifiable alien creature with blue fur, bug eyes, and a long crooked nose. He takes pride in his uniqueness and enjoys everything that he does — no matter how painful or ill-advised it may be.

Gonzo journalism, Wikipedia:

Gonzo journalism tends to favor style over accuracy and often uses personal experiences and emotions to provide context for the topic or event being covered. It disregards the ‘polished’ edited product favored by newspaper media and strives for a more gritty approach. Use of quotations, sarcasmhumor, exaggeration, and profanity is common.


Written by Ben Franklin

November 12, 2010 at 10:22 am

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