I don’t recommend giving your band an excessively long name. I’m not referring to names with two parts like "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers"
or "Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention" that flow — but rather the flat-out, unnecessarily long band names.
Here are some examples:
- When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water (9 words, 49 characters)
- The Presidents of the United States of America (8 words, 46 characters)
- …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (10 words, 44 characters including ellipsis)
- I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness (7 words, 35 characters)
- I Can Lick Any SOB In The House (8 words, 31 characters)
While "The Presidents of the United States of America" can be nicknamed and referenced as "The Presidents,"
the rest of the names don’t have a lot of options unless you want to go the Excessively Long Acronym route.
Here are some reasons to avoid a long name for your band:
- Does not flow in conversation
- Can be difficult to remember
- Often does not sound like a band name
- Website domain name will need to be different than your name (unless you want to make the mistake of using the actual long version) Note: There is a 67-character limit on domain names
I’d like to add that the occasional song or album with a long name is okay, but Fiona Apple went too far with her "When the Pawn" album title that is 450+ characters in length!
What do you guys think? Any other long band names that are worth noting? Do you have a long-winded band name?