Tuesday, November 20, 2007


As part of yesterday's post I needed a band name that sounded like a product of London in the Swinging Sixities. All the real bands I could think of weren't quite zeitgeisty enough, so I invented my own - 'Sister Groove and the Freakout People'.*

The downside of this creativity is that ever since then I've been overwhelmed with the desire to hear their music. And admit it; now that you think about it, you do too. You just know they'd be equal parts Maria von Trapp, blaxsploitation, LSD and Hooray for Everything!.

Oooooh. Excuse me. I think I just had a kitschgasm.

This reminds me of the time I had to come up with a title for an imaginary computer game, and invented something called 'Flaming Monkey Deathrace VI'. For a week afterwards, as I blasted my way through Duke Nukem or Command & Conquer, I kept wistfully thinking "I wish I had Flaming Monkey Deathrace VI. That'd be so cool!" I envisaged it as being something like Super Mario Kart, only with monkeys... who were on fire. Don't tell me that that wouldn't beat the crap out of the Need for Speed franchise.

Damn my fertile imagination!

* For further made-up band names, check out this list based on quotes from The Simpsons. I especially like 'Bear Patrol', 'We Like Roy', 'Gang-Probed in Vegas' and of course '64 Slices of American Cheese'.


Blogger emawkc said...

Well, until Flaming Monkey Deathrace VI comes out, you could always distract yourself with Burning Monkey Solitaire, Burning Monkey Mahjong, or even Burning Monkey Casino.

12:08 AM  
Anonymous ultrabert said...

Ahem. As I recall, it was Flaming Monkey Deathrace IX.

I always thought 'Plague of Wookies' would make a great band name. What sort of covers would they do?

...oh, and: You tried to intellectualize my blackness. Please don't do it again.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Blandwagon said...

Flaming Monkey Deathrace IX is okay, but VI was keepin' it real, old skool. Yo.

Given the vocal emanations of the average Wookiee, I'd suggest that 'Plague of Wookiees' do Cranberries covers.

Also I would never, ever intellectualise your blackness. Visceralise, maybe, but never intellectualise.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous ultrabert said...

Ow. Now that made me laugh. An image of Chewy deeply ululating that bit from Zombie (you know the bit).

PS: looked up the lyrics. Apparently 'the bit' is rendered "Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh, Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a... "

There ya go. There's hope for all would be lyricists.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous The Worst of Perth said...

I always wanted a "Nazi Slash Lords" game, a clique of young Nazis trained in ninja arts and taking what they have learned to the rubble filled streets of Stalingrad. But flaming monkeys works just as well.

8:37 PM  

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