Apparently, a lot. It is on an everyday occurrence that I get mocked for listening to bands with less than common names. But is it because people think the band’s name is dumb, or is it because they have not heard of it and immediately dismiss it? I am positive that it is the latter. You see, people will willingly listen to a band no matter what the name is if it is popular and on the radio, and will look for any excuse to shun music that is not on the radio. Why is that? well, I am here to give it to you straight. People are lazy. People don’t want to take the time to find good music. They want to be told what to like. It’s the truth and no one can deny it.
I get made fun of all the time because I listen to bands with names like “Creature with the Atom Brain”, “The Gutter Twins”, the “Meat Puppets”, “Beat Happening”, “Love Battery”, and “Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands”. I was even accused, once, of making “Love Battery” up. People will dismiss these bands because of their name, but will willingly listen to bands with names like “Creedence Clearwater Revival”, “Chumbawumba” (don’t pretend like you didn’t listen to that unbearably awful song of theirs, I know you did. Quit lying.), “Panic! At the Disco”, “Counting Crows”…well, I have made my point. Two years ago, if I told people that I listened to “PLain White T’s” (I don’t), they would have dismissed it, but since they had a hit song their name is not so stupid any more.
So, in order for people not to think that my bands name was not stupid, I would have to get heavy rotation on a top 40 station. Well, that is where the problem is. Unless you are on a major label, you will not be on the radio. Part of the problem is distribution. Radio station want to make money, playing songs that only a limited number of listeners can actually buy would notbe a good way to attract new listeners, or even keep old listeners. The bigger problem, however, is the practice of “payola“, or pay for play. Even though it is illegal, it is still rampant.
So people listen to bands with names that are just as “dumb” as the names of bands that I listen to, it’s just that they don’t know it because the shepherd, I mean, DJ tells them which bands are cool, and which ones are not. So when you hear of a band, don’t automatically judge it based on the name, or whether or not it gets “played” on the radio, just listen. If you don’t like it after you listen, fine, but don’t automatically dismiss it. Think for yourselves people. I know it’s hard, but you will thank yourself when you do.