Better get it right

May 21, 2007

I’m stupid, ok.

I get so many bands confused with each other. Some of them are kind of self-explanatory (i.e. they are similar in names or similiar in name and sounds). While other band name confusions make no sense at all.

Come, explore the complexities of my wee, little brain when it comes to storing information by band name.

Now, here are some very understandable band name mix-ups:

Junior Boys Junior Senior
Junior Boys v. Junior Senior
Kings of Leon v. Kings of Convenience
!!! v. Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah
The Dirty Projectors v. The New Pornographers
Sloan v. Spoon
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead Murder by Death
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead v. Murder By Death
Matmos v. Momus
Les Savy Fav v. Ranier Maria
Fiery Furnaces v. Arcade Fire

When it comes to the Fiery Furnances versus the Arcade Fire, the similarities in band names can be disastorous. For the longest time last year I kept saying “I hate the Arcade Fire.” But really meant was, “I hate the Fiery Furnaces,” because I love the Arcade Fire in actuality. I just couldn’t remember that they were two different bands with two different, yet similar, names.

Let’s not forget about the bands I confuse with each other that make less/no sense; like:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club My Morning Jacket
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club v. My Morning Jacket
The Flaming Lips v. Violent Femmes
Blonde Redhead v. Xiu Xiu
LCD Soundsystem v. Ratatat v. Junior Boys
Low v. Yo La Tengo
Mad-Lib v. J-Dilla

There’s no real rhyme or reason for that previous list, but I promise you it takes me a second to remember who is who. Now, some of that list can be explained by the fact I learned about some of these bands around the same time (in the case of The Flaming Lips and The Violent Femmes) and some of it is due to the fact that they have similar sounds and arrived on my radar around the same time (i.e LCD Soundsystem, Ratatat and Junior Boys).

Then there are bands that I don’t really get mixed up, but you could understand if I did; like:

Deerhoof Deerhunter
Deerhoof v. Deerhunter
Wilco v. Spoon
Joanna Newsom v. Neko Case
Coco Rosie v. Tegan and Sara
Be Your Own Pet v. The Grates
Amy Winehouse v. Lily Allen

So, there you have it. Bands I can’t ever seem to keep straight. Now, I know you must have a list yourself. What bands do you get jumbled up with another?