Band of A Hunnerd Names
Once upon a time, back in 2000, there was a band with lofty and poetic
aspirations, who named itself 100 Love Sonnets after a Pablo Neruda poetry
book. This was all fine and dandy until people started showing up at
concerts expecting Barry Manilow / mellow folk ballads / soppy romantic pap
by the bucketful. And you have to understand that the 100 Love Sonnets men
(and woman) were anything but LITE. At its most tender moments, their music
still had a considerable bite.
So after much deliberation and caffeine, in December 2002, on the cusp of a
new year, 100 Love Sonnets became violet i. Same lofty and poetic
aspirations without the wimpy name. A sophomore CD was completed,
flattering new photos were taken, enticing new logos and a web site were
created. violet i even got a nice write-up in a local newspaper (flattering
photo and all).
Then came the trademark search, which shot the band∂s wonderful new name
ALL TO HECK! The lengthy version of the story involves a crazed and litigation
happy Japanese man and a host of other bands with the word "violet" in their
names. You can imagine the black despair that this sent our heroes (and
heroine) spiraling into.
"But we have a spankin' CD already mixed, mastered, and ready to go!" the
band members moaned. No matter, the search for the perfect, untaken name
was on once again.
(Side note: It's unbelievable how many 14-year-olds have bands and domain
names with the same names that grownups want. Not that the creators of this
site have anything against 14-year-olds, mind you.)
For three painful and desolate weeks, the band formerly known as violet i,
formerly known as 100 Love Sonnets, wracked its collective brain. Every
street sign, newspaper headline, random thought, cereal box slogan, and odd
tidbit of literature became a possibility. From a jumble of 600 prospective
band names, countless hours of harrying research, telephone calls to the
band's lawyer Trademark Bob, desperate prayers, and informal polls of
friends, fans, strangers, pets, etc., a name emerged. It seemed to embody
the band's passion and intensity and, best of all, no one else had it! So
after MUCH ado, feeling like complete idiots, 100 Love Sonnets/ violet i has
yet another name, ripe with possibilities. We are Meltdown Morning.
The End (for this month)