Blame Echo & The Bunnymen. They started it.
Hubby and I were listening to the radio during a trip last night and “Sugar Kisses” by Echo & The Bunnymen came on. We got to wondering what happened to Echo & The Bunnymen. Checking just now, I’ve found an up-t0-date website for the band and they just won the SXSW Web Awards Best Music Website for 2010.
Hearing the name Echo & The Bunnymen, the band name Hootie & the Blowfish came to mind, which somehow led us to trying to come up with a list of band names that followed the format of Name + & the + Plural Band Descriptor. Our brains were laggy, but we did manage to think of the following:
Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Katrina & the Waves
Prince & the Revolution
Huey Lewis & the News
Little Ed & the Blues Imperials
Siouxsie & the Banshees
George Thorogood & the [Deleware] Destroyers
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Iggy & the Stooges
Bob Marley & the Wailers (we thought it’d be funnier as the “Whalers 🙂 )
Buddy Holly & the Crickets
Alvin & the Chipmunks
Hans Blix & the Weapons Inspectors (a local band)
Morris Day & the Time
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
Hubby thought there was a group that ended in “& the Rockets,” but he couldn’t come up with the beginning.
I had a sneakin’ suspicion that this patterning of band names was indicative of a particular era, like the 1950s or 1960s. When I conducted a Google search, I discovered various lists of the most popular music by decades and found that, sure enough, the 1960s seemed to be rife with “& the” band names including …
Bill Haley & the Comets
Charlie Ryan & the Timberlane Riders
Rochell & the Candles
Donnie & the Dreamers
Little Caesar & the Romans
Sunny & the Sunglows
Cannibal & the Headhunters
Big Brother & the Holding Company
Bull & the Matadors
and Cat Mother & the All Night News Boys (how’s that for creative?).
The 1950s had a bunch; and the 1970s and 1980s had a few, including Paul Humphrey & the Cool Aid Chemists, Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine, Kool & the Gang, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
The 1990s saw hip-hoppers taking the “& the” band name structure, with Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, Heavy D & the Boyz, and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.
The 2000s, well … the “& the” band name construction seemed to have lost its luster in the 2000s. Admittedly, it was hard to find a decent list of even the hit songs for the years 2000 to 2009, but each one I checked failed to deliver an “& the” band. (Here’s one list I found for the 2000s.)
The decade lists I linked to above are all most popular song lists, so they are by no means comprehensive lists of band names. Here’s your chance to get in the act. Do you know of a band with “& the” as part of its name that has not been mentioned in this post? If so, let me know in the comments.
Methinks this would make another good theme for my brother’s radio show …. What say you, Mr. Knuckles?