The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 April 2003

Eliminating We Five and U2, but not Them

Phil at The Third Kind announces that his band will now be known as The Fragments, and offers this theory on naming bands:

The band names that are easiest to remember and get recognized more easily are either plural nouns with the word "the" in front, or single-word names.

The Beatles; Cream. Seems reasonable enough.

To cite an exception: Whatever happened to The The? And are the two Thes pronounced the same, or should they be different? (I tend to read it as "thuh THEE".) Then again, should I really care about a band that has a link to Robert Fisk (yes, the Robert Fisk) on its front page?

Posted at 10:52 AM to Tongue and Groove


Whereas I read that and wanted to pronounce it "thuh THUH."

Which suggests that under-educated Brooklynites would pronounce it "duh DUH."

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 1:44 PM on 22 April 2003

The only Brooklyn girl I know is, um, adequately educated, but I'll ask her anyway.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:20 PM on 22 April 2003

Matt Johnson (the The The guy -- I think it's one of those "one man band" things) has always been the sort of person who would have a link to Robert Fisk on his website. That being said, I like a few The The songs.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 9:05 AM on 23 April 2003

Good music and good politics have only a nodding acquaintance, I'm inclined to believe.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:11 AM on 23 April 2003