Jun 032011

Cougar Town!

I heard a great story about TV’s Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence (also creator of Scrubs and Spin City) on Howard Stern yesterday. He wants to change the name of his 3-year-old show because he thinks that name turns so many people off (both men and women) and has kept it from being as successful as it could/should be.

He has a Twitter campaign to create a new name for this show and added a questionnaire asking, “Are you embarrassed to admit you like Cougar Town because of the name?” He plans to go to his network with this data and request that they change the name of his show for the 2011-2012 TV season.

Sucky rock band names are all over rock radio (esp. College Rock radio) but you never see a band dump their name once they get to the big leagues.

Is there a band that you can not admit to liking because of their name?

Is there a band that you never gave a chance due to their name? (and that later you ended up liking?)

Feel free to come up with a new name for said band and we may just campaign for a name change on their behalf.


  13 Responses to “Who Is the Cougar Town of Rock?”

  1. misterioso

    Well, the jury is still out, but: Spooky Tooth. A bit late in the day for them to change it, though.

  2. shawnkilroy

    i hate the names:
    Portugal The Man
    Minus The Bear

    i will never listen to bands with those names.

  3. Showaddywaddy

  4. BigSteve

    Lately people keep telling me I should/would like Archers of Loaf, but I guess I never gave them a chance. Come to think of it, most of the bands I like have stupid names anyway.

    And btw they should totally rename that TV show Mellencamp Town.

  5. tonyola

    Is there a band that you never gave a chance due to their name? (and that later you ended up liking?

    Henry Cow – good name for a cartoon, isn’t it?
    Pet Shop Boys – a little too twinkish and twee sounding.

  6. cherguevara

    Nobody knows that I am secretly the number one fan of Hoobastank.

  7. misterioso

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Pet Shop Boys originally perform as Twinkish and Twee?

  8. I like a handful or two of Todd Rundgren songs, but the day a friend in college burned me a tape of Utopia songs I wanted to crawl in a hole. As it turned out, some of those songs weren’t bad, especially “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” which may rank up there with the 3 or 4 best Rundgren solo songs. I still want to crawl in a hole, however, whenever I think of that band’s name and Look.

  9. Spanky & Our Gang. They could have just as easily been Sweetie Pie or something, but no.

  10. Big Head Todd & the Monsters have some good songs, once I got past the name. Maybe just leaving it at Big Head would have worked.

    Also, not matter how much critics like them — I pause at listening to a band called Airborne Toxic Event.

  11. not so much a bad name as a confusing one, local Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra , the are a Georgia based Atl Rock band (not an English Classical band). They are also getting pretty big now. The name just kept them off my radar.

    Also Belle and Sebastian – I never considered liking this band but then I heard some songs at Best Buy and had to ask them what they were playing

  12. trigmogigmo

    Wang Chung. Horrible jokey name. Decent first album, very good 2nd album/soundtrack. Never examined 3rd album due to hit single with jokey reference to jokey band name. Ugh.

    Death Cab for Cutie was an off-putting name when I heard it, but now that I like their music so much, the name seems terrific.

  13. tonyola

    Death Cab for Cutie was the name of a 1967 song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band. The strip club scene in the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour movie features the song.

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