What's in a High School Band Name?
Friday, July 19, 2013
What’s the toughest part of forming a high school band? The self-crowned King of Party Rock, Andrew W.K., says it’s probably coming up with a name. He still has pages of unused band names from that era in his life. “It’s a painful process,” he tells Kurt Andersen. “I remember driving around, looking at people on the sidewalk and thinking how lucky they were that they didn’t have to come up with a band name at that moment.” (Kurt is unsympathetic; “talk about first world problems,” he replies.)
Along with Thao Nguyen, Andrew W.K. is judging Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands, and he screened a few contending entries with Kurt, including “Fourth Dimension,” by a New Jersey band called the Orphans. And although Andrew is a full-time rocker, he’s impressed by a folk-influenced ballad called “The River,” by Nashville’s Bea, Rita & Maeve. “They sound like old, old women,” he says. “In a good way!”
The contest deadline is Sunday, July 21 at 11:59 pm ET.
This segment originally aired when Kurt Andersen guest hosted WNYC's Soundcheck.
Listen to the featured songs from Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands:
High SchoolArtist: MC5Album: Back in the USALabel: Rhino AtlanticPurchase: Amazon