Friday, June 30, 2006

Funny-strange and funny-haha

This week ROUTE 1's FRIDAY QUESTION returned to ask readers to name an artist or band who had to overcome a funny name to strike it big. What's so funny?
Inger H. -- Death Cab for Cutie springs to mind. That kind of name probably sounds clever and ironic when you're playing gigs in tiny clubs in Seattle, but in a few years it'll sound as goofy as Strawberry Alarm Clock. Oh wait. It already does.
Annika H. -- The Wiggles. Everything about it is funny.
Rob K. -- Who can forget Engelbert Humperdinck... million-dollar voice of an era that sported the yin to his name's yang... Tom Jones.
Kerstin H. -- Gnarls Barkley. It's a one-of-a-kind name.
Erik H. -- I have been listening to the rambunctious, early 1980s punk band Tenpole Tudor (pictured above) throughout the week. It was hard to take them seriously. First, there was the ridiculous name. Second, there was the abysmal miming they attempted on Top of the Pops (YouTube has a couple of astonishing examples) and then there was the "singing" of leader Eddie (third from left in the above photo). He was really an actor -- Edward Tudor-Pole -- and he featured in "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" and has subsequently appeared in more than 30 roles, according to the IMDb. They had catchy songs, though, that made up for a name I find both funny-strange and funny-haha.


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