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Q I re­cently started a band with a few mates, but we can’t seem to de­cide on the right name. We have pages of notes but it al­ways ends in an ar­gu­ment. Any tips? GJ, The­bar­ton. A You can’t go wrong with hot things, black things, or wolf things . . . See Hot Chip, the Hot Lies, Hot Hot Heat, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Red Hot Chilli Pep­pers. Also: The Black Keys, The Black Lips, Black Kids, The Black Crowes, Black Rebel Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, The Black Eyed Peas. Then there’s Wolf­mother, The Wolf Pa­rade, Pa­trick Wolf, We are Wolves, Wolf and Cub and of course, Wolf. Other pop­u­lar con­ven­tions in­clude Ma­rina and the Di­a­monds and Florence and the Ma­chine but that’s noth­ing new. You could open the dic­tio­nary at ran­dom (cough, Evanes­cence), throw in a cool city (Birds of Tokyo, Tokyo Po­lice Club), mess with punc­tu­a­tion (Ke$ha, Does It Of­fend You, Yeah?, !!!), or go weird (Natalie Port­man’s Shaved Head; Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly; We Were Promised Jet­packs). But se­ri­ously, what­ever you choose, don’t take your­selves too se­ri­ously. Send your ques­tions to saweek­[email protected]

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