Thursday Thirteen #68 — Bands Abound


Good thing I finished this early this week; the week’s sports news (scroll down) has me bummed out.

Thirteen Bands I’ve Created

1. ShapeShifter, obviously. And admit it, you’re a ShapeShifter fan even though you don’t like heavy metal.

2. Deadly Metal Hatchet. The fledglings around here. They suck, but they’re fun and sometimes, you need fun.

3. Walter Cicewski. He’s one of those guitar guru-types whose backing band is a revolving door. Many of his backing musicians go on to huge musical careers, thanks to what Walter taught them. He’s never had huge success, but it’s been huge enough for him.

4. Hammerhead. You’ll meet them when you get to read Trevor’s Song. You’ll never forget them. If you can find the few passing mentions of them on this blog, more power to you.

5. Tech Support. The ShapeShifter roadies got together during a band hiatus and decided to make some music.

6. Carrion. I haven’t done much with them yet, but stay tuned. They have a part in a current WIP.

7. Bitterness. Same thing.

8. Temple of the Book. If you’re too rushed to read the whole blog about them, here’s what Chelle has to say: They’re not all acoustic, they don’t wear ponytails and the only glasses were the ones they were drinking their beer out of. And they rock. Hard. Geoffrey, the guitarist, might be able to out head-bang some of you regulars, and that’s no joking on Chelle’s part.

9. The Gathering Rising. I created The Gathering Rising in response to literary agent Nathan Bransford‘s blog about the many books he’d been seeing queries for that involved those two words in their title. I asked Nathan what kind of music he liked to listen to, and created this band in his honor. I think his tates lean too literary for him to represent me well, so this wasn’t a kiss-up on my part. It was just something fun to do.

10. Nerdvana. I created them around the same time as The Gathering Rising.

11. Vanessa Kontempt. You guys haven’t met her yet and I’m not sure when you will. She’s a girl from Riverview, the only band on this list to be from there other than ShapeShifter (which is funny, given what a musical mecca Riverview becomes). Cross Britney with Courtney Love, throw in some Susan magic, and you’ve got Vanessa. The woman’s a disaster.

12. Jim Shields. A guy sort of like Ozzy. ShapeShifter was touring with him (and his latest backing band) when Mitchell’s hair turned green. (You mean you missed Green Hair Week? The shame!)

13. Jock La Feet. Another New Orleans band; Chelle’s review of them was her first appearance here on the blog.

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  1. Nicole Austin

    February 27, 2008 8:36 pm

    Nerdvana, love it! LOL! Sorry about the bad sports news.

  2. Lori

    February 27, 2008 9:45 pm

    Great names and ideas:) Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Sandy Carlson

    February 27, 2008 10:33 pm

    I’m with Lori. I am always impressed by your imagination and this world you have created.

  4. julia

    February 27, 2008 10:35 pm

    Vanessa Kontempt and Jock La Feet – I can’t wait to hear more about them!

  5. The Gal Herself

    February 27, 2008 10:45 pm

    #11 is going to be either scary or fascinating. Hey! Wait! Can’t a woman be both? Love your banner this week, too. (Thanks for visiting my TT)

  6. Wylie Kinson

    February 27, 2008 10:54 pm

    I’m still chuckling over Nerdvana.BR/I missed some of these so I’d better click the links and do my homework!

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 27, 2008 10:55 pm

    Be sure you check out Green Hair Week!

  8. Lesley

    February 27, 2008 11:04 pm

    Tech Support is an awesome name for a band! While I know it’s not the same kind of Tech Support I get these songs playing in my head about restarting your computer and stupid users. hehehe Of course, that may just be because I’m a mega-geek but who knows. 😉

  9. Thomma Lyn

    February 27, 2008 11:45 pm

    What fun — your band names are great, not to mention character names: Vanessa Kontempt and Jock La Feet? HEHEHEHEHEHEHE!!!!!! BR/BR/You’re a lot of fun, my friend, in addition to being a heck of an excellent writer! 🙂

  10. Open Grove Claudia

    February 27, 2008 11:52 pm

    You really have a knack – that is for sure Susan. Of course, my boyfriend Trevor is in ShapeShifter so they are my favorite! ;)BR/BR/Happy TT!BR/BR/A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”My TT is Food for thought./A

  11. pussreboots

    February 28, 2008 12:10 am

    I can’t keep track of all your characters and bands. Happy TT.

  12. L^2

    February 28, 2008 12:26 am

    Oh yes, I remember most of these. hearts; Nerdvana! Looking forward to reading more about the new bands, and the old ones too, of course.

  13. Natalie

    February 28, 2008 12:43 am

    Fun band names! Nerdvana…lol!

  14. Melanie

    February 28, 2008 12:52 am

    Very creative post! I love it!!

  15. Moondancer

    February 28, 2008 1:21 am

    What great names. Totally beleiveable as bands. 🙂

  16. Ann

    February 28, 2008 1:37 am

    Great list, love Tech Support (and Green Hair Week). I posted a list just for you this week. 🙂

  17. cajunvegan

    February 28, 2008 2:00 am

    I can hardly wait to hear more about all of them but Nerdvana in particular.BR/BR/My inner child is a mean little effer this week.

  18. Winter

    February 28, 2008 2:19 am

    Jock La Feet. Very funny. LOL We have 1 band at the Bar … the Dark Ones of the Disgraced. NOT something I would write. They belong to another writer. I have a female vampire rock star – Carlisle Ross. Much cooler than the DOD. Funny TT, Susan!

  19. Write at Home Mom

    February 28, 2008 4:09 am

    You are so creative! 😀

  20. Pop Tart

    February 28, 2008 7:03 am

    It must be *loud* in your head lolBR/BR/I’m up A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”here/A and A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”here/A too.

  21. Tilly Greene

    February 28, 2008 8:12 am

    I like how you played around and created The Gathering Rising – shows just how bloody creative you are!BR/BR/Sorry your sports news hasn’t been all that good – it’s always sad when you loose someone like a Myron.

  22. Sparky Duck

    February 28, 2008 8:26 am

    Nerdvana is gonna get you sued 😉

  23. Tempest Knight

    February 28, 2008 9:20 am

    OMG! *ROFL* You have to put a pee warning before people read this. Too funny!

  24. Robin

    February 28, 2008 9:25 am

    You deserve a book contract for the names alone – Vanessa Kontempt? Freakin’ awesome.

  25. Emma Wayne Porter

    February 28, 2008 9:32 am

    I’m still all about Trev

  26. storyteller

    February 28, 2008 10:27 am

    Ohmygosh – I’m feeling my age this morning because I don’t know any of these bands or their music. Sigh! I guess I’m a bit out of sync at the moment.BR/Hugs and blessings,

  27. jayedee

    February 28, 2008 11:11 am

    green hair week? now i understand THAT! lolBR/happy t13!

  28. Morgan Leigh

    February 28, 2008 11:36 am

    Great! 🙂 Happy Thursday!

  29. Alice Audrey

    February 28, 2008 12:18 pm

    Green hair week? Do tell.

  30. ScentedLady

    February 28, 2008 1:20 pm

    Susan, hi it’s Terra I have a new blog url here it is: just wanted to let you know, hope all is well

  31. Malcolm

    February 28, 2008 1:23 pm

    I like some of the names you chose, esp. Nerdvana and Jock La Feet. Reading your list made me think of the early to mid 90s when I went to quite a few shows at smaller venues.

  32. xakara

    February 28, 2008 1:34 pm

    I have to admit, I’d sit through a set for a band called Tech Support just because. I have a thing about geeky types that I just can’t help. But hey, Geek Love is True Love. *wink*BR/BR/Come on by and take a peek at my world. It’s the least I can do with all the effort you go through to bring my yours. (((Hugs)))BR/BR/~X

  33. Chelle Y.

    February 28, 2008 1:37 pm

    You’re one cool chick! 🙂

  34. Sue

    February 28, 2008 3:34 pm

    So who isn’t a ShapeShifter fan!! 😉 Love these band names 🙂 BR/BR/Thank you for the well wishes, and the Hockey Hall of Fame is listed under The Toronto Ghosts link. It is notoriously haunted 🙂

  35. Celticlibrarian

    February 28, 2008 3:36 pm

    All right. You got me. I’m a Shapeshifter fan. Also, though, I’d be keen to listen to a bit of Nerdvana. Have I mentioned that I have eclectic taste?BR/BR/Happy TT!

  36. LA Day

    February 28, 2008 3:50 pm

    Great TT!

  37. Jill

    February 28, 2008 4:46 pm

    Wow! That is a lot of new band and singer for one post! You want us to keep reading your blog for awhile, dear! And keep us awaiting for your book to be publish and on shelves!BR/And i think i already like that Vanessa!

  38. Nap Warden

    February 28, 2008 5:21 pm

    Nerdvana…love it!

  39. Gwen Mitchell

    February 28, 2008 5:56 pm

    LOL! Nerdvana! Love it! Happy TT Susan! ~Gwen

  40. anthonynorth

    February 28, 2008 6:55 pm

    Band names have changed since my rock days in the 1970s, but attitudes have not.BR/ Good to know 🙂

  41. Shelley Munro

    February 28, 2008 9:11 pm

    I’m fairly new to your world, but Shapeshifer are my favorite so far.

  42. Susan Helene Gottfried

    February 28, 2008 9:15 pm

    Me, too, Shelley!

  43. Pieces of Me

    February 28, 2008 10:11 pm

    I’m sure I must have visited some of these names as places in the real world. Cool list!

  44. Harris Channing

    February 28, 2008 10:29 pm

    Wow, you’ve got so many ideas! You and your characters rock!BR/BR/Harris.

  45. tommie

    February 28, 2008 11:04 pm

    Agreeing with several others, these are very creative! BR/BR/Thanks for visiting my TT.

  46. Kat's Krackerbox

    February 29, 2008 9:25 am

    You are so creative. Thanks for stopping by!

  47. Kat's Krackerbox

    February 29, 2008 9:25 am

    You are so creative. Thanks for stopping by!

  48. Kat's Krackerbox

    February 29, 2008 9:25 am

    You are so creative. Thanks for stopping by!

  49. Darla

    February 29, 2008 1:38 pm

    Ack! I ran out of time yesterday in my bloghopping (we went to see Fool’s Gold last night), and missed this until now. I’m impressed that you’ve got 13 bands! And they’ve all got distinct personalities. Very cool.

  50. Smiler

    February 29, 2008 6:31 pm

    For a second I thought they were real bands and thought I was really out of the loop. Great names – they certainly bring up vivid imagery. Thanks for visiting at my place.

  51. Nathalie

    March 1, 2008 4:19 am

    I think those names are great, we should have a Nerdvana on our playlists! :)BR/Thanks for stopping by my TT!

  52. Tink

    March 3, 2008 7:00 am

    Great names you came up with!BR/Thanks for visiting my TT trees slideshow. I’d love to see the trees in Yellowstone…

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