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“Three Chickens & a Cow” #comics
Band names are hard. The good ones are all taken. The Animals, The Byrds, Modest Mouse, The Band. The Beatles was a bad pun, but a hundred million copies later & it feels like genius. My friend Zev has a kazoo and bagpipe ensemble in Portland, and they’ve been trying to come up w a “big time” name forever, but as of now they’re still just Zev & the Kazoos. Which is pretty straight-forward, but also uninspiring. They do a whole set of Neil Diamond covers, so I suggested there maybe something clever they could do with ‘Diamonds’, but Zev says they don’t want to “pigeonhole” themselves. Which I thought was a funny thing for the leader of a kazoo and bagpipe ensemble to say. But now I sort of like ‘The Pigeon Holes”. Spin Magazine says a great band name needs to (1) evoke its era; (2) be clever with wordplay; (3) be succinct. They also had a fourth criteria, JNSQ (je ne sais quoi), which isn’t really helpful or instructive. The consensus is that Zev & the Kazoos goes 0-for-4 by this measure, so they’ll keep thinking on it. Artie’s suggestion, based on the Spin criteria was ‘Three Chickens & a Cow’. I guess it was just the first thing that popped into his head. Not sure it meets the criteria either, & Zev didn’t go for it, but the quest for a band name for these three chickens and their cow friend seems like it has some potential for future panels, and maybe a tie-in with our franchise character Gus the Cat from ‘Cats’ (the Musical) who also played The Barnyard this year, on his post-Cats ‘Barnstorming’ tour. Maybe they’ll all hit the road together in a tour bus like Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine and fight bad guys at every stop. Or something. Anyway, if you’re in Portland and into bagpipes, kazoos, and Neal Diamond, Zev & the boys will be back at the Alladin Theatre in January. Tickets are going fast. We’re going to print some t-shirts for the show. -Ed. #comicstrip