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I still have the best band name that I have yet to use. As I get older, it becomes more and more apt. But, I'm coming to the realization that I'll probably never get around to using it.

The Hip Replacements

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Jul 22, 2022Liked by Colin Meloy

My wish is for all of humanity to adhere to rules 2 and 3.

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Should seem a simple few, but here we are.

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I had a professeur tell me near graduation, « The world is full of assholes, sometimes the best that we can hope for, is to not be one. »

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My version is "Don't be an asshole." I think I whisper it to myself mostly while I'm driving.

I hope the band is satisfied with its name - if you weren't "The Decemberists" what would you be? What were the alternative names?

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There were plenty of alternatives; I would have complicated relationships with *any* of them at this point

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This is my question as well since he seemed begging to be asked. ;)

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"Don't be afraid of benevolent dictatorship!" Says the benevolent dictator 🤣

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😂

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Jul 22, 2022·edited Jul 22, 2022

I think all of this is great advice for everyone, anywhere, all the time.

#7 can be tweaked to “don’t get a nickname in college that you will later regret as a full-fledged adult,” (e.g. Freddie The Fart Bomber, or the like.)

Also, I still think “The Decemberists” is the coolest band name, ever, so speak for yourself. 😜

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Be glad you didn't name the band something like Toad the Wet Sprocket, Hoobastank or the Dave Matthews Band.

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Eric Idle’s anecdote about nearly driving off the road when he first heard Toad the Wet Sprocket announced over the radio is priceless! Goes to show even with a name meant to be wholly outrageous you can still top the charts

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Best worst name for an actually great band is still Fartbarf

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I'm not a musician, but a lover of music. I would say being a non-dick and being gracious are two of the hardest, but utmost important characteristics a human can possess. A person (and their music) is appreciated that much more when they shine this example for their fans.

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I have to agree with the advice on mind-alterers, but with the caution that those substances can quickly take control and lose what they were giving and then just only take. Sort of like making a deal with the devil.

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The 1st thing I did when I first heard your music was look up the meaning of the name of your band. Not at all surprised. Hope you still love it as much as your fans do. See you next month in Boston! ❤️❤️❤️

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I’ve suffered many a dick far too long and that is why I’m both single and not famous.

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I would add, practice, practice, practice. I personally hate practicing which is why my aspirations of having a band never materialised.

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Rules 2 & 3 most important. Also, don't surround yourself with assholes!

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Colin, I have the MOST RELEVANT anecdote about you and Diarrhea Planet and "Ghost With a Boner." I heard this song in your warm-up playlist circa...2015? Lines up about right. Anyway it was obviously super catchy and it got stuck in my head but I couldn't hear enough of the lyrics to Google anything. I went around for four years humming this to people and nobody recognized it. I even posted a Reddit thread asking about it once. To no avail.

Until I was at a Decemberists show in 2019 and heard it again. And managed to catch enough to Google it, ending my quest.

So, thanks for that 😂

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‘M a great admirer of music, but, alas, except for clarinet in grade - high school, not a musician, I sing (in my car) , but will happily pass this to my two children who are!

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#7 Don't name your band after a Monty Python skit. It was a funny skit but won't be after someone has explained it to you for 10 years.

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