Now, it's hard enough coming up with a "real" band name on your own (see: "The Krayons"), but when you throw several other band members and their opinions into the mix, it can get downright Rubik's Cubish. We brainstormed a really long list of ideas that included such memorable gems as Brainglow Steeple and Beat Up The Bad Guys, before finally settling on...drum roll...Tone Deaf Teens.
Okay, I know what you're thinking, it probably wasn't the greatest name in the world. But hey, it was original - check, simple - check, and it at least sort of captured the essence of the quasi-pop-punk sound we had at the time (we would joke that it was named after our fans). Also, it sounded good as a pre-show or encore chant ("Tone! Deaf! Teens! Tone! Deaf! Teens!" You get the picture.)
With that taken care of, we were now free to make stuff - stickers, press kit folders, t-shirts, the whole nine yards. Which we did. At the same time, we prepared ourselves to go into the studio and record five songs, including Shampoo (the song I wrote in five minutes that sort of prompted this whole endeavor). This was going to be my first experience in a "real" recording studio - the dorm bathroom where R.F.H. recorded doesn't quite count - and I was really excited and looking forward to it. But, as you know by now, whenever rock 'n' roll is involved, things don't always turn out how you expect them to.
* Also, Soundgarden was named after a sculpture in Seattle, while Mudhoney was named after a Russ Meyer movie. Bonus!