Some Bands Have to Say It Twice: Repeated Word Names

These bands demand twice the attention

The classic children’s story of Jacob Two-Two is about a boy who has to say things twice to be heard. Is that what these bands were going for? Sometimes saying it once isn’t enough to get noticed. Check out these great bands with repeated word band names.
 

NOW NOW

Formerly known as Now Now Every Children, the Minnesota trio shortened the name before they signed with Chris Walla’s Trans Record Label to release their second full-length called Threads.


 

HERE HERE

This San-Francisco seven piece has been pretty quiet since their EP Boy With An Orange in 2012 but their Facebook page says “We used to be a band, then we stopped, now we’re a band again” hinting at new material that could still be on the horizon.


 

MOTHER MOTHER

Did you know they used to just be called “Mother”? They switched to a repeated band name for their 2007 album Touch Up and never looked back.


 

THE THE

In 1977 British singer/songwriter Matt Johnson placed an ad in NME looking for bandmates and it was his synth player who suggested the band name before their first show in 1979. The lineup later included ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and guest vocalist Sinead O’Connor.


 

CONTROLLER.CONTROLLER

These Toronto natives garnered a lot of attention with their sophomore release X-Amounts in 2005. After an 8-year hiatus they reunited to play Wavelength 2015.


 

DURAN DURAN

Have you ever seen the French science-fiction film Barbarella? Probably not, but Duran Duran took their name from a character named “Mr. Durand Durand.”


 

TALK TALK

They were often compared to their fellow Brits Duran Duran in the early 80s because of the repeated word band name. They also toured together, had the same producer, and were on the same record label. Ooops!


 

FROU FROU

Before Imogen Heap had a massive hit with “Hide and Seek” she was part of this duo with Guy Sigsworth. The name is onomatopoeia for the swishing sound made by French women’s skirts while they’re dancing.


 

YEAH YEAH YEAHS

Karen and Nick met at NYU and formed an acoustic duo called “Unitard.” They shook things up by adding Brian Chase on drums and quickly found themselves opening for bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes.


 

HOT HOT HEAT

Despite its reputation for being the soggy west coast, Victoria, BC boasts the mildest climate and the driest summers in Canada, which means Steve Bays and the guys might have been inspired by a jam space without any A/C.


 

SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT

Don’t confuse this electro dance group with the indie pop band Shout Out Louds. One’s from Edmonton, the other’s from Stockholm. One makes you stutter and dance it all OUT!