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12 Bands with Repetitive Repetitive Names

New York's experimental rock band Gang Gang Dance hits up the Valley tonight, headlining the Crescent Lounge during its inaugural week. Jamming on the band's latest album Eye Contact is a mind-warping experience, and between all the loopy sound-scapes, abstract synth structures and aural embellishments, we found our thoughts wandering to other acts with repetitive names.

There's a particular poetry to it, y'know? (Especially when it comes to the A-A-B structure Gang Gang Dance digs.) And so, being the sort of people into that sort of thing, we came up with a blog post about it!

1. Tom Tom Club

This Talking Heads side project was founded by wife and husband Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, a duality reflected in the band's name.

2. Hot Hot Heat

Buddies with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who could've also made this list.

3. Goo Goo Dolls

A lot of folks would say something snarky like "Gag Gag Dolls," but you've gotta at least admit that what this band's lacking in cool points it's more than made up for in longevity.

4. Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Former Generation X bassist Tony James reportedly considered naming his band Nazi Occult Bureau and Sperm Festival. Sigue Sigue Sputnik works for us.

5. Red Red Meat

Tim Rutili's band is raw and rustic, but not quite as aggressive as that name would suggest.

6. Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Did they start out as just Bosstones? Or Mighty Bosstones? Whence the upgrade?

7. Xiu Xiu

The band's name comes from 1998's Chinese film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, an appropriately arty genesis for Jamie Stewart's arty band.

8. Duran Duran

Band name whose origin is most likely to pop up in a night of Rock & Roll Trivia at your local watering hole.

9. The The

The the what what?

10. Man Man

Could be a description of the dual drummers facing each other on stage. Could be what you mutter to yourself after seeing one of their ass-kicking shows.<

11. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

I went to the Farmer's Market downtown on Saturday. Couldn't find any cult jam. Also, if I ever moved to Moscow I'd start a Russian Lisa Lisa cover band called Ilsa Ilsa.

12. Tony! Toni! Toné!

When naming something twice just ain't nice enough.

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Christopher Hassiotis