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For three years, I ran a little-known site called My Band Needs a Name. When I say “little-known,” I mean that maybe five people knew it existed.

It was meant to be a repository of user-contributed band names, so that if you started a new band and needed a clever name, you could find one. And if you thought of a clever name on your own, you could record it.

It was never more than a proof-of-concept, unfortunately, and last month, I was faced with a decision to renew the domain or not. Do I spend the time to make it right — by bringing it up-to-date with a mobile-friendly design, adding much-needed social sharing widgets, etc. — or do I just let it expire and move on to other projects?

I chose the latter, but as a tribute of sorts, here are some of the better contributed band names with their top-voted descriptions.

MR. ROBOTO AND THE SUSHI ROLLS

J-pop band, heavy on the synthesizers, rapid-fire double kick drums, and near-continuous sweeps on the Ibanez.

XOR

This band is either rockin’ or full of suck, but never both.

QUADRATONIC

One better than a tri-toned band. Duh.

GARY SINESE’S PET ROCK

Academy Award winning themed bluegrass. Think Lieutenant Dan with a banjo.

MC PLUS-PLUS AND THE AL GORE RHYTHMS

Old school hip-hop/polisci-nerdcore comprised of grad students.

Honorable mention: Environmentally-friendly “green”-core hip-hop group from Alaska.

A SINGER AND SOME SESSION MUSICIANS

Maybe some sort of tween pop-rock “band” – produced by Disney, for idiots.

PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS

The longest word in the English language is now the longest band in the English language!

THE JERRY DALTON ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA

Jerry Dalton, before becoming the third-best used Saab salesman in Memphis, led his All-Star Orchestra in the style of big band and ska. They played mostly weddings.

Honorable mention: Big band electronica/death-metal with a charismatic bandleader in Jerry Dalton (not his real name, of course). Think baby blue tuxedos with blood stains. And a horn section.

And my all time favorite…

DR. PROFESSOR AND THE SCAN-TRONS

Surf rock with a ska riff or two, with the occasional foray into kid-friendly alt folk rock.