Yesterday The Finalists got a message in our MySpace account from a lawyer for the band The Finalist (singular) saying that it might be in our best interest to change our band’s name.
Actually, here’s the message:
Hi Matt, Mike and Todd,
I am the attorney for the Maverick/ Warner Bros. recording artist The Finalist, who have trademark rights in the name The Finalist.
It has come to our attention that you recently started using the name The Finalists to identify your band. In order to protect our clients trademarks, we must request that you use another name to identify your band. Given the obvious confusion to fans (as even evidenced in comments on your Myspace site) with The Finalists name and trademark, it is in your best interest not to start building a brand that you will not ultimately be able to use.
If you have any questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.
P.S. The Finalist will be playing in your area at Mob Fest. Check http://www.myspace.com/thefinalist for the venue and time. Let us know if you can attend the show.
So, it looks like we’ll have to find a new name for our band. We’ve already been kicking around some names. Personally I think we should be called Far Away Mikey and the Bullish Bullhorn Gang, but so far I don’t think it’s catching with the others. Either that or Harvey Leventhal’s Bar Mitsvah. In fact, here’s a list of names for those of you who might be looking to start your own band.
Smarmy Joe and the Grease
Sister Mary Jock Itch
Oliver Octopus and the Tentacles
The Knuckle Wraps
The Thwarted Antagonists
Fleece McGee and the Dirt Merchants
Hank Do Right and the Sinners
The Unsalted Menagerie
Hokey Poke Hank and the Ministers of Funk
The Fresh Makers
The Blue Greenies
Rotunda Happerstern and the Scaffold
These are all up for grabs. If either of my bandmates happen to read this and see something they like, I’ll be sure to let you know. If you do use one of these band names, all I ask is that you write a song about me and lemme come back stage when you win a grammy for it.