proving the rule #1

Rule 37: If You can imagine it, thereʼs a band called it.

The idea of Rule 37 seems like a good one in outline, but does it work in practice?  The thought has been niggling at me, so itʼs time I tried it out.  I thought maybe a random phrase generator would help, but then I thought, no, the test is if you, the unaugmented human, can imagine it...  So I am reduced to thinking of less obvious concepts to see whether they are band names.

First up, I thought “Sibilant Whisper”, but no, too easy.  “Sibilant Roar” then.  That could be a band.  Probably from about 1975 just before the Sex Pistols hit.  And as it turns out – not as far as I can see (on the internet at least, but Rule 37 is to be a rule of the internet, so that should also be part of the test).

Yet interestingly, the phrase “sibilant roar” does turn up on the net, often in poetry, usually describing water.  So all is not lost.  And the first band mentioned (number 2 result on DuckDuckGo) is Rush – who are originally from just before the Sex Pistols hit, I think.  (Impact may have been slightly later in Canada, not sure.)  And unlike the Sex Pistols, are more or less still a band.  Curious that there is a website called rushisaband though.  This has been questioned perhaps?  And, and!  Neil Peart of Rush has previously come up with the phrase Sibilant Roar, in a short story called Raindance Over the Rockies.  Close!  (Describing a truck passing, rather than water, though.  That ... would not have occurred to me.)

Meanwhile, plain “Sibilant” is apparently an artist.  In context this may mean musician?  But thatʼs even easier than -Whisper, so no good.

Score: Sibilant Roar: not quite.  (Probably available.)

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