Where Did Our ‘The’ Go?

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(Assuming this thread probably already exists but challenging to search for, apologies if so)

Pixies

ledge, Friday, 1 April 2022 13:10 (four months ago) link

Wirral

Piedie Gimbel, Friday, 1 April 2022 13:27 (four months ago) link

Is this specifically for acts/places/things that once had a 'the' but then removed it? Or anything that feels like it should have a 'the' but doesn't?

Anyway... Can.

https://i.discogs.com/oxR_IC9Z1ASUHz2mtXiDiqRQHOV9jU04Ma7ZejtEsco/rs:fit/g:sm/q:90/h:600/w:600/czM6Ly9kaXNjb2dz/LWRhdGFiYXNlLWlt/YWdlcy9SLTI2NjA1/NjctMTI5NTQzNTAz/MC5qcGVn.jpeg

emil.y, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:05 (four months ago) link

Yachts

Mark G, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:07 (four months ago) link

Answer to emil.y: yes.

Meaning the latter, of course.

From Steve Martin's memoir:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CZCn6JgWEAAbjPE?format=jpg&name=small

jaymc, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:09 (four months ago) link

Pink Floyd

Kim Kimberly, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:12 (four months ago) link

Pretenders

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:13 (four months ago) link

A unique feature of the packaging is that the band is named as "The Sonic Youth" in the cover art.

(Sister)

Kim Kimberly, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:14 (four months ago) link

y might be giants

ciderpress, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:16 (four months ago) link

Is that a Welsh act?

Cream

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:17 (four months ago) link

lonious monk

ciderpress, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:17 (four months ago) link

Is this specifically for acts/places/things that once had a 'the' but then removed it? Or anything that feels like it should have a 'the' but doesn't?

Anyway... Can.

🖼

https://media.hitparade.ch/cover/big/suzi_quatro-can_the_can_s.jpg

Facebook

jmm, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:19 (four months ago) link

ledge

ledge, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:37 (four months ago) link

Holloway Road

Alfred Ndwego of Kenya (Tom D.), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:37 (four months ago) link

USA!

Ste, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:38 (four months ago) link

The The

Ste, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:39 (four months ago) link

Lonius Monk

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:40 (four months ago) link

Thanks, but we already have that one upthread.

Lma and Louise!!!!

imago, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:44 (four months ago) link

This reminds me of a book called I Hate Rock and Roll by Tony Tyler, where he insists on naming all groups with a "The" in front like the UK press did in the 60s: The Yes, The Cream etc.

Which group was the first to do without "The"? I suspect Them, followed by Love.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:49 (four months ago) link

I don’t know if there are enough examples to create a thread for the opposite case but Smashing Pumpkins

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:50 (four months ago) link

Which group was the first to do without "The"? I suspect Them


You mean m? Love those guys

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:51 (four months ago) link

Four Tops

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:53 (four months ago) link

Batman

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:55 (four months ago) link

The Guess Who? started as Guess Who?

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:55 (four months ago) link

too many people say Jesus And The Mary Chain over here. (or they did when they still knew about that band)

StanM, Friday, 1 April 2022 14:56 (four months ago) link

Where is that? I've never heard it said that way.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 1 April 2022 14:57 (four months ago) link

ah Batman is a good one

Ste, Friday, 1 April 2022 15:01 (four months ago) link

disc 2, track 5

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Friday, 1 April 2022 15:05 (four months ago) link

A friend of mine used to say "The Jesus and Mary Jane." I couldn't move him off of it.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 1 April 2022 15:06 (four months ago) link

_Which group was the first to do without "The"? I suspect Them_


You mean m? Love those guys

New York, London, Paris, Munich

Is this specifically for acts/places/things that once had a 'the' but then removed it? Or anything that feels like it should have a 'the' but doesn't?

Lemonheads gave up on being mis-articled and added a The on their seventh album.

beepy fridges (sic), Friday, 1 April 2022 15:19 (four months ago) link

Creation

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 April 2022 15:20 (four months ago) link

The Guess Who? started as Guess Who?

They lost their question mark to the Mysterians along the way as well.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 1 April 2022 15:28 (four months ago) link

Pentangle

reassessing life after bookmarking a Will Smith thread (PBKR), Friday, 1 April 2022 15:32 (four months ago) link

ohio state university

towards fungal computer (harbl), Friday, 1 April 2022 15:32 (four months ago) link

Asda

ignore the blue line (or something), Friday, 1 April 2022 15:35 (four months ago) link

Cure (c. Wish, for that four-letter alt-rock punch)

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 1 April 2022 16:44 (four months ago) link

Feel like this may work for titles too. For example, the follow-up to The Heroic Trio is Executioners, as if things were so bleak they couldn’t afford or be arsed to put an article in there.

I have never heard anyone call Pixies anything other than The Pixies irl

Chappies banging dustbin lids together (President Keyes), Friday, 1 April 2022 23:33 (four months ago) link

“Baby, baby. .. where did our the go?”

“Baby, I need your the-ing/Got to have all your the-ing”

I have never heard anyone call Pixies anything other than The Pixies irl

look they even labelled their own t-shirt and compilation Death to the Pixies, I realise it doesn't hold water

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 2 April 2022 00:03 (four months ago) link

You have to read that title as, Death to "the". Pixies.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 2 April 2022 00:07 (four months ago) link

In German feminine, Die Pixies.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 2 April 2022 00:26 (four months ago) link

minority report

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Saturday, 2 April 2022 00:38 (four months ago) link

Who put the the in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp
Who put the the in the rama lama ding dong
Who put the the in the bop shoo bop shoo bop
Who put the the in the dip da dip da dip
Who was that man
I'd like to shake his hand
He made my baby fall in love with me (yeah)

I'm too sophisti for the pun generator, so sophisti it hurts (breastcrawl), Saturday, 2 April 2022 07:38 (four months ago) link

Cocteau Twins

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 2 April 2022 08:39 (four months ago) link

Swans

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Saturday, 2 April 2022 09:00 (four months ago) link

oh don't you "the" me
don't you "the" me no more

ohhhh baby, baby
where did our "the" go? ....

sarahell, Saturday, 2 April 2022 17:14 (four months ago) link

Excellent work all around. Go Team!

Never Mind the ILX, Here's the Blecch Pistols (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 April 2022 17:33 (four months ago) link

Go ‘the’ Team, surely?

I'm too sophisti for the pun generator, so sophisti it hurts (breastcrawl), Saturday, 2 April 2022 17:59 (four months ago) link

Nits

Maresn3st, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:16 (four months ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/GoGos-Vacation.jpg

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:16 (four months ago) link

bangles is more controversial but i favour it

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:20 (four months ago) link

Tribalistas

Never Mind the ILX, Here's the Blecch Pistols (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:22 (four months ago) link

(been saving that one)

Never Mind the ILX, Here's the Blecch Pistols (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:22 (four months ago) link

Grateful Dead

visiting, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:24 (four months ago) link

Lebanon

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:24 (four months ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/Metalpriestess.JPG

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:25 (four months ago) link

Eagles already mentioned by jaymc via a Steve Martin except upthread but thanks for pictorial info.

I don’t know if there are enough examples to create a thread for the opposite case but Smashing Pumpkins

This thread includes all unstable “thes” so this and similar examples would belong here, although perhaps they should be marked as such to avoid confusion.

Never Mind the ILX, Here's the Blecch Pistols (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:33 (four months ago) link

Aargh, excerpt

Never Mind the ILX, Here's the Blecch Pistols (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:33 (four months ago) link

(oops sorry re eagles repeat, i was thread-searching to check so missed that)

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:35 (four months ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/22/Supersnazz.jpeg

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:39 (four months ago) link

I wonder how many bands temporarily drop "The" from their names only for the sake of more elegant graphic design?

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:39 (four months ago) link

responding to halfway there but for you: there's definitely a rush of the-less bands to coincide with full-on new wave sleeve design but that doesn't mean it's not their name, design is important

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:47 (four months ago) link

http://images.45cat.com/rich-kids-rich-kids-emi-electrola-s.jpg

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:53 (four months ago) link

But no-one was going to go into a record store: "Who is this band Buggles, I was looking for The Buggles?!?" And "the" comes and goes on covers and posters without most of us even noticing.
And a whole lot of band names sound to my ear a lot more stupid without "the".

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:55 (four months ago) link

I mean, why wouldn't bands have one written name and another spoken name?

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 2 April 2022 18:56 (four months ago) link

Madness.

didn't. did. didn't.

mark e, Saturday, 2 April 2022 19:01 (four months ago) link

Madness is even better because it’s half the band specifically saying “Madness split up, we are a completely new band called The Madness”

beepy fridges (sic), Saturday, 2 April 2022 19:09 (four months ago) link

(similar: 3/4 of Talking Heads forming a band called The Heads)

beepy fridges (sic), Saturday, 2 April 2022 19:09 (four months ago) link

like eagles and buggles these two go together:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/67/Welcome_Plastics.jpeg

https://www.vinylnet.co.uk/_assets/_user/images/prods/721937219310_1.jpg

mark s, Saturday, 2 April 2022 19:17 (four months ago) link

Golden Earring, formerly known as The Golden Earrings.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 2 April 2022 19:56 (four months ago) link

The Gambia - officially The Republic of The Gambia - seems to be greedily hoarding the’s

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Saturday, 2 April 2022 22:41 (four months ago) link


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