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...so that put upon store clerks don't have to mask their contempt, adding to their already stressful position.

Curt, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Not that anyone asked, but I thought Macha would be MAH-chah, Russian-like, but the singer said MAH-ka.

Les Savy Fav, anyone?

Curt, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

they helpfully pronounce it on the first album:

lay-sahvy-fov

autechre anyone?

jess, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

aw-tek-er.

bogdan raczinski?

ethan, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

actually, let's try lay-sahvy-fahv

jess, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Beulah, Les Rita Mitsouko, Cex?

(not that I would ask for a Beulah record, mind)

Jeff W, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

caetano veloso?

fritz, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

byoo-la. sex.

ethan, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

i never knew the right pronunciation to kyuss.

ernest, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Yes, Ethan, but is it AW-tek-er or aw-TEK-er?

Clarke B., Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

accent on the tech, just like the thugs they are.

ethan, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Guesses based on the way I've heard 'em: Ka-TAH-no veh-LO-so. BOG-dan rah-ZINN-skee. lay REE-tuh mit-SOO-koh. KIE-uss. ("kie" as in "pie")

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I'd always heard AWE-te-cur. I like that better, even if it isn't right.

I expect we'll run into problems here because so many musicians are such atrocious spellers. They go around telling you to pronounce their band name a particular way when it's clear that if they had any understanding of phonetics (or the languages, usually French, whose phonetics they're appropriating) they wouldn't have spelled it the way they did. I.e. they knew what they wanted to be called but then they spelled it wrong, necessitating this giant game of make-believe where we pretend there's some deep meaning wrapped up in there.

On the other hand, I'm surprised people ask about Beulah so often. I mean, it's a pretty common name, right?

Nitsuh, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

i lived on beulah street for three years.

ethan, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Brown & Boothe themselves pronounce it "Aw-TEK-er," but it does sound a bit clumsy.

Mark, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The exotic Ms. Sarah DOW-er? DOE-er?DOFF-er?

Curt, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

My dorky Olympia friends say Sarah DOO-ger. Make of that what you will.

adam, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

ayy-ler or eye-ler? albert, that is.

ennui, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

kai-us

Kris, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I've never even tried to pronounce Einsturzende Neubauten.

Dave225, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

ein-SHTUR-tsen-deh NOI-bow-ten

Josh, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

beulah = bew la

authchere = ort cha

siguor ros?

jel, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

ein-SHTUR-tsen-deh NOI-bow-ten
Holy fucking yanni - what's the point?

authchere = ort cha = Horchata

Dave225, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Donnacha Costello?

Keiko, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

"Ort cha"? um... well, how about Gastr Del Sol? Is it "Gaster" or something else?

Dan I., Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I know how to pronounce OOIOO (it's just "oh oh eye oh oh") but I hope I never have to. Same goes for !!!

Anybody want to take a stab at Schlammpeitziger? How about his albums Erdrauchharnschleck and Spacerockmountainrutschquatier (which are both great, by the way.)

Mark, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

sig your ross

tyler, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

labradford?

on what syllable is the emphasis?

cybele, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Raczynski is pronounced Rachinski.Schlammpeitziger = ShlamPIGHTsigger.

Damian, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

How do you pronounce The Strokes?

Oliver Kneale, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

R-e-l-i-e-f.

Oh wait, that would be how do you SPELL The Strokes.

Damn.

And no, I wasn't being serious.

Mickey Black Eyes, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

"ein-SHTUR-tsen-deh NOI-bow-ten"
Bugger it, my dad was right.

DG, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

brecht .

anthony, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

OOIOO isn't a word, it's O-O-I-O-O (so, phonetically oh--oh-eye-oh- oh).

david, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

the 'au' in autechre and auteurs is surely pronounced 'oh'.

david, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oh?

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Spdfgh (early 90s Sydney all-girl group)

I used to call them Spudfucker but I'm sure that's not how it was meant to be pronounced

electric sound of jim, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

!!! call themselves chick chick chick.

Kris, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Oops; i see you knew that.

Kris, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

They're hardly exotic, but I used to refer to Mojave 3 as Moh-Jayve for a loooong time. Rather embarrassing.

electric sound of jim, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

anton. brecht = brekt.

me'shell ndegeocello

Tracer Hand, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Melbourne 80s post-punkers always intrigued me. Pronounced "Tsk-tsk-tsk" apparently.

electric sound of jim, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

that soooo didn't work. that should have been three arrows going right - up - right

electric sound of jim, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

http://www.corduroy.com.au/chapter/tchtlogogrey.jpg

electric sound of jim, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Fritz, Caetano Veloso is pronounced as follows: 'kaiTAHnu' with the 'ai' pronounced as in eye; Veloso is 'veLAWzu'. Autechre was the one I had most probs with before this brilliant thread.

Daniel, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I'm not sure about these

Fennesz
Jan Jelinek
Luomo
Hakan Libdo

Honda, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Fennesz = fhen-ez?
Jan Jelinek = yan yhel-i-nehck?
Luomo = loo-o-mow?
Hakan Libdo = hah-kahn lib-doh?

jess, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Umm, it's pretty bad, but I have a real problem with Plaid. I want them to release a box set called Plaid In Full, but I think maybe it should be Plaidyshack?

I had this problem with the word before the band was even around, but I never bothered to check. Actually, don't correct me, I like saying both, just like I like saying Georgy Borges just cos I'll never be able to pronounce it properly...

I can't say Baccaruda.

emil.y, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

labradford...i ask again--on what syllable is the empasis placed on?

cybele, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I remember a college basketball player called luh-BRAD-ferd Smith, only it was spelled LeBradford, IIRC. Maybe the band is named after him, like Lucius/Luscious Jackson. Anyway, how else would you say it? LUH-brad-ferd? luh-brad-FORD? Try them out at the record shop and see if they don't laugh hysterically.

Curt, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

it's MONO-tonix.

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 22 October 2008 05:21 (fourteen years ago) link

And

Bone ee-VAIR

jigglepanda.gif (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 22 October 2008 05:23 (fourteen years ago) link

it's mono-TONIX.

Nate Carson, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 05:28 (fourteen years ago) link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f0/Freurlogo.gif

Yes, we know how the band pronounces it. But how SHOULD it be pronounced?

derelict, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 05:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Paavoharju?

― smothered under a rug (friendly ghost), miércoles 22 de octubre de 2008 05:17 (1 hour ago)

I once asked a music store clerk in Helsinki and he told me it's pronounced as Pa-vo-yar-yu. I have no idea what is stands for.

Moka, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 05:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Sunn o)) anyone?

Moka, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 06:05 (fourteen years ago) link

◯△▢ = Maru Sankaku Shikaku?

Moka, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 06:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Results 1 - 10 of about 249 for "pronounced simply sun"

wilter, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 06:11 (fourteen years ago) link

6majik9 is just 'magic'

wilter, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 06:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I've heard Bjork pronounced by an Icelander, and I could get the vowel sound, which is kind of like Byerk. But the B isn't really an English B, and I couldn't even say it right.

B'wana Beast, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 06:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Paavoharju = P-aah-voh-hur-yu

I think it's some person's first and last name written together, as Paavo is a common Finnish male name, and Harju is a common surname. "Harju" also means "a ridge".

Tuomas, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 07:01 (fourteen years ago) link

How about 22 Pistepirrko?

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 09:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Sunn o))

I read once it was pronounced "sun" just like that big ball of fire in the sky, and the last part was just a visual.
Anybody else hear anything?

steampig67, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 12:36 (fourteen years ago) link

http://991.com/newGallery/Prince-Love-Symbol---Dis-16035.jpg

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 22 October 2008 12:37 (fourteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

Terre Thaemlitz is pronounced like "Terry Temlits"

beavis, Saturday, 12 September 2009 16:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Sunn o))

I read once it was pronounced "sun" just like that big ball of fire in the sky, and the last part was just a visual.
Anybody else hear anything?

― steampig67, Thursday, October 23, 2008 1:36 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark

Yup, named after the amps they use:
http://www.orcoastmusic.com/amplifiers/sunn-sceptre.jpg

oing oing oing (╓abies), Saturday, 12 September 2009 16:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Prince is such a turd. I was so devastated when, after going through all the trouble of "coming out" by legally changing his name to the bisexual symbol, he then insisted it be "unspeakable" (starting that whole "artist formerly known as..." idiocity).... "Ok," I thought, "the unspeakability could be a critique on the invisibility/silence around pansexuality within dominant and queer cultures, or something profound..." *BUT* then he marches out on the Tonight Show with his new bride, who was one of those lingerie queens he keeps around, and she was totally silent like an accessory the whole interview while he was being a total macho prick - totally offensive to any critical notion of gender. I mean, that kind of macho super-hetero performance combined with silence about his name (totally refusing to answer questions about why or how to pronounce it, etc.) just showed how un-profound the whole thing was. It was that same month that Michael Jackson married Elvis' daughter... I was like, "The closet has gotten a lot more complicated."

beavis, Saturday, 12 September 2009 16:38 (thirteen years ago) link

It dawns on me that I say "Royal Trucks" slightly differently than I say "Royal Trux." The second Trux comes out white-trashier or something. Does the band make a distinction?

dlp9001, Saturday, 12 September 2009 16:46 (thirteen years ago) link

T'Pau?

Pullman/Paxton Revolving Bills (Pillbox), Saturday, 12 September 2009 17:10 (thirteen years ago) link

teh pow?

Pullman/Paxton Revolving Bills (Pillbox), Saturday, 12 September 2009 17:11 (thirteen years ago) link

teh POW!!!

Pullman/Paxton Revolving Bills (Pillbox), Saturday, 12 September 2009 17:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Whenever I see Sunn o)), my brain says "suNNNN-ohhh"

bendy, Saturday, 12 September 2009 19:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm aware that one is supposed to say "Sunn". But I often call them "Sunn - Oh" when speaking about them.

Duke, Saturday, 12 September 2009 19:29 (thirteen years ago) link

i call them 'sun' and then cackle inwardly at my own amazingness

alien vs the smiths (country matters), Saturday, 12 September 2009 19:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Prince is such a turd. I was so devastated when, after going through all the trouble of "coming out" by legally changing his name to the bisexual symbol, he then insisted it be "unspeakable" (starting that whole "artist formerly known as..." idiocity).... "Ok," I thought, "the unspeakability could be a critique on the invisibility/silence around pansexuality within dominant and queer cultures, or something profound..." *BUT* then he marches out on the Tonight Show with his new bride, who was one of those lingerie queens he keeps around, and she was totally silent like an accessory the whole interview while he was being a total macho prick - totally offensive to any critical notion of gender. I mean, that kind of macho super-hetero performance combined with silence about his name (totally refusing to answer questions about why or how to pronounce it, etc.) just showed how un-profound the whole thing was. It was that same month that Michael Jackson married Elvis' daughter... I was like, "The closet has gotten a lot more complicated."

― beavis, Sunday, September 13, 2009 4:38 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

Prolly the first mistakes a guy can make when Prince is doing something crazy is to think about it. Or if you really wanna analyze it, your conclusions need to be relegated from approval/disapproval on over to o_O. Prince is like legit crazy. What's that story of him calling Kevin Smith because he required a camel at 3 in the morning? Dude's a crazypants.

oing oing oing (╓abies), Saturday, 12 September 2009 19:57 (thirteen years ago) link

re: prince
:) point taken! *phew* i feel better already.

now, what to do with those people blogging about michael jackson, saying twisted stuff like "i pray your children turn out to be just like you" ...scary

beavis, Monday, 14 September 2009 16:06 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

An Horse?

Nuyorican oatmeal (jaymc), Friday, 4 December 2009 18:20 (twelve years ago) link

Prince is such a turd. /.../
― beavis

Ay, you puzzled me there, beavis. The pronunciation of Prince is "such a turd"? Where's the accent then?

t**t, Friday, 4 December 2009 18:44 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

SUNN O)))
― W i l l (common_person), Thursday, October 7, 2004 2:34 PM (5 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I always think of it as "Sunnnn WHOAAAA!!!!"

Mark G, Friday, 13 August 2010 10:58 (twelve years ago) link

Sun O Bracket Bracket Bracket

tom d: he did what he had to do now he is dead (Tom D.), Friday, 13 August 2010 11:01 (twelve years ago) link

XIU XIU anyone? I used to pronounce it as 'kseeu kseeu' but I've heard some people pronounce it as 'shoe shoe'.

Moka, Friday, 13 August 2010 17:26 (twelve years ago) link

xpost I think the band once explained it's only pronounced 'sun'.

Moka, Friday, 13 August 2010 17:31 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i always thought it was "shu shu."

i don't get that band.

Daniel, Esq., Friday, 13 August 2010 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

a guy once told me King's X is pronounced "King's Cross". Is this true?

if I'm American do I have to say "CLEE-en-tell"?

CharlieS, Friday, 13 August 2010 17:44 (twelve years ago) link

always guessed it was pronounced "zhu zhu"

gnarly sceptre, Friday, 13 August 2010 17:45 (twelve years ago) link

“That’s how we pronounce it,” says Xiu Xiu frontman and songwriter Jamie Stewart approvingly after I fluke out and correctly identify the band as “shoe shoe.” “But we’ve been told by, like, nine million people that we pronounce it wrong, and those nine million people have told us nine million different ways to say it.”

jaymc, Friday, 13 August 2010 17:52 (twelve years ago) link

Stewart points out that he’s never found the inevitable mangling of his band’s name all that troubling, although he admits that one variation is a bit contentious. “I think the only pronunciation that we actually object to is ‘zoo zoo,’” he says, “just because it sounds like a bad hair-metal band.”

jaymc, Friday, 13 August 2010 17:53 (twelve years ago) link

the X sound in mandarin is more of a "sy-" then "sh-" sound imo.

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 13 August 2010 18:08 (twelve years ago) link

shiu-shiu wd be closest I'd think?

Chanté Ackerman (Stevie D), Friday, 13 August 2010 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

the X sound in mandarin is more of a "sy-" then "sh-" sound imo.

I feel like there's still a hint of a "sh" after the initial "sy."

jaymc, Friday, 13 August 2010 18:35 (twelve years ago) link

But that's immaterial, since it's Jamie Stewart's band, and he sez "shu shu."

jaymc, Friday, 13 August 2010 18:39 (twelve years ago) link

except he named them after the Joan Chen film in which they pronounce the lead girl's name correctly lol.

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 13 August 2010 19:38 (twelve years ago) link

sh sound in mandarin = "sh-"
x sound in mandarin = "sy-"

imo

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 13 August 2010 19:50 (twelve years ago) link

here are several ways of interpreting 秀秀 in roman letters approximating the mandarin pronunciation using all the most common romanization methods:

xiu xiu
hsiu hsiu
shiou shiou
shyou shyou
sheou sheou
shiow shiow

_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 13 August 2010 19:58 (twelve years ago) link

I was in china for a week before I learned how pronounce thank you correctly (xie xie). the xi sound is tough because it doesn't occur in english and the regional dialects will compound yr confusion. I kept mispronouncing it "water" so at restaurants I ended up getting another glass of water every time a dish was brought to the table.

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 13 August 2010 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

also, ewa demarczyk

avuh de mar check?

my polish ancestors weep

(e_3) (Edward III), Friday, 13 August 2010 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

nine years pass...

Neither exotic nor a band but is it Phill NIH-block or Phill NYE-block? ("is" sound or "eye" sound?)

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:09 (two years ago) link

https://youtu.be/jL4Jt4Tc_i4?t=9

visiting, Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:15 (two years ago) link

Remember kids, Dokken rhymes with Rockin'!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:16 (two years ago) link

xp That settles that! Thanks. That's what I've always said but today for whatever reason it occurred to me that it might be 'nye-block'

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:17 (two years ago) link


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