These Band Names I Have Shored Against the Ruins

The Viper and Ann Vipersspouse spent a very nice Milwaukee summer night not so long ago, eating cheese, consuming Wisconsin potables, and scrolling on Ann’s phone through T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land looking for good alternative “The Viper & His” band names to use when truth-in-advertising would seem to call for it.

(Such is the case on Monday, September 8, 2014, when The Viper & His Own Sins Writ Large In Others, with The Viper & His Second String, will be playing the patio at Mickey’s Tavern in Madison from 5:30-7:30.)

This turns out to be the really most enjoyable way to read The Waste Land. Try it at home!

Here’s a few of the choice ones, in order from the poem (not by preference), and organized by section, including the footnotes. So look forward to future performances from the Viper & His One-Eyed Merchants of Smyrna and the Viper & His Bats With Baby Faces (though Ann is really pushing for The Viper & His Old Men with Wrinkled Female Breasts).

  • The Viper & His Miglior Fabbro
  • The Viper & His Burial of the Dead
  • The Viper & His Cruellest Month
  • The Viper & His Dried Tubers
  • The Viper & His Handful of Dust
  • The Viper & His Irisch Kind
  • The Viper & His Wicked Pack of Cards
  • The Viper & His Pearls That Were His Eyes
  • The Viper & His One-Eyed Merchants
  • The Viper & His Unreal City
  • The Viper & His Hypocrite Lecteurs
  • The Viper & His Game of Chess
  • The Viper & His So Rudely Forc’d
  • The Viper & His Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug
  • The Viper & His Dirty Ears
  • The Viper & His Shakespeherian Rag
  • The Viper & His What Shall We Ever Do?
  • The Viper & His Lidless Eyes
  • The Viper & His Knock Upon the Door
  • The Viper & His HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME
  • The Viper & His Nice Set
  • The Viper & His Pills I Took To Bring It Off
  • The Viper & His Fire Sermon
  • The Viper & His Other Testimony of Summer Nights
  • The Viper & His Loitering Heirs of City Directors
  • The Viper & His Rattle of Bones
  • The Viper & His Chuckle Spread From Ear To Ear
  • The Viper & His Slimy Belly
  • The Viper & His Mrs. Porter and Her Daughter
  • The Viper & His Voix D’Enfants
  • The Viper & His Week-end at the Metropole
  • The Viper & His Violet Hour
  • The Viper & His Human Engine
  • The Viper & His Old Men with Wrinkled Female Breasts
  • The Viper & His Unreproved If Undesired
  • The Viper & His Automatic Hand
  • The Viper & His Wallala Leialala
  • The Viper & His Death By Water
  • The Viper & His Profit and Loss
  • The Viper & His Handsome and Tall As You
  • The Viper & His What the Thunder Said
  • The Viper & His Rock and No Water
  • The Viper & His Maternal Lamentation
  • The Viper & His Bats With Baby Faces
  • The Viper & His DA
  • The Viper & His Age of Prudence
  • The Viper & His Fragments Shored Against the Ruins

Footnotes

  • The Viper & His Bill of Lading
  • The Viper & His Cauldron of Unholy Loves
  • The Viper & His Approach to the Chapel Perilous
  • The Viper & His Handbook of Birds in Eastern North America
  • The Viper & His Spanish Tragedy

Now, let’s see what we can do with Howl!

Madison Match-up Madness, culminating in this moment of mental chess between Milwaukee, WI's The Viper and Ghent, Belgium's Stijn Debrouwere. Photo by Rob Henn.
HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME. Milwaukee, WI’s The Viper plays Ghent, Belgium’s Stijn Debrouwere in a game of chess that is unreproved, if undesired. In Madison! Photo by Rob Henn.