Why did they choose the name Less Than Jake?

lessthanjakeEver wonder where some bands come up with their band names?  Well, we do, and we’re sick of sitting around scratching our heads about it.  We’re hitting the streets (aka. “Internet”) to find the origins behind some of the more bizarre, intriguing or just plain random band names in the scene.  Every Wednesday we’ll be pulling the curtain back on a different band and this week it’s Gainesville’s legendary ska-punk icons Less Than Jake.

According to somebody operating the band’s MySpace page, the name Less Than Jake comes from drummer Vinnie Fiorello’s parents’ dog, Jake.  As the story goes, this dog was treated better than all the family members living in Vinnie’s home and thus the term “Less Than Jake” was born to describe the status of the rest of the household.  Eventually the guys decided it would make a good band name and Voila! – a band is born.  Just think, if that dog had been given a different name we’d all be listening to ska-punk anthems from Gainesville’s “Less Than Spot”…

If you’ve got a good band name origin story, or want us to research one for you, message us on the Dying Scene facebook page.


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