Spitalfield – What’s in a Name?

We all know the old adage that history repeats itself. Well, once in a while, it’s the good things that come back. Spitalfield, a Chicago-based band that formed in 1998 and broke up in 2007, has returned for a reunion tour celebrating 10 years since the release of their album ‘Remember Right Now.’ For a band with wonderfully quintessential pop punk tracks, however, their name is at first brow-furrowing. After all, “Spitalfield” isn’t really even a word…is it? Turns out, it’s something more sinister than might be expected.

Read below to find out more about the inspiration for their name and the alternatives that could have been.

Who came up with the band name?

Our original guitarist, Blake, came up with the name. We were sophomores in high school. He was with the band for our first two years of existence, ’98-99.

Was there a selection process?

Well, as 14/15-year-olds, it was about as basic as you could get. “I think this is cool.” “I don’t like it.” “Okay, see ya tomorrow.”

Is there a particular meaning behind the name?

Actually, yes! Spitalfield is taken from the borough of Spitalfields on the East End of London. The name itself is a combination of hospital and fields. Kind of a dark name for a pop band, and that is why we liked it. It’s also the location for the film The Crying Game and a level in the horror video game Nightmare Creatures. These were unrelated to our choice as a band name.

What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?

I honestly can’t remember. But, members of our band were in a short-lived project called Bobby Teenager, which was the name on the ID from those clips that were shown before hit teen movies at AMC Theatres. He lived at 123 Any Street, USA. Great name for a band.

What’s the worst name that you considered using?

Trying to think what else was even in the running. Totally blanking — 1998 was a long time ago. However, I was in a ska band called Anarchy Joe & His Dancing Cows. So, that wins for “worst name I actually used.”

Any regrets about the name you chose?

I liked it because it didn’t sound like any other band, and it wasn’t a generic grouping of words. That said, it was often misspelled by both venues and media — and was often mispronounced by even big fans. So, ultimately, we lose.

Pick up Spitalfield’s second album, Remember Right Now.

For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.