I’ve been using Last.fm for a long time. One problem just keeps cropping up with it, along with others. Bands with the same name are irrevocably lumped together never to be separated out.

Last time it was Goner, where a one-track-band made a single track and posted it up to last.fm, and managed to take over the entry for a band which had 3 whole albums out. 

This time I ran into the fact that there are two bands named Pollyanna. Unlike last time though, I like both of the bands… But it would be nice if you could really split their songs up properly. All this time I was listening to a french band wondering why their later stuff sounded so far away from their early stuff as an Australian band.

Emusic even gets their bands mixed up like this. There’s a CD for the Australian Pollyanna mixed in with a bunch for the French Pollyanna, and also a bunch of new stuff from a new band named Buck along side the old Lisa Marr band Buck…

I guess people that listen to major label stuff don’t have to worry as much as the lawyers get deeply involved and chase people off the names…