The Sinister Index

cheetosLike many, I like to eat Cheetos, weezer when I’m relaxing and browsing the web, especially when I’m looking for new music.  The problem is that Cheetos leaves this nasty residue on the fingers which gets transferred to the keyboard rather quickly. To avoid this problem I like to use my keyboard one handed (I know what you are thinking, but really, its the Cheetos).   Which is why one of my favorite bands is Weezer. I can type ‘weezer’ with my left hand leaving my right hand free for Cheetos, and leaving my keyboard clean.   Still, I was in the mood for music by some other bands so I thought it would be interesting to find all of the bands that can be typed using just my left hand.  I wrote a Python script, ran it on a list of about 800 thousand artist names and came up with a rather large list of sinister band names.  Here are the longest:

der weg des wassers
everette red bear
sweet ever after
state far better
cassettezzzzzzzz
barbara decesare
westgate street
streetbeat crew
street bastards
reve de cabaret
rebecca everett
cabezas de cera
barbara taggart
warsaw was raw

Restricting the search to just the more popular artists I find this list of popular sinister artists:

wet wet wet
savatage
bee gees
seabear
garbage
cascada
carcass
caesars
weezer
feeder
vader
texas
sweet
stars
seeed
eve 6
dredg
creed
vast
sade
free
bebe
abba
xtc
war
rza
eve
era
d12
atb
afx
abc
311
112
bt

To be evenhanded, I offer this list of dexterous artists:

phillip moll
phillip hill
yumiko ohno
yoon il-loh
uh uh loony
polmo polpo
pinko pinko
opi yum yum
oli oli oli
oh no oh my
nylon union
nylon pylon
monki monki
homo homini
yuko kouno
yuho yokoi

And a list of popular dexterous artists:

yoko ono
moloko
pulp
pink
mylo
mono
koop
mum
iio
him
l7

There seem to be many more sinister artists than dexterous artists. I suspect  that this is because many artists now recognize the Cheetos issue and  are selecting sinister names.  Since identifying sinister artists is  becoming such a big issue in music search, we will likely be offering a sinister index as part of  The Echo Nest web services. The sinister index is a number between zero and one that indicates how easy it is to type the artist name with your left hand.  Weezer has a sinister index of 1 while Yoko Ono has a sinister index of zero. Look for it soon.

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  1. #1 by Justin Donaldson on July 8, 2009 - 11:07 pm

    I would imagine some porn stars could follow a similar rubric.

  2. #2 by Jeremy Reed on July 9, 2009 - 7:56 am

    They must not have a lot to do at Echo Nest! ;-)

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