Fascinating article over at The Atlantic about the history of the word “The” in terms of musical acts:
The band’s right to think about the grammatical implications of “the.” “There’s a distinction between count nouns, which can be enumerated—hives or, sometimes, so so glos—and a mass noun, which is something that, like electricity or freedom, simply cannot,” the OED’s Shiedlower explained. “There are contexts where you can make peace or love or freedom plural, but usually that isn’t the case. Water is a good example. Whether you have a puddle or an ocean, you just have water.
So the lack of an article has literal implications for the meaning of a band’s name: “Cults” vs. “The Cults,” “Foals” vs. “The Foals,” “Creem” vs. “The Creem.” But what about as a linguistic phenomenon?
It will fascinate you - check it out here.