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Reason for musical artist/band names...

Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by SixTwoSix, 13 Mar 2010.

  1. SixTwoSix

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    Following on from a chat I was having with a mate at work I think this has the potential to be a pretty informative and interesting thread.

    Without googling or wiki'ing to try and look clever, let the rest of us know the reasoning behind musical artist and band names.

    A couple I know about:

    Bowling 4 Soup: They all wrote random words on bits of paper, threw them in a hat and pulled out 3, ergo, Bowling 4 Soup.

    Eminem: This is a no brainer, it's the initials for his name, Marshal Mathers, M and M, Eminem.

    Marilyn Manson: Apparently his two biggest role models are Charles Manson and Marilyn Monroe.
     
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  2. twist3d0n3

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    raiden (d'n'b producer)

    it sounds cool

    :D

    on a serious note, biffy clyro - they had a byro with cliff richard on it.
     
  3. THMRK

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    This is incorrect.
     
  4. Shamikebab

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    Sum 41: They formed 41 days into summer or something like that.

    Celldweller: He had a song called Helldweller when he was in Circle of Dust, someone jokingly gave him the nickname Celldweller because he tends to shut himself away.
     
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    Meshuggah : Its yiddish for "crazy", and they sound pretty crazy
     
  6. TheCenturion

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    UB40 - unemployment benefit form 40

    UB40 formed cos they were all unemployed and needed something to do :D
     
  7. jaybee

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    The Prodigy - Name derived from Liam's first synthesiser he got the Moog Prodigy.
     
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    Pink Floyd:

    Imagine them being called the Tea Set. :D:D

    Arcade Fire:

     
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  9. SexyGreyFox

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    Led Zeppelin - Apparently Keith Moon told them they would go down like a Lead Zeppelin.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd - the name of their geography or English teacher at school

    Black Sabbath - They were called Earth but looked across at the picture house from where they were practicing and Boris Karloffs Black Sabbath was on.

    Keith Richards was actually called Keith Richard in the early days because their manager thought people would associate Keith with Cliff Richard and it could give a boost to the band.
    How embarassing.
     
  10. twist3d0n3

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    what's with the dropping of the a?
     
  11. SexyGreyFox

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    You cheated
     
  12. SexyGreyFox

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    Dunno.
    Bit like my band we just decided to drop the G although locally we are known as Stirring The Peas
     
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    Weezer - Rivers Cuomo's brother Leaves (aka Jimmy, as in 'wrestle with Jimmy') had bad asthma as a child.

    Ben Folds Five - Simply because it sounds better than Ben Folds Three
     
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    Jethro Tull - named after some revolutionary farmer from the 17th century or something

    Hayseed Dixie - ACDC

    Rammstein - Germany's biggest air disaster
     
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    Dumb Yanks. :D

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Led_zeppelin
     
  16. SixTwoSix

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    Elaborate please?
     
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    Nickelback - apparently it's some sort of American saying, "Do you want your nickel back?"
     
  18. Shamikebab

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    "The name of each band member was originally created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of an iconic mass murderer or serial killer, doing so to demonstrate the odd dichotomy of society (American society, in particular)."
     
  19. twist3d0n3

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    i heard it was due to chad kroeger having a bad car accident, needing severe spinal surgery. they pioneered a new procedure in which his back is plated in nickel.

    true story

    :D
     
  20. SixTwoSix

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    Surely that fits in with what I know of the way the name was formed then :confused: