Rock Band Name Origins

The Stories of 240 Groups and Performers

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About the Book

This book details the origins of the names of 240 musical acts, focusing on the most popular groups (and a few individual performers) from the 1960s through today. Even casual music fans will recognize almost all of the acts discussed. A few one-hit wonders are included simply because their name is so unusual (Mungo Jerry, for example) that they warrant a place in the study.
Each entry focuses on the meaning and/or origin of the act’s name, what it had been called previously, and any other names that were considered and rejected during the naming process. Also included are facts and figures about the act’s history and place in the rock music pantheon, the year the act was formed, the names of original members and later members of note and the act’s best known hit. The book lists bands alphabetically to give the casual reader the opportunity to open it to any page and read at leisure, the historian the ability to easily pinpoint the subject of his or her research, or the die-hard rock fan the chance to learn from A to Z the name origins of the biggest acts in rock and pop music history.

About the Author(s)

Attorney Greg Metzer lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Bibliographic Details

Greg Metzer
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3818-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5531-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      3

ABBA      7

AC/DC      8

Ace of Base      8

Aerosmith      9

a-ha      10

Alice in Chains      11

The All-American Rejects      12

The Amboy Dukes      13

Ambrosia      14

America      15

The Animals      16

Art of Noise      16

Asia      17

The B-52’s      18

The Babys      19

Backstreet Boys      20

Bad Company      21

Bad English      22

Badfinger      22

Bananarama      23

The Bangles      24

Barenaked Ladies      25

Bay City Rollers      26

The Beach Boys      27

The Beatles      28

The Bee Gees      28

Berlin      29

Big Brother & the Holding Company      30

The Black Crowes      31

Black Sabbath      32

Blind Melon      33

blink-182      34

Blondie      35

Blood, Sweat & Tears      35

Blue Öyster Cult      37

Blues Traveler      37

Blur      38

Jon Bon Jovi / Bon Jovi      39

The Boomtown Rats      40

David Bowie      41

The Box Tops      41

Bread      42

Buffalo Springfield      43

Bush      44

The Byrds      45

The Cars      46

Cheap Trick      46

Chubby Checker      47

Chic      48

Cinderella      49

The Clash      50

Coldplay      51

Collective Soul      52

Commodores      52

Alice Cooper      53

Elvis Costello      54

Counting Crows      55

The Cranberries      56

Cream      57

Creed      58

Creedence Clearwater Revival      59

Culture Club      60

The Cure      60

Bobby Darin      61

Deep Purple      62

Def Leppard      63

Depeche Mode      64

Derek and the Dominos      65

Devo      65

Dire Straits      66

Dr. Hook      67

The Doobie Brothers      68

The Doors      69

Duran Duran      70

Bob Dylan      71

The Eagles      72

Earth, Wind & Fire      72

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)      73

Eurythmics      74

Evanescence      75

Fastball      76

The 5th Dimension      77

Firefall      78

Five for Fighting      79

The Flaming Lips      79

Fleetwood Mac      80

Foghat      81

Foo Fighters      82

Foreigner      83

Frankie Goes to Hollywood      84

Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons      85

Garbage      86

Genesis      87

Gin Blossoms      88

Go-Go’s      89

Goo Goo Dolls      89

Grand Funk Railroad      90

Grateful Dead      91

Green Day      92

The Guess Who      93

Guns n’ Roses      94

Heart      95

Herman’s Hermits      95

The Hollies      96

The Honeydrippers      97

Hoobastank      98

The Hooters      99

Hootie & the Blowfish      100

The Human League      101

Icehouse      101

Billy Idol      102

INXS      103

Jefferson Airplane      104

Jethro Tull      105

Jimmy Eat World      106

Elton John      107

Journey      107

Keane      108

Chaka Khan / Rufus      109

The Kinks      110

Kiss      111

Kool & the Gang      112

Led Zeppelin      113

Level 42      114

Loverboy      115

The Lovin’ Spoonful      116

Lynyrd Skynyrd      116

Madness      117

The Mamas & The Papas      118

Marilyn Manson      119

Maroon 5      120

matchbox twenty      121

Meat Loaf      122

Metallica      123

Milli Vanilli      123

Moby      124

The Moody Blues      125

The Mothers of Invention      126

Mötley Crüe      127

Mott the Hoople      128

Mungo Jerry      129

Naked Eyes      130

New Order      130

Nickelback      131

Night Ranger      132

Nine Inch Nails      133

Nirvana      134

No Doubt      135

Oasis      135

Ohio Players      136

Oingo Boingo      137

The O’Jays      138

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark      139

The Outfield      140

Pablo Cruise      141

Parliament / Funkadelic      142

Pearl Jam      143

Pet Shop Boys      144

Phish      144

Pink Floyd      145

Poco      146

The Pretenders      147

Procol Harum      148

Psychedelic Furs      149

Puddle of Mudd      149

Pure Prairie League      150

Quarterflash      151

Queen / Freddie Mercury      152

? & the Mysterians      153

Radiohead      154

Rage Against the Machine      155

Ramones      156

Red Hot Chili Peppers      157

R.E.M.      158

REO Speedwagon      158

Paul Revere & the Raiders      159

The Righteous Brothers      160

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles      161

The Rolling Stones      162

Roxette      163

Roxy Music      164

Rush      165

Savage Garden      166

Scorpions      166

Scritti Politti      167

Sex Pistols      168

Simple Minds      169

Siouxsie & the Banshees      170

Sixpence None the Richer      171

Skid Row      172

Smash Mouth      173

Smashing Pumpkins      174

Soundgarden      175

Spice Girls      175

Spin Doctors      176

Spinners      177

Steely Dan      178

Steppenwolf      179

Cat Stevens      180

Sting / The Police      181

Stone Temple Pilots      182

Styx      183

Sugar Ray      184

Supertramp      185

The Supremes      185

Survivor      186

(The) Sweet      187

Talk Talk      188

Talking Heads      189

Tears for Fears      190

The Temptations      191

10cc      192

10,000 Maniacs      193

Tesla      194

Thin Lizzy      194

Third Eye Blind (3eb)      195

.38 Special      196

Thompson Twins      197

Three Dog Night      198

Toad the Wet Sprocket      199

Toto      200

Traveling Wilburys      201

The Troggs      201

The Tubes      202

The Turtles      203

Shania Twain      204

Twisted Sister      205

U2 / Bono / The Edge      206

Uriah Heep      207

The Velvet Underground      208

Vertical Horizon      209

Village People      210

The Wallflowers      211

Wang Chung      211

War      212

The Who      213

Stevie Wonder      214

XTC      215

Yes      216

ZZ Top      217

Appendix 1: Pervious Names      219

Appendix 2: Names Considered and Rejected      223

Index      225

Book Reviews & Awards

“entertaining volume”—Booklist; “engaging…a well-constructed resource…highly entertaining…an ideal source for music fans”—ARBA; “enjoyable”—Reference & Research Book News.