Did you know that the Bee Gees were named after the initials of a DJ called Bill Gates, Did you know that the true story behind the origin of the 10cc rock band name is much more banal and boring than the metropolitan legend that surrounds it, Have you ever wondered why the hell someone would have chosen to call his band Chumbawamba, Here you can expand your knowledge by learning about the origins, the names of rock groups and the pseudonyms of pop artists.
10cc: An urban legend states that the band that wrote the hit I’m Not in Love chose its name as a gesture for the average male ejaculation, which is estimated as 9cc of semen. but the name of the band was born in a dream that the director of the band, Jonathan King, had in which he ran a band with the name of 10cc
Alice in Chains: Lane Stanley and Jerry Cantrell intended to form a heavy metal band that will perform cover of Slayer wearing clothes. Although the plan did not come out, the band’s name remained. Alice in Chains is a take-off on Alice in Wonderland with a touch of S and M.
Bee Gees: The Gibb brothers had the name The Rattlesnakes in mind as their band name. Later they had the idea of honoring the initials of both Brothers Gibb and their close friend and one of their first support, DJ Bill Gates, which has nothing to do with the founder of Microsoft.
Chumbawamba: Apparently, one of the band members made a strange dream, in which he could not decide which door in the public bathroom should enter since the signs Men and Women were replaced with the signs Chumba and Wamba.
The Doors: previously named Psychedelic Ranger, inspired by a quote by William Blake: if the doors of perception were to be purified, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Elvis Costello: he was born as Declan Patrick McManus. When he began his musical career, he adopted a pseudonym created by a combination of Elvis Presley and Lou Costello, mainly because it represents the exact opposite of the other Elvis.
The Fall: based on the title of a novel by Albert Camus.
Grateful Dead: originally called The Warlocks. The origin of the cult group name was inspired by an old English folk tale, which speaks of a traveler who is saved from the spirit of a dead person who is grateful for the generosity of travelers and his willingness to pay the debts of the dead for him to be buried
The Happy Mondays: Shaun Rider was inspired by the good Monday that he and the other members of the band were having the unemployed who spent the day following the weekend sleeping while other people went to work.
Ice T: The controversial gangsta rapper chose to name himself after Iceberg Slim, a famous pimp who later became an author of books describing gangsta life.
Johnny Rotten: the leader of the Sex Pistols was born as John Lydon. He received a stage name that was found most suitable for an anarchist punk with a series of rotten teeth.
Kraftwerk: the pioneer electronic band has adopted the German translation of the term Power Station.
L. LL Cool J: James Todd Smith pseudonym is an acronym for Ladies Love Cool James.
Marilyn Manson: the pseudonym of the bandleader mixes two of America’s favorite celebrities: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. Other band members use pseudonyms Ginger Fish, Twiggy Ramirez and Madonna Wayne Gacy.
Nine Inch Nails: inspired by the nails that united Jesus to the cross
The Orb: In Woody Allens Sleeper, there is a silver ball that causes people who touch it to react in strange ways. This device was called The Orb.
The Pogues: originally called Pogue Mahone, which is Kiss my Ass in Gaelic, the band abbreviated the name to avoid airplay censorship.
Regina: a word that captures both the transvestite connotation and that of royalty was the perfect name for the band in the eyes of Freddie Mercury.
The Replacements: according to the myth, the punk rock band adapted the name after replacing a missing band in a concert, an incident that made them present themselves as The Replacements.
Sex Pistols: Malcolm Mclaren is responsible for choosing the name, partly to help promote the clothing store called Sex by Vivien Westwood who was his girlfriend at the time.
TLC: the initials of the band members nicknamed T Boz, Left Eye and Chilli. It also suggests the acronym of Tender Loving Care.
UB40: the politically oriented band takes its name from a type of British unemployment.
Velvet Underground: takes its name from the title of an unknown sex book that one of the band members found lying on the sidewalk
Weezer: the frontman of the band has been nicknamed Weezer in high school since he was a geek who suffered from asthma that caused hissing sounds.
XTC: This punk band was formed in 1976 long before the use of the drug was popular. The band changed its original name to Star Park after seeing a clip of Jimmy Durante in which he states: Im in ecstasy!
Yes, yes, yes: according to Karen O, the inspiration for the name of the hip band comes from the New York phrase, which means something similar.
ZZ Top: there are two versions related to the origin of the band’s name. According to the first, the band’s name is a parody of the name of the blues musician ZZ Hill. According to the second version, the name refers to a combination of two famous brands of rollable papers for cigarettes: Zig Zag and Tops.