Rock Band Name Origins: The Stories of 240 Groups and Performers

Rock Band Name Origins: The Stories of 240 Groups and Performers

by Greg Metzer

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$29.95

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786438181
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/21/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Attorney Greg Metzer lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

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

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