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50 Somewhat Fascinating Facts About Your Favorite Bands' Names

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    Pink Floyd’s name came from the names of two blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

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    Pearl Jam was originally named Mookie Blaylock, after the NBA player.

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    Van Halen was originally called Mammoth.

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    311 is an Omaha police code for indecent exposure.

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    The name for The Rolling Stones came from a Muddy Waters song

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    The members of Cream were considered the “cream of the crop.”

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    The name Oasis was inspired by a concert poster.

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    R.E.M. refers to the Rapid Eye Movement phase of sleep.

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    Stone Temple Pilots’ name was inspired by the car lubricant product, STP.

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    AC/DC got their name from a sewing machine. It refers to Alternate Current/Direct Current.

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    Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer used to write the word Aerosmith on his school notebook.

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    The Allman Brothers Band was named after a fan vote. The actual Allman Brothers (Duane and Gregg) were the only members who pushed for another name.

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    The name Audioslave came to Chris Cornell in a vision.

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    Avenged Sevenfold comes from a passage in the Bible. “If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.” -- Genesis 4:24

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    The Beatles purposely misspelled “beetles” as a play on words with “beat.”

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    A producer wanted The Black Crowes to call themselves “Kobb Kounty Krowes.” They hated that name.

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    The Black Keys got their name from an artist the band’s fathers knew. Alfred McMoore would often leave incoherent phone messages that included the phrase “black keys.”

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    Boston is named after the band’s hometown.

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    Chicago is named after the band’s hometown.

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    The members of Daft Punk received a negative review when they were in a Beach Boys influenced band. It was described as “a daft punky thrash.”

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    Dave Matthews fronts the Dave Matthews Band.

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    Many Def Leppard members were previously in a group called Atomic Mass.

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    Eminem is not named after the candy.

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    Foo Fighters were named after the World War II term “Foo Fighter” used to refer to Unidentified Flying Objects.

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    The Goo Goo Dolls were originally called The Sex Maggots.

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    Green Day is slang for a day spent smoking marijuana.

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    Imagine Dragons is a secret anagram.

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    Jack White took Meg White’s last name when they were married.

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    Jane’s Addiction was named after Perry Farrell’s roommate…who was named Jane.

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    Jethro Tull shares a name with an 18th century English agricultural scientist.

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    Kansas is named after the group’s home state.

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    Kid Rock chose the name after people said they enjoyed watching “that white kid rock.”

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    Kings of Leon was named after the band’s grandfather.

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    In the 1970s, many believed that KISS stood for “Kids in Satan’s Service.” The band denies that.

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    Linkin Park was named after an actual Lincoln Park. The band changed the spelling because LincolnPark.com was too expensive to purchase.

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd was named after the band’s gym teacher Leonard Skinner.

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    There are five people in Maroon 5.

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    There is nobody named Marshall Tucker in the Marshall Tucker Band.

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    Mötley Crüe was called a motley crew.

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    Marcus Mumford obviously is the Mumford in Mumford & Sons. However, those other guys aren’t his kids.

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    My Chemical Romance comes from a collection of novellas, “Three Tales of Chemical Romance.”

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    Nickelback came from Mike Kroeger’s time at Starbucks. He often said “Here’s your nickel back” when he gave customers change.

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    Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain previously formed a band called Fecal Matter.

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    People are in the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They aren’t literally food.

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    Skrillex was his AIM screen name.

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    Styx is named after a river in Greek mythology.

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    The Killers’ name came from a New Order music video that featured a fictitious band with “The Killers” on their bass drum.

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    The Who were originally called The Detours.

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    Weezer was River Cuomo’s childhood nickname.

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    The Who’s Keith Moon and John Entwistle once said a Jimmy Page-Jeff Beck supergroup would go down like a “lead balloon.” Lead was changed to “Led” and “balloon” was switched with “Zeppelin.”

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