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Some I found interesting...

GREEN DAY - A bunch of stories: 1- If you smoked pot and goofed off all day, you just had a "Green Day". They used to skip high school and do this. 2- When the band members dropped out of high school to work on the band, their principal said "it'll be a green day in hell before you make anything of yourselves". 3- A sign in the movie "Soilent Green" contained GREEN DAY. The band's first name was SWEET CHILDREN.)

HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH - There was a kid in Darius Rucker's high school who looked like and owl. They called him Hootie. There was another kid with puffed up cheeks that they called Blowfish. Hootie is also the nickname of the legendary Kansas City jazz pianist Jay McShann.

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - They were originally called "Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem". Anthony Kiedis says he was inspired to change the name to the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS after seeing "a psychedelic bush with band's name on it". It may be a coincidence, but the famous pimp and piano player Jelly Roll Morton had a band called RED HOT PEPPERS in the 1920's.

 

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POLICE - For some reason they enjoy using themes related to law enforcement. Consider STING's name and the Stuart Copeland side project Klark Kent. One of Stuart Copeland's brothers used to head I.R.S. Records and another brother ran the FBI Tour Agency.

Heh

 

LED ZEPPELIN - In the late 60's Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Entwistle started putting together a new project, so far named THE NEW YARDBIRDS. Keith Moon told them "that'll go over like a lead zeppelin". Moon's suspicions make sense given the time.. the YARDBIRDS sounded somewhat awkward in their last months when they performed Page's new song "Dazed and Confused". The "Led" spelling insured that people would pronounce the name right. Somehow Entwistle didn't end up in the final Zeppelin lineup.

That's a good one. I wonder what Entwistle or Jones would have done if both were in the band.

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METALLICA - A couple stories kicking around: 1- Lars Ulrich was helping a friend think of a name for a metal fanzine. The magazine went with METAL MILITIA and Lars kept METALLICA, which was one of the suggestions. There's an old METALLICA song called "Metal Militia". 2- Some claim METALLICA is a combination of "Metal" and "Vodka".

 

 

#2 must have been from their Alcoholica days.

 

 

 

THE BEATLES - A few stories floating around about this one.. Stuart Sutcliffe came up with THE BEETLES in 1960, which was evidently a play on Buddy Holly's CRICKETS. They went by THE QUARRYMEN and THE SILVER BEETLES awhile later, then shortened and mutated that to THE BEATLES. Lennon and Sutcliffe may have also been influenced by the film "The Wild One", which featured a motorcycle gang called the Beetles. John Lennon is generally credited with combining Beetles and Beat to come up with THE BEATLES spelling. Lennon was also fond of saying he had a vision as a child of a flaming pie in the sky that said "You are Beatles with an "A"...

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THE BEATLES - A few stories floating around about this one.. Stuart Sutcliffe came up with THE BEETLES in 1960, which was evidently a play on Buddy Holly's CRICKETS. They went by THE QUARRYMEN and THE SILVER BEETLES awhile later, then shortened and mutated that to THE BEATLES. Lennon and Sutcliffe may have also been influenced by the film "The Wild One", which featured a motorcycle gang called the Beetles. John Lennon is generally credited with combining Beetles and Beat to come up with THE BEATLES spelling. Lennon was also fond of saying he had a vision as a child of a flaming pie in the sky that said "You are Beatles with an "A"...

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