How 50 of Alternative Rock’s Biggest Bands Got Their Names
The name game—it's something that every band has had to deal with, but fortunately they always get it out of the way right at the beginning of their careers. We've found the stories that show how 50 of the biggest acts in alternative and indie rock came up with their name.
Coming up with a band name can be a maddening experience. Mostly because there's so much hinging on it. After all, as you're about to discover, some of the world's most beloved groups started out with downright dumb (or at least significantly less cool-sounding) names before they finally turned to the ones that we know them by today.
Once you start to delve into the process by which some of your favorite bands came up with their names, it gets to be a slippery slope. Some had a stroke of brilliance, others acted out of desperation, and frankly, some took a rather stupid path to identifying themselves. And of course, this being rock 'n' roll, there are plenty of artists who are only to eager to perpetuate exaggerations and utter untruths about the origins of their names, just for the perverse pleasure of confusing the public at large.