Weird and/or bad original names of now-famous bands


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/01/weird-andor-bad-original-name.html


#2

I rather like “The Young Aborigines”.

Also, “Tony Flow and ,” was a good name, but it could be longer.


#3

One of these bands deserves their original, awful name.


#4

So maybe Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will finally have a comeback when they change their name to The Old Pickled Bell Peppers


#5

I kinda like The Obelisk. And Creed might be a better name than Naked Toddler, but the band still sucked.


#6

Then there are some original names that may be considered better… The Quarrymen and Johnny and the Moondogs are pretty awesome band names…


#7

I think “The Obelisk” just paints the wrong picture for The Cure:

The Obelisk: a 5 piece progressive death metal band from Chicago.

Obelisk: a 6-piece melodic death metal band from Nashville.

Obelisk: a 4-piece progressive metal band from Pittsburgh.

Black Obelisk: a 4-piece hard rock / thrash metal band from Moscow.


#8

Some other bands left out:

Throbbing Gristle
Original name: Jazz Slaves Local #67

Coil
Original name: Perineal

Fuck Buttons
Original name: The Fuzzy

Butthole Surfers
Original name: Butthole Surfers


ETA: I may or may not have totally made these up.


#9

“You’ll always be Les Tossers to me”:


#10

A lot of those names aren’t half bad. Is it legal to recycle them?


#11

When The Iveys needed a new name after they signed to Apple Records, John wanted to name them The Glass Onion, and Paul wanted to name them Home. They went with Badfinger.


#12

I’m kind of surprised they were that tame to start with!


#13

Thank God that one worked out in the end. Badfinger was by far the only good option.


#14

Wicked Lester >>> Kiss


#15

The world might have been different if The Polka Tulk Blues Band hadn’t changed their name…


#16

That was easily the biggest 180° in the list. My jaw actually went slack a little reading that one.


#17

Kinda down with Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem


#18

Perineal is a gucking great band name!


#19

They might still be in Carlisle? They only changed their name to Black Sabbath after they moved back to Birmingham.


#20

I’m pretty sure the Beachboys were origially The PendleTONES.