12 Bizarre and Intriguing Stories behind Well-Known Bands Name
One of the biggest decisions of any band is what to call themselves. Still, unfortunately, so many Music Bands get it wrong. Let’s get started and figure out the reasons behind some of the bizarre, intriguing random band names in the history. They say that the names make the band, here are 12 strange bands name that didn’t make it-
- Backstreet Boys
This American vocal group which was formed in Orlando decided to give the band name as ‘Backstreet Boys’ as they used to hang out at Orlando’s backstreet market and also had their first performance at Orlando.
However, the band soon rose to stardom with their album Millennium (1999) and sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them the most popular boys band in the world.
The origin of this post-punk group name comes directly from a dream. One of the band member of this band, Danbert Nobacon explained how he had a dream where he wanted to use the toilet, but didn’t know which door was the entry for the public toilet mainly because the signs in his dream said ‘Chumbha’ and ‘Wamba’ instead of ‘Men’ and ‘Women’.
10. Savage Garden
Believe it or not, the name of this band is taken from a novel The Vampire Lestat, a novel by Anne Rice that is part of The Vampire Chronicles, a series that sold over 80 million copies. Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones formed this pop rock duo from Queensland. The line in the novel was- ‘The mind of each man is a savage garden’.
9. Ace Of Base
This band has a rare history of making their music in the basement of an auto repair shop. It was the only studio they had at that time. As a sign of affection for the basement, they named their band Ace of Base which literally means “Master of the Basement”.
In 1973, the co-founders of this band Paul Stanley and Peter Criss were roaming in New York when the latter one mentioned how he is in a band named ‘Lips’. Stanley liked the concept and idea so much, that he came up with name ‘KISS’ as his band name. However, it’s not an acronym as they just thought that the capital letters looked cool and different as the band logo name.
7. The Black Keys
The term ‘Black Keys’ comes from an expression used by a friend of Dan and Pat who are the co-founders, Alfred Mamore. However, his friend was a schizophrenic artist which means he suffered from schizophrenic. He used to call Carney’s home number and leave references to “black keys” in the voicemail.
6. Pearl Jam
There’s a lot of misinformation by the band itself, on this subject, as they keep changing the origin history of their band name. Initially it was said that the band’s name was dedicated on the famous mouth-watering jam made by Eddie Vedder’s great grandmother, Pearl. Later, it was claimed that the band name was named after NBA star Mookie Blaylock. The other rumours which became viral was that they liked the word “Pearl” and the mixture of pearl and jam was rather a reference to the way oysters make pearls from grit.
5. Alice in Chains
Can you imagine a band named after a heavy metal drag band? This band’s name was originally known as- Alice N’ Chainz. However, their lead singer Stanley took the concept to form another band after Alice N’ Chainz broke up, and hence, Alice in Chains was formed.
4. Dexy’s Midnight Runners
A band named after drugs? If this is not insanity, I don’t know what else is! This band is famous for its hit song “Come on Eileen”. However their infamous band name is taken from a drug named, ‘Dexedrine’ which is popular among Britishers. The concept behind this name is however somewhat interesting- Taking a drug like this would keep the fans up all night.
3. The Ramones
Beatles’ Paul McCartney was the main driving force behind the name of this band. He used to check into hotels using the name “Paul Ramone” in an attempt to hide his true identity. Other reports claim that Dee Dee liked the producer Phil Ramone whereas Joey was a major fan of the girl band The Ronettes of 1950s.
‘Motorhead’ was a slam used in 70s America for someone on speed. The founder of this band Lemmy claimed that his goal for the band was to be “the dirtiest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world”. In Britain, Motorhead is equivalent to the term “speed freak” which doesn’t refers to the kind of speed that comes from a motor vehicle.
The drummer Dave Peverett was playing the famous word game Scrabble with his brother John, and suddenly they formed this word –‘FOGHAT’ which has literally no meaning. Peverett loved this word so much that he instantly suggested it to his team members and they liked it.
Who would have thought a random game of Scrabble can decide a rock band name?