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A History of Band Names: Led Zeppelin, Deadmau5, Steely Dan, and more

on January 21, 2014, 2:33pm
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A group of musicians isn’t a proper band until they’ve settled on a name. But in deciding what to dub themselves, ensembles must account for a litany of considerations. The name needs to have a nice ring to it, that’s a given. And of course, similarities to existing bands ought to be avoided – otherwise you’re basically asking for a cease-and-desist letter. It can’t be too predictable either; you want something nuanced and quirky. Ideally, musicians craft a band name that captures the essence of their music. You don’t see Christian Rock bands operating under the moniker Bastards of Lucifer’s Bestial Bloodbath. Sometimes a group hits the jackpot by venturing outside the box to claim a name that enhances its mystique, encapsulates its sound, and looks great on a Hall of Fame induction plaque. So to elucidate some of the more unconventional names out there, we’re asking the same question as Juliet Capulet: “What’s in a name”?

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BORK (@theEARLofSWIRL)
February 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

When an article starts with; “a group of musicians”, one assumes that’s the topic.
Who cares what a guy with a pair of Disney mouse ears, who just pushes ‘play’ on a sampler, calls himself?
#DJsArentMusicians

maryn
January 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Reblogged this on M-air-in..

Kyle
January 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Find the rest here:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_band_name_etymologies

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January 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm

!!! – you hear some bands called ungoogleable, but they are literally ungoogleable. You cannot google them.

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