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Grimes reveals the origins of her name

on December 20, 2014, 4:55pm

Ever wonder how young Claire Boucher became the hyperactive superwoman of Avant garde synthpop we know as Grimes? It seems we have MySpace to thank.

According to a series of tweets posted Saturday, Boucher came up with the name Grimes while filling out her MySpace artist page. “On myspace ur genre could be grime and u could have 3 genres so i was plural grime, b4 knowing what grime was,” she explained. “I was very please to discover that i actually loved grime music.”

Boucher originally told journalists that she drew inspiration from experimental artist Ken Grimes and The Simpsons character Frank Grimes. She admitted she was “originally too embarrassed” to reveal the name’s true origins.

In a separate burst of Twitter activity last week, Boucher revealed she’s making further progress on the follow-up to 2012’s Visions. She said that she and collaborator Blood Diamonds recently recorded a “glam rock style song, feeling Queen and Bowie.”

Below, revisit Grimes’ standalone single “Go”, which we named the 37th best song of 2014.

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