Band’s Names Before They Were Famous

on 2 March 2012 in Slideshows


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If we asked you could probably rattle off dozens of the worlds biggest bands names. But how many of you knew that most of these bands started off using a completely different name for the band?

From The Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, and more we take a look back at the often hilarious world of band's first names.

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    If we asked you could probably rattle off dozens of the worlds biggest bands names. But how many of you knew that most of these bands started off using a completely different name for the band?

    From The Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, and more we take a look back at the often hilarious world of band's first names.

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    Band: Barenaked Ladies - Original Name: Free Beer

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    Band: The Pogues - Original Name: Póg mo Thóin (Kiss my Ass)

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    Band: Bad Finger - Original Name: The Iveys

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    Band: Snow Patrol - Original Name: Polar Bear

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    Band: Goo Goo Dolls - Original Name: The Sex Maggots

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    Band: Pearl Jam - Original Name: Mookie Blaylock

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    Band: Phish - Original Name: Blackwood Convention

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    Band: Pink Floyd - Original Name: Meggadeath

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    Band: Def Leppard - Original Name: Atomic Mass

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    Band: Bee Gees - Original Name: Rattlesnakes

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    Band: Black Sabbath - Original Name: The Polka Tulk Blues Band

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    Band: The Doors - Original Name: Psychedelic Rangers

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    Band: Queen - Original Name: Smile

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    Band: The Cure - Original Name: Easy Cure

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    Band: Green Day - Original Name: Sweet Children

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    Band: Coldplay - Original Name: Starfish

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    Band: U2 - Original Name: Feedback

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    Band: REM - Original Name: Negro Wives, Cans of Piss

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    Band: The Beach Boys - Original Name: The Pendletones

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    Band: The Who - Original Name: The High Numbers

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    Band: Led Zeppelin - Original Name: The New Yardbirds

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    Band: The Yardbirds - Original Name: Metropolis Blues Quartet

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    Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Original Name: The Golliwogs

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    Band: Van Halen - Original Name: Rat Salad

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    Band: Radiohead - Original Name: On A Friday

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    Band: Grateful Dead - Original Name: Mother Mcree's Uptown Jug Champions

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    Band: The Beatles - Original Name: Johnny & The Moondogs, The Quarrymen

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    Band: Oasis - Original Name: Rain

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    Band: Nirvana - Original Name: Pen Cap Chew

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    Band: The Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Original Name: Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem

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    Band: Beastie Boys - Original Name: The Young Aborigines

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    Band: The Clash - Original Name: The Weak Heartdrops

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    Band: Creed - Original Name: Naked Toddler

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    Band: Maroon 5 - Original Name: Kara’s Flowers

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