Monday, December 12, 2005
There are a lot more origin-of-band-name stories, some rather amusing. A few examples:
ABBA - Abba is 'father' in Hebrew but the band claims that to be unintentional - rather it is an acronym for the first names of the band members: Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid (Frida).
How different things could have been.
GOO GOO DOLLS - used to be called the Sex Maggots, and when they were told that local newspapers wouldn't print that name, Jonny Rzeznik picked up a magazine from the early 60's with an ad for a doll that cried Goo Goo when you turned it upside down.
Who knew? Sorry, I couldn't help that one.
LED ZEPPELIN - Jimmy Page was drinking with Moon and Entwhistle, who were bitching about their band mates Daltrey and Townshend. They joked about the two of them starting a band with Jimmy, and one of them said "Yeah, that will go over like a lead balloon". When Jimmy formed his own band, he remembered this and thought "Lead Zeppelin" would be good, both from that conversation and the heavy/light contradiction similar to the band named IRON BUTTERFLY. They decided to drop the "a" so Americans wouldn't mispronounce it.
Some interesting stories behind a lot of the band names. Have a look unless it's going to take time away from your blog hopping.