Monday, December 12, 2005

Origins of Abba, and other band names 

Finally I can demonstrate that my blog name is not derived from the band that put the dis in Swedish, or, more accurately, that they did not name their band based on me:

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).
There are a lot more origin-of-band-name stories, some rather amusing. A few examples:

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.
How different things could have been.

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.
Who knew? Sorry, I couldn't help that one.

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.

If you really, really liked this -- or even really, really hated it -- there's lots more: