10 Bands That Were Almost Named Something Really Stupid


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7. R.E.M.
R.E.M. doesn't seem controversial now, but they would have offended plenty with their first ideas for names: Negro Wives and Cans of Piss. Luckily, they realized they weren't a hardcore punk band and picked R.E.M. at random out of a dictionary.


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6. The Beach Boys
The Pendletones was still a surfer reference, being a tribute to the Pendleton shirts of the day, but I'm glad the Beach Boys decided on a name that wouldn't inspire thoughts like "what the fuck is a Pendletone?"


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5. Pink Floyd
As in the case of R.E.M., Pink Floyd was a bit confused about what kind of band they wanted to be, originally calling themselves Meggadeath. The world thanks them for leaving that open for a metal band to take.


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CorbyTender
CorbyTender

Black Sabbath should have remained "Earth"

Jason Helms
Jason Helms

Stone Temple Pilots were originally going to go by Shirley Temple's Pussy.

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you get paid for writing this?

David Williams
David Williams

Autocorrect pisses me off. Who the fuck is Van Helen? lol

David Williams
David Williams

Van Halen had a bad name suggested to them...but they failed to mention what they were actually called before David Lee Roth insisted on Van Helen: Mammoth. Not too bad...but it was taken, so they changed it. Glad they did too...

Sean Oliver
Sean Oliver

Don't forget the cure was originally "Easy Cure".

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