10 Acts Who Changed Their Names Mid-Career
4. Dinosaur/Dinosaur Jr.
On their first record, college-rock band Dinosaur Jr. was known simply as Dinosaur. It didn't take long for the old legal threats to start coming in and forcing them to tack on the Jr. In all honesty, though, it was probably a good thing. "Dinosaur Jr." is a much more distinctive name, with a quirky ring to it.
3. Green Jello/Green Jellÿ
Yet another band screwed by legal threats, Green Jello was forced to change its name by Kraft Foods, which owns the trademark on the word Jell-O. That's right, Jell-O is a brand, not the actual name of the food, sort of like Band-Aid is a brand name for adhesive bandages and your ass will get sued if you name your band Band-Aid. Anyway, the band switched to Green Jellÿ, but it's still pronounced Green Jello.
Starfucker, while a great name for a band, is not the most marketable one. That was the reason they decided to experiment briefly with changing it in 2009. First they tried out PYRAMID, all caps, and then Pyramiddd with three Ds, because why not? Finally they just went back to Starfucker and gave up on commercial success.
1. The Dimes/Young Mammals
A few years back, these Houston locals were already making a name for themselves in the burgeoning indie-rock scene as the Dimes before shifting to being Young Mammals. It was another case where a group received a cease-and-desist order for using its old name. The new one is much better, though, all things considered, so Young Mammals got the last laugh.
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