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Band Names
Band NamesNaming a band is like naming a baby: you want something distinctive and memorable, but nothing silly enough to get you picked on in the schoolyard. You can grab a dictionary and pull "Commodores" on the first try, or mull it over for months only to settle on "Strawberry Alarm Clock."

Whatever the choice, the band has to not only live with it, but explain it over and over to intrepid fans and journalists.

Below are 20 possible band name explanations. See if you can spot the fakes in this edition of Fact or Fiction.


This was fun. Maybe we'll do a Band Names Part II - any ideas?

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Anonymous from Ca. No body said Paul Revere was lead singer
and yes,this was fun,let's try song titles
-boob from Pendleton,orygun

nice!
-Anonymous

More 60's and 70's rock band names on the next quiz.
-Brent from Denair, CA

Good quiz! Thanks for that, I agree with ol rocking Dave, a song title quiz would be great, and a true/false quiz on artists facts......like, "Dave Grohl has only been in one band, foo fighters. True or false". Something like that. And a "rock legends" quiz would be great also, true false questions about commonly held beliefs about rock artists, and rock legends and stories.
-MelissaJones76@me.com from Texas

paul Revere was not the lead singer., Mark Lindsay was.
-Anonymous from ca

i thought blue oyster cult was an anagram of cully stout beer, but i haven't seen this confirmed anywhere
-smc from va

How about one on song titles? You could do a whole one on Bob Dylan alone.
-Old Rockin' Dave from Long Island

I like it! Except the fact that Journey was around WAY BEFORE beavis and butthead!!!
-Nancy from Ohio

The Zappa/Beefheart thing is wrong methinks 'cuz according to various things I had read Vilet's dad used to describe his male appendage's tip as looking like a big effin beefheart and it morphed from there.
-Jim H from indiana

That was fun, but less hip-hop stuff. You guys should do Led Zeppelin, U2, The Who, and The Beatles. Oh yeah, and The Doors and Queen too!
-Dannie from Goshen, NY

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