Names of rock bands. Origin and meaning. Part two
The history of the creation of popular names of pop, rock and electronic bands. What do the abbreviations and words in the names mean. Remember the groups...
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The guys took the name of the character from the cult erotic-fiction film "Barbarella", where Jane Fonda played the main role. The character that inspired the group was a scientist doctor named Durand-Durand. In addition to him, there were many other characters with funny names in the film, for example, Dildano! Fans of the group often joke about this topic: they say, "it's good that they chose Durand-Durand, not Dildano!".
Fall Out Boy
The group was inspired by a character from the American cartoon The Simpsons. Moreover, they took the name as a temporary one: only for the first concert. When it was time for the second one, they changed their name, but the crowd didn't accept their replacement and started yelling for them to bring "Fall Out Boy" back.
Everything is simple here: guitarist, vocalist and founder of the band, Billie Joe Armstrong, smoked weed all day. The grass is green, which means that the day turned out to be some kind of green. What does it mean? We need to write a song about it. What else does that mean? - We should name the group like that! What a good idea!
The Velvet Underground
Someone in the group found a book on BDSM on a sidewalk in New York City. The book had a colorful cover on which the "unsafe" phrase "Velvet Underground" was written.
An easy-to-pronounce word was outlined by one of the participants for further use in songs. When the group began to search for a name, a notebook full of ideas came to the rescue. The word "a-ha" turned out to be easy, simple, and most importantly, it meant agreement in most languages of the world, that is, it was in itself very positive and approving. Actually, this is what we can hear in the songs of A-Ha.
The French duo are practically gods in electronic music. But few people know that at the beginning of their journey, the guys performed with a different name, namely “Darlin”. The guys were named after the composition of their favorite band from the 60s, The Beach Boys. But a different fate was prepared for them: critics poured shit on them, describing their music as "a daft punky thrash". The guys took the blow with dignity and took the name from this curse. Where are the critics and where is Daft Punk??
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Fate itself suggested the answer to the group. Rehearsals were held in a former prison cell, on the wall of which was a colorful poster with the phrase: Frankie Goes to Hollywood (“Frankie goes to Hollywood”). The poster was from the time of Frank Sinatra himself, namely, when he moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The team gladly accepted this honorary phrase.
There are 2 versions. The first says that the group adopted the pseudonym of Paul McCartney, which he used when checking into hotels. According to the second version, in the 70s in New York, residents were afraid of Hispanics, especially when they walked in gangs. That is why the group was called the frightening nickname "Ramones".
The band constantly changed names to play in the same club. The fact is that there were problems with concerts then, and clubs rarely invited the same members, except when the group was already popular and crowds of fans came to it. One day, the group manager gave out the name of some 18th-century agronomist - "Jethro Tull". The irony of fate was that it was at that time that the owner of the club noticed the guys: he really liked them! With this name and had to live!
The group took its name from the film of the same name with Marilyn Monroe "The Misfits" (1961). In English, the film is called "Misfits". This is not the only work that inspired the group: the guys took the skull from the 1946 film "The Crimson Ghost" ("The Crimson Ghost").