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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Then And Now: Band Names You Only THOUGHT Were Original


You know them as a famous grunge rock band that put Seattle on the map for a few years as the rock 'n roll capitol of America.

Hold on to your dirty flannel......Because Nirvana was originally the name of a British '60s psychedelic rock group

Skid Row

You know them as a classic American hair-metal band of the late '80s/early '90s

.....so I take it you don't remember the early '70s Irish rock band called Skid Row.

True Fact: In the embryonic days of Nirvana (the Seattle band) in 1985, when they were trying to come up with their band name, one of the suggestions was Skid Row!


You know them as a good efficient German heavy metal band of the '80s.

....but there was a UK pop band called The Scorpions in the early1960s......

The Eagles

Best known as an American rock band......


The Eagles were originally the name of a British surf-guitar band in the early 1960's

The Knack (Thanks to raybearokc for reminding me of this one...)

You know them as the biggest power pop band of 1979.....

.....but in the 1960s, there was a band called The Knack (ironically signed to Capitol Records, the same label as the 1979 Knack!)



  1. There were also TWO different groups called The Knack back in the 1960s, a British group and also a Los-Angeles group, the latter of which actually recorded for Capitol Records in the mid-late 60s.

  2. Oooh! I wanna hear Pretty Daisy!

    Puh-puh-puh-pretty Daisy!

  3. Bizarrely, there was a not-famous group named Toad the Wet Sprocket in the UK circa 1979 (they even had a track on the early "Metal For Muthas" NWOBHM compilation called "Blues in A", which isn't even a heavy metal song!).


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