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When Shakespeare said, A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, I don't think he was thinking about rock and roll.
Band names have often followed a trend of style, subject and hipness, but it's rather surprising to recognize their commonality.
For instance, take animal names. In the Bear family, there are bands named:
Grizzly Bear Minus The Bear
Fozzie The Bear
And Tiger Bear Wolf
Bears are not the only animals represented in rock & roll. There are a few birds as well:
The Black Crows
Flock of Seagulls
The feline family is well represented as well with bands like
The Multiple Cat
My Cat Is An Alien
The Cat Empire
and The Pussycat Dolls
Beyond the animal family, there are a number of other categories that bands gravitate towards. Colors are big favorites, and leading that pack, of course is the color black, with:
Then of course, there's:
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Blue Nile
and the White Stripes
It's particularly interesting to note the macabre side of rock and roll. There's:The Dead Kennedys
Dead or Alive
The Dead Boys
The Grateful Dead
and the often quoted band, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of The Dead
Cities are popular too. From Miami Sound Machine to LA Guns. From Of Montreal to The Watery Graves of Portland. Of course, there's Boston, Chicago, Kansas and What Made Milwaukee Famous. Interestingly, there are no bands named Santa Monica.
There are those bands that have taken on other people's names, such as:
The Jesus and Mary Chain
MC 900 Foot Jesus
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks
and Marilyn Manson
And what Rock & Roll Royalty isn't complete with out a name befitting of its greatness?
Some bands prefer to keep count of things:
From Zero 7
and Remy Zero
to Two Gallants
and Two Minute Miracles
Then there is Fun Boy Three,
and 3 Doors Down
and Four Freshman
plus Ben Folds Five
The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
And finally, my number one favorite band name of all time
This is Celia Hirschman with On the Beat for KCRW.
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