It is not surprising that most of the greatest things in the world were ordinary things before something happened, but when they become great, the story becomes inspiring. In Rock’n’Roll, bands go through many different, but ‘ordinary’, processes until they finally decide on a name. Here are some of the most popular bands and how their unique names came to be.
Pink Floyd started their band back in 1965, in London. Pink Floyd is known for having a philosophical touch to their lyrics and a progressive sound in their music. When they were choosing names for the band, they came up with the name Tea Set. But shortly after, they realized a band they were performing with on stage had the same name. Syd Barrett, the leader of the band, was as confused as the other members, because they needed to come up with a new name quick! So, he thought to merge the names of two of his favorite blues acts, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, and he came up with “The Pink Floyd Sound”. The rest of the band liked the sound of it, so they deliberated a little more, removed ‘the’ and ‘sound’ from the name, and the rest is history.
Contrary to popular belief, names are not always attached to good memories; people sometimes name things based on a bad experience they had prior to that time, especially the ones they survived from. When Jimmy Page left his former band, The Who, the members told him that the new band he wanted to start would “go down like a lead balloon”. He chose “Lead Balloon” as the new name of the band, and replaced ‘balloon’ with ‘Zeppelin’, a kind of blimp. Later, the ‘Lead’ became ‘Led’, as the band manager advised. Much to The Who’s surprise, Led Zeppelin became one of the biggest bands in the world.
System of a Down
System of a Down was the talk of the world throughout the 80s and 90s. Many people who grew up during this time are still stuck on some of their music, but most of them never thought to ask how they got their name. When trying to find a name, the guitarist, Doran Malakian, suggested the title of a poem he had written, “Victims of a Dawn”. After a while, the bassist suggested that they replace Victims with System, with the letter ‘S’ paying homage to their inspiration, the band Slayer.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are one the biggest rock bands in music history. The band became so famous, that a magazine publication was named after them. The Rolling Stones got their name in the funniest and most ordinary way possible. While he was trying to get them a gig, the guitarist needed to decide someone on the band’s name, then he saw the words ‘Rolling Stone’ on the cover of a record by Muddy Waters. So he told the person that was their name, and when he told the rest of the band, they all liked it.