THE DICTIONARY OF ROCK AND POP NAMES: Why Were They Called That? From Aaliyah to ZZ Top

By Mark Beech

Mark Beech's 1998 predecessor, The A-Z of Names in Rock generated over 50 radio interviews, 15 articles, 7 gains in nationals and serializations. This prolonged and up to date model covers extra genres than simply rock (e.g. pop, punk, indie, reggae, soul, nation, blues, folks, jazz, heavy steel, grunge and rap artists and bands) and should attract tune lovers across the world, in addition to being the must-buy ebook for pub quiz enthusiasts. With nearly 3,000 entries, it is a likelihood to find why artists selected their names - and which of them should not have. An informative and sometimes funny learn, "the world's top professional on track names" (BBC), Mark Beech, is assured one other best-seller.

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Chaka’s an African notice for “fire” and used to be utilized by leader Shaka, founding father of the Zulu country; Khan capability “royal”. Rufus. Johnny Kidd And The Pirates Singer Fred Heath led a suffering band, improbably known as The 5 Nutters – until eventually a damaged guitar string gave him a faulty eye, over which he wore a patch and he used to be nicknamed Captain Kidd. His band picked up the Pirate photograph. this easy fancy gown story contrasts with the complicated names of later acts. Time for a brand new Pirates? Cf medical professional Hook. Greg Kihn This was once his actual identify.

The Frantic Elevators Forerunners of easily crimson. They loved a tune by means of tv, Elevation, at the 1977 album Marquee Moon. (Cf Elevation. ) This was once governed too hippy and so they switched to The Elevators. Mick Hucknall thought of including a punky adjective comparable to Rancid or Manic. Then he observed an ad in New Musical exhibit which stated: “Are you frantic but? ” Cf The 13th flooring Elevators. Franz Ferdinand This pop/rock band shaped in Scotland in 2001. They enjoyed the identify “The Archduke”, an access in an equestrian race they observed at the tv, rhythm guitarist Nick McCarthy acknowledged.

The 1st selection was once “Tim”. The singer didn’t wish his identify taken in useless. The line-up had Jameses. Bassist Jimmie Glennie acknowledged it was once “simple, unassuming and doesn’t supply any clues”: an identical purposes fellow Mancunians The Smiths named. of their early punk days they have been Venereal And The illnesses, then version group foreign. Guitarist Paul Gilbertson’s female friend labored for an enterprise of this identify, who objected to utilizing it on tee shirts. The James Gang Their identify got here from the outlaws led by way of Jesse James.

He was once given the nickname Jazzy while transforming into up and this resulted in the stagename. It can pay tribute to his musical mentor Jaz-O, in addition to to the J/Z subway strains in Brooklyn. Jaz-O Jonathan Burks is one of the long island rappers to undertake a “jazz” identify. The “O” hence capacity Originator: his tune The Originators featured a tender Jay-Z. Jefferson aircraft one other beginning that is often incorrectly suggested. It isn’t a drug reference. much less credibly, yet honestly, it was once the identify of a puppy they knew – by no means pictured yet reliably stated to have existed.

His backing musicians, The evening Riders, followed Eighteenth Century degree clothes, just like Gary Puckett And The Union hole. Revere was once no longer the one megastar to chop off his “Dick”: cf Fish and Byrds drummer Michael Clarke. The Rezillos Scottish punky band, named after a membership in Edinburgh. Later turned The Revillos. comparable: The Human League. Rhinoceros West coast band shaped by way of doorways manufacturer Paul A. Rothchild. The identify was once prompt by way of his assistant Barry Friedman, to slot Rothchild’s view it used to be a heavy “supergroup”.

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