Band Names

Ever wonder how your favourite bands got their names? Well, from a mail I received, here’s the dirt on some of my favs:

A band member saw AC/DC on a sewing machine. It stood for ‘Alternating Current / Direct Current’. The band didn’t realize it was also slang for bi-sexual, which caused a few misunderstandings in their early days.

Drummer, Joey Kramer used to write “aerosmith” on his high school notebooks because he thought it sounded cool. When he proposed the name to the group, the rest of them said “What? Like that book they make you read in high school?” (the 1925 book, ‘Arrowsmith’ by Sinclair Lewis) Kramer responded “No. A-e-r-o smith…”

The band say the name was spelled out by their Ouija Board. After they split up, lead singer Vincent Furnier started using it as a solo act.


Their name describes the financial situation they were in when forming the

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Named after a medieval torture device. It was a box big enough to admit a man, with folding-doors which were studded with sharp iron spikes. When the doors were closed, these spikes were forced into the body of the victim, who was left there to die in horrible torture.

According to lead singer, Eddie Vedder, “The name is in reference to the pearl itself… and the natural process from which a pearl comes from. Basically, taking excrement or waste and turning it into something beautiful.”

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