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40 Real Band Names Before They Were Famous

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers Original name: Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem

2. Nirvana Original name(s): Pen Cap Chew, Skid Row

3. Oasis Original name: Rain

4. The Beatles Original name(s): Johnny & The Moondogs, The Quarrymen

5. Grateful Dead Original name(s): Mother Mcree’s Uptown Jug Champions, The Warlocks

6. Radiohead Original name: On A Friday

7. Van Halen Original name(s): Rat Salad, Mammoth

8. Creedence Clearwater Revival Original name: The Golliwogs

9. The Yardbirds Original name: Metropolis Blues Quartet

10. Led Zeppelin Original name: The New Yardbirds

11. The Who Original name(s): The High Numbers, The Detours

12. Beach Boys Original name: The Pendletones

13. REM Original names (considered): Cans Of Piss, Negro Wives

14. U2 Original name: Feedback

15. Black Crowes Original name: Mr. Crowes Garden

16. Chicago Original name: Chicago Transit Authority

17. Coldplay Original name: Starfish

18. Green Day Original name: Sweet Children

19. The Cure Original name: Easy Cure

20. Bachman Turner Overdrive Original name: Brave Belt

21. Queen Original name: Smile

22. The Doors Original name: Psychedelic Rangers

23. Black Sabbath Original name: The Polka Tulk Blues Band

24. Bee Gees Original name: The Rattlesnakes

25. Def Leppard Original name: Atomic Mass

26. Pink Floyd Original name: Tea Set

27. Guster Original name: Gus

28. Phish Original name: Blackwood Convention

29. Pearl Jam Original name: Mookie Blaylock

30. Slayer Original name: Dragon Slayer

31. Goo Goo Dolls Original name: The Sex Maggots

32. Snow Patrol Original name: Polar Bear

33. Badfinger Original name: The Iveys

34. Klaxons Original name: Klaxons (Not Centaurs)

35. The Band Original name: The Hawks

36. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Original name: The Other Gang

37. Jimi Hendrix Experience Original name: Jimmy James & The Blue Flames

38. The Pogues Original name: Póg mo Thóin (Kiss my Ass)

39. Pixies Original name: Pixies In Panoply

40. Barenaked Ladies Original name: Free Beer

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