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Ongoing History Daily: Bands who had to change their name, part 1

Finding a name for your band is tough for many reasons, not least of which is that you have to choose one that hasn’t been used before.

  • Blink-182 used to be just plain “Blink,” but were forced to change it when an Irish band pointed out that they already had dibs on that.
  • Arkells were originally known as Charlamagne, but another group with that name threatened to sue.
  • The original name of Pearl Jam was Mookie Blaylock in honour of the NBA star of the same name. His people threatened to sue, so they had to switch things up.
  • And I love this: The Goo Goo Dolls were once known as The Sex Maggots. But when a club owner refused to put that name up on the marquee of the venue where they were playing, they became The Goo Goo Dolls.

More next time.

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  • The ever so great and hugely underrated Canadian band Pilate had change their name to Pilot Speed.


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