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Ongoing History Daily: Bands who had to change their name, part 2

Here are a few more cases of where a band had to change their original name.

  • Sugar Ray wasn’t always called that. They were once known as Shrinky Dinks but were forced to change by toymaker Milton Bradley who had been selling a toy by that name since 1973.
  • The Verve use to be just “Verve” but that annoyed a jazz label of the same name. Adding the “the” made the lawyers go away.
  • Then there was Stone Temple Pilots. They hastily came up with that name when their original tag, Mighty Joe Young, was found to already be in use by a blues musician.
  • And then there was Snow Patrol, who started life as Polar Bear. When another band was found to already be using that name, they needed to come up with something else and chose something that was also rather wintery.

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

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