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Sometimes you're born with an awesome name like Dave Grohl, and other times you're given the unawesome name of Marvin Lee, forcing you to make it awesome by renaming yourself Meat Loaf.

We asked readers to tell us surprising, true stories about how famous musicians came up with their fake names. The best origin story is below, but first the runners-up:

Entry by Joyce Rogers

25 Weird Explanations Behind Famous Band Names

Entry by Vincent Pall

25 Weird Explanations Behind Famous Band Names

Entry by Joyce Rogers

25 Weird Explanations Behind Famous Band Names

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Although Tool's name can be interpreted to mean a number of things... Frontman Maynard James Keenan is quoted as saying Tool is exactly what it sound

Entry by Scott Laffey

Cheap Trick CRACKEDCON got their name from watching SLADE perform, after bassist Tom Petersson remarked, I love these guys, but god, they're using ev

Entry by George Oduor

NSYNC After the first time the group sang together, Justin Timberlake's mother commented, 9Man, you guys sound really in sync. CRACKEDCON

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