20 Surprising Reasons Behind Musicians' Stage Names

For Google-ability we can all be grateful that musicians chose more creative monikers than their given names.


Coldplay was named after a book of poems. The book? Child's Reflections: Cold Play. The original name? Starfish. Seems like they made the right choice


Daft Punk was based on a bad review of the pair's earlier project. The pair was originally named Darlin', and a critic called their work a daft punky


Jimmy Eat World was making fun of the guitarist's little brother's weight. Tom Linton's younger brother Jimmy was the subject of childhood taunting, w


David Bowie named himself after Jim Bowie and Bowie knives. He was worried that if he used his real name David Jones would be confused with Davey Jone


First Aid Kit was inspired by the dictionary. Klara Soderberg said, I was 13...and looking through a dictionary, looking for a name.... I think music


Fountains of Wayne was named after a lawn ornament store. In Wayne, NJ, there was a store with the name, and the band thought it was amusing. CRACKED.


Paramore was an original member's mother's maiden name. When they learned the meaning of paramour, they took on the name, using the spelling of the ma


Cardi B based her name off Bacardi alcohol. Her sister's name is Hennessy sO people used to call her Bacardi, which she shortened. CRACKED.GOM


311 is an Omaha police code for indecent exposure. The guitarist got arrested for skinny dippinng, So they used the citation code as a band name. CRAC


Halsey is an anagram of her first name, Ashley. It's also the subway stop in Brooklyn, New York, where she grew up. CRACKED.GOM


Skrillex was Sonny Moore's old AOL name. It was a stupid old online AOL screen name. There really isn't a meaning behind it. CRACKED.GOM


The Cure was originally named after one of their first songs Easy Cure. Robert Smith thought the name Easy Cure was too American and hippie-ish SO t


Childish Gambino' came from a random name generator. To Donald Glover's credit, it was a Wu-Tang name generator SO ... nice. CRACKED.COM


Avicii came up with his name because his real name was taken on Myspace. Avici is the the lowest level of Buddhist hell, according to Tim Bergling.


The 1975 was named after a journal entry. Matty Healy found an old book in a yard sale that had an entry dated 1st June, The 1975. CRACKED.GOM


Lizzo was inspired by Jay-Z's song Izzo. Her real name is Melissa so instead of shortening to Lissa, she went with Lizzo. CRACKED.GOM


Blondie was a common catcall to Debbie Harry. You can thank uncreative, creepy truckers for this band name. CRACKED.COM


BTS stands for Bulletproof Boy Scouts. rd S fllbc JSIC A RD: The Korean expression is Bangtan Sonyeondan. CRACKED.COM


Charli XCX was her MSN name. XCX as in Kiss, Charli, Kiss. CRACKED.COM


Lady Gaga was inspired by Queen. She was first called Gaga as a reference to Queen's song Radio Ga-Ga. CRACKED.COM