23 Eyebrow-Arching Backstories Behind Musician Stage Names

Sometimes you're born with an awesome name like Dave Grohl, and other times you're given the unawesome name of Marvin Lee causing you to make it awesome by renaming yourself ... Meat Loaf. We asked you to tell us surprising true stories about how famous musicians came up with their fake names. The winner is below, but first the runners-up ...

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Entry by bigryan81

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Entry by Mad Mann

David Bowie's real name is David Jones. He took the last name Bowie after American frontiersman Jim Bowie and the knife which bears his name. He had b

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Entry by Mad Mann

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Entry by Vincent Pall

CRACKEDCom mlye Pan was the name of three steam-powered dildos that appeared in William S. Burrough's 1959 novel, Naked Lunch. No word from Becker or

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Entry by gicusudoru

Chicago r Authorit Transit Hioago shortened their name to when the actual Chicago Transit AuThority threatened legal action after their first album's

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Entry by Mad Mann

Vincent Cusano had always gone by his real name before joining KISS. but that was vetoed by noted douchebag Gene Simmons on the grounds that it sounde

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Entry by krakenkraked

23 Eyebrow-Arching Backstories Behind Musician Stage Names

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Entry by gicusudoru

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Entry by Wonder-wench

Joy Division got their band name from the sado-masochistic novel The House of Dolls by Karol Cetinsky. Joy Divisions were rows of huts in which depo

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Entry by soundfilter

'Foo Fighter' was what WWII servicemen called unidentified flying objects. 8C40 AC STATUS CRACKED COM

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Entry by Nightfly

The Commodores got their name by pointing to @ random word in @ dictionary We werE lucky. saic Founder William king- We almost became The Commodes!

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Entry by Mad Mann

THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIG 70s bands 10CC and Lovin' Spoonful are both named after the same thing... the approximate volume of one sh

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Entry by Mad Mann

SEVEN MARY THREE IS THE CALL SIGN FOR ONE OF THE TWo MOTORCYCLE COPS ON THE TV SHOW CHIPS.... ...AND ITS NOT EVEN THE POPULAR ONE. CRACKED cO COM

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Entry by Mad Mann

23 Eyebrow-Arching Backstories Behind Musician Stage Names

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Entry by Mad Mann

Alice Cooper is of course not this man's real name (it's Vincent Damon Furnier). At first, it was the name of his band, not the man himself. So wher

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Entry by gicusudoru

POGUES Shortened from 9Pogue Mahone', which isa distorted version'of Pog Mo hon, which is Irish Gaelisfor 'KISS MY ASS! CRACKEDCONT

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Entry by anakedjew

G4EA 0YAUS Richard Starkey adopted the name Ringo Starr because he thought it sounded cowboyish. (Also because he wore lots of rings.)

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Entry by Edvamp

CRACKEDCON NIV Trent Reznor claims Nine Inch Nails has no literal meaning and chose it simply because it could be abbreviated easily to NIN

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Entry by anakedjew

CRACKED Jack White has a peculiar history when it comes to his John Gillis. name. He was born At some point during or just after his marriage in the l

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23 Eyebrow-Arching Backstories Behind Musician Stage Names

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Entry by JimmyJames

STANLEY BURRELL BEGAN AS A BATBOY FOR THE OAKLAND A'S HE BECAME OWNER CHARLE FINLEY'S EYES AND EARS IN OAKLAND AND WAS IOKINGLY CALLED THE 'EXECUTIVE

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Entry by bohemian

MOBY'S GREAT-GREAT GRAND-UNCLE WAS HERMAN MELVILLE, THE AUTHOR OF 'MOBY-DICK. IIUUI PLAY MOBY DICK OR THE WHALE BY HERMAN MELVILLE

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