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Band Name Origins

written by: Gilligan
 
How did Def Leppard come up with their name? Shouldn't it be spelled "Deaf Leopard"? Well, the band's lead singer came up with "Deaf Leopard" as a youngster, and modified it to look more like the name "Led Zeppelin". You get the picture? In this quiz we'll look at the origin of some other band names- from the 1960's and 70's. I'll give you certain clues, maybe an audio clip, and you're on your way! Give it a try.

Question 1:


Originally called the "New Yardbirds", this group changed its name after The Who's Keith Moon and John Entwistle said this new group would fail miserably.
Led Zeppelin
Firefall
Genesis
Bad Company

Question 2:

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This band chose a name that they thought described their music: all shades, textures, colors and styles. Name the band that released such hits as "Holdin' On To Yesterday" and "How Much I Feel".
Rainbow
Electric Light Orchestra
Ambrosia
Firefall


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Question 3:


This band was initially called The Tradewinds. They eventually settled upon the name of a mythological river.
Pentangle
Slade
Krokus
Styx

Question 4:


Supposedly, this band, best known for their song "Slow Ride", derived their name during a game of Scrabble, although most believe it has its origins in that it sounds like an expletive when said with a British accent.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 5:

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Once their original name "Buffalongo" proved to be too odd and uncomercial, this New York band chose a geographic name that was essentailly superficial and had no real meaning to the group's origins.
This band's Waking and Dreaming album, featured in the image provided, is often a contender for worst album cover of all time.
Chicago
Kansas
Orleans
Boston


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This band derived its moniker from the combination of the names of two blues musicians.
ZZ Top
Pink Floyd
Jethro Tull
Lynyrd Skynyrd


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Question 7:

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This band, whose members included Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, considered themselves the best-of-the-best, and named themselves accordingly.
Triumph
T. Rex
ZZ Top
Cream


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Question 8:


Originally called Earth, this band changed its name after a bandmember was given an occult book in Latin and had a vision of a black hooded figure standing at the foot of his bed.
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath
Uriah Heep
Judas Priest

Question 9:

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This band, whose members included Ray Manzarek and John Densmore, took their name from the title of a book by Aldous Huxley.
Iron Butterfly
Steppenwolf
Deep Purple
The Doors


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Question 10:


This band is named after the 18th century agriculturalist who invented the seed drill.
Jethro Tull
Steppenwolf
Uriah Heep
Judas Priest

Question 11:

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This band takes its name from a sexual device in the William Burroughs novel, Naked Lunch.
Steely Dan
Badfinger
Stealers Wheel
King Crimson


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Question 12:

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This band, fronted by musician John Sebastian, derives its name from a song called "Coffee Blues" by blues musician Mississippi John Hurt.
Humble Pie
Canned Heat
Vanilla Fudge
Lovin' Spoonful


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Question 13:


This band's manager created its name from one of his poems which describes a collection of aliens who secretly guide Earth's history. "Burnin' for You" was a big hit from their "Fire of Unknown Origin" album.
Blue Öyster Cult
The Troggs
The Velvet Underground
? & the Mysterians

Question 14:


This band was named after a common 1960's drug reference. They released the song "Black Water", a number one hit in 1974.
Hüsker Dü
Doobie Brothers
Blue Cheer
Deep Purple

 


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