When a band forms, it’s usually a liquid affair. Personnel changes, sound changes, and names change.
Rolling Stone has a fascinating article today that recounts what some of our favorite classic rock bands could have been called if they didn’t change their names to what we know today!
Here are some of my favorites:
Naked Toddler became Creed
The Golliwogs became Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Polka Tulk Blues Band became Black Sabbath
Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem became Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pud became The Doobie Brothers
The Salty Peppers became Earth, Wind and Fire
Soft White Underbelly became Blue Öyster Cult
Screaming Abdabs became Pink Floyd
Wicked Lester became KISS
Mr. Crowe’s Garden became The Black Crowes
Sweet Children became Green Day
The Pendeltons became The Beach Boys
Atomic Mass became Def Leppard
Smile became Queen
Mookie Blaylock became Pearl Jam
Tom and Jerry became Simon and Garfunkel
You can click here for the full article that includes write-ups on each band.