Bands have some pretty interesting names and we were curious about the stories behind them.
We did a little poking around and found out!
Dave Grohl explained his interesting band name, explaining he was into books about UFO’s at the time. Foo Fighters is a term used by World War II pilots to describe UFOs they spotted.
Grohl explained, “Around the time that I recorded the first FF tape (that became the first record), I was reading a lot of books on UFO’s. Not only is it a fascinating subject, but there’s a treasure trove of band names in those UFO books!”
“So, since I had recorded the first record by myself, playing all the instruments, but I wanted people to think that it was a group, I figured that FOO FIGHTERS (WW2 term for UFO’s) might lead people to believe that it was more than just one guy. Silly, huh?”
Dave adds, “Had I actually considered this to be a career, I probably would have called it something else, because it’s the stupidest fu*king band name in the world.”
The rockers AC/DC got their name from their guitarist Angus Young, who dresses like a schoolboy for gigs. His sister used to make him his uniforms, using a sewing machine that was labeled AC/DC. Of course that meant it could work on alternate and direct electrical current, but Young that was a great name.
The band Green Day used to call themselves Sweet Children. They later changed their name to Green Day, which is a term for spending your day smoking weed.
Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd actually named themselves after band member’s Gary Rossington and Bob Burns’ strict high school gym teacher named Leonard Skinner. The teens often caught flack from Skinner for having long hair. They later dropped out of school, but paid homage to Skinner with their name. Rossington explained in order to “protect the guilty”, they changed it slightly to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Well, he obviously made an impression on them!
Former boy band N Sync named themselves using the last letters of their first names and a nickname of one of their members. The acronym was made from – Justi(N) Timberlake, Chri(S) Kirkpatrick, Joe(Y) Fatone, Lance’s nickname Lanste(N) Bass and J. (C.) Chasez.
Pearl Jam has a fake story about their band name, which said that Eddie Vedder’s great-grandmother Pearl was married to a man who made preserves spiked with hallucinogens. The band said that is false.
The real story behind the name Pearl Jam came from the band trying to replace their original name, Mookie Blaylock. Their bass player James Ament liked “pearl”, but they added “jam” when they took a trip to New York to sign a record deal.
Ament explained, “[Neil Young] played, like, nine songs over three hours. Every song was like a 15-or 20-minute jam. So that’s how ‘jam’ got added on to the name. Or at least that’s how I remember it.”