The Early Names of Famous Bands

Fledgling bands spend hours agonizing over the perfect name, but these painstakingly crafted monikers often don't last very long. Record labels request changes. Research reveals other bands thought of the name first. The band realizes the name is just sort of lousy. For whatever reasons, bands' names change.

How well do you know the early names of your favorite bands? In this quiz, we'll give you a name that got the ax. You tell us what band originally played under the banner.

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On a Friday

Coldplay
Muse
Radiohead
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The Strand

The Clash
The Sex Pistols
The Buzzcocks
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Blackwood Convention

Widespread Panic
The String Cheese Incident
Phish
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My Backyard

Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Grateful Dead
Dave Matthews Band
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The Golliwogs

The Turtles
ZZ Top
Creedence Clearwater Revival
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The High Numbers

The Band
The Who
The Yardbirds
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The Ravens

T. Rex
The Kinks
Cream
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The Tea Set

Pink Floyd
King Crimson
The Smiths
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The Hype

The Cure
U2
Depeche Mode
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Johnny and the Moondogs

The Rolling Stones
The Beatles
The Crickets
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The Polka Tulk Blues Band

Rush
Black Sabbath
Metallica