35 Popular Bands That Started Out With Painfully Awkward Names

Did you know Creed’s original name was Naked Toddler? Yikes.

1. Nirvana’s original name was…

REX USA/Andre Csillag

Pen Cap Chew

2. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ original name was…

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Tony Flow And The Miraculously Majestic Masters Of Mayhem

3. Creed’s original name was…

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Naked Toddler

4. Matchbox 20’s original name was…

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Tabitha’s Secret

5. R.E.M.’s original name was almost…

Lora Voigt / REX USA

Cans Of Piss

6. Radiohead’s original name was…

On A Friday

7. Van Halen’s original name was…

REX USA/Andre Csillag

Rat Salad

8. Finger 11’s original name was…

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Rainbow Butt Monkeys

9. Coldplay’s original name was…

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Starfish

10. Black Sabbath’s original name was…

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The Polka Tulk Blues Band

11. The Beatles’ original name was…

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Johnny And The Moondogs

12. The Beach Boys’ original name was…

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The Pendletones

13. Led Zeppelin’s original name was…

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The New Yardbirds

14. The Goo Goo Doll’s original name was…

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The Sex Maggots

15. The Who’s original name was…

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The High Numbers

16. ZZ Top’s original name was…

Courtesy Everett Collection

The Moving Sidewalks

17. Stone Temple Pilot’s original name was…

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Mighty Joe Young

18. Pearl Jam’s original name was…

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Mookie Blaylock

19. U2’s original name was…

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Feedback

20. Oasis’ original name was…

Courtesy of Jill Furmanovsky / Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd./Big Brother Recordings, Ltd., 1997 / Via en.wikipedia.org

Rain

21. Coheed And Cambria’s original name was…

Courtesy of Lindsey Byrnes / Sony BMG

Shabutie

22. Queen’s original name was…

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Smile

23. Simon And Garfunkel’s original name was…

REX USA/Harry Goodwin

Tom And Jerry

24. Maroon 5’s original name was…

Courtesy of Terry Richardson / A&M Octone Records

Kara’s Flowers

25. Pink Floyd’s original name was…

REX USA/News Ltd/Newspix

Meggadeath

26. Snow Patrol’s original name was…

Courtesy of Universal Music Group

Polar Bear

27. The Grateful Dead’s original name was…

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Mother Mcree’s Uptown Jug Champions

28. The Beastie Boy’s original name was…

REX USA/Steve Douglass / Associated Newspapers / Rex

The Young Aborigines

29. The Clash’s original name was…

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The Weak Heartdrops

30. Bloc Party’s original name was…

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Superheroes Of BMX

31. Blur’s original name was…

REX USA/Brian Rasic / Rex

Seymour

32. The Pixies’ original name was…

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Pixies In Panoply

33. MxPx’s original name was…

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Magnified Plaid

34. Depeche Mode’s original name was…

REX USA

Composition Of Sound

35. The Barenaked Ladies’ original name was…

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Free Beer

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