It’s one of the most critical decisions a band will face: what to call themselves. And yet, so many get it just so wrong. Lucky for us, for every band that thinks of a horrible name and keeps it, there’s a band that thinks of a horrible name and plays a few shows and then finally comes to its senses. This phenomenon is actually more common than you think.
From Def Leppard to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath, many popular groups started their life cursed with a flat-out bad name. Fortunately, these bands went through some growing pains and landed a name worthy of adorning the t-shirts of millions of devoted fans across the globe. As they say, the name makes the band, so here is our list of bands that almost didn’t get made.