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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Chad Smith (L) and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2017 in New York City.

On August 29, 1959, an up-and-coming band called The Quarry Men played the opening night of a new teen hangout called the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England. Of course, that band would go on to become The Beatles.  (Perhaps you’ve heard of them?)

This fun fact got us thinking about all of the great, legendary band names we all know and love today…and some of their original band names that were, frankly, just not that great.  In honor of this anniversary, here are seven original band names we’re glad didn’t stick.

 

Mookie Blaylock (Pearl Jam)

One of the best athlete names of all time?  Of course!  A great band name?  Not exactly.  Eddie Vedder once said the band that would become Pearl Jam were too busy writing music to come up with a band name.  I mean…we’re thankful for the great music, but we’re equally as thankful for the name change, even if there are some sticky rumors behind that name’s origin, too.

Pearl Jam - Even Flow

Music video by Pearl Jam performing Even Flow. (C) 1991 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.