Damien on… Pop Group Names
Back in the days when Pop ruled (1920-90) many groups tended to go for exotic names that only meant something to THEM. Although the fact that the film “Barbarella” lacked a credit sequence meant Duran-Duran were unaware the character’s name was actually Durand-Durand. But never mind.
While punk groups who went with names like Dead Kennedys, P. Pott And The Urinators and Johnny Durex And The Prophylactics (okay, I made that last one up – but the others are genuine) guaranteed they would never get AIRPLAY.
But those who chose simple names did best. The Beatles combined “beat” with “beetles” and did all right. The Animals, The Move, The Doors, Cream…
When Cliff Richard’s backing group, The Drifters, realised they might be confused on marquees with the American vocal group of the same name, they changed to The Shadows. Hank said it only took them SECONDS to come up with THAT one.
So the lesson is – keep it sweet and simple. I mean, how famous are The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus and Adge Cutler And The Wurzels today? I rest my case.