The Cooper Street Relic

Just another blog from The Republic Of Hespeler

Throughout the history of recorded music bands have been named after their founders and in the Rock and Roll era it has been no different, we have had The J.Geils Band, Alan Parsons Project, Santana, CSNY, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to name just a few. But sometimes a band names themselves after someone who is not in the band or they make up their name to throw people off perhaps, some have used literary works to find a name, the following are just some of the bands that have no one in the band with that name.

Pink Floyd is the one that jumps out right away and on the Wish, You Were Here album they even wrote a song called Have a Cigar, with the line, “Oh By the way which one is Pink”

Lynyrd Skynyrd is named after a teacher of some of the members, Jethro Tull has no one named Jethro or Tull but instead is named after an 18th-century agriculturist. Molly Hatchet has no one named Molly and the name was taken from an infamous prostitute who killed her clients, the Marshall Tucker Band is not named after a band member but instead after a blind Piano Tuner.

Billy Talent has no one named Billy, There is no one named Max Webster in the band Max Webster, 70’s Canadian pop band Edward Bear had no one named Edward either but was named after a character in Winnie the Pooh, There is a band in England called Ella Guru whose name was taken from the Captain Beefheart song of the same name and Derek and the Dominos is, of course, Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon with a little help from Duane Allman.

I left Alice Cooper till last because of the circumstances around the name, there was a band called Alice Cooper in the late 60’s that the future Alice Cooper belonged to, Vince Furnier went by his real name at the time and did not start using the Alice Cooper moniker professionally and legally until the band broke up and he went solo in 1974, so technically The Alice Cooper Band had no one actually named Alice.

And that brings me to the “Brothers” the bands that used the name Brothers in their title but were in fact not brothers. The Statler Brothers of Country music fame were not named Statler even though two of the members were brothers but named Reid, not Statler. The Righteous Brothers were not related and not named Righteous, The Flying Burrito Brothers were certainly not Burritos or Brothers and the Doobie Brothers, well I think we know how that name came about. And finally, a little twist as I put Mumford and Sons in this list just because while the band does have a Marcus Mumford in the band the rest of the members are not related and are definitely not his sons, but that is nitpicking I know. I could also put the Ramones in here because while not related they all used the Ramone surname professionally.

So there is my list, and as always that is just my opinion.

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