Thursday, November 8, 2012

Top 5 Musical Name Changers

Lots of bands and music artists change their names.  Here are the top 5 in out opinion.  Top 5 best or top 5 worst, you ask?  Your call...

5: Prince Rogers Nelson / Prince / [some ridiculous symbol] / The Artist Formerly Known as Prince / The Artist - Two things you need to know about this admittedly amazing musician: (1) his given birth name is Prince, and (2) he's used stage names including those above and Jamie Starr, Christopher Alexander Nevermind, and Joey Coco, but everyone just calls him Prince.

4: John Mellencamp / Johnny (or John) Cougar / John Cougar Mellencamp - He had to replace the Mellencamp with Cougar to achieve some success, then forced his label to add Mellencamp back after he became successful, then finally dumped the Cougar in 1991, and went to using his real name.  This is the reverse of the other artists on the list.

3: Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship / Starship - Okay the latter two were successor bands to Jefferson Airplane, but to anybody who didn't grow up in the 70's, it's a distinction without a difference--all of them sang We Built This City as far as we're concerned.

2: Sean John Combs / Puff Daddy / P. Diddy / Diddy - Whatever.  The producer and rapper whose goofy stage name just keeps getting goofier.

1: Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. / Snoop Doggy Dogg / Snoop Dogg / Snoop / The Doggfather / Snoop Lion - Okay, he's long held the title for coolest guy on the planet (in fact, by this post, I'm creating and awarding him this 2011 "Miles Davis Award") and nobody calls him Calvin, but I can't get on board with calling him Snoop Lion no matter what kind of spiritual awakening he had in Jamaica.

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  1. #3 made me laugh out loud. And I like John Mellencamp's giant lip ring.