September 25, 2005

More cowbell.

I'm one of those people who likes to understand things & its easy enough to understand some bands' names, like The Rolling Stones, The Replacements or The Pretenders. Some names are classics that catch in your mind, The Velvet Underground, The Psychadelic Furs, The White Stripes, The Stooges. But. Despite untold hours spent thinking about this and related questions I cannot for the life of me understand the following names:

Blue Öyster Cult
System of a Down

Please send help.

2 Comments:

At September 26, 2005 6:01 AM , Anonymous Tim said...

"The missing link between the Velvet Underground, KISS and the nascent punk-rock movement of the late '70's, Blue Oyster Cult evolved out of the Stalk-Forrest Group which first came together as the psychedelic Soft White Underbelly on the campus of Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. Supposedly, the band's producer Sandy Pearlman got the idea for the name while reading a recipe for Blue Point oysters."
heh. I've always wondered how rock historians bridge the mysterious gap between The Velvet Underground and the nascent punk rock scene. Now it all makes sense.

 
At September 26, 2005 3:52 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Another name I couldn't figure out was Mott the Hoople. Turns out it is the title of a forgotten book (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/073510378X/qid=1127742353/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-3185047-5321442?v=glance&s=books&n=507846).
What I just learned was that the band wasn't doing well and was going to break up. David Bowie convinced them to stay together and offered them 'Suffragette City'-- they refused it and asked for 'Drive-In Saturday' instead, and eventually received 'All the Young Dudes'.

 

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