From Ambrose Slade and On A Friday to Seymour and The Obelisk…
The Prime Minister was recently overheard sounding a bit embarrassed about the revelation that he had a taste for Supertramp as a student. Nothing to be ashamed of, I thought. But I was surprised when I looked them up to find that they had originally been called Daddy
1. The ‘N Betweens
Then Ambrose Slade, from a record-company secretary who named her handbag Ambrose and her shoes Slade. Then they dropped the Ambrose. From Mark Bassett.
2. The Rollin’ Stones
After a Muddy Waters song, “Rollin’ Stone”. The “g” was restored when they signed to Decca Records.
3. The Guildford Stranglers
“None of them was actually from Guildford, and a mere place name was not tasteless enough,” says Tom.
4. On a Friday
Radiohead. “Because that’s when they rehearsed,” according to Peter.
Blur. Nominated by Jim Parr, maintaining the unbroken run of changes for the better.
Lemmy’s original choice of name for Motörhead. Brought up by Ken Wing.
“It’s shameful that I know this, but that is what Westlife were originally called,” says Sarah Bridgman.
8. The Obelisk
Then Malice, Easy Cure and finally the Cure. Thanks to Mary Novakovich.
Queen. Another from Her Highness Mary Novakovich.
10. Angel and the Snake