What's inna name? A rose by NE other name would smell as sweet? (But what about The Flowers Of Romance?)
...Ah, not so fast. Rock&Roll is FULL of singers & musicians w/ way-larger-than-life personalities, whose Ntire personas can B conjured-up inna 2nd just by the use of their names -- this is what science-fiction writer Rudy Rucker 1nce called "an example of efficient encoding."
It Cms impossible (4 me at least) 2 separate the following names from the people & personalities they're attached 2:
Keith Moon (w/ a name like that, did he have NE choice but 2 B a loon?)
Bob Dylan (Bob Zimmerman just wouldn't have the same zing)
...& Bsides, some rock star names just SOUND way cool:
Joey, Johnny, Marky, Tommy, Dee Dee, ... Dino, Desi & Billy -- The Ramones!
Speaking of conjuring, don't the following names just sum these people up? U get an immediate, clear, vivid picture:
Then there's the Working Class Division. Guys w/ names like this U wouldn't wanna mess w/:
...Waddy Wachtel sounds like he otta B "workin" in porn films.
So does Mike Love.
Ditto Joe Cocker.
Perhaps Bruce Cockburn...?
Kate Bush, 2 (sorry).
& The J. Geils Band's Magic Dick.
& The Dictators' Handsome Dick Manitoba.
...& how 'bout Dime Bag Darrell?
Some names just don't Cm right somehow 4 the sometimes-brutal world of Rock&Roll:
Van Dyke Parks could B the name of a vast multi-use recreational complex in the Hollywood Hills somewhere....
Tupper Saussy should be a high-strung neurotic French chef somewhere.
Terry Jacks should B hosting Sat morn kids' shows somewhere (& mayB is, 4 all I know).
Robert Fripp certainly sounds like the name of an acoustic-guitar instructor living somewhere in south-central England....
Tandyn Almer sounds like he should B playing concert piano somewhere....
Tom Rapp should B a poet (which he was), or possibly a rapper....
I almost 4got some of the Best Xamples EVER: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band -- Zoot Horn Rollo, Winged Eel Fingerling, Ed Marimba, Drumbo & Art Tripp, all given new stage names by The Captain, who clearly knew something about The Power Of Names.
Frank Zappa's backing band always had some great names (& musicians) in it: I think Chad Wackerman is a great name 4 a drummer. & Scott Thunes is a pretty cool name 4 a bassist.
& then there's probly my fave Rock&Roll nom-de-plume of all time:
The more U think of, the more there R. There R probly 100's more I've missed or 4got10. Feel free 2 toss in yr own suggestions below, especially if they're vivid or funny or jarringly inappropriate -- especially since this list Cms 2 basically cut-off around 1979....)
...2 B Continued...?