The 19 worst original names of famous bands

There’s no telling if Van Halen would have still become one of the most successful rock acts of the 1980s if they had settled on their original choice of band name, “Rat Salad.”

A number of other famous bands initially intended to go by names that were equally questionable or cringe-worthy.

From the banal “On a Friday” (Radiohead) to the offensive “The Young Aborigines” (The Beastie Boys), we turned to a comprehensive Billboard article on the subject for this list of some of the many terrible names that bands wisely avoided.

Here are the 19 worst original band names of famous bands:


Van Halen

Original name: Rat Salad


Kiss

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Original name: Wicked Lester


Destiny’s Child

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Original name: Girl’s Tyme


Red Hot Chilli Peppers

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Original name:Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem


Goo Goo Dolls

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Original name: The Sex Maggots


The Beastie Boys

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Original name: The Young Aborigines


Radiohead

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Original name: On a Friday


Pink Floyd

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Original name: The Tea Set


Maroon 5

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Original name: Kara’s Flowers


Pearl Jam

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Original name:Mookie Blaylock


Coldplay

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Original name: Starfish


Nirvana

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Original name: Pen Cap Chew


The Bee Gees

Original name: Rattlesnakes


Blink-182

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Original name: Duck Tape


Creed

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Original name: Naked Toddler


The Grateful Dead

Original name: The Warlocks


Earth, Wind & Fire

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Original name: The Salty Peppers


The Cure

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Original name: The Obelisk


Black Sabbath

Original name: Polka Tulk Blues Band