In Briefs: Musical Names and Hypocrisy

TED BERG:

Is anyone familiar with Mark McGrath’s work on celebrity Rock ‘N Roll Jeopardy!? He was completely dominant, and the questions weren’t even that easy. And I don’t mean like “good for a celebrity” dominant. He was like Ken Jennings dominant.

It made me briefly like Mark McGrath more. Then I actually realized it made me dislike him more, because it meant he knew a ton about music and still chose to make shitty songs.

DAVE TOMAR:

On McGrath, yes and yes.  I had the same experience and revelation.  I’m like, if you know who the Buzzcocks are then how come you’re Sugar Ray?

TED:

As Dave alludes to, another funny thing about Mark McGrath is that theoretically he was only a part of Sugar Ray. It’s like, c’mon dude. Clearly you’re Sugar Ray.

Kinda like Darius Rucker claiming that he’s not Hootie. Dude, you’re the lead singer in a band called Something and the Somethings. That clearly makes you Something. In this case, Hootie.

DAVE:

Indeed.  Interesting example is Alice Cooper, whose real name is Vincent.  He was just the lead singer of a band called Alice Cooper for a long time and eventually just kind of accepted that he was in fact Alice Cooper.  The guy from Jethro Tull still goes by ‘that flute playing dork.’

TED:

Did you know that the lead singer of Nickelback is named Scott Nickelback, but the band Nickelback is not named for Scott Nickelback? It’s just a weird coincidence.

DAVE:

Oh yeah, or how Kid Rock’s real name is Johnny Trailer-Trash but he was born to a well-to-do banker.

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