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You won't believe what Culture Club were going to call themselves!
The band were originally called ‘Red’ after Hucknall’s flaming mane, but when a venue manager got confused about the band’s name, Mick told him it was “Red, simply Red.” Publicity posters went up with the name ‘Simply Red’ and it stuck!
The Beatles took inspiration from Buddy Holly’s band named ‘The Crickets’, which John Lennon and original bass player Stuart Sutcliffe were big fans of.
Film fans Duran Duran took inspiration from the 1960 cult sci-fi movie Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda. There was a character in the film called Durand-Durand.
'The BGs' was the name drawn from some common initials - brother Barry Gibb, radio DJ Bill Gates and promoter Bill Goode. In the early days, Goode hired the boys to sing on the back of his truck and people would throw money at them. People more commonly believe that the 'Bee Gees' stands for Brothers Gibb.
Being a socially conscious band, UB40 took their name from a form that was required to be filled out by UK social welfare when claiming benefits.
The Sex Gang Children was the original name for this band and we're SO glad they changed it! Culture Club was a reference to the various ethnic backgrounds of the members - George was Irish, Craig was Jamaican and British, Moss was Jewish and Hay was English.
ABBA is an acronym formed from the first letters of each group member's first name: Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid - not too exciting then!
The band took inspiration for their name from truck drivers who would cat-call Debbie Harry shouting "Hey blondie!"
Wet Wet Wet were inspired by the song lyrics of ‘Getting’ Havin’ & Holdin’’ by Scritti Politti which says “it's tired of joking... wet, wet with tears.” They must have thrown the extra one in for luck!
Originally called The Cut, they changed their name after a friend of the band, journalist Robert Elms say the phrase 'Spandau Ballet' scrawled on a nightclub bathroom wall on a trip to Berlin.