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Band Rebrand

Did you know Coldplay’s original name was Starfish?

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    Many bands choose to re-name themselves over the course of their career. Find out the names of your favorite bands before they got famous!

    Coldplay - Starfish

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    The Pixies - Pixies In Panoply

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    Badfinger - The Iveys

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    Barenaked Ladies - Free Beer

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    Goo Goo Dolls - The Sex Maggots

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    Pearl Jam - Mookie Blaylock

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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Jimmy James & The Blue Flames

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem

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    Nirvana - Pen Cap Chew, Skid Row

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    Oasis - Rain

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    The Beatles - Johnny & The Moondogs, The Quarrymen

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    Radiohead - On A Friday

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    Van Halen - Rat Salad, Mammoth

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    Creedence Clearwater Revival - The Golliwogs

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    Yardbirds - Metropolis Blues Quartet

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    Led Zeppelin - The New Yardbirds

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    The Who - The High Numbers, The Detours

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    R.E.M. - Cans Of Piss

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    U2 - Feedback

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    Black Crowes - Mr. Crowe’s Garden

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    Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority

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    Green Day - Sweet Children

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    The Cure - Easy Cure

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    Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Brave Belt

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    Queen - Smile

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    The Doors - Psychedelic Rangers

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    Black Sabbath - The Polka Tulk Blues Band, Earth

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    Bee Gees - The Rattlesnakes

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    Def Leppard - Atomic Mass

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    Guster - Gus

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