10 Music Artists Who Made Mostly Insignificant Changes to Their Name

Some of involves adding and dropping periods and exclamations points!



Some music artists have made major changes to their band names; none of these are them. Have a look:


Fun. to fun to fun. to ?. We don’t even think fun (or fun. or Fun. or Fun) know the right way to write their band name. Even their official website has it written every which way. Are we having fun. yet?


Lil Bow Wow to Bow Wow. There’s, like, a gazillion rappers with the unimaginative qualifier “Lil’”, but one—Lil Bow Wow—simply had enough by the time his third album, Unleashed rolled around. So, despite maxing out at the vertically challenged 5’7”, he decided to drop it.


Limp Bizkit to limpbizkit to Limp Bizkit. By the time 2003 rolled around, Limp Bizkit was already over, only the world forgot to notify the respective members. Maybe they had an inkling and just maybe they were trying less to be like Limp Bizkit and more like nine inch nails when the opted to not only make their gibberish name lower case but all one word, too. At some point they went back to Limp Bizkit, but no one noticed that either.



Matchbox 20 to Matchbox Twenty. For a while it seemed every alt-pop band under the sun carried a number surname. There was (not in alphanumeric order) Blink-182, Eve 6, Marvelous 3, 4 Non-Blondes and Stroke 9, and that’s just for starters. To align themselves (we guess) with bands that spelled out their numbers—like Third Eye Blind and Seven Mary Three—Matchbox 20 dropped the “20” in favor of “Twenty” for their sophomore album Mad Season. That album and no album since ever sold as well as the one they released as Matchbox 20; of course, hindsight is 20/Twenty.


MC Hammer to Hammer to MC Hammer. MC Hammer made a number of errors in his hip-hop career—going gangsta rap, losing a $30 million fortune, starring on The Surreal Life and, oh yeah, dropping the MC. That name adjustment came around the time when Hammer was trying to be harder (like, say, a hammer) and he looked like a thug on the cover of The Funky Headhunter. No one was buying it (literally and figuratively) and he soon switched back.


New Kids on the Block to NKOTB to New Kids on the Block. The New Kids on the Block weren’t kids anymore by the time 1994 rolled around, so trying downplay their name-defying adulthood, they opted for the acronym NKOTB for the Face the Music. They even looked wannabe-gangsta angry (toward kids?) on the album cover. It was their last album before their 2008 reunion when they were even further from adolescence but back to being New Kids on the Block.


Panic! at the Disco to Panic at the Disco to Panic! at the Disco. Panic! at the Disco got their name from a Smiths songs, not exactly the most exclamatory band on the planet. Because guitarist Ryan Ross called the exclamation point a “bit annoying,” they decided to drop it for their 2008 album Pretty. Odd. Lo’ and behold the phrase-stabbing punctuation mark was back one album later, and we assume here to stay!


The Red Hot Chili Peppers to Red Hot Chili Peppers. For the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first three albums they were The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Of course no one has the wind to call them either; writers prefer to abbreviate them as RHCP and fans either truncate them The Chili Peppers, easier still, The Peppers. No matter how you say it, you just can’t without the The.


Santigold. Before there was Santigold, there was Santogold and before there was Santogold there was Santi White and before there was Santi White there was Santa Claus. Ok, we’re a bit off track. Anyway, White was forced to change her Santogold stage name to Santigold (that’ll show ‘em!) when some film director even his mother wasn’t aware of cried foul because her sobriquet was too close to his equally suspect alias Santo Gold.


The Yardbirds to The New Yardbirds. This has to be where Rob Reiner got the idea for The New Originals in This Is Spinal Tap. The New Yardbirds’ tenure was brief, as it was Jimmy Page’s temporary solution to fulfilling some contractual obligations before they became—Bonzo drum roll, please—Led Zeppelin.


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