So I stumbled on Rolling Stone’s 13 Dumbest Names in Rock History list and figured it would be a romp. You know, Toad the Wet Sprocket, that sort of thing.
But Dave Matthews Band? Why pick on poor Dave? Why not Steve Miller, Jeff Beck or Charlie Daniels? OK, maybe it lacks originality, but it makes it clear who the leader is and all that.
But whoa! The Beatles are on this list? A band pun? No deep hidden meaning? No wisdom? Huh?
We’re punishing The Beatles because the name lacks wisdom? Like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple and The Cars offered new insights into life with their names? Excuse me?
1910 Fruitgum Compamy. Strawberry Alarm Clock. Creedence Clearwater Revival … we have options here, people. Viable options.
Okay, okay, so I know I’m a tad biased about all things Beatles, so I googled bad/stupid/dumb band names, and found that Rolling Stone followed this list up with a Readers’ Poll on The Dumbest Band Names of All Time, and found The Beatles there too. The google search yielded a bunch of lists, and The Beatles was on most of them.
All I can think is that these lists were created by people under 50. If you were there, you remember that everything The Beatles did was cool. Everything. We all knew the name was a little silly, but they did it, so it was cool. Simple as that.
Look up the number.