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Subject: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: whistledog on 10/05/08 at 4:24 am

Here's a few ...

♦ Remember David Geddes?  In 1975, he had two popular hits with 'Run Joey Run' and 'Last Game of the Season (Blind Man in the Bleachers)'.  Under his birth name of David Idema, he first reached the Top 40 in Canada during 1972 with the Canadian penned song 'House on Holly Road'

♦ For his 1983 single 'Pills and Soap', Elvis Costello released it under the alias name The Imposter.  It appears on his 1983 album 'Punch the Clock'

♦ Under the alias The Timelords, British acid/house group The KLF topped the UK chart in 1988 with the Doctor Who/Gary Glitter inspired 'Doctorin' the Tardis'

♦ In 1989, Arsenio Hall released an album under the stage name Chunky A and scored a minor US hit called 'Aaoww!'

♦ In 1980, Quebec-born singer Andy Kim changed his name to Baron Longfellow releasing 2 albums (between 1980 and 1984) to moderate success in Canada.  In 1991, he shortened it to Longfellow and released the single-only 'Powerdrive' which became his first Top 40 hit in Canada since 'Harlem' in 1976

♦ For their 1994 single 'Absolutely Fabulous', the Pet Shop Boys released it under the alias Absolutely Fabulous as a charity single for Comic Relief.  The song was written about the TV series of the same name

♦ In 1983, XTC released the single 'Thanks For Christmas' under the alias The Three Wisemen.  In the mid-80s, they would later go on to release an EP, a studio album and a compilation album under the alias The Dukes of Stratosphear in an attempt to see if they could sell just as well without the XTC name

Norman Cook, a British DJ and former member of The Housemartins released his first non-Housemartins single 'Blame it on the Bassline' under his real name in 1989.  Since then, he's used several aliases to much success:  Beats International, Pizzaman, Mighty Dub Kats and Fatboy Slim

♦ In 1988, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison teamed up under the name Travelling Wilburys.  Each member was given an alias Wilbury name to give the impression the group consisted of family members.  Despite not reaching the US Top 40, their greatest success was best seen in Canada where they scored three Top 40 hits

♦ French DJ Thomas Bangalter is one half of the duo Daft Punk.  In 1998, he formed a one time collaborative group called Starsdust and reached #2 in the UK with the single 'Music Sounds Better With You'

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: Lindee on 10/05/08 at 11:24 am

David Johanson (NY Dolls) was Buster Poindexter sang "Hot, Hot, Hot"
Garth Brooks was Chris Gaines (his rock star alter ego)
AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys) used Johnny No Name

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: Henk on 10/06/08 at 2:13 pm

Arthur Baker, perhaps best known for his cooperation with Al Green on "The Message Is Love" (1989/1990), released various recordings under stage names/aliases.
For instance, he was the man behind the 1987 cover of "Tighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Dancing)" Wally Jump Jnr & Criminal Element] as well as  "The Opera House" Jack E. Makossa].

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: Paul on 10/06/08 at 2:55 pm

Sorry to bring him up again, but I think Jonathan King must hold some kind of unofficial record for aliases...

Apart from hitting under that name (which in itself is fake...he's really Kenneth King), he's also hit using the pseudonyms of (deep breath...)

Weathermen, Sakkarin, Shag, Bubblerock, 53rd & 3rd, Sound 9418, 100 Ton & A Feather, Father Abraphart & The Smurps (don't ask!)

There's also quite a few aliases that didn't chart...Nemo and A Handful Of Cheek spring to mind...

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: karen on 10/06/08 at 6:53 pm

The Damned made one album as Naz Nomad and the Nightmares. 

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: loki 13 on 10/06/08 at 8:11 pm

Blue Oyster Cult would tour small clubs under their original moniker Soft White Underbelly.

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: whistledog on 10/06/08 at 9:20 pm

Italian born DJ Vito "Junior Jack" Lucente hit UK #1 in 2003 with the song 'Make Luv' which he released under the alias Room 5.  The song was a dance remix of the 1983 hit 'Get Down Saturday Night' by Oliver Cheatham, and though it was only a sample, Cheatham was credited as a featured performer, and toured live with Junior Jack to promote the single

A follow-up Room 5 single titled 'Music and You' also featured Cheatham and reached UK #38



Father Abraphart & The Smurps (don't ask!)


I know that one.  Had no idea it was Jonathan King :o

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: Henk on 10/07/08 at 1:35 pm

Ever heard of a Dutch band called Catapult..? ??? Probably not. They were pretty big in the 1970's in the Netherlands, though.
Here they are with their #5 hit Let Your Hair Hang Down (1974).

When the band called it quits (around 1980), the band members didn't really quit...they just used various guises for their new projects. Here's a few:
Rubberen Robbie - De Nederlandse Sterre Die Strale Overal (1981, #1)
The Monotones - Mono (1980, #15)
Master Genius - Let's Break (1984, #14)
De Smurfen - No Limit (1995, #1)


...but most noticeably: The Video Kids - Woodpeckers From Space (1984, #14)  ::)

Subject: Re: Singers/Bands under Aliases/Stage Names

Written By: whistledog on 10/07/08 at 10:26 pm


Ever heard of a Dutch band called Catapult..? ??? Probably not. They were pretty big in the 1970's in the Netherlands, though.
Here they are with their #5 hit Let Your Hair Hang Down (1974).

When the band called it quits (around 1980), the band members didn't really quit...they just used various guises for their new projects. Here's a few:
Rubberen Robbie - De Nederlandse Sterre Die Strale Overal (1981, #1)
The Monotones - Mono (1980, #15)
Master Genius - Let's Break (1984, #14)
De Smurfen - No Limit (1995, #1)


...but most noticeably: The Video Kids - Woodpeckers From Space (1984, #14)  ::)


I love Woodpeckers From Space.  One of my guilty pleasures of the 80s

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