Brain Teaser – Pop and Rock Names

Many rock and pop groups and performers get their names for strange reasons. Try to answer these questions about how some groups and artists got their names.  Need help?  Use Credo Reference.

1. Which Swedish pop group, formed in 1973, derived its name from the initials of the members’ first names?

2. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born in New York in 1986, adopted what nickname inspired by a Queen song about the radio?

3. Which rock group, formed in 1962, took its name from a song by Muddy Waters?

4. Which Irish quartet, consisting of guitarist Jim, singer Andrea, drummer Caroline and violinist Sharon, used their surname as the name of their band?

5. Which psychedelic guitar-pop band, whose 1995 “Wake Up!” saw the group cross over to mainstream success, took its name from Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

6. Which pop group became Britain’s pop sensation of 1984 and took its name either from a caption to a photograph of the young Frank Sinatra or a headline in a Liverpool paper about Frankie Vaughan?

7. Which rock band took its name from the transcendent state of being that is the final goal of Buddhism?

8. Which British pomp-rock group achieved unexpected popularity in the eighties and got its name by abbreviating the title of a book by J. R. R. Tolkien?

9. Which town and port in North Somerset, to the west of the mouth of the River Avon, became more widely known in the 1990s when it was used as the name of a Bristol-based experimental music and dance group?

10. Which leading British rock band of the seventies took its name from a novel by Willard Manus?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (


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