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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Recording artists Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath pose in the press room during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Tony Iommi:  A guitarist whose name is iconic as his playing.  It’s a good thing he didn’t have to change it like Black Sabbath changed their name.

Some of rock’s biggest bands, of course, had to go through several monikers until they found just the right one.  In honor of Iommi’s birthday day (February 19), here are six original band names we’re glad didn’t stick.

The Polka Tulk Blues Band (Black Sabbath)

Black Sabbath’s original name apparently came from the brand name of a talcum powder Ozzy Osbourne’s mother used.  Yeah…definitely not as dark as Black Sabbath.

Black Sabbath "Iron Man"

The original "Iron Man" music video

Rat Salad (Van Halen)

Awesome Black Sabbath song, but it’s not the best band name.  Plus, without the Van Halen band name, we wouldn’t have their classic band logo, which is easily one of the coolest logos to rock on a shirt ever.

Van Halen - "Unchained" (Official Music Video)

Watch the official music video for "Unchained" by Van Halen


The New Yardbirds (Led Zeppelin)

Fact:  Nearly every “new” version of a previously well-respected brand is always crap.  (Ex: “New” Coke.)  Definitely thankful for this name change.

Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song (Live Video)

Watch this original footage of Led Zeppelin, the greatest rock band of all time performing one of their biggest hits of all time, "Immigrant Song" If you love Led Zeppelin, share this on Facebook:


Screaming Abdabs (Pink Floyd)

“Screaming Abdabs” is apparently slang for “extreme anxiety or nervousness.”  We’re sure many record companies would’ve been nervous as to how to market a band with that name.

Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall (HQ)

HIT SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE CLASSIC VIDEOS Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall Lifted from "Pink Floyd The Wall" film, this video is actually comprised of two songs: "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" and "Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2" This video became the official video of "Another Brick In The Wall Pt.


Pud (Doobie Brothers)

Out of all slang terms for…*ahem*…male genitalia, this one is definitely the least sexy and whimsical.

Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music * TopPop

Watch our great music videos ❯ More TopPop? Subscribe here ❯ More info on Wikipedia ❯ Broadcast date: 1972-10-28 This is to let you know that the video recording of the video clip was originally recorded by AVROTROS Broadcasting.


Cans of Piss (R.E.M.)

For a moment, imagine “Shiny Happy People” by a band called CANS OF PISS!

R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People (Official Music Video)

"Shiny Happy People" from R.E.M.'s critically-acclaimed, 1991 album, "Out Of Time" To learn more, visit Buy the album: 3CD+BluRay Deluxe Edition - 2CD - 3LP - 1CD - 1LP - © 2005 R.E.M./Athens LTD 1991 Shiny Happy People (Video)


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.