There’s been quite a spate of name-changery going on in the indie rock ranks right now, as people like DIIV (FKA Dive), VÅR (FKA War), and POP ETC (FKA the morning benders) have decided to change stuff up (albeit for different, completely respectable reasons). So, we figured it was time to take a look back on other band name changes from classic bands. POP ETC, VÅR, and DIIV, in the context of this blog post, you’re in good company! Hit the gallery above.
The Hype > U2: David Evans' (The Edge) older brother Dik was a member of U2's original lineup, then called "The Hype." Dik was in college, and thus older than the older four band members, so he eventually became a fifth wheel. Memorably, he walked off the stage during the Hype's final concert as a five-piece. A friend of bassist Steve Averill helped them come up with a new name, offering six options. U2 was the one they disliked the least.
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