Sunday, April 8, 2007

What's In a Name?

Five Best…Bands With Acronym Names

#5. N.E.R.D.

-A hip hop group led by the amazing Pharrell Williams, their name stands for “No-One Ever Really Dies.” It’s very rare that I’ll give accolades to anything in the genre of hip hop or rap, but the songs “She Wants to Move” and “Rock Star,” among others, are just too catchy to not like.

#4. NOFX

-The punk band claims that they named themselves NOFX because they wanted to mock vague band names. Whatever the case, they’re one of the better (and truer) punk bands out there today.

#3. AC/DC

-Meaning Alternating Current/Direct Current, Brian Johnson & Co. aren’t the greatest band ever, but do release some good material. For instance, they’re the guys behind “Highway to Hell,” “TNT” and, what I consider their best song to be, “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll.)”

#2. NRBQ

-As heard on The Simpsons! Meaning New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, the boys of the band have never hit the commercial success they deserve but when you listen to them, you just have a fun time.

#1. REM

-Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills flipped through a dictionary and came up for the shortened way of saying “rapid eye movement.” They have numerous hits and a long, storied career, which may have hit its peak with the album, Automatic for the People.