What’s in a name? Everything if you’re a rock star. Majority of people are born with boring, everyday names - unless, of course, you’re born to a 20th century celebrity, in which case your name is a fruit, Disney character, or another entry from the MeSoUnique dictionary. In order to be larger-than-life celebrities, these rockers opted for a larger-than-life name.
Here’s a rundown of rockers with some of the best names that their mamas don't call them by.
Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner) The artist formerly known as Brian Hugh Warner came up with his stage name by combing the names of 2 infamous icons from the 1960s: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. He chose the 2 celebs because he wanted to have the “fakest stage name of all” to reflect the phoniness of show business. Well played, Brian.
Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose, Jr.) Before his name was synonymous with rock star douchebaggery, Axl Rose was called William Bruce Rose, Jr. The name we’ve all come to love and loathe him by came from the name of one of the first bands he was in when he first moved to Los Angeles: AXL. Of course, there is that whole anagram story…
Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus) Declan MacManus may sound like the name of a capo from the Westies, but it’s actually the birth name of post-punk rock god Elvis Costello. Costello took his name from his musician father’s stage name (Day Costello) and Elvis Presley.
Cat Power (Charlyn Marie Marshall) Cat Power sounds like the slogan of a felinist wanting to empower kitties everywhere, but really the indie rocker’s stage name came from a guy wearing a Caterpillar trucker cap. Power was part of a band that needed a name for their first show, and after seeing a man in a “Cat Diesel Power” hat, she knew she found the name. Though she ended up moving to New York a couple years after, the name stuck and she’s been Cat Power ever since.
Slash (Saul Hudson) Back in the 70s, when someone said “Better call Saul,” they were talking about Saul Hudson. Slash got his nickname from family friend and actor Seymour Cassel, who started calling him the name due to the fact that he was always in a hurry and never in one place for a long period of time.
Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) Iggy Pop has long been called the Godfather of Punk, but his real name sounds like the name of an 80-year-old Russian history professor. After serving as the drummer for The Iguanas, Mr. Osterberg officially became Iggy. The “Pop” came after a friend of the Stooges, Jimmy Pop, lost all his hair, including his eyebrows, prompting Iggy to shave off his eyebrows in tribute and consequently being dubbed Iggy Pop.
Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) John Graham Mellor sure doesn’t sound like the name of the frontman of one of the original punk bands, so it’s no surprise that he changed his name. Before he was Joe Strummer, though, he went by Woody Mellor, in honor of folk legend Woody Guthrie. He used this moniker during his time with the 101’ers and a couple years before the Clash was born, changed his name to Joe Strummer. The “Joe” was to signify that he was nothing special, just a “regular joe,” and the “Strummer” pertained to his rather lackluster rhythm guitar skills.
The Cramps: Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) & Poison Ivy (Kristy Marlana Wallace) “Hi, my name is Lux Interior and this is my wife, Poison Ivy.” Few people get to drop opening lines like that, but the 2 permanent members of psychobilly pioneers the Cramps were an exception. Interior not surprisingly took his name from an old car commercial, while Ivy (who also went by Ivy Rorschach) stated the name had come to her in a dream.
Brody Dalle (Bree Joanna Alice Robinson) With a name like Bree Joanna Alice Robinson, you’re either going to become a Type A debutante who looks up to Paris Hilton, or you’re going to drop every part of your name and become one of the most hardcore lead singers of a punk rock band. Luckily for the world, Bree Robinson opted for the latter and changed her name to Brody. Before she adopted her last name from crazy/badass French actress Beatrice Dalle, however, she was known as Brody Armstrong (aka Tim Armstrong’s wife). A Rolling Stone tongue-makeout session with Josh Homme later, Brody Armstrong officially became Brody Dalle.
Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) Born John Simon Ritchie, Sid Vicious went on to personify the defining aspects of punk rock – rebellion, attitude, and safety pins. The story of the Sex Pistols is one of abrupt fame coupled with an even speedier decline, and Vicious’ scandalous life and tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen made for a punk rock fairytale, where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. The best part of all this, though, is that the dude was named after a hamster. After being bit by Johnny Rotten’s fuzzy, lovable hamster Sid, the then-John Ritchie said, “Sid is really vicious!,” and Rotten decided that a star was born.
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The new fall pilots haven't even premiered yet, but already the networks are looking forward to their next big task: finding the right pilots and scripts to order for the 2013-2014 season. Development season is well underway and has been for the past few weeks — although this season is marked by a declaration from some networks (namely ABC and NBC) that the typically order-happy suits would not be as quick to bulk up their pilot orders this year. In other words, less is more.
Most of the majors have already made their first-round choices for specific projects, and the trends that have emerged seem to be all about big-name attachments (e.g. Vince Vaughn, Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds), period dramas (e.g. Aztec empire, Cold War America, 1890s Europe), international transplants (from Israel, England and Scandinavia) and — in an interestingly-revived yet well-worn trend — book adaptations (including Dracula and two Sleepy Hollow reboots).
Here's what ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, NBC and more have coming down the '13-'14 pipeline so far:
— Dumb F*ck: Single-camera comedy about an average Joe and his brilliant wife who move in with her intelligent yet emotionally stunted family of geniuses; written by Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman), executive produced by Vin Di Bona, Bruce Gersh, Susan Levison and Shaleen Desai.
— Burns & Cooley: Medical procedural about two New York neurosurgeons who compete as they strive to be the top in all aspects of their lives; written by Meredith Philpott (Awkward), exec produced by Matt Gross (Body Of Proof).
— Founding Fathers: Drama about a war veteran whose Texas hometown is in the hands of a militia group led by his older brother; written by Rich D'Ovidio (Thir13en Ghosts), produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.
— Untitled McG Project: Retelling of Romeo and Juliet, revolving around two rival families fighting for control over Venice, California; written by Byron Balasco (Detroit 1-8-7), produced by McG (The OC, Supernatural, Nikita).
— Untitled Kurtzman/Orci Project: Drama about a mysterious game; written by Noah Hawley (The Unusuals), produced by Heather Kadin, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.
— Dracula: 1890s-set period piece about the iconic vampire; written by Cole Haddon, produced by Tony Krantz and Colin Callender; starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors).
— The Blacklist: Drama about an international criminal who surrenders himself and helps the government hunt down his former cohorts; written by Jon Bokenkamp, exec produced by John Davis, John Fox and John Eisendrath.
— Hench: Based on the comic about a man who becomes a temp for super villains; written by Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives), exec produced by Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey (Prime Suspect).
— Cleopatra: Period drama about the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; written by Michael Seitzman (Americana), exec produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.
— Pariah: Drama inspired by Freakonomics about a rogue academic who uses economic theory to police San Diego; written by Kevin Fox (The Negotiator), exec produced by Kelsey Grammer, Stella Stolper and Brian Sher.
— After Hours/The Last Stand: Medical drama about Army doctors who work the night shift at a San Antonio hospital; revisited from last season; written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.
— Untitled Parkes/MacDonald Project: Drama about an interpreter at the United Nations who works with diplomats and politicians from around the world; written by Tom Brady (Hell on Wheels), produced by Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold.
— Untitled Charmelo/Snyder Project: New Orleans-set drama, described as a "sexy Southern Gothic thriller"; created by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder (Ringer), exec produced by Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.
— Untitled Rand Ravich Project: Drama-thriller following a secret service agent at the center of an international crisis in Washington, DC; created by Rand Ravich (Life), produced by Far Shariat.
— Island Practice: Based on the book Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures Of A Nantucket Doctor, about an eccentric doctor with a controversial medical practice on an island off the coast of Washington; written by Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza, Beethoven), produced by Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Oly Obst.
— The Brady Bunch: Reboot of the series, about a divorced Bobby Brady who re-marries a woman with children of her own; written by Mike Mariano (Raising Hope), co-developed and exec produced by Vince Vaughn (Sullivan & Son).
— A Welcome Grave: Based on the book series about a private investigator who comes under suspicion when a rival turns up dead.
— Backstrom: Based on the book series about a House-like detective who tries to change his self-destructive nature; written by Hart Hanson (Bones), produced by Leif G.W. Persson (novel) and Niclas Salomonsson.
— Ex-Men: Single-camera comedy about a young guy who moves into a short-term rental complex and befriends the other men who live there after being kicked out by their wives; written and directed by Rob Greenberg; starring Chris Smith and Kal Penn.
— Sleepy Hollow: Contemporary reinterpretation of the Sleepy Hollow short story; written by Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo, produced by Scharbo and Gina Matthews.
— Gun Machine: Based on an upcoming novel (of the same name) about a New York detective whose chance discovery of a stash of guns leads back to a variety of unsolved murders; written by Dario Scardapane (Trauma), produced by Warren Ellis (book author), Scardapane, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
— Sleepy Hollow: Modern-day thriller based on the Sleepy Hollow short story, following Ichabod Crane and a female sheriff who solve supernatural mysteries; written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe, Hawaii Five-0) and Phillip Iscove, produced by Heather Kadin and Len Wiseman.
— The Beach: Based on the 1996 novel and 2000 movie about a group of youths who try to start society over on a remote paradise; written by Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle).
— Hard Up: Single-camera comedy based on Israeli series about four twentysomething guys who are strapped for cash; written by Etan Frankel (Shameless), produced by John Wells.
— Lowe Rollers: Animated comedy about a struggling Titanic-themed casino in Las Vegas; written by Mark Torgove and Paul Kaplan (Outsourced) and Ash Brannon, produced by Ryan Reynolds, Jonathon Komack Martin, Steven Pearl and Allan Loeb.
— Untitled Chris Levinson Project: Cop drama about a detective who puts his life under surveillance when he begins to lose his memory; written by Chris Levinson (Touch), produced by Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
— Untitled Friend/Lerner Project: Drama set on an aircraft carrier following young naval officers and a female fighter pilot who tries to solve an onboard murder; written and produced by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner (House).
— Untitled Ryan Reynolds Project: Half-hour comedy about a disgraced hotelier forced to manage a rundown airport hotel; written by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans), produced by Ryan Reynolds, Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl.
— Untitled Jason Katims Project: Romantic comedy about a single female attorney; written by Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) and Sarah Watson.
— Getting On: U.S. adaptation of a British comedy about a group of nurses and doctors working in a women's geriatric wing of a run-down hospital; Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer to exec produce with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Geoff Atkinson.
— Buda Bridge: Belgian-set crime drama about a woman who is found dead on a famous bridge in Brussels; written and directed by Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead), produced by Michael Mann (Luck) and Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad).
— Hello Ladies: Comedy about an oddball Englishman who chases women in Los Angeles; written, directed by and starring Stephen Merchant (The Office), produced by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (The Office).
— Angie's Body: Drama about a powerful woman at the head of a crime family; written by Rob Fresco (Heroes, Jericho), directed and executive produced by Jodie Foster, Fresco and Russ Krasnoff.
— Conquest: Period drama about Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, who clashes with the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II; written by Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.
— Low Winter Sun: Based on 2006 British miniseries about the aftermath that follows the murder of a cop by a fellow detective; written by Chris Mundy; James Ransone, Ruben Santiago Hudson and Athena Karkanis to star.
— Those Who Kill: Based on Danish series about a detective and forensics scientist who track down serial killers; written by Glen Morgan, produced by Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Peter Bose and Jonas Allen, directed by Joe Carnahan.
— Untitled LaGravenese/Goldwyn Project: Legal thriller about an attorney who discovers new evidence that re-opens a sensational murder case; written by Richard LaGravenese, directed by Tony Goldwyn, exec produced by David Manson; Marin Ireland to star as female lead.
— The Americans: Period drama about two KGB spies posing as Americans in Washington, DC; created by Joe Weisberg, exec produced by Weisberg, Graham Yost, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey; directed by Gavin O'Connor; Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich to star.
— The Bridge: Based on the Scandinavian series, about a murder investigation opened up after a dead body is discovered on a bridge connecting the United States and Mexico; written by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid (Cold Case), produced by Carolyn Bernstein, Lars Blomgren and Jane Featherstone.
— Untitled Dr. Dre Project: One-hour drama about music and crime in Los Angeles; written by Sidney Quashie, exec produced by Dr. Dre.
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S14E2: This year's cast of Dancing With the Stars have already proven they have some serious skills on the dance floor. But it's going to take more than fancy footwork to make it through to the following week now that the audience has a say in the matter. The judges' scores can only get the contestants so far, meaning a couple's popularity is extremely important. It's time to prove their worth, and as of now, the bar is pretty high.
But as the very first week indicated, this group of stars thrive under such pressure and managed to, once again, pull off incredible dance numbers. For the second week, half of the couples must dance the Quick Step, while the other half take on the Jive. And remember -- for their first dance, each star was given several weeks to practice, whereas this time around they were only allotted one week. Let's see whose talents stretch farther than just beginners luck.
So as each couple took another spin on the dance floor, we ranked each performance from best to worst.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
Jive: "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" by Robert Randolph
Last week, Katherine proved she could show us grace and elegance, but this week she demonstrated that she can be more than America's sweetheart; she can be downright sexy. Her kicks and flicks were incredible. Her posture and timing was spectacular. In truth, she seems just as flawless in dancing as she is in personality. That "Welsh Wiggle" came in handy because this blonde bombshell is a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to the competition factor, this girl is the one to watch. The judges gave the pair a well-deserved 26 out of 30, tying them for the highest score of the night.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke
Quick Step: "Nice Work If You Can Get It" from George Gershwin's "A Damsel In Distress"
The hunky William Levy didn't disappoint with another great performance. Even fully clothed in a tuxedo this guy radiates sexual energy, sending women and men into a swoon-crazed tizzy. His movements were fluid, his timing was great, and Carrie Ann called him the Harry Connick Jr. of the ballroom. But not everyone was feeling the love. Len didn't like frame or body contact and called the performance as a whole "good," not "great." But the rest of the world could not disagree more. Amid all the boos circling in Len's direction, the couple earned an impressive 25 out of 30 points for the night. Something tells us he'll be back to dance another week -- hopefully in a little less clothes.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsea Hightower
Quick Step: "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" by Good Charlotte
This is where we learn just how versatile each of these contestants really are. Roshon was completely out of his comfort zone since hip hop is more his style, but he pulled off the Quick Step with flying colors. His moves were precise and he was the epitome of ballroom sophistication. This guy is just enjoyable to watch no matter the dance routine and the judges agree. Len called the performance young and fresh, while Bruno revealed that he loves Roshon's swagger that he brings to each and every dance. The couple ended up with an impressive score of 26 out of 30, giving them a three point increase from last week. It's safe to say we'll be seeing him again next week.
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
Jive: "Marry You" by Bruno Mars
Having risen to the top of the leaderboard so quickly last week, it's hard to not go anywhere but down, especially when it's only the second week. The dance was well rehearsed and thoroughly enjoyable, however, the performance did lack of bit of the energy it had in the previous week. For some reason, he seemed less light on his feet, which can be a noticeable mistake when you take on something like the Jive, and the judges seemed a little disappointed by it. Len said that while the dance wasn't terrible, it needed to be sharper and pack more punch. Carrie Ann also remarked that Jaleel seemed a little flat-footed and needs to work on that in the future. They earned a 22 out of 30 points, losing their first place title.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
Quick Step: "Sexy, Sexy" by Brian Setzer
Maria showed significant improvement in her Quick Step this week. She seemed comfortable in her movements and once again showed great chemistry with Derek. Granted, she took a misstep at one point in their run-and-kick portion of the dance, but overall she had great speed and control. Carrie Ann seemed a little more concerned with her timing mishap than Len or Bruno, but overall it was an enjoyable, fun performance that sould be strong enough to carry them into next week. The judges gave them a 25 out of 30 for the night.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Quick Step: "Stay The Night" by James Blunt
Donald made the dance floor his new football field by dancing a superb version of the Quick Step. It was fun and definitely one of the best executed performances of the night. The timing, the steps, the fluidity, everything flowed together so nicely, which shows this guy has a real knack for dancing. And the judges were delighted with what they saw. In fact, Len even admitted to giving him too low of a score last week and said he deserved better than that. Bu that was more than made up for this week when the judges gave them a 24 out of 30. This guy certainly has both the charm and skill to go far in this competition.
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chermkovskiy
Jive: "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
If Sherri had to be summed up in one word it would be: energized. This girl is so full of life and it just radiates in her dancing. She lit up the dance floor and even though she and Val lost step a few times together, she just took charge and went with the flow. It's important to be able to recover quickly if things don't go exactly how they were planned and she handled it in the best way possible. She had just as much fun dancing as we did watching her, and the judges loved it. The duo scored a 23 out of 30 points.
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
Jive: "Real Wild Child" by Buddy Holly
Gavin is probably one of the most currently popular stars on the show, which makes him a great underdog to root for. He's not one of the best performers in the bunch, but he's certainly not the worst. His kicks and flicks definitely need some help, but his overall performance was highly enjoyable to watch (who knew he'd look so good in leather?). Dancing doesn't come naturally to Gavin, so he'll have to work harder than some of the others to reach up to their potential, but this routine was a significant improvement from last week. So if he keeps on improving he could be in this competition for the long haul. The judged granted them a 21 out of 30.
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya
Jive: "Gimme Some Lovin" by The Spencer Davis Group
This Jive was filled with fast, complicated dance moves and given that this is still only the second week, it's understandable that poor Jack feel a little out of sync at times. Sure his kicks weren't all that precise and sometimes he lost step with the beat, but he was able to hold it together and still manage to give an enjoyable performance. In fact, the judges felt his only problem was that he put a little too much energy into the dance, which made him loss control at times. But overall, they were impressed with what he had to offer and earned a respectable 21 out of 30 points.
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Quick Step: "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol
Mel and Maks were tied in last place the previous week, so they were hoping to kick their performance up a notch. And they did to an extent. Melissa still seemed a little hesitant at times and you could see she was in her head a lot, not focusing on being in the moment. And when you can see worry or concentration on someone's face, it distracts the audience from fully enjoying the performance. That being said, it was a slight improvement from last week, but she just needs to get more comfortable and fluid in her movements. And unfortunately, when you're working with a group that's this talented, the bar is set pretty high. The judges awarded them 20 out of 30 points -- the same score that they had during their first week out.
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
Quick Step: "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder
Once again, the empress of soul proved that age knows no bounds on this show. She had a great connection with Tristain and her footwork was amazing. However, the Quick Step is all about technique and the judges felt she wasn't quite up to par in that area. Bruno warned her to watch her frame since it seemed relatively loose throughout the dance and Len admitted that while he respects her a lot for who she is, he didn't care much for the performance at all. From a non-professional standpoint, she was lovely to watch. But sadly, the judges take more than that into consideration when it comes to handing out scores. The pair received a 19 out of 30.
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
Jive: "Tell Her About It" by Billy Joel
It's always hard when you know a contestant has worked really hard on a routine and it ends up not going the way they planned. Unfortunately, Martina experienced a situation just like that. Right from the beginning, she messed up and stepped with the wrong foot, and she was never quite able to get the rhythm back. There were times when she seemed more on the beat, but for the most part it was sufficiently lacking in timing and energy. She was so concerned with trying to remember her next move that she wasn't able to bring much of a wow factor out on the dance floor. But she maintained a great attitude throughout the whole thing, so she deserves major props for sticking with it. She earned a 17 out of 30, placing them at the bottom of the leaderboard. I fear she may be in jeopardy of going home.
What did you think of tonight's performances? Tomorrow night someone will definitely be eliminated -- who do you think has the biggest threat of being sent home? Sound off in the comments below or get at me on Twitter @KellyBean0415.