reaction to the first edition was considerable, with more than
50 radio interviews, seven national TV features, more than 15
paper/magazine articles, a number of glowing reviews and two
newspaper serialisations. Plus the work was picked up by a
direct-marketing book club.
John Peel: “It’s absolutely indispensable – it should always be in print.”
Jono Coleman: "The sort of book which should be re-published and re-read every few years… like Halliwell's - an absolute goldmine!"
From the reviews
"The A-Z shows
there are plenty of bizarre tales behind names: would The
Beatles have dominated the sixties as Johnny and the Moondogs?
Ferry have seemed as sophisticated fronting The Gas Board rather
Music? And would Mel B have been as scary singing in The Sugar
Adrian Thrills, Daily Mail.
"Completely fascinating and bizarre." - Michael
Hellicar, Daily Star.
"In a song called Jackson, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
love was hotter than a "pepper sprout". Mishearing it.
Paddy McAloon took
the name and called his group Prefab Spout. From such legends do
in this book emerge." - John Clarke, The Times.
"An enjoyable exploration of pop nomenclature. Beech
reveals that William
Burroughs was a fertile source of band names from Steely Dan to
Rope (don't ask)." - Christopher Hurst, The Independent.
"Where did you get your name/" is the question all
bands grow to hate.
Interesting, amusing and occasionally startling: beware of K for
Carol Clerk, Uncut.
"We should be extremely grateful to Mark Beech. the only
way to find out the
origin of the names of Steely Dan, the Lightning Seeds and
"A wide-ranging directory.. (Fave fact:) Madonna Louise
Ciccone is an
anagram for Occasional Nude Income." - Ruth Morris,
"Fascinating for trivia fans and members of pub quiz teams
alike." - Sunday
"The book overall is absolutely compulsive - you've just
got to look up your
favourite bands (and after that any old band you've heard of and
all the others too)." - South Wales Argus.
"Intriguing. a flick through its pages reveal some
fascinating finds. Did
you know, for instance, that Eric Clapton was born Eric Clapp?
Hitlerz Underpantz, precursor of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the
Dark? A fun
book." - Manchester Evening News.
"Absolutely invaluable for music fans." - Robert
Colbeck, Yorkshire Evening
"What's in a fame name? - Here's the way to find out. A
book with 2,400
references - amazing research." - Birmingham Evening Mail.
"Invaluable, comprehensive - it will satisfy most fans of
any era of pop
music. If it's charted, it's most certainly in here. Bang up to
although as new bands come along there will obviously be regular
Lancashire Evening Post.
"Mark has done an immaculate job with this work which is a
paradise in print." - John Philpott, Worcester Evening
"An alphabet of rock which covers everything from the
obvious to the
obscure." - Evesham Journal.