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1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Original name: Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem
2. Nirvana – Original name(s): Pen Cap Chew, Skid Row
3. Oasis – Original name: Rain
4. The Beatles – Original name(s): Johnny & The Moondogs, The Quarrymen
5. Grateful Dead – Original name(s): Mother Mcree’s Uptown Jug Champions, The Warlocks
6. Radiohead – Original name: On A Friday
7. Van Halen – Original name(s): Rat Salad, Mammoth
8. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Original name: The Golliwogs
9. The Yardbirds – Original name: Metropolis Blues Quartet
10. Led Zeppelin – Original name: The New Yardbirds
11. The Who – Original name(s): The High Numbers, The Detours
12. Beach Boys – Original name: The Pendletones
13. REM – original names (considered): Cans Of Piss, Negro Wives
14. U2 – Original name: Feedback
15. Black Crowes – Original name: Mr. Crowes Garden
16. Chicago – Original name: Chicago Transit Authority
17. Coldplay – Original name: Starfish
18. Green Day – Original name: Sweet Children
19. The Cure – Original name: Easy Cure
20. Bachman Turner Overdrive – Original name: Brave Belt
21. Queen – Original name: Smile
22. The Doors – Original name: Psychedelic Rangers
23. Black Sabbath – Original name(s): The Polka Tulk Blues Band, Earth
24. Bee Gees – Original name: The Rattlesnakes
25. Def Leppard – Original name: Atomic Mass
26. Pink Floyd – Original name (s): Tea Set, Meggadeath
27. Guster – Original name: Gus
28. Phish – Original name: Blackwood Convention
29. Pearl Jam – Original name: Mookie Blaylock
30. Slayer – Original name: Dragon Slayer
31. Goo Goo Dolls – Original name: The Sex Maggots
32. Snow Patrol – Original name: Polar Bear
33. Badfinger – Original name: The Iveys
34. Klaxons – Original name: Klaxons (Not Centaurs)
35. The Band – Original name: The Hawks
36. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Original name: The Other Gang
37. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Original name: Jimmy James & The Blue Flames
38. The Pogues – Original name: P—g mo Th—in (Kiss my Ass)
39. Pixies – Original name: Pixies In Panoply
40. Barenaked Ladies – Original name: Free Beer

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