Mick Ralphs

It’s Mick Ralphs’ birthday today, inspirational yet largely under-rated guitarist with Mott the Hoople and Bad Company, as well as good friend of David’s. Some of you will indeed know him best as the second guitarist on David’s first solo tour, ably taking About Face on the road throughout 1984. However you know him, do share with us your stand-out tracks and happiest moments from an exciting career.

Everyone knows the David Bowie-penned hit, ‘All the Young Dudes’, originally recorded and released as a single in 1972, but this is from the band’s pre-Glam days. If you can’t guess the title, should you be able to miss it, it’s ‘Walking With a Mountain’ – from the Mad Shadows album.

It’s surely a crime against music that Mott the Hoople aren’t better known and weren’t more warmly received outside the UK, where they had a cult following, because they were a terrific band with some terrific songs.

All good things must eventually come to an end, though, and Mott the Hoople’s end drew nearer when Mick Ralphs left in 1973 to form Bad Company, with singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke of Free, plus the late Boz Burrell of King Crimson, with whom he enjoyed by far his greatest commercial success thanks in no small part to a decade’s extensive touring.

He also released a solo album in 1985, entitled Take This, which showcased his many talents; completely self-composed bar a solitary track (an obligatory cover of Bruce Channel’s classic, ‘Hey! Baby’), with only Simon Kirke on drums and Mickey Feat on bass for support, he produced and arranged the whole thing and even provided the artwork. As with so many solo albums by members of successful rock groups, however, it failed to make an impact, but is certainly worth a listen.

Interestingly, both Mott the Hoople and Bad Company have reunited in recent years.

As it’s been on my mind lately and the coincidence seems too amusing to let pass, do also throw in some bands with intriguing, funny, clever or downright silly names, if you please, because Mott the Hoople is such a great name, isn’t it? (It comes from the 1966 Willard Manus novel of the same name, about a chancer named Norman Mott who joins a circus, in part to avoid being drafted to Vietnam, as you would.)

The chatroom will be open tomorrow – that’s Friday and the first day of April, unbelievably – from 2pm (UK). Please be advised that April Fool’s wind-ups are strictly not allowed in the chatroom because some of us are especially gullible on a Friday and will believe almost anything if it means getting to the weekend sooner.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

81 thoughts on “Mick Ralphs”

  1. I have always liked Feel Like Making Love and Ready For Love by Bad Company.

    As for Bands with clever, interesting names I would have to go with these:

    Blue Oyster Cult
    Pink Floyd
    Deep Purple
    The Silver Bullit Band
    Iron Maiden
    The Sex Pistols
    The Traveling Wilburys
    REO Speedwagon

    Just a few off the top of my head.


    1. I’ve always liked the name Blue Oyster Cult. I read it came from a poem by the band’s manager.

      If I’m not wrong, the Blue Oyster Cult were aliens, but I’m not sure about it. I’ll search the web again.

    2. Speaking about Oysters, the name of the manager who wrote the poem is Sandy Pearlman. :))

      Even if I can’t write it with my keyboard (or I just can’t find it?), there should be a decorative dieresis over the “O” of Oyster. More information about the use of umlauts in bands names can be found here.

  2. (whisper) Fed, psst, Fed. Don’t ask. Just don’t be first through the door of the chat room. (giggle giggle)

    Anon. (running away with ladder and water carrier, giggle) :))

  3. You are so full of, er, information Fed. Thanks, I didn’t know this bit of trivia.

    Happy Birthday Mick. Love ya on About Face. Excellent.

  4. All I have ever known about Mick Ralphs is that he played with David in 1984, so it was interesting to read this post. I’m always happy to learn something new. 🙂

    Speaking about bands names, what about “Chumbawamba”? Isn’t it funny? Its meaning seems to be a mystery, since the band have always given many different explanations.

    Another strange name, in my opinion, is “Quicksilver Messenger Service”. Here is John Cipollina’s explanation, taken from Wikipedia. 8|

    “Jim Murray and David Freiberg came up with the name. Me and Freiberg were born on the same day, and Gary and Greg were born on the same day, we were all Virgos and Murray was a Gemini. And Virgos and Geminis are all ruled by the planet Mercury. Another name for Mercury is Quicksilver. And then, Quicksilver is the messenger of the Gods, and Virgo is the servant, so Freiberg says ‘Oh, Quicksilver Messenger Service’.”

    1. ‘CHUMBAWAMBA’ – I read this: In a band member’s dream, he didn’t know which door to use in a public toilet because the signs said “Chumba” and “Wamba” instead of “Men” and “Women”. To tease him for having such a strange dream, they named the band Chumbawamba. :))

    2. I also read their name might come from a dream, but I didn’t imagine it was about a toilet. :))

      Thank you for the link, Ken. 🙂

  5. I can class myself amongst those who Mott the Hoople managed to escape … probably just a bit young and never really seemed to happen upon them … I like the basic sound of “Walking with a Mountain” although I prefer lyrics to be a little more expansive!

    That drummer has a lot of Bonham about him and, although a bit of a purist when it comes to guitars, I can’t help notice the “Maltese cross” that Ian Hunter is playing.

    Band names are funny old things aren’t they. It’s of course impossible to imagine a well-known band being called anything else – Led Zeppelin for example just seems to fit, but I suspect it’s backward interpolation. I’ve never been a fan of silly or whimsical names (obvious example being the “Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band”) but casting my eye down a list I would single out the following for intrigue, a certain je ne sais quoi and making you want to look further:-

    Butthole Surfers
    Porcupine Tree
    Manic Street Preachers
    The Grateful Dead
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    The Velvet Underground
    Super Furry Animals
    The Teardrop Explodes

    1. GD was accredited to a random opening of the dictionary. It has to do with avenging a maligned person trying to go to the netherworld.

      Gilmour has always been the Gold (Au) to Waters Pb (lead). If Dave ever wants to experience the metaphor of sleeping with his ex-wife for a series of concert dates maybe Pabu could be the band name. Definitely (DG1) would need some kind of contract (a prenup) to keep Waters in check.

      Happy 65th and many happy returns to the US for the Voice, Guitar, and Spirit of the Floyd.

      Very Gratefully Yours.

  6. Happy B’day Mick Ralphs!

    Great, great band FE’d and thanks for giving Mott the Hoople the honorable mention they deserve. My very first exposure was to the LP “The Hoople”. My Mom was an educator by occupation but a musician at heart (classical pianist) and shared music with her high school students. “The Hoople” made its way into our household some time in early 1975, I think (rumour had it that my Mom had “confiscated” it from an unruly student although it was returned) and I became an instant fan (loved the album cover). They certainly had a big following in South Africa (although not cult status). Not sure that Mick Ralphs featured much on that album.

    I’ve been “jonesing” for our new topic and this one is going to be tons of fun. 🙂

  7. Seen Mick play a few times…

    Mott the Hoople in Coventry, 1972-ish
    Bad Co 1974-ish at Earls Court
    The About Face tour Birmingham Odeon, 1984
    With Ian Hunter a couple of times

    …and most recently at the Mott the Hoople reunion gigs last year/year before-ish at the Hammersmith Odeon.

    1. Mott the Hoople and, particularly, Bad Co were awesome live bands when I saw them both during the early 1970s and I was not expecting more of the same at the reunion gig.

      The one I went to was OK though given the ages, Ian Hunter had just turned 70, and the circumstances of those involved. Great nostalgia and the audience helped it all along.

      The support band was a guy called Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) who is a huge Mott fan. He put together a band for those dates that played a set of not so well known Mott associated music.

      In fact, that just reminded me, when I saw Ian Hunter once at the Robin club in Bilston I got talking to this random guy. He got on stage to play on the encores so I had to ask around as to who he was. It turned out it was this Joe Elliott of Def Leppard.

  8. Belated birthday greetings for Mick Ralphs.

    Apart from All The Young Dudes, Mott the Hoople also had hits with Honaloochie Boogie and All The Way From Memphis whilst Mick was still in the band. BTW, Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) also featured on Sax on both of these tracks.

    As for Bad Company, Feel Like Making Love and Can’t Get Enough are responsible for causing me some embarrassing Air Guitar moments in my youth.

    Here’s also random A to Z of band names:

    Atomic Rooster
    Be Bop Deluxe
    Curved Air
    Duran Duran
    Earth Wind and Fire
    Flying Pickets
    Golden Earring
    Justified Ancients of Mu Mu
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
    Prefab Sprout
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Teardrop Explodes
    X-Ray Spex
    ZZ Top

    1. I thought Splodgenessabound had to be an April Fool’s trick, but no. An English punk rock band formed in Keston, Bromley, South London, says Wiki.

    2. Didn’t they do a song about a pint of lager and a packet of crisps please? Or was that somebody else?

  9. Another A-Z try as there are a lot of good ones out there. Please this is in no disrespect to Ken, I just don’t feel like working on work right now. 😮

    10,000 Maniacs
    30 Seconds To Mars
    Alien Sex Fiend
    Big Voodoo Daddy
    Disco Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes
    Everything But The Girl
    Fine Young Canibals
    Gnarls Barkley
    Hootie & the Blowfish
    Iron Butterfly
    Jimmy Eat World
    Kentucky Headhunters
    Lubricated Goat
    Meat Beat Manifesto
    Nine Inch Nails
    Old Lady Drivers
    Panic! At the Disco
    Right Said Fred
    Squirrel Nut Zippers
    Twisted Sister
    Ugly Kid Joe
    Veruca Salt – from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory of course
    Wang Chung – don’t sing it…I know you want too
    Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction

    That’s all I’ve got for a Friday… have a great weekend everyone. 8|

  10. Splod who/what? Interesting find KenF.

    Supertramp (or as I, with the greatest of fondness, refer to them … Fantastic Hobo) – got their name from The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp by W. H. Davies (a Welsh writer/poet). One of my absolute favourite bands. Backspace to last week’s topic for a second … Supertramp’s tongue-in-cheek Crisis? What Crisis? album cover …
    Eek-A-Mouse – well-suited to the high-pitched voice of this reggae musician from Jamaica.
    Throbbing Gristle – best if no-one asks … they were a bit ‘out there’.
    Chicken Shack – English blues band who, for a short period of time, had a vocalist named Christine Perfect (she went on to become Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac).
    Type O Negative
    Alice in Chains
    Suicidal Tendencies
    The Electric Prunes
    Limp Bizkit
    Meat Puppets
    The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
    Space Hog – In the Meantime was a really “cute” song (for lack of a better description)
    Pavlov’s Dog – happened to be listening to Pampered Menial (most likely the track Episode) the day I decided to sign up for the Blog (and that’s how Pavlov was ‘born’ – scrambling for a moniker). Sadly they were not very successful as a band.
    Hootie and the Blowfish – always found that very amusing.

  11. Some names I find interesting:

    – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    – Gentle Giant
    – Soft Machine, from the novel by William Burroughs.

    – King Crimson, which should be a synonym for Beelzebub/Satan, chief of the fallen angels (King), traditionally represented by the colour red (Crimson).

    – Alice in Chains (from Alice in Wonderland?)

    – Screaming Trees

    – Blind Melon. Wikipedia says: “Bass player Brad Smith’s father used this term to refer to some hippies who lived in a commune near his house.”, but it also seems the name might recall a blues singer called Blind Lemon Jefferson, so the word Melon could be an anagram.

    – Soundgarden, from Seattle’s Sound Garden, a park of sculptures that “sing” when the wind blows through them. I really love this name.

    1. Soundgarden and Alice in Chains made some pretty awesome music as, Alessandra and one of my favourite King Crimson albums was/is In the Court of the Crimson King!

    2. Thanks for reminding me of Screaming Trees. I always especially liked ‘Shadow of the Season’.

      It’s a good song, I also like it. “Witness”, from the album “Dust”, is another one I’ve always liked. Sorry for this “Karaoke” video, but YouTube says the (official?) one I had chosen is unavailable in my country.

  12. I just know that Mick Ralphs also joined David on stage at the Colombian Volcano Benefit Concert in London in 1986. David played ‘Out Of The Blue’, I think. What a beautiful song.

    Oh and I have found this photo of David and Mick Ralphs. Very 80’s style, no? 😉

    English not being my first language, there are many band names that sound weird to me, maybe simply because I don’t understand what they mean:

    Cockney Rebel (Cockney?). Love ‘Sebastian’, BTW. – Dexy’s Midnight Runners (Dexy?) – Mötley Crüe (?) – Procol Harum (?) – Hoobastank (?) – Korn (?) – 10CC (?) – Uriah Heep has been a mystery too but I now know that it was a character in ‘David Copperfield’ by Dickens.

    Some silly/funny names:

    – Blind Melon
    – The Goo Goo Dolls
    – Yazoo
    – !!! (I wonder how to pronounce this name.)
    – Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis 😮
    – Anal Cunt ( :v Sorry, it’s really a band)

    Oh and what about the band Blotto, FEd? 😛

    1. Re: that picture of Mick Ralphs and David Gilmour. I would bet good money that both of these men have come to haver serious regrets about their fashion choices. What is David’s guitar plugged into?

      We somehow survived the 80s. I’m not sure it’s a decade anyone looks fondly upon, when it comes to fashion.

    2. Circle said: “It’s the worst artist related blog I have seen in my life.”

      That’ll explain why it won BT Digital Music Awards’ award for Best Music Blog in 2007 and came 3rd in 2006 after entering only two weeks before voting closed.

      The Blog feature on this, the official David Gilmour site, has been operating for well over 5 years, since 22/12/05 in fact. It has spawned an appreciative international community, who share the common bond of being fans of David (and FEd).

      Whilst it may not be currently bristling with news of what David may or may not be up to, this blog/website is more than likely to be the 1st place where information becomes available.

      So, stick around Circle and you may be drawn in to this wonderfully addictive community.

    3. If I were Mick Ralphs, I think I might hate you for publishing that photo. :v

      I grew up listening to Bad Company. I saw them twice in the 70s. I knew Paul Rodgers from Free and I had certainly heard of Mott the Hoople (though I don’t remember listening to them much).

      I caught a special of a concert of they did in Florida a couple of years ago. Being the Bad Company fan that I am, I had to watch. In fact, I recorded it.

      I was mesmerized by Mick Ralphs. How come I didn’t notice this guy before? WOW!! Charismatic is an understatement.

      I calculated his age (we share March birthdays, 1 day apart… we’re practically twins). I realized he was pushing 70. But, Holy Craggy Face, Batman, Mick Ralphs is seriously sexy.

      Okay. I’m started to hyper-ventilate now. I should take a deep breath. 😉

      So, all of that to say, I’m old too, Mick (though I’m considerably younger than you 😉 ). Call me!

  13. FEd, I don’t understand why this blog is called “davidgilmourblog.com”. Why don’t you just open your own blog with your own name? “FEdblog.com” or something!! It’s almost like your are using David’s name and fame to your advantage to talk about anything you fancy.

    As a David Gilmour fan I’m very disappointed with this blog. There’s absolutely no news of him, what he is doing, what he is up to… I don’t even get why this blog is linked to his official website?? I get it if he doesn’t feel like going on the internet to write himself, but at least get someone to that for you David! It’s the worst artist related blog I have seen in my life. The content of what you post is not bad at all. It’s quite interesting frankly, but that’s not what I’m looking forward on here!

    This is my opinion and in a way a complaint that I wanted to freely share. I’m sure there are people here who don’t mind your “unrelated blog work”.

    1. I believe that when there is something David cares to share with his fans, this is the first place he’ll post it. That’s how it always was a few years ago, when David was sharing information about his albums and his concerts. For now, I don’t think of this as David’s blog. I think of it as a place where David’s music is the common interest, the thing that brings this community of his fans together. But I do not think of it as being centered on David — at least not now, during this period without anything for him to report.

    2. Fair enough, Circle. Thank you for letting me know that you feel that way. As is obvious, if you don’t like it, don’t read it… With all due respect, I don’t know where you expect to find news of what David is up to if it’s not made known officially, and it’s not made known officially because it’s not supposed to be known. You have MySpace and Facebook, of course, where other people do indeed write for him and perhaps give the misguided impression that he is doing the writing. I don’t know how you feel about that or if anyone really believes that David is closely involved in either. You also have a variety of very observant and thorough fansites at your disposal, where limitations as to which stories are permitted are quite different to those deemed appropriate for what is mentioned here or at David’s official site; you are more likely to find what you are looking for there, rather than here, it would seem.

      I won’t bother explaining how this blog came about in the first place, because you could just go back to the start and see for yourself, but it has served a purpose at a relevant point in time (I believe). I happen to agree with you, actually: maybe it has now served its purpose and should cease to continue. But David pays me to write, so I write, and people respond, so I respond to them in turn. Take it or leave it. I’m afraid it’s not going to turn into a sensationalist tabloid-type rag with many exciting or mundane, depending on your point of view, Twitter-esque updates on David’s every move. It would if that were David’s wish, naturally, but I’m afraid your wishes won’t change anything. Still, thanks for taking the time to write.

    3. A disappointing observation. For me, the blog is an extension of and complement to the David Gilmour website. Anyone looking for ‘gossip’ or ‘news’ that has not necessarily been vetted probably has many other unofficial sites to visit. I think we end up here out of a common respect and admiration for a great musician who has far-reaching interests that might not necessarily include blogging, tweeting and the like. I’m certain that when there is official news to report, it’s reported. A click of the “about” button reveals (apologies for copying directly) this:

      “The Blog is the most remarkable part of David’s website; it’s where fans can have their say on a wide variety of topics, not necessarily about David or even music in general.

      David reads it, he does not write it. It’s run by a fan, for fans.

      The views expressed, therefore, are not necessarily those of David, his management or record company (but often are).

      Indeed, certain views are not always popular with David, his management or record company, but if the editor can justify their publication, and if their publication generates positive discussion, they’ll always be welcome.”

      Pretty much sums it up!

    4. I – and I believe, many people – just enjoy reading this blog (and the comments), be it called DGblog.com or FEdblog.com. Well written, well documented and informative, sometimes serious or even thought-provoking, sometimes funny and entertaining, always interesting, and I would be very sad if it had one day to be closed.

      And I know that if there was something new to learn about David, it would be here first. That’s enough for me.

      Voilà. Sorry for the approximate English.

    5. The blog was born, if I remember correctly, at the time of the last album and tour. Before this place there had been nothing for 10+ years. I guess since Pink Floyd last toured.

      Not strictly true cos there were the 2002 gigs. But they kind of came and went without all the promotion the came with On An Island.

      So I guess David is notoriously quiet between albums etc. Who knows, On An Island might have been the last.

      I can understand this comment if you just pop in and out of the blog area. It must all seem a bit strange.

      But there are a good few on here who enjoy the regular nonsense and, at the same time, realise that there is not going to be much news about the man himself.

      However, given the world as it is, a bit of escapism every now and again does no harm at all.

      All good things come to an end. And one day I guess this place will. But before it does just ask yourself – where is the harm in it all?

      1. Thank you, Pete. Let’s be fair, there are more important things to worry about than any of this – a blog, some music; all of it exists to make life more pleasant. If it doesn’t please you, find your pleasure elsewhere. It’s that simple.

  14. Captain Beefheart!!!

    Has anyone else here seen the guitar made from parts from an Aston Martin? Very nice.


    1. Ooh I’d like one of those. Perhaps we could have a whip-round and if there’s anything left over I’d also like a Vantage to carry it around in please.

      Oh and a forest to offset my emissions.

  15. Admiral Poopy Pants and His Dancing Teeth :))

    A Cat Born in an Oven Isn’t a Cake

    Albino Toilet Boys

    The Al Roke Death Cult Wind Ensemble

    Bongo Sherbert and the Electrified Yeti Wobblers



    1. You have got to be making these up, Damian. If not, is anyone actually interested in listening to their songs should their curiosity prompt a search for them, or do you now anticipate complete and utter nonsense and to be turning it off after just a few seconds? I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and all that, but my expectations purely on the basis of the band’s name are currently lower than a snake’s belly. That said, I would quite like to see some dancing teeth…

    2. Didn’t “A Cat Born in an Oven Isn’t a Cake” [who had a No 4. in the Albanian charts with their second album, “Pussy Meringue”] get involved in a rather messy break-up ?

      I read somewhere that the “creative genius” of the band grew increasingly obsessed with his personal agenda (i.e. trying to demonstrate that a pig born in an aircraft hangar could actually be a barrage balloon) and it all ended badly when the pig fell on his head from 1000 meters up.

      Or perhaps I only dreamt it?

    3. lower than a snake’s belly.

      :)) I had never heard this expression before. I always find something new to learn here.

  16. I’m still in a state of shock after finding out where the Scissor Sisters got their name from.

    Anyway, by happy coincidence here’s one from Barenaked Ladies – great name for a band.

  17. Can you identify this band?

    – British (but not English) band, formed in 1991.
    – They didn’t sing all their songs in English.
    – Intriguing/silly name (to my mind at least).
    – Name composed of three words (+’s):

    ~1st word: came from the word ‘gawky’.
    ~2nd word: Was ‘hijacked’ from GCSE biology, it describes something pertaining to a fertilised egg cell.
    ~3rd word: is a misspelling of the word ‘monkey’.

    😕 Another clue, maybe?

    1. Now where were Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci during our Welsh topic, Michèle? Biology was a serious clue here — would never have know where to search otherwise.

    2. Surely Michèle is referring to Welsh legends “Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci” … again!

      Or I believe there was a band called “Awkwardly Yoked Monks” with their debut (and sadly only) album “Blood-Stained Scapula”.

  18. Didn’t know much about Mick Ralphs, but enjoyed some of your music, so Happy Birthday.

    In the mid to late sixties there seemed to be an unofficial competition for bands to find the weirdest names. Here are some unusual and others quite mundane:

    Atomic Rooster
    Blodwyn Pig (These two were Harvest Label stable mates with Floyd at one point, I think)
    Levee Camp Moan
    King Crimson
    Sam Gopal
    Jethro Tull
    Chicken Shack
    Deep Purple
    Procal Harum (spelling???)
    Principle Edwards Magic Theatre
    Blind Faith

    Ah well, there ya go. Some memories there, folks.

  19. Unlike the fine gentleman a few posts up, I absolutely love whimsical names like the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band. I wish the world was filled with much more innocent whimsy (which has vanished like the morning mists and vapors this ugly new century).

    The bonzo’s song “Death Cab For Cutie” gave us one of the weirdest band names of all time.

    Clearlight Symphony

  20. Happy Birthday Mick! I remember Mott the Hoople and am a big fan of Bad Company. Didn’t know that you were on About Face but that’s awesome.

    Wishing you many more b’days to come.

  21. I’m back from Roger Waters’ “The Wall”, in Milan. It was just an amazing show and I’m so happy I could attend it, but I missed David’s guitar and voice very much.

    Sorry for being off topic, but I needed to share this thought. 🙂

    1. I guess David can’t be replaced…

      Nice to hear the show was amazing.

      Last tour (Dark Side of the Moon) I wasn’t that impressed by the concert, but it was nice.

    2. I liked Roger’s Dark Side concert too–(I was yelling with joy at times), but David has got this “heart” there’s this “warmth” I feel when I listen to him, that I didn’t quite feel at Roger’s shows. More nice dreaminess or something with David. Roger was a blast though. Really, really loved his concert.

  22. 😀 KenF, your formidable, how can I possibly top The Justified Ancients of MuMu?

    Zee *sigh*
    The Tea Set
    Jokers Wild
    The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
    Meat Loaf
    Jello Biafra and the Dead Kennedys
    Echo and the Bunnymen (7 Seas is Beautiful)
    Hootie and the Blowfish
    The 13th Floor Elevators (TX Psychedelia)
    Lemon Fog (more great Psychedelia)
    Them (Gee–El–Oh–Are–Eye,I,I,I,I–…)
    The Dukes of Stratosphear (aka Psonic Psunspot, aka XTC): This sounds a lot like Corporal Clegg don’t you think?
    Siouxsie and the Banshees
    Frank Zappa (I’ll throw in Dweezil and Moon Unit as well!)
    Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, (David Bowie’s alter-ego)
    The Violent Femmes
    Public Image Ltd. (PiL), the better half of
    Johnny Rotten

    1. It seems the name The 13th Floor Elevators developed from a suggestion by the drummer, who thought about the word “elevators”. The rest of the name was added for a joke, because some buildings miss the 13th floor.

      Siouxie and the Banshees is also an interesting name, along with The Electric Prunes, mentioned by Pavlov, but I couldn’t find anything about their meanings.

    2. Susan Ballion’s stage name was Siouxsie Sioux ! She’s English, but Sioux (pronounced “Sue,” short for Susan) is also the name for a tribe of Native American Indians, and I think she just liked the clever wordplay. I’ve not found anyone fully certain on this point. She developed a popular following stateside!

      A Banshee is a crying, howling single or group of Irish female ghosts or poltergeists. They wail at the coming of funerals. The legend spread to North America as well, including the following phrase in example:

      Siouxsie could certainly “wail like a Banshee”!

      She’s a groundbreaker. What lungs! I loved Peepshow and “Spellbound.”

  23. Yep, real bands Fed, didn’t make ’em up.

    Can I just share with you all: I passed my driving test Wed 6/4/2011. 47 years old and yes, I know about 27 years late. Promised my mum I’d get rid of the bike. 😉


    1. Nice one, Damian. I think if most motorists were to re-take their driving test, they’d fail. It’s harder now than ever.

  24. To the Circle.

    Roger, is that you? And I thought you had made your peace with our David, tee hee. 😀


    P.S. David, at The Wall gig, keep your back to the wall, your back to the wall. I still don’t trust old Roger dodger.

  25. I don’t have the ‘courage’ to post the actual name of this band.

    Without wanting to spoil all the fun, happened upon these ‘treasures’.

    A few more to add:

    – Falling Mirror (South African alternative rock band)
    – Fetish (South African rock band that disbanded in mid-2000)
    – Radio Rats
    – Juluka (means ‘sweat’ in Zulu … band formed by Johnny Clegg – he subsequently formed a band named Savuka and I have no idea what that means)
    – Springbok Nude Girls
    – Seether (originally known as Saron Gas)

  26. There is a local band here in my town called “The Cunning Stunts”. I’m sure you all get it.

  27. Happy belated to Mick!

    I like to find out that he made the artwork himself for his solo album!

    That’s what I did too for my band’s album, which of course I won’t mention 😉 as I love cover art so much, I find it strictly connected to the music.

    The Verve Forth album, if you remember, had plenty of massive art in the vinyl package and a CD and a DVD included as a plus, like to say: this is the vinyl, our main work of art, and you can have free CDs with it… Don’t you love that?

    I’d like to mention another Mick, Wayne, who founded the fine band Junior’s Eyes, recording the evocative Battersea Power Station album in 1969. He and co-guitarist Tim Renwick are also related to our David, and to David Bowie too.

  28. Getting back to Mott the Hoople – love, love, love them – although was a bit young the first time they were about. Fave song, Roll Away the Stone – cracking riffs.

    Was a bit of a Punk myself some great names about in the day. Fave bands were –

    Xray Specs
    The Tubes (not entirely punk but what a show)
    Stiff Little Fingers
    Stranglers… mmmm, brings back memories of my misspent youth in the Mayfair, Newcastle Upon Tyne. 😀

  29. and in the punk era, there was in glasgow a little known band called johnny and the self abusers… who became simple minds.

  30. Mick Ralphs is a genius of a guitarist and “I’m A Cadillac/El Camino Dolo Roso” from Mott The Hoople’s legendary MOTT record stands as testimony to this statement.

  31. I knew about Mick Ralph through this blog post. Although I never really knew him before, from the posts of the others, I can tell he was a good guitarist who always wanted his audience to enjoy his music.

    1. It’s what I like on this blog. Even though it’s only music and won’t change the face of the world, it always makes us discover something new and – more important – makes us think and gives us the desire to learn.

      More educational than school and in a far more pleasant way.

      Voilà. Merci.

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