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  • A few weeks ago, we examined 23 head-scratching band names and their origins. But why stop there? With hordes of artists operating under befuddling stage names, we're going to keep lowering our bucket of truth into this bottomless well of absurdity. So here are 18 more origin stories. As we noted last time, sometimes the names have a simple explanation, and other times they emerge from spotty rock lore. Either way, the answer is always ridiculous.

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    August 21, 2011


    Check out this cool article written by a guy who made a custom motorcycle for Mike Dirnt.

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    August 21, 2011


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  • On the afternoon of Aug. 9, Green Day announced they were doing a first-come, first-served secret show at the 300-person capacity Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. Yes, we were incredulous. Green Day were selling $20 tickets to the show to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and it seemed like a prank when it was first announced. Except it wasn't.

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  • The ‘90s shattered the conventions of the music video. Suddenly every musician wanted their video to be the biggest and splashiest of all. Budgets roared to insane levels – Michael and Janet Jackson’s 1995 video for "Scream" is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive ever, costing around $7 million – and video directors became stars themselves (hello, Hype Williams, David Fincher and Mark Romanek).

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