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Bands who share a name but are completely different from the other.

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  1. Blazer

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    Well, as is with everything in music, it's bound to happen that one band comes up with a name only to find out that there already is another band using that name.

    Often that means that the band who came up with it first gets to keep the name and the other to change it. But sometimes, the second band sticks with it. Even if they're an entirely different band from the other namesake.

    First up The Centimeters

    This band came from Belgium and had the Line up of Raymond Van Groenewoud (Lead vocal, guitar), Jean Blaute (Lead guitar. keyboards), Mich Verbelen (Bass) and Stoy Stoffelen (Drums). They came up in 1978 and quickly established themselves for their eccentric music and for being a KILLER live band. They folded in 1981 when Raymond Van het Groenewoud went solo.

    And here's The Centimeters

    This band is from L.A. and came around in the mid nineties. They have gotten a cult following in the post-grunge scene and are still active. What they have in common with the Flemish namesake band is their eccentricity.

    Then there's the legendary band X

    Which I don't really have to explain, Billy Zoom is a killer player and the band was part of the first wave of American Punk rock.

    And then we have X

    Who hail from Japan and are a speed metal band who incorporate a lot of Japanese kabuki into their stage show. But look up a song of theirs called "Endless rain" to see that they also could do Barry Manilow kind of ballads and not sound contrived. The only thing X and X have in common is the fact that they both agreed that in order to avoid confusion, the Japanese X would Add "Japan" to their name.
     
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    The only one I can think of doesn’t really fit the criteria but the Roger Taylor who drums for Queen is not the same Riger Taylor who drums for Duran Duran.


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    Early iterations of both the Grateful Dead and the Velvet Underground were called the Warlocks.
     
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    Do "The Verve" and "The Verve Pipe" count? They were both active at the same time.
     
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    The Beat and The Beat.
    The better one had to change their name to The English Beat.

    The Bodines and The BoDeans
    I love the first one. A top '80s UK indie band that is hard to beat. The other one is from Massachusetts I believe and I hate them because whenever I search for Bodines music, that crap from The BoDeans always pops up.
     
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    Squeeze had to change their name to UK squeeze to avoid confusion with a US band of the same name.

    And David Jones - the laughing gnome - had to change his name because of the monkees’ Davey Jones. The former names himself after the inventor of a knife


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    Supposedly The Bangles were the Bangs, but another band called them on it.

    The one that I've never heard explained is Tom Petty's Heartbreakers sharing the same name with Johnny Thunder's band. They must have existed almost at the same time.
     
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    Post - edited to protect the innocent.
     
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    Well there's this band called Death

    Who were a Detroit based psych rock band

    And there was this band called Death

    Who were death metal.
     
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    The Beat (The English Beat)


    The Beat (The Paul Collins Beat)
     
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    Fleetwood Mac in the 60s...

    Then Fleetwood Mac in the 70s...
     
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    The Imperials

    Little Anthony and the Imperials
     
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    Errr... scroll up, somebody beat you to the punch, using exactly the same songs.
     
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    The Monks. A '60s American band and a '70s British band.

     
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    Gary Lewis & the Playboys



    John Fred & His Playboy Band



    Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys

     
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    Dont forget The New Duncan Imperials

     
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    Dinosaur Jr was originally just Dinosuar but had to change there name because of another band
     
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    Didn’t know about them
     
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