Before this 1,200-word Wall Street Journal article, “From ABBA to ZZ Top, All the Good Band Names Are Taken,” becomes so boring that it is literally impossible to read, we learn that Them Crooked Vultures was not John Paul Jones’ first choice for the band’s name.
Between takes in a recording studio, Mr. Jones brainstormed about names with his new band mates, including former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, then checked them online. Their first choice, Caligula, turned up at least seven acts named after the decadent Roman emperor, including a defunct techno outfit from Australia. Eventually the rockers decided on Them Crooked Vultures. The words held no special meaning.
“Every other name is taken,” Mr. Jones explains. “Think of a great band name and Google it, and you’ll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page.”
Why they didn’t just go with Caliggula, I’ll never know.