Published Jan 10, 20127. Bison vs. Bison B.C.
These Vancouver metalheads had already put out an EP under the name Bison before they had to rebrand themselves as Bison B.C. The band made light of the situation, and at the time issued a statement that read, "We didn't want to get sued by some limey ska band or any one of a million college football bands." In any case, we think the new name works better: not only are they from British Columbia, but this makes them sound like prehistorical metal gods.
6. Death from Above vs. Death from Above 1979
Was anybody really likely to confuse the Toronto garage rock duo Death from Above with the New York City dance label DFA Records? Apparently, James Murphy thought so, because the label threatened the band with legal action. Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were apparently none too happy about the change, but agreed to add "1979" to their name, after Grainger's birth year.
5. The Dust Brothers vs. The Chemical Brothers
When the pioneering electronic duo now known as the Chemical Brothers formed in 1991, they named themselves after the celebrated American production team the Dust Bothers, who at that time were famous as the beat-makers behind the Beastie Boys' 1989 triumph Paul's Boutique (a few years later they helmed Beck's Odelay). Unsurprisingly, the U.S. producers took exception and threatened legal action, so in 1995, the UK band changed their name to the Chemical Brothers in reference to their own song, "Chemical Beats."
4. The Tea Set vs. Pink Floyd
"Which one's Pink?" We might never have asked this question if the iconic rock band had continued to go by their original name, the Tea Set. The story goes that in 1965, they were booked to play a show with another band, also called the Tea Set. Wishing to avoid confusion, Syd Barrett changed his group's name to the Pink Floyd Sound in reference to blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Rock history was never the same.