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three letter bands [Jan. 20th, 2004|01:05 pm]
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bruisedhips wandered away from an IM conversation earlier and I punished the poor woman with REO Speedwagon lyrics.

This got me to thinking about three letter bands from the 70s, and how much they sucked. It seemed to be a thing with bad pop bands and dinosaur rock guys to give themselves 3 letter abbreviations. Here’s a list:

ELO
BTO
MSG (Michael Schenker Group, augh)

Any others? REM was later, and didn’t suck until the 90s. I remember at once point in the 80s the Little River Band (augh) tried to cut their hair short and look vaguely New and called themselves “LRB” for one album. We all laughed really hard at that. I know some people called Blue Oyster Cult “BOC” but I don’t think they ever put that on their albums or anything like that.

I’m dropping the 3 letter thing in my continuing torment of my unfortunate friend. I think she’s getting Supertramp next, and then maybe some.. aww crap, she signed off.
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[User Picture]From: halfjack
2004-01-20 01:10 pm (UTC)
Obviously stretching it, but "REO Speedwagon" springs to mind anyway.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2004-01-20 01:12 pm (UTC)

not stretching in..

In fact, that was the first one I mentioned :-)

::hides behind Una::
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From: rroseselavyoui
2004-01-20 01:12 pm (UTC)
Might not meet all the qualifications...

XTC
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2004-01-20 01:14 pm (UTC)

Three letters!

But, they're not only good but later. I'll put them in the same bucket as "REM".
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[User Picture]From: nosrialleon
2004-01-20 01:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Three letters!

I definitely agree with you on 'good', but the 'later' does not stand. White Music came out in 1978.
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[User Picture]From: nosrialleon
2004-01-20 01:17 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure MSG was 80's.

And BTO!?!?!?!? They were Gods! MEN among men!?!? They were...they were...
OK, yeah. They were pretty fucking bad.

I'm drawing a blank trying come up with more. You could just go for the cheap shot and say 'Yes'; plus their lyrics have always been atrocious.
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[User Picture]From: vegemitelover
2004-01-20 01:53 pm (UTC)
MSG?...

Yes, they were definitely 80s. Oh, and I actually think that MSG doesn't stand for Michael Shankar Group. I actually think it's for McCulley Shankar Group... as in Steve McCulley and Michael Shankar. I remember being firmly corrected by my sister when I made the previous assumption at ome time.
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[User Picture]From: nosrialleon
2004-01-20 02:06 pm (UTC)

yeah.

It's all a matter of when Michael left the Scorpions. I'm pretty sure that was not before the 80's began.

It was Micheal Schenker Group for many years. The Rob McAully joined and they changed the name.

Considering that I don't give a shit about the Scorps, Michael Schenker, or Rob McAully, the truth about the amount of utterly useless information rattling around in my skull becomes clear!
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From: do_not_lick
2004-01-20 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hey now -- Yes lyrics may be incomprehensible gibberish but that's mean they're BAD. Just... deep. Yeah.

Does GNR count?
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[User Picture]From: shmivejournal
2004-01-20 01:17 pm (UTC)
even though they're no abbreviation, i believe yes belongs in that list.
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From: rroseselavyoui
2004-01-20 01:20 pm (UTC)
CCR

Did Crosby, Stills and Nash ever just go by the initals?
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[User Picture]From: nosrialleon
2004-01-20 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yep. and Graham Nash's lyrics could kill a mule, but unfortunately not a hippie.
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[User Picture]From: burntcurtis
2004-01-20 01:28 pm (UTC)

ELP

Emerson Lake and Palmer.

In the 80's there was also GTR.
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[User Picture]From: frobisher
2004-01-21 10:51 pm (UTC)

Re: ELP

Although I happen to like a number of the bands being trashed here, I have to admit that GTR was a crime against all laws of god and man.
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[User Picture]From: citizenx
2004-01-20 09:02 pm (UTC)

But!

Sigue Sigue Sputnik was formed with the idea of being a complete sellout non-musical visual marketing gimmick.

Other bands just fall into that sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: floydwilliams
2004-01-20 02:27 pm (UTC)
edgar winter group?
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[User Picture]From: mr_flippant
2004-01-20 03:24 pm (UTC)

Ronnie James

Dio

That's three letters.
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[User Picture]From: fimmtiu
2004-01-20 04:14 pm (UTC)
Was Earth, Wind, and Fire ever abbreviated? Thankfully, I have no conscious memories of that era.
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From: wabmart
2004-01-20 07:28 pm (UTC)
Might be too late, but Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark eventually started going by OMD.
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From: wabmart
2004-01-20 10:04 pm (UTC)
Not by the time they were calling themselves OMD, from comparing what I've heard of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and OMD.
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