Awesome Mc Coolname / Music

  • Tupac Amaru Shakur He was named after José Gabriel Túpac Amaru, the leader of a Peruvian indigenous uprising against the Spanish. This is reflective of his family's Black Panther background.
  • Former Petra frontman Greg Xavier Volz (or Greg X. Volz). Also, former keyboardist John M. Slick. These are their real names, not stage names.
  • Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem-Christo
  • Norwegian EDM producer Savant has a pretty awesome name: Aleksander Vinter.
  • Lupe Fiasco's character Michael Young History, who then becomes The Cool.
  • Englebert Humperdinck.
  • Dr. Phineas Waldolf Steel.
  • The stage names of steampunk band The Extraordinary Contraptions: Aelus von Stadberg, Dimitri von Stadberg, Sephora Bostwick, and Corbin Welch. (Their real names are Alex Stadler, David Tyberg, Sharon Burdick, and Kevin Guthrie, respectively).
  • The classical organist E. Power Biggs.
  • Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez.
  • Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, the Stage Name of a former Misfits guitarist.
  • Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, and his son (and current Van Halen bassist), Wolfgang William Van Halen.
  • The song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" gives us Virgil Caine.
  • Green Day's drummer has either his real name (Frank Edwin Wright III) or his stage name (Tré Cool).
    • Billie Joe Armstrong (an example itself) named his youngest son Jakob Danger Armstrong.
  • Peter Steele of Type O Negative. His real name was Petrus Ratajczyk, thanks to his Polish heritage. It's a pretty cool name, although the surname appears hard to pronounce at first.
  • Nikki Sixx, and Mick Mars from Mötley Crüe. Sixx's birth name is Frank Ferrana, which would still be an awesome name for a rock star.
  • Hellhammer, the drummer of the black metal band Mayhem. His real name is Jan Axel Blomberg.
  • Inverted by Eminem's real name, Marshall Mathers.
  • Played straight by Marilyn Manson and inverted by his real name, Brian Warner.
    • Due to the above stage name's origins, Garbage's Shirley Manson double subverts this trope.
      • Her bandmembers might fit too - Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig.
  • Britt Daniel, singer for indie rock band Spoon, records solo under the name Drake Tungsten
  • Progressive rock band The Dear Hunter's singer goes by the rather awesome name of Casey Crescenzo.
  • Two words: Dave Grohl. Also the drummer of his band, Taylor Hawkins.
  • Ronnie James Dio. The first two words might not seem so impressive, however, Dio is Italian for God. A last name so cool that it was used by Araki for the most famous villain he ever created, Dio Brando
  • The vocalist for E.S. Posthumus' Cartographer is Luna Sans, which can be translated as "without moon".
  • The song "Jimmy Recard". The whole premise is how much cooler his life would be if he just had a cooler name than Paul.
  • Hip-hop artist Taio Cruz. Todd in the Shadows agrees.
  • Motörhead's Ian Fraser Kilmister. So badass The Other Wiki simply labels his page "Lemmy".
  • Unknown Hinson
  • Nergal, Inferno, Orion, and Seth from Behemoth
  • Singer/songwriter Eagle-Eye Cherry. That is in fact his birth name: He got it because when he was a baby, he looked at his father — jazz legend Don Cherry — for the first time with only one eye open. The name can cause a sort of inversion of I Am Not Shazam, since "Eagle-Eye Cherry" just sounds more like a band name than it does a solo artist.
  • Heavy metal guitarist Guy Mann-Dude, though his birth name is Guy Shiffman.
  • Voltaire (the singer, not the philosopher) takes his stage name from his given middle name. His full name is actually Aurelio Voltaire Hernández.
  • The saxophonist who played the iconic solo in Gerry Rafferty’s "Baker Street" is named Raphael Ravenscroft.
  • Can a pair of names count? Here's the interesting duet of Church and Winehouse.
  • Up and coming rapper Theophilus London.
  • The song "The Legend of Finn MacCumhail" by the Dropkick Murphys...which is also known by the name "The Legend of Finn MacCool".
  • The lead vocalist of Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals is called Gruff Rhys.
  • Highly divisive singer Lana Del Rey has this in spades. Just say it: "Lana Del Rey." Doesn't that feel good?
  • John Rich of Country Music duo Big & Rich has two sons: Cash and Colt. That's right, Cash Rich.
  • Country music band Diamond Rio, named after models of truck.
  • Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. "Joannes Chrysostomus" is for the saint's day he was born on. "Wolfgang" was his grandfather's name. "Theophilus" means "beloved of God." Mozart is a family name which originates from the root words "motz" and "hart," which mean "stupid" and "tough."
  • Dierks Bentley is a pretty cool name too. That's his birth name, even.
  • The Hives as a whole. Nicholaus Arson, Dr. Matt Destruction, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, Vigilante Carlstroem, and Chris Dangerous. Oh Hell yeah.
  • Freddie Mercury, a Stage Name for the fairly too weird Farrokh Bulsara.
    • Queen's bassist John Deacon, as well (which is his real name).
  • Max Cavalera. His brother and bandmate Igor Graziano Cavalera too.
  • Being musical Superheroes, every member of The Aquabats! has one. Standouts include current guitarist Eaglebones Falconhawk and his predecessor, Chainsaw, the Prince of Karate.
  • Alisa Xayalith, lead singer of New Zealand Synth Pop revival band The Naked & Famous. Though it sounds suitably synth-poppish or Tolkienesque, the name is actually of Laotian origin.
    • Guitarist and co-vocalist Thom Powers isn't a slouch either.
  • Nick Phoenix of Two Steps from Hell. An epic name for an epic music company.
  • Chad Gaylord Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As stated by the man himself: "I am lord of the gays, so don't fuck with me."
    • Chad doesn't actually have a middle name, he joked that it was 'Gaylord' in an interview once, but as he is a good sport he goes along with the joke when people bring it up.
  • DeStorm Power. Not a stage name.
  • Mars Lasar. Also not a stage name.
  • Vampire Weekend's guitarist Rostam Batmanglij. Holy shit!
  • Five Finger Death Punch's rhythm guitarist is named Zoltan Bathory. Bonus points for being his real name.
  • Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, whose name sounds metallic. It's not as awesome when he uses his first instead of his middle name (in Trent's own words, "Michael Reznor is my father").
  • Victor Vazquez A.K.A. Kool A.D. of Das Racist.
  • Win Butler, lead vocalist and songwriter of Arcade Fire
  • Damon Edge and Helios Creed
  • Martin Lancelot Barre from Jethro Tull.
  • Savlonic's lead singer Roscoe Thunderpants.
  • Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park.
  • Skylar Grey, the Stage Name of Holly Brook Hafermann.
  • Guns N' Roses pretty much thrives on this trope. The band-name itself is derived from the Stage Names of founders, Tracii Guns and Axl Rose. The classic Line-up had Izzy Stradlin, Duff "Rose" McKagan and Slash. The latter two and Axl are still in the band along with Sixth Ranger Dizzy Reed, and late additions (back when it was Axl, Dizzy and some guys) Richard Fortus, Frank "Thunderchucker" Ferrer and Melissa Reese. Past members include: Buckethead, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal", DJ Ashba (DJ being short for "Daren Jay". He's not a DJ as such), Robin Finck (from Nine Inch Nails) Tommy Stinson, and Chris "Mother Goose" Pitman. It seems that having an awesome name is just as important as being a talented musician, if you want to join Guns N' Roses.
  • Joe Satriani. Doesn't really matter if it's his given name or not, it's still a pretty awesome last name.
  • Deep Purple has has a few members with cool names through the years (as is to be expected with 8 different lineups, not counting the times they've reverted to previous lineups). Some noteworthy members are Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Morse and the late Jon Lord.
  • Australian singer-songwriter James Keogh already has a decently cool-sounding name. But take the name of an actual Cool Old Guy from an Australian novel and become VanceJoy, and it instantly becomes even cooler.
  • Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.
  • The drummer and bassist of the Stray Cats, born James Mc Donnell and Leon Drucker, are better known by their incredibly cool stage names...Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker!
  • The Mechanisms: Stage names they may be, but the band all perform in-character and thus answer to Jonny d'Ville, Ashes O'Reilly, the Toy Soldier, Drumbot Brian, Gunpowder Tim, Raphaella la Cognizi, Marius von Raum, Nastya Rasputina and Ivy Alexandria during their gigs and on their albums.
  • Turisas frontman Mathias Nygård.
  • Jesper Strömblad, founder of HammerFall and In Flames, whose name literally translates to Jasper Streamleaf.
  • Dead Sara has their lead guitarist Siousxsie Medley.
  • The drummer for Coldplay is Will Champion. He made sure to exploit the surname by naming his son Rex.
  • Dax Riggs of Acid Bath
  • For a guy with a stage name as mundane as "Captain", Captain & Tennille's male lead was masking a rather fantastical real name: Daryl Dragon.
  • Iron Maiden has guitarist Janick Robert Gers and drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain.
  • Neonfly guitarist and founder Frederick Thunder. No word as to whether or not it's a stage name just yet.
  • Influential jazz drummer Art Blakey.
  • An in-universe example from band Glory Hammer, On their first album Tales from the Kingdom of Fife the hero is "Angus McFife". On the second album Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards which is set ten centuries later, his descendant is called "Angus McFife XIII".
  • Blues-rock brothers Edgar and Johnny Winter. What makes it awesome is that they're both albinos.
  • Maria Brink of In This Moment.
  • The Protomen have members with named such as: Shock Magnum, The Gambler, The Reanimator (Full name Reanimator Lovejoy), K.I.L.R.O.Y., Sir Robert Bakker and Demon Barber.
  • Twenty One Pilots frontman Tyler Joseph's alter ego name is Blurryface.
  • Indie singer/songwriter Kurt Vile. That's his real name, too. According to him, his parents had no idea who Kurt Weill was when he was born, so his name isn't even an intentional pun.
  • Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode".
  • Black Sabbath has "Johnny Blade."
  • Johnny Rotten never would have gotten so far if he'd stuck with "Lydon."
  • Enter Shikari have a song called "Jonny Sniper" about an Earth-saving hero.
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra's "(The Legend of) Johnny Kool".
  • Neil Young has an epic song-tale about "Johnny Magic" who invents an Earth-saving electric car.
  • Jonny D'Ville of The Mechanisms
  • '60s R&B singer Johnny Thunder (who may or may not have inspired The Kinks' song of that name).
  • Johnny Thunders, of the New York Dolls.
  • Heavy metal producer/session musician Waldemar Sorychta
  • PunkRock band Johnny B. Morbid.
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