...and your real name is?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by j-raj, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    I'm curious how many of the prominent bassists that perform under a pseudonym came about their names.

    *What is the reason that Michael Balzary is called Flea?
    *How Did Gordon Sumner come up with Sting?

    I would like to hear from TB'ers about the various bassists that are in popular (and not-so-popular) music today regarding the pseudonyms they play under and how they got their new nick-name.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Aaron Wills AKA "P-Nut"
    ...I'm assuming it's the shape of his noggin.

    ...the size of his 'noggin'?
  3. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    I believe that back when he was a schoolteacher, he was known for wearing a yellow and black striped jumper (looks like a bee). The nickname 'Sting' has stuck ever since.
  4. TMWPB


    Mar 1, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I believe for some reason people called him Mike B. the Flea, and I guess Flea just stuck with him.
  5. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I read he was called Flea by his friends in school because he simply couldn't sit still in class. I guess his stage antics came naturally.
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I heard he got the name flea because he sucks.


  7. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Ahh Ok, so not just keeping it to just those two bassists... what other cats out there using pseudonyms?

    like Cachao & Donald 'Duck' Dunn...

    just curious to see if someone knows how (maybe) Muzz Skillings got his first name.
  8. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Rex Everything? a.k.a. Nick Oliveri

    Dirk Lance? a.k.a. ex Incubus dude.

    Anybody know the meaning behind either of those two nicknames?
  9. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Dirk Lance is Alex's Porn star name.
  10. well, wasn't he kicked out of QOTSA for being too much of a party animal? he was probably one of those rowdy drunks...
  11. CQBASS


    Dec 1, 2004
    Asheville NC
    That's the funniest thing I've read all week! :eek:
  12. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    That's correct, although the name was given to him by some bandmates.
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I've heard that Geddy Lee's real name is Gary. "Geddy" was the way his Grandmother or Aunt used to pronounce it.
  14. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    IIRC I think Sting got his nickname from him mom.
  15. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Geddy Lee = Gary Weinrib. "Lee" may be his middle name. Alex Lifeson's real name is Serb for. . . . well, life-son.
  16. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    On page 130 of his book, Sting mentions that he was given his nickname by Gordon Solomon, the bandleader when he was playing with the Phoenix Jazzmen.

    Geddy is the yiddish accented pronunciation of Gary, and it's what his mother or grandmother (I can't remember which) called him growing up.
  17. DubDubs


    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Lee is his middle name and Alex's real last name is Zivojinovic.