Second Acts

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Mar 102014

The Two Faces of Faces

The Two Faces of Faces

Small Faces to the Faces. Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship.

Who else?


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  1. BigSteve

    After garcia died, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann toured as The Other Ones before rebranding themselves as The Dead.

  2. Yes operates more like a brand-name than a band. I wouldn’t even know all of the combinations that played as “Yes” but I always thought it was nuts that Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe had to record under that name because “Yes” was being used by a bunch of other guys. Probably Chris Squire is the link to the original Yes.

  3. cherguevara

    Madness broke up, then quickly reformed as “The Madness” before going back to just being Madness. I think it was the keyboard player quit, I suspect he was the “musician’s musician” in that band. Then maybe he came back? I don’t really know the story.

  4. I’m sure my rock mind will eventually fully return from New Orleans, but this reminds me that while there the other night I imagined something called Marty Balin’s Airship.

  5. cliff sovinsanity

    Big Audio Dynamite => Big Audio Dynamite II => Big Audio => Big Audio Dynamite

  6. ladymisskirroyale

    The Specials to Special AKA


    English Beat to General Public


    Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy to The Lilac Time


    (duh) Joy Division to New Order


    Bauhaus to Love and Rockets

    (Lots of shape shifting in the 80’s!)

  7. ladymisskirroyale

    Mr. Royale just chimed in: Bronski Beat to The Communards


    Jane’s Addiction to Porno for Pyros

  8. mockcarr

    Man, they really missed out when they didn’t call themselves Maybe.

  9. mockcarr

    Descendents to All?

  10. mockcarr

    Young Rascals to Rascals to likely Rascal Scooters now.

  11. mockcarr

    Dunno how closely we could associated Game Theory with the Loud Family beyond Scott Miller. I guess that would be kind of like Jimi Hendrix Experience with Band Of Gypsies.

  12. The BAD progression reminds me of a similar one in the solo artist division:

    Dionne Warwick => Dionne Warwicke => Dionne Warwick

    If memory serves, the story goes that a psychic told her she should add an “e” to her surname, which she did for a couple of years and album releases. I don’t know whether another psychic told her to drop the silent letter.

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    Ah, yes, that reminds me of another!

    Johnny Cougar to John Cougar to John Cougar Mellencamp to John Mellencamp.

    Four iterations?! That is a whole lot or very little ego. Or something.

  14. Talk about “sloppy seconds,” I just saw news of a “Stooges” album not involving Iggy Pop:

  15. cliff sovinsanity

    The Flying Burrito Brothers =>The Burrito Brothers=>The Flying Burrito Brothers=>Burrito Deluxe

  16. saturnismine

    Brothers Gibb => Bee Gees

  17. misterioso

    Yes, that does mark some sort of high-water mark for…something!

  18. Minneapolis local heroes: Flamingo to Flamin’ Oh’s

  19. saturnismine

    High Numbers => The Who (with very little personnel change).

    But then there’s the inversion of the sort of thing this thread is looking for: Yardbirds => New Yardbirds => Led Zeppelin.

    Instead of basically the same group of guys changing their name (Small Faces to Faces, or Brothers Gibb to Bee Gees), the guys who would eventually become Led Zeppelin tried for a little while to keep the name “Yardbirds” by sticking the word “new” in front of it, even though none of them were original members of the band.

  20. cliff sovinsanity

    The Rezillos => The Revillos

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