Punk rock names are an established tradition. Why should an aspiring musician have to put up with an ordinary, workaday name when he or she could be Johnny Rotten, Jello Biafra, Siouxsie Sioux, or Captain Sensible? No reason at all, that's why. Sometimes, though, somebody gets lucky and is born with a name that's already perfect for punk.
This leads me to today's quiz. Which of the following members of the band X is not using a stage name?
DJ Bonebrake (drums)
Exene Cervenka (vocals)
John Doe (bass and vocals)
Answer after the jump. No peeking!
Improbably, the answer is Donald J. Bonebrake. On the drums, yet! I would have guessed John Doe, which after all has to be somebody's name in real life. Exene, it should be noted, is almost using her birth name, Christine Cervenka, she's just performed the X-for-Christ subtitution familiar from Xmas.
X picked a pretty clever band name back in the old days, but it's a pain in the neck to search for on the 'net. For your convenience, here are a few of their songs. If you've never heard of them before, you're in for a treat. (Just in time for Halloween.)
(That's Ray Manzarek of the Doors producing, BTW.)
True story: X played at a dance at my Catholic, all-boys high school. Don't ask me how—somebody knew somebody. I was on crutches, having had orthopedic surgery a couple of months before. As I crutched around the back of the crowd at the dance, which was really more of a concert considering the amount of dancing not going on, I saw a girl with a cast on her lower leg, also on crutches. As the band finished a song, I suavely hobbled up next to her, caught her attention, smiled, and asked, "Want to dance?" She responded with what I can only describe as the FOAD look. And not in an edgy punk rock way, either, just a garden-variety high school shoot-down.
It was a shame, really—that "want to dance" line has to be right up there on the list of funniest-in-context things I've ever said. Remind me to tell you some day about the time I alluded to "Great Balls of Fire" during a testicular doppler ultrasound...
[Now playing: "Make the Music Go Bang" by X]