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Beehive Wigs - The B-52's
The band's name deprives from the Southern slang for "bouffant," which is a B-52, because it resembles the nose of a B-52 bomber rocket. Band-members Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson always used to wear large beehive wigs on their heads. This even inspired their song "Wig."
randomperson24
new name for a movie only - B-52s
in 1994 the movie "The Flintstones", a live actor version of the classic TV cartoon series was released. The B-52s had a cameo on it playing the Flinstones theme. This version was released as a single and it made the Top 40. It was released under the name "BC-52". The movie itself was yabba-dabba-dumb but it did help Haile Berry into future stardom.
Rock Lobster #1
Naming his guitar - B. B. King
Since early in his career, B. B. has named the guitar he plays "Lucille."
Martha Hankins
Their outfits - Babymetal
The members of this all-female metal band from Japan are known for wearing red-and-black punk-themed outfits onstage.
Brian
Backing Out Of Their Management Contracts - Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys were taken under the tutalage of Louis Pearlman who was boy band swengali and the band's creator when they suddenly realized that they were making more money than they getting The Boys ended up suing Trans-Continental Entertainment to get out of their management deal with Pearlman. After a full year of legal wrangling they were let out of their management deal with Trans-Con and were free to sign on to Wright Entertainment Group to handle their money. The group alledged that Pearlman took more money than he was entitled to.
Celeste
Naming a song after a barely known 90s NBA player - Band of Horses
They wrote a song called "Detlef Schrempf" after a basketball player who played in the NBA from 1985-2000. The song has nothing to do with Detlef though.
JeReMy
Her Liberal Politics - Barbara Streisand
While Babs can hardly be considered a topical singer (unlike quite a few of her contemporaries), she has made no secret of her left-leaning political stance, often performing at fundraisers and other events for the U.S. Democratic Party and being an outspoken supporter of liberal causes and political figures.
Raphael
Her Nose - Barbra Streisand
...Which was prominent in movie posters for "A Star Is Born".
shepop
A hard to find PSA on Fox Kids Network - Bare Naked Ladies
This may not qualify as being known for something other than music, but in the beginning of the days of the Fox Kids Network, they used to have various public service announcements with relevant songs performed by what at the time were considered obscure bands. BNL performed a song called "The Ballad of Gordon" in a PSA promoting racial harmony, but the song doesn't seem to be on any of their albums, and there are people who have been seeking a copy of this for decades, including myself.
The Skuz
The "naked track" - Barenaked Ladies
The King of Bedside Manor, Intermittenly, Back, Alcohol, and The Humor of the Situation were recorded naked. The trend stopped with "Everything to Everyone" because the joke of recording naked got old.
JeReMy
Sharing a hometown with other famous people. - Barenaked Ladies
The band is from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. The lead singer of Sum 41, actor Mike Myers, and former NBA player Jamaal Magloire are also from there.
JeReMy
Being Banned From Nathan Phillip Square - Barenaked Ladies
The Barenaked Ladies were banned from perfoming at Toronto's Traditional New Years Eve Party at Nathan Phillip Square because then mayor June Rowlands felt that the band's name was sexist.
Celeste
Weird Lines - Barenaked Ladies
Especially in "One Week", they have some very weird lines like "Chickety China the Chinese Chicken".
JeReMy
Yes, these guys did strip in their concerts in the late 90's as well as the Barenaked tour with Alanis Morisette.
Paul Warren
"Yeah!" - Barnes & Barnes
Novelty rock duo who ended nearly every one of their songs with the word "Yeah!" They may have done so as a good luck ritual, since their first and biggest hit on the Dr. Demento Show, "Fish Heads", ended that way, too!
Agrimorfee
Being a hero for young children - Barney
Barney did (and still does) a lot of stuff to promote peace and to show he cares about children. Some examples are that he visits hospitals on all his tours in the US and Canada and that he made a donation to the San Diego Zoo C.R.E.S program back in the early 90s.
Drew
Not Surviving Katrina - Barry Cowsill (The Cowsills)
Barry Cowsil last spoke to his sister on August 29, 2005 shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Lousiana. Several months had past before Barry's body was found under a warf and was identified through dental records. The autopsy had determined that Barry had drowned in the aftermath of the storm. He was only 51. :(
Celeste
Wearing Tartan Plaid - Bay City Rollers
They were Scots, and Scotland is known for tartan plaid, so they put two and two together!
crazydon
Relation to an NBA All-Star - The Beach Boys
Mike Love's nephew is NBA player Kevin Love.
JeReMy
Harmonies - Beach Boys
In most Beach Boys songs, they use four-part harmonies. Though this was used in Doo-Wop, The Beach Boys perfected it in Surf Music during the 60's.
Paul Warren
What Paul Is - Beatles
In the psychedelic extravaganza "I Am the Walrus" John states that he is just that. In the tune "Glass Onion" John says that the walrus = Paul. In 2008 a new psychedelic/techno/electronic/experimental album is released by "The Fireman". That group consists of Sir Paul and Youth, the bassist of the band Killing Joke. The 2 musicians write, sing, play all the instruments and produce it all themselves. The front page of The Fireman's website, however, states that "The Fireman Is Paul". Geddit?
BeatleBomb
creative tug-of-war - Beatles
Shortly after the Beatles basically split during the early 1970s John gave an interview saying that the Beatles were all "tied together" and that made them brothers. He said that he and Paul are always in a friendly "tug-of-war" when it came to songwriting. He'd write something and then Paul would try to top that, and vice versa. One example: in early 1972 there occurred a massacre of unarmed demonstrators by British occupation troops in the Northern Ireland town of Derry. Paul wrote the hit "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", which was banned by BBC radio. John wrote "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (not to be confused for the 1983 hit by the Irish band U2) and "Luck of the Irish" (with a few choice swear words). Both songs appeared on John + Yoko's next album. In 1982 Paul scored with his album "Tug-of-War" and on the title track he described the competitive spirit with his deceased Beatle buddy. That album has a few other tributes to John.
Beatle Baby
Contributing to a commonly stolen street sign - The Beatles
Thanks to the Abbey Road cover, the Abbey Road sign is one of the most stolen street signs in the world.
JeReMy
Breaking Up - The Beatles
Nobody made a formal announcement, but Paul McCartney bade farewell to John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr by releasing a solo album, McCartney, in April 1970 after Phil Spector "ruined" his version of "The Long and Winding Road."
Alan the Ottoman
Being Rolling Stone magazine's #1 band - The Beatles
They were rated the best band in the Rolling Stone
jdizzy
Album Covers - The Beatles
They have the best known album covers (With the Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's, Abbey Road)
jdizzy
Giving up live concerts - The Beatles
Shortly after the release of their album Revolver, they played their last concert, in Candlestick Park, San Fransisco, in the summer of 1966. A mixture of wanting more recording time, the "newer" songs being harder to play live (Revolver was the first to have "experimental" and "avant-guard" stuff, especially Tomorrow Never Knows), and having had some bad experiences (especially their tour in the Philippines). They did have one last "gig" atop a roof in 1969, for their disastrous "Get Back" project (which would lead to "Let It Be"), but that was it.
Ra'akone
Tight Dress Suits - Beatles
Between 1963 and 1965, The Beatles would wear suits and ties at their concerts, and supposedly they were also tight.
Paul Warren
Wife of Lleyton Hewitt, and the baby mystery - Bec Cartwright (Hewitt)
She was the well-loved Hayley Lawson on Home And Away before marrying Lleyton.

Strangely, she left the show because the due dates of the baby of both Hayley & Bec didn't match up. Yes, Bec was truly pregnant when she was on her final stints as Hayley. However, Hayley was recasted and was born to a son called Noah, in memory of her late first-husband.

Note: The actor of Noah Sr., Beau Brady was Hayley's ex-boyfriend in real life before Hayley broke up with him and later met Lleyton.

Bec's baby was a girl called Mia, and Bec is now a full-time mother, with another baby on the way next year.
Rocky Mak
Random Lyrics - Beck
Most of the lyrics of "Loser" make no sense.
JeReMy
Superbowl Contest - Beyonce
Pepsi announced recently that 100 fans of Beyonce will hit the stage when the Grammy-winning diva performs Feb 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. A contest that kicks off 12/29/12 will allow fans to submit photos of themselves in various poses, oncluding head bopping, feet tapping, and hip shaking. Those pictures will be used in a TV ad introducing Beyonce's halftime performance, and 50 of those people (along with a friend) will be selected to join the singer onstage. The photo contest ends Jan 19th, but Jan 11th is the cut-off date for those interesting in appearing with Beyonce.
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Her curves - Beyonce
She is one of the few celebrities of the 21st century to weigh more than 110 lbs.
Rachel
Showing Decency to Taylor Swift - Beyonce Knowles
At the 2008 VMAs Beyonce won Video of the Year but set aside her acceptance speech to let Taylor finish her acceptance speech which had been interrupted by Kanye West hours earlier.
Celeste
Video game roles - Bif Naked
In 2001, she appeared in SSX Tricky, in which she co-starred with David Arquette, Billy Zane, Lucy Liu, Macy Gray, and Oliver Platt. She also appeared again, as her character appeared in later games in the series.
JeReMy
His Gender-Bending Style - Bill Kaulitz
Many people have mistaken Bill Kaulitz for a girl due to his tight shirts, long, anime-style hair, and guy makeup.
Rachel
His Hair - Bill Kaulitz
Bill Kaulitz, the lead singer of German rock band Tokio Hotel, apart from his voice, is known for having hair that resembles that of a Japanese manga character. I'm surprised nobody submitted this one!
Rachel
Twisted Love - Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones
He claims to have had sex with 1000 women (Gene Simmons, Wilt Chamberlain - are you listening?). In 1989 he married 18-year-old singer and model Mandy Smith. They had been dating since she was 13 - with her mother's permission! On top of that, Stephen Paul - his 27-year-old son from his first marriage, was engaged to Mandy's mom! They broke up in 1990. Years later after Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith divorced in the early 90s, Mandy admitted that her and Bill first had sex when she was 14! Are you getting this?
Steel Wheels Operator
Being bi-sexual - Billie Joe Armstrong
In an interview he admitted to being bi-sexual.
Travis
Birthday Wish & Birthday Bash Granted - Billy Idol
Two years ago in 2010 on his 24th B-Day Michael Henrichsen begged his idol (no pun intended) to sing at his B-Day party and was let down. But through persistance and help from various music connections as well as Internet pleas his wish finally came true two years later in 2012 when Billy idol performed with Henrichsen at the Showbox SoDo Club for the musician's 26th B-Day. Henrichsen's local band opened up for him. Needless to say, Michael was overcome with emotion.
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Having his hit song used as TV Show Theme Song - Billy Joel
Billy Joel's song My Life was used as the theme song for the Tom Hanks sit-com Bossom Buddies.
Celeste
Being A One Song Sensation - Billy Ray Cyrus
Three words: Achy Breaky Heart. That was his only hit. After that his 15 minutes of fame was about up.
Celeste
Being the whitest dancer in history - Billy Squier
I love Billy, but he was no James Brown
Gary Phelps
Wearing a "swan dress" at the Oscars - Bjork
After receiving acclaim (but not an Oscar nomination) for her role in "Dancer In The Dark, Bjork showed up at the 2001 Academy Awards in a dress made to look like a swan, with its head and neck used as a strap to hold the dress up. Many fashion experts both praised and derided her for her fashion sense and audacity.
Winona Skater
Beating Up A Reporter While On Camera - Bjork
When the female reporter asked about Bjork's baby, she repeatedly punched the reporter while cameras were rolling. Bjork later apologized, and the reporter never pressed charges (as far as I know).
She
The College Band Version of "Hey Mama" - Black Eyed Peas
This was never released on CD, but it was done for the EA Sports game NCAA March Madness 2005.
JeReMy
Drummer has Radio Gig - Black Keys
SiriusXM is offering a glimpse into the Black Keys world as Patrick Carney debuts a new radio show. The drummer of the Grammy Award winners will host "Serious Boredom", a new free-form monthly show, on the satellite radio provider's SiriusXM channel. Carney kicks off the show on 12/20/12 with music he was into in HS. He hopes to have a specific theme for each show, but is free to present whatever material he wants. In January 2013 the show will air each first Thursday of the month and will center on labels and cities (as of now)...
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Ex-guitarist joins KISS - Black N'Blue
Tommy Thayer, original member of Black N'Blue, joined KISS officially in 2003 as the lead guitarist. He had previously written songs for the band, as well as being a roadie and filled in for Ace Frehley on a few occasions prior to being a full band member. He is the current "Spaceman".
GlamRockNinjaLord
Converting to Christianity - Blackie Lawless
As of 2010, W.A.S.P. frontman became a Born Again Christian.
GlamRockNinjaLord
Starting the random number trend - Blink 182
They added the "182" because there was already a band called "Blink". Since the random number, Sum 41, Seven Mary Three, Matchbox 20, and other bands have taken control of this trend.
JeReMy
Constant comparisons to The White Stipes - Blood Red Shoes
Blood Red Shoes is a two person band from Brighton, England with a boy and a girl, and that's the only thing they really have in common with The White Stripes.
The Skuz
Full body makeup - The Blue Man Group
I can't believe no one submited this. These guys never talk and have no hair and are blue.
theflamelord
Sounding Like A Video Game Character - Blur
The lead singer sounds like a character in a 2007 video game "Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction", especially in the song "Parklife".
JeReMy
Speaking 4 Languages - BoA
Kwon Bo-a speaks native Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and English and has several albums out in each language. What's next? Possibly Spanish... for that market!
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Becoming Nobel laureate in literature - Bob Dylan
In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. The reason give for this honor was "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".
Toni Minot
Exposing The Beatles to Drug's - Bob Dylan
He just got tagged with it, but they would have figured it out on their own sooner or later.
princejellyfish
Being a Born-Again Christian - Bob Dylan
In 1979, Dylan would become the first musical artist to make the effort of being a Born-Again Christian. This would only last for five years then Dylan became Religiously Neutral.
Paul Warren
Raising his ex-wife's daughter - Bob Geldof
On September 10, 2000 Paula Yates, his ex-wife, was found dead in her apartment. This was also the eve of Pixie Geldof's 10th birthday.

Michael Hutchence's father Kieland asked Bob to take custody of Tiger-Lily so that she may be raised with her sisters. But Tiger's grandmother and aunt had fought in court and lost and Bob was later allowed to adopt Tiger as his own.
Celeste
Activism In His Songs - Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats wrote the song I Don't Like Mondays in response to a 16 year old girl who shot at her classmates.
Celeste
Putting Together A Charity Concert - Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof was known for putting together the Life Aid charity concerts in Europe, North America, and elsewhere to raise money for various charities that were working to end the Ethiopian famine of 1985.
Some 30 years later Bob Geldof got to work to put together Live 8 to help raise money to pay down world debt.
Celeste
Being wanted by Joan Rivers to sing at her funeral - Bobby Vinton
He was the favorite singer of the late comedian Joan Rivers. She had stated that she wanted him to sing at her funeral. Vinton, at the time of her death, was recovering from flu and pneumonia, and unfortunately his doctor wouldn't clear him to make the trip to her funeral.
Holly Stefan
Sophomore Jynx - Boston
"Not many band's could follow-up the goliath that was Boston's debut, and these dudes were no exception."
princejellyfish
Having his drug problems outed on national TV - Boy George
George's brother David came on a U.K. TV show and blew the wistle on his heroin abuse problem.
Publicly George stated that he "hated" his brother for doing that but then he knew that there was a reason for it.
Celeste
Vines - Brendon Urie
Panic! at the disco frontman Brendon Urie is known for making numerous videos on the social networking site "Vine".
Rybear
Bed-Ridden - Brian Wilson
In the late-60's and 70's Brian Wilson laid in bed for most of that time. Hence the song "Brian Wilson", 'Lying in bed, just like Brian Wilson did'.
Paul Warren
Having a total meltdown on a plane. - Brian Wilson
Brian had a complete and total meltdown on a plane and was said to be on acid.
Celeste
Cell Phone Game - Britney Spears
A cell phone game created by Qplaze-RME and Sony BMG titled "Adventures of Britney Spears" was announced in December 2005 but was never released. Images and video footage of the game were released along with the game's press release.
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Exiting "The X-Factor" - Britney Spears
Britney Spears recently said she has made the "difficult decision" to leave Fox's "The X-Factor" after one season. In a statement, the pop singer said she'd had an incredible time working on the singing contest, but that it was time to get back to the studio to record. It had been widely reported that Spears and "X-Factor" were parting ways after a season in which the show's ratings fell dramatically and Spears received lackluster reviews as a panelist.
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Calling Out Her Ex-Husband In Her Music Video - Britney Spears
Unlike Pink, Britney's ex-husband , Kevin Federling, wasn't in on this joke. In fact he was the but of the joke.
"Womanizer you're a womanizer, a womanizer baby. You're a womaizer baby. Y-you-you are, Y-you you are. Womanizer, womanizer, womanizer, womanizer.
Well everyone gets the idea.
Celeste
Britney Spears Doll - Britney Spears
In 1999, Play Along Toys released the Britney Spears Doll. It was the first product ever released by this toy company. The doll featured Spears with various outfits, make-up and hairstyles from her concerts, appearances, photoshoots and music videos. Yaboom Toys also made a singing Britney Spears doll that would "sing' when you pressed her belly button. A porcelain doll was also made, as well as miniature dolls.
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Giving the "one finger salute" to photographers - Britney Spears
When Britney Spears doesn't want to be photographed she jus gives them the "one finger salute."
Celeste
Fragrances - Britney Spears
Curious, Curious in Control, Curious Heart, Fantasy, Midnight Fantasy, Believe, Circus...
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Having one worse breakup after another - Britney Spears
Britney, now sane and more mature (after her birthday), admitted that she handled her breakup from Kevin Featherline so much worse than Justin Timberlake.
Rocky Mak
Shaving Her Head - Britney Spears
Compulsively shaved her head for no obvious reason in 2007, amid a rash of other bizarre behaviors.
Patricia McClure
Going Commando In Public - Britney Spears
As in not wearing any underwear. What kind of example is that to set for her 16 year old sister? Not to mention her two little boys.
Celeste
Daughter of ex-All Black - Brooke Fraser
Brooke Fraser is the daughter of Bernie Fraser, a former All Black.

Apparently, it was Bernie's friendship that managed to cast Temuera Morrison for Brooke's first MV for "Better". No, the father Temuera portrayed is not Bernie.

Brooke is also a devoted Christian. She now attends Hillsong Church in Australia, and she married fellow Hillsong United (A Christian worship band) member Scott Ligertwood.
Rocky Mak
Beating cancer - Bruce Dickinson
In early 2015, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson underwent treatment for tongue cancer. By August, he was completely cancer-free.
GlamRockNinjaLord
Profanity Laced Rants At Concerts - Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Bruce has ranted about everything from people throwing beer bottles at the stage to some guy passing a joint around to some moron with a laser pointer.


Bruce's rants are interesting to say the least. :)
Celeste
Politcal Views - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has always been a Democrat. He supported John Kerry in 2004 and even when Reagan wanted to use "Born in the U.S.A." for his 1984 re-election...Springsteen said no. He (Springsteen) also spoke-out about the War in Iraq as well.
Paul Warren
vocal cords insured by Lloyd's of London - Bruce Springsteen
he's got his gruff voice protected
GruffRuffTuff
Bandannas - Bruce Springsteen
During his "Born In The U.S.A." days Bruce wore a red bandanna
Celeste
A Future "Friends" Star Pulled Up On His Stage - Bruce Springsteen
Courtney Cox, one of the stars of Friends, appeared in Bruce Springsteen's video Dancing In The Dark. She was in the front row during Bruce's LA stop on his Born In The USA tour with her friends when Bruce offered Courtney his hand, pulled her up on stage, and started dancing with her. "Hey baby!"
Celeste
Boycotting North Carolina Over Bathroom Laws - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen canceled his band's concert in North Carolina over the state legislature's anti-transgendered law.
The law in North Carolina prevents transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender that they identify with.
Celeste
Silenced in London by Curfew - Bruce Springsteen & Paul McCartney
Concert organizers Live Nation pulled the plug (by police demand) on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after the pair defied the sound curfew at London's Hyde Park, silencing their mics at the tailend of the concert. Having exceeded the park's sound curfew by over 30 mins the plug was pulled after Springsteen and McCartney sang two Beatles songs- "I Saw Her Satnding There" and "Twist and Shout". London's flamboyant mayor, Boris Johnson, said that the should have been allowed to play on...
Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Hopelessness In Love - Bullet For My Valentine
Most of their lyrics come from the point of one man. Keeping this in mind, most of their lyrics have to do with getting revenge on a woman who he cared deeply for and thought he was in love with, as she cheated on him, catching her cheating, seeking revenge on her lover, being lonely without her, etc.
SaintVenn
Performing at The Grand Old Opry - The Byrds
In 1968, The Byrds performed at The Grand Old Opry. A Theater which is for concerts that play Country and Folk music. When The Byrds would play there, they were heckled and played a different song rather than the song they were supposed to play!
Paul Warren

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