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KISS were almost called ‘Wicked Lester’ – 12 bands that almost had completely different names

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 01: (L-R) Musicians Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Paul Stanley of the rock band Kiss arrive at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Rolling Stone has a rundown of some bands whose initial idea for a name was TERRIBLE . . . but thankfully, they came to their senses and changed the name before it became too late.

Check them out!:

1.  Early name:  The Golliwogs . . . Final name:  Creedence Clearwater Revival   

2.  Early name:  The Polka Tulk Blues Band . . . Final name:  Black Sabbath

3.  Early name:  The Shrinky Dinks . . . Final name:  Sugar Ray

4.  Early name:  Pud . . . Final name:  The Doobie Brothers

5.  Early name:  The Salty Peppers . . . Final name:  Earth, Wind and Fire

6.  Early name:  Soft White Underbelly . . . Final name:  Blue Öyster Cult

7.  Early name:  Screaming Abdabs . . . Final name:  Pink Floyd

8.  Early name:  Wicked Lester . . . Final name:  KISS

9.  Early name:  The Pendeltons . . . Final name:  The Beach Boys

10.  Early name:  Atomic Mass  . . . Final name:  Def Leppard

11.  Early name:  Smile . . . Final name:  Queen

12.  Early name:  The Obelisk . . . Final name:  The Cure

Check out the full list at RollingStone.com

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