The Urban Dictionary defines “kloot” as “a clown with no feet”. Singer-songwriter John Bramwell, who has also worked as a solo artist under the name Johnny Dangerously and was a member of Five Go Off To Play Guitar, told the Guardian in 2005 why he chose the name: “I wanted something to reflect being out of step. I just liked the ‘I Am’ – I thought there’s too many ‘Thes’ floating around.” Clowns or not, the trio were nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2010 for Sky at Night.
I Am Kloot
I Am The World Trade Center
Synthpop duo Daniel Geller and Amy Dykes chose the name because “the two towers, equal and independent, together made up one entity and came to represent [their] relationship”. After 9/11 they changed the name to I Am The World but subsequently reverted to the original. This one is called Metro.
South London indie duo (later trio), initially inspired by The Fall; Mark E Smith interviewed them in 1992 for NME. Their 1988 single Quite Extraordinary paid tribute to the long-running BBC TV Saturday sports show Grandstand (“quite extraordinary” was one of presenter David Coleman’s catchphrases). I, Claudius, meanwhile, is a 1934 novel by Robert Graves, written in the form of an autobiography by the eponymous Roman emperor.
“Twins” in Yorùbán (a language spoken in Nigeria, and subsequently imported into Cuba with the slave trade); they are the daughters of Cuban percussionisst Miguel “Angá” Diáz, who played with the Buena Vista Social Club. They sound like this.
The Icicle Works
Zak Starkey, Ringo’s lad, played drums for a time with this Liverpool band, led by Ian McNabb; the name comes from The Day The Icicle Works Closed, a 1960 short story by sci-fi author Frederik Pohl. Their UK hit Love is a Wonderful Colour exemplifies the sound of 1983. After breaking up in 1991 they are touring in the summer of 2016, more than 30 years after their first album.
Fake band created by police as part of a prostitution sting in an episode of the long-running US reality TV series COPS. But weren’t the bad guys even a tiny bit suspicious when they saw the name of the band?
It's a Beautiful Day
Great name for a great 60s band from San Francisco. They featured sensational violinist David LaFlamme and singer Pattie Santos, the most beautiful hippie chick in the whole history of hippiedom. Here’s a live version of their most famous song, White Bird.