Can you Pick the Right Band Named After a Color?

Weston Whitener

"Comfortably Numb"

Pink Floyd's name came from the names of two American blues artists, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Pink Floyd originally called themselves "The Pink Floyd Sound;" before that they called themselves "The Tea Set!"

"American Idiot"

Green Day was formed in 1986 and is still performing together! Their album "American Idiot," featuring its famous title track, won a Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2004.

"I Gotta Feeling"

The musicians will i. am, Fergie, and Taboo form the Black Eyed Peas. Did you know that will i. am and met each other in the 8th grade?

"Just Give Me a Reason"

In school, kids called Alecia Moore "pink" to tease her about blushing after someone pulled her pants down. Later, Moore watched "Reservoir Dogs" and enjoyed the wise-cracking character Mr. Pink; she decided to make "P!nk" her stage name as a homage to both the embarrassing nickname and the character.

"Moves Like Jagger"

Did you know that Maroon 5 has six members? Jesse Carmichael, Matt Flynn, Adam Levine, Mickey Madden, PJ Morton and James Valentine form the band and have kept the story behind the name "Maroon 5" a secret.

"Seven Nation Army"

Meg and Jack White formed the White Stripes in 1997, and continued to make music together until 2011. Their music uses only three musical elements at a time; they created their most famous song, "Seven Nation Army," with only Meg on the drums and Jack on the guitar and vocals.

"Gold on the Ceiling"

The Black Keys avoided "shtick" early in their career and claim that they avoid playing into their phenomenal success. After the debut of their album "El Camino," their performance at Madison Square Garden sold out in 15 minutes.

"Smoke on the Water"

Forming the band in 1968, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore led Deep Purple to its success with songs like "Smoke on the Water." Vocalist Ian Gillan often butted heads with Blackmore, and Blackmore ultimately left the band in 1993.

"Sunshine of Your Love"

Cream formed in 1966 and rose to the top of the 60s rock scene. Its album "Wheels of Fire" topped charts in 1968, but the band shocked the world by disbanding that same year.

"Iron Man"

Black Sabbath jettisoned Ozzie Osborne into fame and delved into occult themes. Though it was released in 1970, its song "Iron Man" won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1999.


Red Hot Chili Peppers created a new form of funk-punk rock in the 1980s. Their live performances featured band members wearing nothing but tube socks!

"Hey There Delilah"

"Hey There Delilah" rocketed the Plain White T's into chart-topping success. Guitarist Tom Higgenson wrote the song about Delilah DiCrescenzo, a professional runner, who Higgenson said he "fell for." The two never entered a relationship, however, though DiCrescenzo did go to the Grammys with Higgenson when the song was nominated for Best Pop Performance.

"Holding Back the Years"

Simply Red formed in Manchester, England in 1984. Their song "Holding Back the Years" was No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100.

"Forget You"

Cee Lo Green is best known for his song "Forget You," which won a 2010 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and was nominated for Song of the Year. Green performed "Forget You" at the Grammys alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and the Muppets!

"Some Girls Do"

Sawyer Brown was named after a street in Nashville where the band liked to rehearse. They won the talent show "Star Search" in the early 80s and went on to a long and successful country music career.


Agent Orange, a punk band from Orange County, was one of the first to blend punk's sound with 1960s surf music.

"And You Know That"

The Yellowjackets belong to the "rhythm and jazz" genre. Their 1986 song "And You Know That" won the Grammy for best R&B Instrumental Performance.

"You're The First, The Last, My Everything"

Barry White recorded his first album at the age of 16 and steamed ahead to enormous success. Did you know he made a cartoon appearance on "The Simpsons?" In the episode, White's singing is used to melodically lure snakes.

"I Got You (I Feel Good)"

James Brown was called "the Godfather of Soul." "I taught them everything they know," he said, "but not everything I know." His dancing set the bar for musical performers like Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson; he would often improvise dances on stage and announce he was doing the "James Brown."

"Hard to Handle"

"Hard to Handle" is a cover of an Otis Redding song and shot The Black Crowes to great success. The Black Crowes brought back the sound of classic rock bands like The Rolling Stones and were nominated for the 1990 Best New Artist Grammy.

"(Don't Fear) The Reaper"

Blue Öyster Cult was formed on Stony Brook College's campus by soon-to-be rock critics Sandy Pearlman and Richard Meltzer. Their hit song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was featured in the iconic horror film "Halloween."

"Call Me"

Blondie was named after its frontwoman, Debbie Harry, who had bleached-blonde hair. The band released hit songs in the 1970s and 80s like "Call Me," "One Way or Another" and "Heart of Glass." In 2006, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Face Down"

"Face Down" was one of a few great breakthroughs for The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Did you know the song was one of the first within the punk rock genre to address domestic abuse?

"Train, Train"

Blackfoot tried to be a Southern rock band like Lynyrd Skynyrd but found more success in hard rock. Did you know that the band was named in honor of guitarist and vocalist Rickey Medlocke's Native American heritage?

"The Girl"

"City and Colour" is Dallas Green's stage name. The moniker plays on Green's own name -- Dallas is a city; Green is a color!

"Come And Get Your Love"

Redbone was formed in 1969 as an all-Native American rock band. Their song "Come and Get Your Love" was featured prominently in the 2014 film "Guardians of the Galaxy."

"She Caught The Katy"

Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi created their blues-singing characters Jake and Elwood Blues to warm up "Saturday Night Live" crowds, but their music soon became a phenomenon! Their act was turned into a hit movie, a world tour and an international franchise of blues clubs.

"Ocean Avenue"

Yellowcard was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1997. In fact, the song "Ocean Avenue" was written about a place in Jacksonville that band members missed after moving to California in 2002.

"Run It"

Chris Brown was only 16 when he debuted his single "Run It," a remake of Usher's "Yeah!" The song topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male singer in a decade to rise so quickly with a debut single.

"Here I Go Again"

Whitesnake was formed by former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale. The band came into great success with the 1987 release of its self-titled album, which featured "Here I Go Again" and sold six million copies in the U.S.!

"Barbie Girl"

Aqua, a Danish dance band, found international prominence with its song "Barbie Girl." Mattel filed a lawsuit against Aqua, fearing the sexual overtones Aqua's song had placed on their Barbie dolls. Nevertheless, Aqua became the best-selling Danish music group of all time.

"Chicken Fried"

Originally going to be named "Zac Brown Band and the Grits," Zac Brown Band's hit single "Chicken Fried" launched their success after years of touring. Zac Brown Band has quickly became one of the most successful country bands playing today.


Goldfinger, originating in L.A., helped bring ska to the American music landscape in the mid-1990s.

"Cult of Personality"

The 1980s rock scene was predominately white, but "Living Colour" broke that mold with an entirely African-American lineup. The band shot to success with its song "Cult of Personality," which made a huge splash on MTV in 1988 and won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1989.


Pearl Jam always tried to fight convention. Despite its great success at the time, the band chose to play relatively small venues throughout its 1994 spring tour and got into a two-year legal battle with Ticketmaster because Pearl Jam wanted to sell its tickets for less than $20!

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Each question will give the title of a song notably performed by a band with a color in its name, and four potential bands. One of the four band names is correct. Can you pick the right colorful band?

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