The spelling of pop groups

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 Vivian Cook

Numbers 4 Words

Derived from various pop magazines etc, mostly British

A sample of pop-group names with novel spellings

2 hats, The
2 Kar Sex
4-Hero
A-Cyde
Add N to X
Afterall
Anastacia
Ankst
Aqute Couch
Atmosfear
B@D Sound System, 
Barron Knights,The
Basement Jaxx
Beastie Boys
Beat Route
Beatles, The
Become 1
Bhang II Rites
Blackbyrds, The
Billy Whiz
Bomfunk MC's
Bondi Beech Bums
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Bow Diddley
BoyZ II Men
Boyzone
Bruvvers, The
Bryter Later
Bugaloo Xpress
Byrds, The
Camdemonium
Catt Ballou
C-Blo
Chemikal Underground
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Chilla
Chyme, The
Ciyo’s Akoustic Roots
Columbian Hi-Rise
Confuzin’ Jack
Coolblu
Coolio featuring 40 Thevz
Cribabi
Cruisin’ Mooses
Daddy Ruffnek
Dash-K
Dayglo
Daz Saund
azee
db Soundz
Deftones, The
Diaboliks, The
Divil’s Brew
Dubfunksta
Dust Junkys
Electrasy
E-Male
Eminem
Eskalator
E-Z Rollers
Ezey Ryder
Fevah

Flairz

Flyskree

Foney M

Foxymorons
Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Fun Lovin’ Ian BrownD
Fun-Da-Mental
Fureys, The
Fybre
Ganja Kru
Gary NumanGinger Pig Rhythm ‘n’ Blues
Orchestra
Goldust
Gorillaz
Gravediggaz
Greenhaus
Groop Dogdrill
Grrls, The
Guns ‘n’ RosesHardknox
Headcoatees, Thee
Headrillaz
Hear'Say
HedspaceHero and the Reinforced Crew
hKippers, the
Hexstatic
Hot ‘n’ Spicy Two
Howlite
Hybirds, The
Hybred
Hypnotics, Thee
Ill Nino
Indiependance
Intastella
Intymacy
Jamm, the
Jayson Torres
Jazzie B and The Boyz
Jellys, The
John Foxx
Joi
Jon Pleased Wimmin
Joy Disco Kollektiv
Jumpin’ Jack Frost
Killa Instinct
Kinetix
King Bizkit
Klumps, The
Ko-egzist
Koncrete
Kreed
Kynd, The
Led Zeppelin
Lil’ Kim
Limp Bizkit
Livin’ Joy
Lo Fidelity All Stars
Lost Boyz, The
Lure Luxx
M People
Majic Fish
Majika
Manuskript
Mariah Carey
Meat KatieMellon Collee
Metalheadz
Might Mighty Bosstones

Mikee B
Misstress Barbara
Mis-Teeq
Mo' IndigoMonkees, The
Motörhead
Moyz II Hen
Muthafunk
No Way Sis
Mu-Ziq
Mynk

'N Sync
Nekromantiks
Nellee
NOFX
No-U Turn
N-trance
Nu Nation
Nu-birth
OP8
Organized Konfusion
Orphic Soop
Out 4 Just Iz
Outcaste Sound System
Pearls B4 Swine
Pecadiloes, The
Peter Djonz
Pharcyde, The
Pheonix band
Phish
Phrogs, The
Pizicatto Five
Plenty Moore
Plenty MoorePollen 8
Pom-E-Granite
Puddle of Mudd
Propa-Ghandi
Pyscho Daisies
Quick Hi
Rapsody Orchestra, The
Raz ‘Ma ‘Taze ‘Mee
Real Macaws, The
Red Hot Chilli Willys
Redz
Reprazent
Rhatigan
Rhythm Xchange, The
Rob da Bank
Rockit
Rockin' Armadillos
Rockin Ballad Blues
Rockin’ Armadillos
Root Joose
Roxi and Mirrir Imij
Ruff Endz

Ryme Nor ReasonSalt ‘N’ Pepa
Screemin’ Ab-Dabs
Sellophane Sun
Sergeant Buzfuz
SexLoveBuster
She Rocola's Rockin' Review
ShortKut
Shux
ShyFX
Sid Griffin and the Coal Porters
Sikth
Siouxsie
Skam
Slim’s Cyder Co
Soul II Soul
Soul Saturdayz
Soula Power
SoulJahz
Sparxxx
Sqwint
Stampin’ Ground
Statik Sound System
Stoned Roses
Strange Wayes

Sugababes
Super 8
Swingin’ Utters, The
The!Lights!
Alive
Thugs-N-Harmony
Tiger Lillies, the
Top Loder
Torna-K
Tracee McVeigh
Tragik Roundabout
T-Rextasy
Truphunk Disciples
U2
Ugli
Uncle Kracker
Unikque
Varukers
Wannadies, The
Weezer
Weezygoose
Whirl-Y-Gig
Will-I-Am
Wylie Coyote
Xplosions, The
X-Press 2
Xsve
Xtraverts
YB Sober
Zephyr 6
Zoviet France

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U got it bad
Young, fresh n' new

Rules for Pop-group names

Most 'original' spellings of pop-group names draw on a few possibilities of English spelling:
number and letter names Pollen 8, Eminem, 4-Hero, BoyZ II Men. Bad II the Bone
masculine/working class pronunciations "'in'' for 'ing': Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Stampin’ Ground, The Bruvvers;
conventional spoken form of 'and' as 'n' Guns ‘n’ Roses, Salt ‘N’ Pepa.
imitation rap accents Gravediggaz, Fun-Da-Mental, Muthafunk, Killa Instinct, Chilla
traditional misspellings of 'c/k, s/c., s/z' Kreed, A-Cyde, Redz, Reprazent.
puns on names or expressions particularly clone bands: No Way Sis, Foney M, Bhang II Rites, Mellon Collee, The Pharcyde, Propa-Ghandi, SoulJahz
Rarely do groups use spellings that go completely against English rules: Danii Minogue, The Grrls, the hKippers, Mu-Ziq. Only a few names are the same as accidental spelling mistakes: The Pheonix Band, Sqwint, Atmosfear, Led Zeppelin, The Rapsody Orchestra
Numbers 4-Hero Become 1 Bhang II Rites Black II Basics BoyZ II Men Listen 2 This Pollen 8 Soul II Soul Step Up II da Mic
Letter name spellings Bugaloo Xpress B-witched E-Male Eminem E-Z Rollers The N-trance OP8 Pearls B4 Swine The Rhythm Xchange Torna-K U2 The Xplosions YB Sober
''n' for 'and' Ginger Pig Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Orchestra Guns N’ Roses Hot ‘n’ Spicy Two 'N Sync Salt ‘N’ Pepa Thugs-N-Harmony
'n' for 'ing' Cherry Poppin’ Daddies Confuzin’ Jack Cruisin’ Mooses Fun Lovin’ Criminals Livin’ Joy Rockin’ Armadillos Screemin’ Ab-Dabs Stampin’ Ground The Swingin’

Clone bands

Clone bands have to suggest the names of the originals while showing that they are in fact imitators. 

Abba

Abba Solutely   ABBALANCHE   Abbasolutely Live   Björn Again  Fabba   Rebjorn

Beatles

The Beatalls  The Beatels  The Fantaztic Fore  The Beetles UK

Eagles

B*Eagles B'EAGLES

Oasis

Oasisnt  Okasis No Way Sis

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling' Clones  The Strolling Bones  Rollin' Stoned  Rollin' Tones

The Who

The Guess Who  Who's Who 

Others

AC/Seedy   Afrodizzyak   Fleetwood Bac   Be*Witched   Beach Boyz GoldBooze Brothers   Cheeky Monkees   Clone Roses   Cuncokshun   FLOYDIAN SLIP   Foney M   The  Funking Barstewards    Garyatrics   Guns N Poses   Hamyzfear   M & N   Metallicish   Near Say   Nearvana   OZZMOSIS   Pink Fraud   Pink Froyd   Qween   Retrobution   Robbing Williams   The Rockaholics   Soulstice   Stereophonies   Symon Sez   The Jamm   The Wholigans   T-Rextasy   UB4T   We Be 40   Xposure   Y-Rythmics