01 November 2010

New names

NPR: Monkey See Blog | Linda Holmes | Highs And Lows From The 'Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear'

Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens, appeared to sing "Peace Train," [...]
I've seen Stevens/Islam mentioned a dozen or so times in the rally coverage, and every single time he's been listed with both names. He changed his name in 1977.

Here's a rule for you: if you change your stage name and it still hasn't stuck in 33 years then the new name isn't working. Steven Demetre Georgiou / Cat Stevens / Yusef Isman looks like the hippie folk singer version of the fratboy meathead that keeps trying to get people to call him "Brusier" day after day for years without it catching on.

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