What makes a solo artist go by a handle other than their real name? Take one Damon Michael Gough, for example. He could've become D-Gough, Run-DMG... No, his decision sounds like a third-rate superhero sidekick:
Badly Drawn Boy.
In 1995, Damon found himself watching the 70's British TV show Sam and his Magic Ball at a party in Manchester. Between this his making business cards with a printed picture of a drawing by his nephew, it seemed to be a no-brainer.
In one of the classic cases of the name being a perfect-fit-in-retrospect-due-to-his-career, Mr. Gough (or is it Mr. Boy?) made a great choice. His debut, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, put him on the map and is what fans think of when they hear his name.
In fact, it may be the only thing some folks think of when they hear his name. That and the great soundtrack to the solid Hugh Grant flick, About A Boy. But he's still had a solid career, and whenever you can get Joan Collins in your video, you've done alright.
Since he has a thing for 'question' album titles (How Did I Get Here? Is There Nothing We Could Do? Have You Fed The Fish?), I have a question for Mr. Badly Drawn Boy: could you go on Jimmy Kimmel's 'Mashup Mondays' with a certain band that wrote "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)"?
You'll be called Badly Drawn Fall Out Boy. And you're welcome.
Moral of the story: Sometimes a ridiculous-sounding-at-the-start name will be the perfect one later on in your music career. This, and life is truly filled with all possibilities...
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