Hootie and the Blowfish - With a little help from their friends

Hootie and the Blowfish band name origins - Dizzy GillespieRock band from Columbia, South Carolina, their most successful album is Cracked Rear View (16 times platinum). 

Virtually everyone seems to agree that with the band name (questionable) respect is paid to two former schoolmates of singer Darius Rucker. One of them, with a big head and wearing round iron-rimmed glasses, was called Hootie because of his owlish appearance (American owls say ‘hoot’). The other one had pronounced cheeks like Dizzy Gillespie, earning him the nickname Blowfish (globefish, family Tetraodontidae). At some point they were seen together, and that led to the famous words 'Hey look, Hootie and the Blowfish'.

We like the band name and we like the story, so we added it to the list. But is it true? One of our readers has serious doubts (see comment below, thank you Chris), and apparently Darius can't help us much either. Clearly we could use a little help from our friends ...

Active: 1986-2008, USA
Site: http://www.hootie.com/



Unknown said...

Ha ha. That is bullshit about the name...

Unknown said...

You people dont know where that name came from, and neither does Darius...

Unknown said...

Hello Chris, we reconstructed this explanation from stories on the internet. Agree, we can't be sure if this is the conclusive explanation. So we've changed the text a little, hope we make that clear now.

In some cases there is a clear explanation (Ed Gein's Car), in other cases it's doubtful (REM) or there's no good explanation at all (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Coming up with band names isn't easy says Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. And here we are trying to explain them ... help!

Niels Grommé, webmaster and translator

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