Van Der Graaf Generator - A major cause of bad hair days

Van Der Graaf Generator band name origins - Electro-Static GeneratorThis progressive rock band sparked off in Manchester in the UK. 

As the name suggests, the band is named after a generator invented by American physicist Robert Jemison Van de Graaff (1901-1967). The device is used in experiments as an electrostatic particle accelerator. Students know the Van de Graaff generator (written as 'Van de' instead of 'Van der' and with a double 'f' in 'Graaff') in particular because of its ability to make one's hair stand on end, always a comical sight. 

Well-known pop stars energized by Van Der Graaf Generator are Cindy Lauper, Nina Hagen, Wendy Williams (Plasmatics), Cher (period 1982-1989) and Elton John (after his first hair transplant). 

Active: 1967-1972, 1975-1978, 2005-present, GBR

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