Music

Real-Life Bands Versus Their Real-Life Namesakes

THE ORIGINAL

FRANZ FERDINAND

CLAIM TO FAME That's Archduke Franz Ferdinand to you, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

GLOBAL IMPACT His 1914 assassination in Sarajevo kick-started an international conflict known as World War I.

THE IMITATORS

FRANZ FERDINAND

CLAIM TO FAME Four friends from Glasgow with a fondness for tuneful post-punk.

GLOBAL IMPACT They have the U.K. press busting out weapons-grade hyperbole and the New York rock nerds blogging their brains out.

[THE ORIGINAL]

NIKOLA TESLA

CLAIM TO FAME The Serbian-American inventor (born 1856) was Thomas Edison's nemesis.

GLOBAL IMPACT His discoveries led to AC current, which led to home appliances, which led to mass-media popular culture, which led to EW. Yes!

[THE IMITATORS]

TESLA

CLAIM TO FAME California metal act brought blue-collar blues to the glammed-out '80s metal scene.

GLOBAL IMPACT Their 1990 hit, ''Signs,'' prefigured the ''Unplugged'' fad, encouraging a nation of headbangers to bust out the acoustic.

[THE ORIGINAL]

JETHRO TULL

CLAIM TO FAME 18th-century British agriculture pioneer who invented the seed drill and horse-drawn hoe, yo.

GLOBAL IMPACT Made the world better for fruit-and-veggie-loving people everywhere.

[THE IMITATORS]

JETHRO TULL

CLAIM TO FAME U.K. musical pioneers with a penchant for mystical prog-rock and endless solos.

GLOBAL IMPACT Made the world safe for bald flute-playing singers dressed like aging hobbits.

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints