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I heard on the radio, Nickelback was named because one of them used to work at Starbucks or something, and something cost *.95, so he always had to give them a "Nickel back" in change. Wikipedia will confirm it for me.

Nickelback is a post-grunge rock band founded in Hanna, Alberta in 1995. The name derived from the nickel in change Mike Kroeger's brother frequently had to give customers back in his job at a Starbucks coffee shop in which he would say, "Here's your nickel back."

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How about ZZ Top?

Some theories included: the two brands of rolling paper, Zig-Zag and Top; a tribute to blues legend Z. Z. Hill; Z-shaped barn-door braces Gibbons once saw at a farm; and/or Billy Gibbons seeing the two words running together on a dilapidated bill board. The real origin, as told by Billy Gibbons and also recorded in his new book (Rock + Roll Gearhead), is derived from the name of blues master B.B. King. They wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King but sounded too similar to their blues legend hero. They figured that "King" was at the "top" so thus settled on ZZ Top.

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