To celebrate the release of Adonis’ new single, “My Different Lover”, we though a quick run-down of artists and bands who have taken their name from deities was in order.
- Adonis (full name, Adonis Hampton), makes the top of our list as:
a. The alphabet
b. His latest track is a magnificent hunk of Stevie Wonder-esque classic soul and is deserving to be the top of every list.
Adonis, for the record, is the Greek God of beauty and desire.
2. Thor. Norse God of thunder perhaps, but more importantly, the Canadian muscle-bound metal Gods, who across zillions of albums and in the magnificent documentary film, I Am Thor, prove to be one of the most entertaining bands of all time…sometimes intentionally.
3. Jesus Jones. Don’t make us tell you who Jesus is. Jesus Jones are still going but had their biggest success in the late 80s and early 90s with the songs, “International Bright Young Thing” and “Right Here, Right Now”.
4. Mars Volta. Experimental indie rock band, loved by all the cool kids but without troubling the charts too much. Mars is the Roman God of war, only outranked by Jupiter.
5. Ozomatli. Cross-genre six-piece from America who play everything from pop, to Latin to hip-hop. Ozomatli is also the Mexican God of dance and music.
6. Mercury Rev. New York State-based avant-rock pop masters, their doesn’t appear to be a cast-iron reason for their name, not that we let issues like that spoil the list. Mercury is the wing-booted God of travelling and communication in Roman mythology
7. Luna. Taking their name from the Roman Goddess of the Moon, Luna were formed from the ashes of indie darlings, Galaxie 500, and still have a fiercely devoted fanbase today
8. Apollo 440. Formed in Liverpool, Apollo 440 were a trip-hop/dance/rock hybrid whose cross-genre palette meant that they achieved much of their commercial success by appearing on soundtracks, video games and compilations. Apollo, for the record, was the son of Zeus and has God of music on his CV, as well as many other vocations.