How common is it for bands to use names?

For example [name_f]Marylin[/name_f] [name_m]Manson[/name_m], [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_u]Cooper[/name_u], [name_f]Pink[/name_f] [name_u]Floyd[/name_u], lynyrd skynyrd, The Ramones ect. [name_f]Do[/name_f] they use names of real people or do they just make up names or alter egos or something

I think you could research these individually to get the stories behind them. Interesting question in general!

I know [name_f]Marilyn[/name_f] [name_m]Manson[/name_m] was chosen for the vastly different vibes the two names give off - the glamour of [name_f]Marilyn[/name_f] [name_u]Monroe[/name_u] vs the horror of [name_u]Charles[/name_u] [name_m]Manson[/name_m].

That can have backfiring effects that would be like coming up with the name [name_u]Whitney[/name_u] Hitler (for [name_u]Whitney[/name_u] [name_u]Houston[/name_u] and well hitler)

Well, bands want a cool and captivating name so they can reach more people, and one that speaks for what kind of music they create. More often than not, the bands are named after the lead singer. Sometimes, they choose to honour something. Other times it’s just brainstorming and combining ideas, like what The Beatles did.

We all know how Marilyn Manson turned out, so the backfiring effects are evident here.