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Doobie Brothres, Doobie Brothers

Band Name Origins:

  • I can hear Mike Hossack jokingly, making a comment about 'being a Doobie Brother' while in the Navy. However, the timing for the formation of the 'original members of the Doobies' (of which Mike wasn't) doesn't jive. I've known many "Doobie Brothers" that had nothing to do with a band. The basement story, of friends burning a joint together and popping out with the comment: "Why don't we call the band The Doobie Brothers?" has never been contested or accredited to anyone else. Therefore, they own the name. I'm pretty sure Bruce Cohn (Doobie's longtime business manager) did his research, after being told by the guys that they decided on The Doobie Brothers. He didn't care for the name, but it was better than PUD after all. Submitted by: Holly Perry
  • Hey Bob, If you don't believe that Torok gave Hossack the name all you have to do is ask Mike Hossack. But if they claimed the name illegally on record to the US Patent and Trademark Office, do you think the group would be considered plagiarists? Check out their biography on A&E Channel. Mike tells you himself where the name came from. Submitted by: J.J. Torok

Stupid Band Names:

  • It sounds like they named themselves after boogers or something. Submitted by: Joseph
  • It's a double misnomer. None of them are surnamed Doobie, and none of them are related, not even as brothers. Submitted by: Mr. Critic

Better Off Solo?:

Name
New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Michael McDonald""Michael got into the band when the lead singer was sick. He left the Doobies in 1983 and had a top 10 hit with "I Keep Forgettin'" and also a #1 hit with Patti LaBelle's "On My Own"." - KL Fan

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Long Train Running"Although the words "long trains run" appear in the lyrics, the title does not; this song should have the title "Without Love (Where Would You Be Now)" since it is the most-repeated line in the chorus! - crazydon

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Toilet Water""Black Water"rocky

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Cotton Mouth,"Mouths aren't made of cotton.Yvette Bristle
"Echoes Of Love,"Love has no sound, so no echoes.Yvette Bristle

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"We're Not Gonna Take It," Twisted Sister"Takin' It To The Streets," The Doobie Brothers
"Embrace Me, You Child," Carly Simon"Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)," The Doobie Brothers
"Freight Train," Peter, Paul, And Mary"Keep This Train A-Rollin'," Doobie Brothers
"Engine Engine Number Nine," Roger Miller"Keep This Train A-Rollin'," Doobie Brothers
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Sweet Maine" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Lorraine Thoanjer
"Another Ark, Another Sunday" originally "Another Park, Another Sunday"
Candy Welty
"Keep This Rain A-Rollin'" originally "Keep This Train A-Rollin'"
Candy Welty
"Keep His Train A-Rollin'" originally "Keep This Train A-Rollin'"
Candy Welty
"I Heat The Hangman" originally "I Cheat The Hangman"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Echoes Of Lover" originally "Echoes Of Love"
Alyssa Jayne
"Echoes Of Clove" originally "Echoes Of Love"
Alyssa Jayne
"Echoes Off Love" originally "Echoes Of Love"
Alyssa Jayne
"Echoes Of Glove" originally "Echoes Of Love"
Alyssa Jayne
"Another Spark, Another Sunday" originally "Another Park, Another Sunday"
Serafina

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Tweet Maxine" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Lorraine Toanjer
"Sweat Maxine" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Lorraine Toanjer
"Sweet Marine" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Serafina
"Take Me In Your Arts (Rock Me)" originally "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)"
Serafina
"Take Me In Your Arms (Mock Me)" originally "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)"
Serafina

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"China Grove""China Broke"Matthias
"China Grove""Treasure Trove"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"What a Fool Believes""What Some Fools Believe"Randy Hearn
"Long Train Running""Long Train Running"Susanna Viljanen
"Takin' It To The Streets""Takin' Over The Street"Pol Potlatch
"Black Water""Black Oil (Ballad of BP)"Joey Grisso
"Black Water""Black Water (BP Version)"Spaff.com
"Takin' It to the Street""Fakin’ It on C Street"John A. Barry
"Takin' It to the Street""Snakes Griftin’ on the Street"John A. Barry
"China Grove""Airfarcewon"Andria

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
It Keeps You Runnin'Gas and oil companyMartha Hankins
Minute By MinuteRolex Watchesoldrock
Minute By MinuteMinute Riceoldrock
Real Loveeharmony.comoldrock
It Keeps You Runnin'PrunesA E MCGRATH
There are additional commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Long Train Runnin'Canadian National RailwayTodd W. Zimmerman
Black WaterWastewater Treatment PlantDJ
Free RideTaxicab CompanyChase Waggoner
Jesus Is Just AlrightAny Atheist GroupRocky
Listen To The MusicHearing Aid SupplierLarcen Tyler
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
I Love Music
   The O'Jays
Listen To The Music
   The Doobie Brothers
I Love To Listen To The Music
Serafina
Dirty Water
   The Standells
Black Water
   The Doobie Brothers
Dirty Black Water
Dirty water CAN be black
Isac
Love Train
   The O'Jays
Long Train Runnin'
   The Doobie Brothers
Love Train Runnin'
Jen
Rolling In The Deep
   Adele
Black Water
   The Doobie Brothers
Rolling In The Deep Black Water
Sut
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Maas Brothers
Timo Maas combined with The Doobie Brothers
A chain of defunct department stores
Submitted By: Isac
The Dobie Brothers
Dobie Gray combined with The Doobie Brothers
Submitted By: Donna Gelpigi
The Naked Doobie Brothers Band
The Naked Brothers Band combined with The Doobie Brothers
Would you pay to see Michael McDonald au naturel?
Submitted By: Martha Hankins
The Righteous Doobie Brothers
The Righteous Brothers combined with The Doobie Brothers
Submitted By: Martha Hankins

There are additional Doobie Brothers Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Minute by Minute"
Misheard Lyrics:
Beat my meat, my meat my meat
Original Lyrics:
Minute by minute, by minute, by minute
"Minute By Minute"
Misheard Lyrics:
Lip, dry lip, dry lip, dry lip.
Original Lyrics:
Minute by minute, by minute, by minute
"Long Train Runnin' (Without Love)"
Misheard Lyrics:
And the steel wheels like cool and hot
And the mountains ain't "no duh"
Original Lyrics:
And the steel rails lie cold and hard [are cold and hard?]
On the mountains they go down [For the miles that they go down?]
"What a Fool Believes"
Misheard Lyrics:
He never heard her thin cries
Original Lyrics:
He never made her think twice
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Black Water"
Misheard Lyrics:
Gonna play some funky music man
Pretty momma gonna take me by my hand
Original Lyrics:
I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland,
Pretty mama, come and take me by the hand

Story about this misheard lyric by: Hollie

I listen to '60s and '70s music all day long at work and for the last 6 months I've been blurting this out without realizing they were the wrong lyrics!

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Black Water"
Better Lyrics:
Oh Black Water Keep on Shootin'
Mercenary Men are immune to bureaucracy.
Original Lyrics:
Oh Black Water Keep on Moovin'
Mississippi Moon won't you keep on shining on me.
Submitted by: Casey Van Tieghem
"Black Water"
Better Lyrics:
Oh, White River, one big toilet.
Indiana folks gonna keep on wretchin' away.
Original Lyrics:
Oh, black water, keep on rollin' .
Mississippi moon won't you keep on shinin' on me.
Submitted by: Indyhick
"Jesus Is Just Alright"
Better Lyrics:
Jesus has just arrived with me
Original Lyrics:
Jesus is just alright with me
Submitted by: Thomas.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Listen To The Music"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Whoa oh oh, listen to the music
Whoa oh oh, listen to the music
Whoa oh oh, listen to the music
Why They're Repetitive:
I think the reason they say 'Whoa oh oh, listen to the music' three times over is just to get on my nerves.
Submitted by: Lynne Thippig
"Minute By Minute"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Minute by minute by minute by minute
I'll be holdin' on
Why They're Repetitive:
Yes, Michael, but we can't.
Submitted by: olsongs
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"Black Water"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me
Why They're Nonsensical:
Does Mississippi have its own moon?
Submitted by: Glenn
 

Song Title Space Change:

"Sweet Max In E" originally "Sweet Maxine"
A song called Sweet Max in the key of E
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"A Not Her Park, A Not Her Sunday" originally "Another Park, Another Sunday"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Re: Al Love" originally "Real Love"
Whoever he is.
Submitted by: Rocky

Band Name Anagrams:

Both Hobos Retired Submitted by: Frank
Not that either hobo ever worked, but still...

Song Title Anagrams:

"Bracket Law" originally "Black Water"
Submitted by: John
"Lack Wet Bar" originally "Black Water"
Submitted by: John
"Bawl Racket" originally "Black Water"
Also known as excessive screaming.
Submitted by: John
"A New Sex Time" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne
"New Exam Site" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Submitted by: Alyssa Jayne

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Real Places Mentioned in Songs:

"China Grove"
The Lyrics:
When the sun comes up on the sleepy little town
Down around San Antone
Why:
Peter's story about this song is unbelievable. Furthermore, his statement that Bexar County is in southeastern Texas closer to Houston than to San Antonio, is ridiculous as anyone capable of reading a map could discover if they bothered to check it out. China Grove is indeed in Bexar County, BUT SO IS SAN ANTONIO.
Submitted by: McGehee
"China Grove"
The Lyrics:
When the sun comes up on a sleepy little town Down around San Antone And the folks are risin' for another day 'Round about their homes
The people of the town are strange And they're proud of where they came Well, you're talkin' 'bout China Grove Oh-Oh, China Grove
Why:
The real town of China Grove, Texas is one of the few (if not the only) places to actually get an unintentional title of a song and shoutout in the song. As the story goes, the Doobie Brothers recorded the song, "China Grove" in late 1972 about "a sleepy little town" near San Antone (San Antonio, Texas also gets a shoutout in the song) without consulting a map of Texas and assuming that their "China Grove" was fictional imagination of the Doobie Brothers' lead singer, guitarist and songwriter, Tom Johnston. When FM Rock radio stations picked up the song and started playing it, it started to become a hit and it became a Top Ten hit on Billboard Magazine's HOT 100 charts and a hugely played one at Top 40 radio stations in 1973. That's when Tom Johnston and the rest of the Doobie Brothers were finally informed and shocked, at first, to learn that China Grove, Texas was actually a town in Bexar County, Texas (southeastern Texas and a bit more closer to Houston, Texas than San Antonio, Texas). (This story is not made up, but really happened). The real China Grove, Texas isn't as much associated with the Far East (in the continent of Asia) as the "China Grove, Texas" in the Doobie Brothers song, though. Also mentioned in the song is the Sun. I have transcribed the first verse and first chorus upabove.
Submitted by: Peter

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Meet Wax Scene" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Submitted by: Angelina Laide
"Meet Wax Scene" originally "Sweet Maxine"
Submitted by: Angelina Laide
"Grown A Chive" originally "China Grove"
Submitted by: Diana Jasper

Lyrics Spoonerisms:

"Black Water"
The Lyrics:
Pretty mama come and take me by the hand.
Why:
Pretty mama come and make bee tie the hand.
Submitted by: Carmen Mistletoe

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Boobie Drothers originally "Doobie Brothers"
Submitted by: dizzymojo
The Boobie Druthers originally "The Doobie Brothers"
Submitted by: Renee Keener

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"Album - Minute By Minute"
Inside the album there is a big picture of a half-smoked doobie (marijuana joint). This is a DOOBIE Brothers album. How about that?
Submitted by: San Francisco Rocker

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