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Land of the Free, Home of the Metal Names

April 3rd, 2007 at 6:02 pm by Joel

Note to recently proud papa Adam Farrell: maybe Ella's nickname should be 'TimesNewViking?' What do you think? From our friends at the Associated Press:

Metallica may be a cool name for a heavy metal band, but a Swedish couple is struggling to convince officials it is also suitable for a baby girl.

Michael and Karolina Tomaro are locked in a court battle with Swedish authorities, which rejected their application to name their six-month-old child after the legendary rock band.

"It suits her," Karolina Tomaro, 27, said Tuesday of the name. "She's decisive and she knows what she wants."

Although little Metallica has already been baptized, the Swedish National Tax Board refused to register the name, saying it was associated with both the rock group and the word "metal."

Tomaro said the official handling the case also called the name "ugly."

The couple was backed by the County Administrative Court in Goteborg, which ruled on March 13 that there was no reason to block the name. It also noted that there already is a woman in Sweden with Metallica as a middle name.

The tax agency appealed to a higher court, frustrating the family's foreign travel plans.

"We've had to cancel trips and can't get anywhere because we can't get her a passport without an approved name," Tomaro said.

Ironically enough, if I recall correctly, original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton met his untimely demise in the home country of Jesper Eklow, so Swedish National Tax Board, if you're listening/reading and asking "For Whom the Bell Tolls," well it tolls for thee.

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5 Responses to “Land of the Free, Home of the Metal Names”

  1. Adam F Says:

    you know, if i could sum up fatherhood in a Metallica song title, it would be “Last Caress/Green Hell”…well, more of a greenish-brown hell.

  2. Dave Martin Says:

    Adam
    I know you’re busy and all with new media, new baby etc. but if you’re gonna sum things up with Metallica song titles it might be best to sum them up with songs they actually wrote. Then again, maybe you summed this up after pondering another great Metallica song “Whiskey In the Jar.”

  3. Adam F Says:

    dave – don’t front… it lept off the wikipedia page when i saw it. although… i was one of the few kids in my school who owned a copy of Cliff ‘Em All and i did go to a Faith No More / GnR / Metallica show in ’92 at 3 Rivers. a lightning bolt hit the stadium during Sanitarium. i think that besides the set break titty cam, that was the highlight for many of the western PA hessian nation, many of which i’m sure you grew up with.

  4. Gerard Says:

    could be worse, Dave. At least he didn’t sum up f-therhood with a cover of the Anti-Nowhere League’s “So What”.

    of course, when it comes to ill-advised covers, Metallica finish a very distant second to Slayer :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undisputed_Attitude

  5. Adam F Says:

    or “run to the hills”, even if it only was the first (but most important) part.