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As Jerry Seinfeld
might say: What's the deal with all these crazy names for musician fan bases, like Lady Gaga's "Little Monsters" and Justin Bieber's
It's all wrapped up in the tradition of fan clubs, which have been around at least since 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie
coupled an Elvis
-inspired heart throb with a swooning contest winner. But it probably wasn't until the 1970s that fans of a particular artist were given their own special names; it seems to go back a mailing list shouted out on the sleeve of the 1971 eponymous Grateful Dead
live album referring to the faithful as "Dead Freaks." A "Dead Heads" newsletter followed, and thus we now have something to call the uncles of young people who like Phish
But the more recent, and more ludicrous, onslaught of fan base names took off in the late aughts, and if this Wikipedia entry on the Beliebers is any indication, they mean business: "Many beliebers [sic] strictly defend and support Bieber and may resort to extreme methods to protect him against anything they deem as a threat, such as issuing death threats to women connected to Bieber."
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Below are five even more preposterous fan base monikers.