Hmmm. Interesting. I never really considered the band name either way. I do recall that my friends and I thought it was VERY cool but, in those days, we felt we were OH so far above everyone else musically. We thought ourselves the "pinnacle" of musical opinion and taste. In the early to mid 70's, a name like Judas Priest (to us) was awesome.
Hard to say what the "mainstream" thought. We tried very hard NOT to fit in with the public. We also tried very hard to be "ahead" of the curve when it came to music, always trying to be "in the know" about what was coming and what would be the next "Zepplin". That is kind of how we gauged music.. I remember one of my best friends telling me Van Halen would be the next Zepplin. Of course, this was in 1976 or 77 when they were still going by "Mammoth".
If you don't want to talk about the Grammy's...
Do you think the name Judas Priest helped or hurt their career!
Personally I love the name but I think it may have been a hindrance. Priest came out at
a time when bad publicity wasn't always good. Also I think religion had a little stronger hold
on people. They were getting ripped early on because of their name. Now to flip flop.
The publicity bad or not did get the name out there.
Anyone have an opinion.