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  1. Numbers

    10cc

    Manager Jonathan King chose the name after having a dream in which he was standing in front of the Hammersmith Odeon in London where the boarding read "10cc The Best Band in the World". A widely repeated claim, disputed by King and Godley, but confirmed in a 1988 interview by Creme, and also on the webpage of Gouldman's current line-up, is that the band name represented a volume of semen that was more than the average amount ejaculated by men, thus emphasising their potency or prowess.

    10 SECONDS OF FOREVERS

    named after Hawkwind's "10 Seconds of Forever"

    10,000 MANIACS

    Inspired by the old horror movie called '2000 Maniacs'
  2. 101 ERS (the)
    The group was named after the squat where they lived together: 101 Walterton Road, Maida Vale, although it was for a time rumoured that they were named for "Room 101", the infamous torture room in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    13th FLOOR ELEVATORS (the)
    The band's name was developed from a suggestion by drummer John Ike Walton to use the name "Elevators" and Clementine Hall added "13th Floor"

    2Be3

    French band using English language as a pun ~ meaning To Be Free

    23rd TURNOFF (THE)
    They took their name from the motorway sign indicating the nearby M6 exit.

    3rd STRIKE
    Lead singer named his band after the "three strikes, you're out" law.

    311
    311 is an Omaha police code for indecent exposure. P-Nut and some friends went skinny dipping in a public pool. They were apprehended by police. P-Nut's friendwas arrested, cuffed (naked) and taken home to his parents. He was issued a citation for a code 311 (indecent exposure).

    702
    Pronounced "Seven-Oh-Two", named after the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas.

    8th SIN
    It was Tony "It" Särkkä's idea of the biggest sin of all seven sins combined; humanity.

    801 / THE 801
    Taken from the Eno song "The True Wheel", which appears on his 1974 solo album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). The refrain of the song - "We are the 801, we are the central shaft"

    808 STATE

    Took their name from their Roland TR-808 drum machine. ("the 808 state" is a nickname for Hawaii, due to 808 being the telephone area code)

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE

    named after the Beatles song "A Day in the Life". They are now known as Hawthorne Heights.

    A DAY TO REMEMBER

    This was a phrase came from the band's first drummer Bobby Scruggs' girlfriend, who used the phrase a lot at the bands rehearsals.

    A PERFECT CIRCLE aka APC
    when asked at a news conference, frontman Maynard Keenan stated that the name " A Perfect Circle" originates from the friendships of the band members, all of them met one another in a way resembling "a perfect circle of friendship"

    A WILHELM SCREAM
    they named themselves after a sound effect, The Wilhelm scream, which is a frequently-used film and television stock sound effect, first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums.

    A-CADS
    according to press releases, their name is a compromise between the band and thier manager Peter Rimmer. Apparently Rimmer was keen to name the group after the Rand Academy of Music, while the group members’ preferred choice was The Cads, the result being The A-Cads.

    A-HA

    "a-ha" comes from a title that member Pål Waaktaar thought giving to a song. Morten Harket was looking through Waaktaar's notebook and came across the name "a-ha". He liked it and said, "That's a great name. That's what we should call ourselves". After checking dictionaries in several languages, they found out that a-ha was an international way of expressing recognition, with positive connotations.
  3. A-STUDIO
    The band was first called their 'Alma-Ata Studio' after the town
    Almaty where it was formed. Later, the name was shortened to "A-Studio".

    A-TEENS

    The 'A' stands for ABBA since they started as a cover band for the group, but the name was changed upon the request from Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to avoid confusion.

    ABC

    named after the
    1970 number-one hit song by The Jackson 5, "ABC"

    ABBA

    An acronym for the first names of the band members: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad.

    AC/DC
    Guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young’s sister-in-law Sandra reportedly came up with the name when she saw the abbreviation for “Alternating Current” and “Direct Current” on the back of a sewing machine. The band didn't realise at the time it was also slang for bi-sexual.


    ACE OF BASE

    Their first practice studio was in the basement of a car repair shop, and they were the greats of their own basement studio.

    ADIEMUS
    Creator Karl Jenkins invented the word, unaware at the time that it means "We will draw near" in Latin

    AEROSMITH
    It was evidently a word Joey Kramer wrote all over his notebooks in high school. Some think they were inspired by the 1925 book "Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis.

    AFTER FOREVER
    named after Black Sabbath's "After Forever", a track from their third album Master of Reality recorded in 1972

    AIDEN

    named after a character from the 2002 film The Ring

    AIR SUPPLY
    5 years prior to the band's signing, Graham Russell saw the name in a dream.

    AKB48

    Named after Tokyo's area Akihabara (colloquially shortened to Akiba), a mecca for electronics shopping and geeks. The group was formed as theatre-based, to perform at its own theatre at Akihabara on a daily basis, so that fans could always go and see them live.

    ALEXISONFIRE
    from contortionist stripper, Alexis Fire, which nearly resulted in a lawsuit from the stripper's representatives.

    ALICE COOPER
    The band were inspired while talking to a spirit named Alice Cooper who came to them when they were using their Ouija Board. After the band split up, Vincent Furnier their lead singer kept the name for his solo act.

    ALL TIME LOW
    All Time Low — When in high school, members Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson, and Zack Merrick made a list of possible band names, one of which being "All Time Low".

    ALICE IN CHAINS
    Layne Staley formed a glam metal band Alice N' Chainz (Alice AND Chains) where he used to dress in drag on stage, taking the micky of glam rockers with their big hair etc. When he met up with Jerry Cantrell they formed a new band and eventually after not being able to think of a name decided to call it after Laynes old band but spelt differently ..
    So the name comes from Layne Staley who once said that "ALICE" represented the frail person, and the "CHAINS" represented the drug addiction. and the music was about "ALICE" breaking free of her "CHAINS", a.k.a. drugs.
    BUT inbetween Alice N Chainz and "Alice in Chains" .. Layne used to mock glam rock bands calling them Alice and Chains and Alice In Chains .. so I do think originally it may have been mockery of glam rock or was Alice himself, weak and chained in Wonderland .. his drugs!!


    ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
    (The)
    The names "All-Americans" and "the Rejects" after the Green Day song Reject, were both suggested to the band as names, so they were merged.

    ALL CROWS ARE BLACK
    Steve Townend took the name from a problem in the logic of confirmation proposed by the German logician Carl Gustav Hempel in the 1940s and known as the Paradox of the Ravens.

    ALL TIME LOW
    was taken from the lyrics 'and it feels like I'm at an all-time low' from New Found Glory song, "Head on Collision"

    ALTER BRIDGE
    The name comes from a long-standing bridge near Mark Tremonti’s childhood home in Detroit, which was often regarded as a boundary to the children in surrounding neighborhoods; beyond it was uncharted territory.

    AMAZULU
    The name "Amazulu" is taken from the Zulu language word for the Zulu people.

    ANAMANAGUCHI
    The name came about from a member in one of Peter Berkman's former bands pronouncing gibberish in the style of Jabba the Hutt; The band has also explained it as coming from the members' internships at Armani (Berkman and DeVito), Prada (Warnaar), and Gucci (Silas) while studying fashion at Parsons School of Design

    ANBERLIN
    band member Stephen Christian has offered the explanations that he planned naming his first daughter Anberlin and that the name was a modification of the phrase "and Berlin" from a list of cities he wanted to visit. The one story that Stephen Christian asserts is true, is that he heard (or misheard) the word in the background noise of the Radiohead song "Everything in Its Right Place", he finally admitted he thought it sounded like 'Anberlin' in the background during the part of the song while Thom Yorke is singing "try to say" about 2:32 into the song.

    AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD
    Initially the band claimed it to be a line in a Mayan ritual chant, though lead singer Conrad Keely has since admitted the story was a joke.

    ANTHRAX
    Scott Ian learnt about the virulent bacteria anthrax in biology class at high school, and thought it an awesome name for a band.

  4. AMERICA
    Band members met in London; they were all sons of members of the United States Air Force serving in the UK.

    ANTIETAM
    A Civil War battle.

    AQUALUNG
    named after Jethro Tull's "Aqualung"

    ARCADE FIRE
    Based on a story that singer Win Butler heard as a kid. He was told that an arcade in Exeter had burnt down, killing many youths.

    ARCTIC MONKEYS
    The name was made up by the guitarist, Jamie Cook, while at school

    AREA CODE 615
    They took their name from the telephone area code, which at the time covered all of Central and Eastern Tennessee.

    ARNOLD CORNS
  5. An early David Bowie band, the name of which was inspired by the Pink Floyd song 'Arnold Layne'.

    ART OF NOISE
    Named after the 1913 manifesto called The Art of Noises by Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo.

    AS I LAY DYING

    Named after the 1930 novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

    ASKING ALEXANDRIA

  6. According to band member, lead singer Danny Worsnop, the name was taken from Alexander the Great.

    ASTARTE
    named after Astarte the great goddess of fertility, beauty and war; the Phoenician predecessor to the Greek Aphrodite.

    ASWAD
    the British reggae group, called themselves 'Aswad' knowing it means "Black" in Arabic

    at17
    named after Janis Ian's song "At Seventeen"
    released in 1975 from her 7th studio album, Between the Lines

    ATAHUALPA YUPANQUI
    the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century, adopted his stage name as a tribute to two legendary Incan kings, Atahualpa, the last Sapa Inca and Yupanqui, a Sapa Inca and a member of the Hurin dynasty of the Kingdom of Cuzco.


    ATLANTICS [The]
    They took their name from a local brand of petrol, Atlantic.

    ATREYU
    Named themselves after a character in 1979 novel The Never Ending Story and the 1984 movie of the same name

    AUDIOSLAVE
    according to lead guitarist Tom Morello the name supposedly came to singer Chris Cornell in a vision.

    AUTOMATIC PILOT
    from psychiatric testimony characterizing Dan White's state of mind while killing George Moscone and Harvey Milk

    AVENGED SEVENFOLD

    The band's name is a reference to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, where Cain is sentenced to live in exile for murdering his brother. God marked him so that none would kill him on account of his sin; the man who dared to kill Cain would suffer "vengeance seven times over"


    AXL ROSE
    Guns N Roses singer's name is an anagram of oral sex


    AZTEC TWO-STEP
    Took their name from a line in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem 'See It Was Like This When'
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    B-52's

    The beehive hairstyle popular in the 1950's was called a B-52.

    BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE
    A combination of band members' last names and the trucker's magazine 'Overdrive'.

    BACKSTREET BOYS

    named after a flea market in Orlando, Florida.

    BAD BRAINS
    named after The Ramones' song "Bad Brain"


    BAD COMPANY

    Paul Rodgers did not name his group after the Jeff Bridges film Bad Company as is often quoted. Rodgers himself has said that he took the moniker from a book of Victorian morals that showed a picture of an innocent child looking up at an unsavory character leaning against a lamp post. The caption read "beware of bad company" .

    BADFINGER
    was derived from "Bad Finger Boogie," the working title of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends"

    BAND (The)

    According to guitarist Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan's backup band resisted all conformity, even naming their ensemble. After landing their own recording contract, record company executives pressed them for a group name, but had to settle for simply "The Band".

    BAR-KAYS (The)
    Growing out of a local group dubbed the Imperials, they adopted a mutated version of their favorite brand of rum, Bacardi, as their name.


    BASTILLE
    Took their name from the French "Bastille Day", which date coinsides with lead singer Dan Smith's birthday.

    BAUHAUS

    They chose the name Bauhaus 1919, a reference to the German Bauhaus art movement and college of the 1920s, because of its "stylistic implications and associations", according to David J. The band also chose to use the same type font used on the Bauhaus college building in Dessau, Germany. They soon dropped the 1919, which was a reference to the first operating year of the art school .

    BAY CITY ROLLERS

    They blindly stuck a pin on a map. It landed on Bay City, Michigan.

    BEASTIE BOYS

    According to the documentary, American Punk, Beastie Boys, named their band with two words beginning with B because they were inspired by Bad Brains, also a "BB" band. Also ''Beastie' is an acronym for 'Boys Entering Anarchistic States Toward Internal Excellence'.

    BEAUTIFUL SOUTH (The)

    an English alternative rock group formed at the end of the 1980s by two former members of Hull group The Housemartins, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway. Heaton explained at the time that the name was partly a sarcastic reflection of his own dislike of southern England, and partly an attempt to force macho men to utter the word 'beautiful'

    BEATLES

    They went by the names Quarrymen and the Silver Beetles a while later, then shortened and mutated that to the Beatles. The original bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe came up with the Beetles in 1960, he was a fan huge of Buddy Holly & the Crickets (crickets-beetles). After which John Lennon is credited with combining Beetles and Beat to come up with the Beatles spelling.

    BEE GEES

    Although often refers to as the 'Brothers Gibb' therefore the Bee Gees, the band say they took their name from the initials of two friends that helped them out in their early days, Bill Goode and a disc jockey named Bill Gates.

    BELLE & SEBASTIAN

    from Belle et Sébastien, a children's book by French writer Cécile Aubry, which was later adapted into a TV series

    BETTER THAN EZRA

    Better Than Ezra got their name when they were starting out in clubs. It is rumoured, they were going on after a band called "Ezra" and when the MC was about to announce them he asked their name... they responded "...we're Better than Ezra"

    BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME

    The band name was derived from a phrase in Counting Crows' song "Ghost Train".
    The lyrics say "Fifty Million feet of earth between the buried and me"

    BIFFY CLYRO

    there are many rumours of the origin of Biffy Clyro's name... one time lead singer, Simon Neil bought a Cliff Richard pen therefore it was a Cliffy Biro, they then changed this to Biffy Clyro. Another theory is that 'Biffy Clyro' were a Welsh tribe. The third rumour is that Biffy Clyro was a former player of the band's football team, Ayr United. They have never confirmed any of these.


    BIG BOPPER

    Jiles Perry Richardson a disc jockey, called himself 'The Big Bopper' because of his 240 pound frame and a 'bopper' was someone who was really into rock and roll back in the 1950s,


    BIG COUNTRY

    named after Talking Heads'
    "The Big Country"; a track from their second album,
    More Songs About Buildings and Food released in 1978's


    BIG DRILL CAR

    the band members have claimed in interviews that their name was inspired by the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth.

    BIG STAR

    One band member was given the idea from a grocery store which he often visited for snacks during recording sessions. One of many Big Star Markets outlets in the Memphis region at the time, it had a logo consisting of a five-pointed star enclosing the words "Big Star"; as well as the store's name, the band used its logo but without the word "Star" to avoid infringing copyright.

    BIKINI KILL
    the future band members began working together on a fanzine calling it Bikini Kill, and with the addition of former Go Team guitarist Billy Karren, they formed a band of the same name. The actual name was inspired by the 1967 B-movie The Million Eyes of Sumuru.


    BILLY TALENT

    The band is named after a character in the film Hard Core Logo (although the name in the film and the book by Michael Turner it was adapted from is spelled "Billy Tallent").


    BLA TAGET
    The Swedish progg-band, that used to go under the name Gunder Hägg, the name of a legendary Swedish runner, but after name conflicts occurred they changed name to Blå Tåget, which was a ride at the amusement park Gröna Lund.

    BLACK, CILLA
    A reporter for the local paper, while writing a favorable review accidentley called her Cilla Black instead of Cilla White.


    BLACK ANGELS [The]
    named after Velvet Underground's "The Black Angel's Death Song"


    BLACK CROWES [The]
    Originally named Mr Crowe's Garden named after Leonard Leslie Brookes children's book Johnny Crow's Garden fairy tale.

    BLACK FAG

    a wind-up of the band name "Black Flag"

    BLACK FLAG

    Originally called Panic; the name was suggested by Ginn's brother, artist Raymond Pettibon, who also designed the band's logo. Pettibon stated "If a white flag means surrender, a black flag represents anarchy." Their new name was reminiscent of the anarchist symbol, the insecticide of the same name, and of the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, one of Ginn's favorite bands. Ginn suggested that he was "comfortable with all the implications of the name". When Adam Ant first played in California, the band Black Flag gave out button badges that read: 'Black Flag kills Ants'.

    BLACK KNIGHT
    A
    pseudonym of Cliff Richard; the stunt was cooked up in 1998 by his then producer Clive Black, Sir Cliff compiled the pseudonym from his producer's name and the fact that he is a knight of the realm.

    BLACK METAL

    took its name from Venom's second album "Black Metal" released in 1982.

    BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB

    took their name from Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang in the 1953 film "The Wild One".

    BLACK SABBATH

    The band Earth were inspired to call their first original song "Black Sabbath" after seeing the 1963 Boris Karloff's horror movie "Black Sabbath" After which they changed their name to Black Sabbath.

  7. BLEACH BOYS (The)
    origially called The Fur Coughs, their new name, The Bleach Boys was given to them by the philosopher Simon Critchley, and is a play on The Beach Boys.

  8. BLIMP (THE)
    Took their name from a Captain Beefheart song "The Blimp" from his 1969 album, Trout Mask Replica.


    BLIND MELON

    Bass player Brad Smith's father used this term to refer to some hippies who lived in a commune near his house.

    BLINK 182
    Blink was the original name decided for the band, however an Irish band of the same name objected after they released demos and an album, so the 3 digit suffix was added; the numbers stand for nothing at all. An internet rumour suggests the 182 is a miscount of how many times Tony Montana (Al Pacino) says the word 'fuck' in the film Scarface.

    BLO
    NDE REDHEAD

    Named themselves "Blonde Redhead" after a song by the New York no wave band DNA.

    BLONDIE
  9. The name derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled "Hey, Blondie" to Harry as the band, then called Angel and the Snake, drove by.

    BLOOD DUSTER
    named after Naked City's "Blood Duster" track on 1999 'Naked City' album

    BLOOD ON THE FLOOR

    originally called 'Love the Fashion', but while creating their first album vocalist Dahvie Christopher Mongillo came up with the name Blood On The Dance Floor. It is possible he was inspired Michael Jackson's song, "Blood On The Dance Floor".

    BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS
    Founder Al Kooper came up with the name when on the phone with a promoter, while gazing at a Johnny Cash album cover, Cash's "Blood Sweat & Tears" album. Another version is, the title was chosen by Al Kooper, inspired after a late-night gig in which Kooper played with a bloody hand.

    BLUE OCTOBER
    The front man of Blue October, Justin Furstenfeld, spent a brief stint in a mental hospital in October 1997. He stated that afterwards he wrote songs to keep depression away which led to the forming of the band.

    BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

    The name is an anagram of 'Cully's Stout Beer'. But it is said to be combination of a recipe the band's manager read in a book and the band's fascination with the occult. A third source says the band's éminence grise and manager, Sandy Pearlman, named the band after the Blue Point oysters on a local restaurant menu in 1971, but Allen Lanier suggested the addition of the all-important umlaut, over the Ö.

    BLUR

    The band had been known as "Seymour" until they were signed to Food Records in 1990. The label disliked the band name, the group selected a new one from a provided list, from which they eventually chose "Blur" .

    BOB
    DYLAN

    Robert Zimmerman changed his surname to Dylan in honor of Dylan Thomas

    BONDED BY BLOOD

    took thier name from Exodus' "Bonded by Blood" a track on their debut album Bonded by Blood released in 1984.


    BONO
    (Paul Hewson)

    Paul Hewson of U2, was inspired by a hearing aid store in Dublin, Ireland called 'Bono Vox'.

    BOO RADLEYS

    Their name is taken from the character of Boo Radley in Harper Lee's 1960 novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.

    BOOKER T. & THE M.G.'s

    M.G. stands for Memphis Group, a band led by keyboard player Booker T. Jones.

    BOOM BOOM SATELLITES

    named after Sigue Sigue Sputnik's song "Boom Boom Satellite" from their album Dress for Excess

    BOOMTOWN RATS

    Taken from the gang in Woody Guthrie's 'Bound for Glory' novel.

    BOREDOMS

    named themselves after Buzzcocks' "Boredom" from the Buzzcocks' 1976/77 "Spiral Scratch" EP.

    BORIS

    this Japanese experimental rock named themselves after Melvins' "Boris" from their 1991 album Bullhead.

    BRAINERD

    Original guitarist, Knife, names band after home-town, Brainerd in Minnesota.

    BRING ME THE HORIZON

    Took their name from a line said by Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, "Now... bring me that horizon".

    BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD

    The band took their name from a brand of heavy asphalt roller they saw while stuck in Los Angeles traffic

    BOYS (The)
    The group who were made up of 4 brothers got asked their name by the orginizers of a talent contest they were performing at; nameless at this time, their mother responded with "my boys" and then quickly changed her answer to "The Boys".

  10. BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO
  11. He acquired his nickname as a youth, because, with his braided hair, he looked like the character Buckwheat from Our Gang/The Little Rascals movies and of course Zydeco is a musical genre evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana Creoles and the Native people of Louisiana.

    BUNNY RUGS

    William Clarke explained that nickname came from his grandmother calling him 'Bunny' as a child because he would "jump around the house like a rabbit" and from a member of the Third World road crew calling him 'Rugs' because of his liking for sleeping on the floor.

    BURNING AIRLINES
    named after Brian Eno's "Burning Airlines Give You So Much More"

    BURNING INSIDE
    The band named themselves after the Ministry track of the same name

    BURY YOUR DEAD

    took their name from The Haunted's "Bury Your Dead"

    BUTTS BAND
    In an early interview ex-Doors member Robby Krieger explained the origin of his band name: "'Butts Band' equalled a bunch of losers desperate for a gig, hence the tattered speaker on the album front cover"

    BUZZCOCKS

    Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley chose the name "Buzzcocks" after reading the headline, "It's the buzz, cocks!", in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is Manchester slang meaning "mate", as in friend/buddy. Alternatively, it came from a term "bus cock"; men driving a bus or truck with heavy diesel engines sometimes get an erection because of the vibrations.

    BZN

    This is short for Band zonder Naam or translated into English, "Band Without a Name"

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    CANDLEBOX

    named after a line from Midnight Oil's "Tin Legs and Tin Mines"... the line 'boxed in like candles'

    CANNED HEAT
    Alan Wilson and Bob Hite took the name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues", a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, often called "canned heat".

    CANSEI DE SER SEXY

    Portuguese for "tired of being sexy", an alleged quote of Beyoncé Knowles, one of the largest musical influences upon this Brazilian band.

    CAPERCAILLIE
    The band is named after the Western Capercaillie, sometimes called a wood grouse, a native Scottish bird.


    CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

    Don Van Vliet had a strange Uncle of who would expose himself, squeeze his penis until the head turned purple, then comment about it looking "like a big ole' beef heart"
    , but Don said on the David Letterman show when questioned about his name, that he had "a beef in my heart against this society".

    CASTILES [The]
    Bruce Stringsteen's high school band named themselves after the soapbar of the same name.


    CHAKA KHAN
    Yvette Stevens' African name, Chaka, means "fire".

    CHARLIE BROWN JR
    The band performed shows in the city without an official name until Chorão crashed his car into a coconut shack that was named "Charlie Brown"
    .

    CHARLES, RAY
    His actual name is Ray Charles Robinson, but he did not want to be confused with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, so dropped the Rosinson.

    CHEAP TRICK

    Allegally they consulted a Ouija board what they should call their band.

    CHEMICAL BROTHERS

    This name was derived from a song of theirs (while being The Dust Brothers) called "Chemical Beat", which was allegedly inspired by all the drugs in the clubs they played. They had to change names as there was already a "The Dust Brothers" in US.

    CHEROKEES

    Formed in Melbourne, Australia, they named themselves after a popular icecream of the early 60s.

    CHICAGO

    They called the band 'Chicago Transit Authority' on their first album, but after the city of Chicago threatened to sue them, they shortened it to Chicago.

    CHILLIWACK
    They changed their name in 1970 from The Collectors to Chilliwack, a Salish term meaning "going back up" and the name of a city east of Vancouver in the Fraser River valley.

    CHIEFTAINS (The)
    The band's name came from the book Death of a Chieftain by Irish author John Montague.

    CHILDREN OF BODOM
    .
    Named after Lake Bodom in Finland, the location where a triple murder took place, when four teenagers were on a camping trip. 3 were slaughtered, one escaped.

    CHRISTIAN DEATH

    The name "Christian Death" was a play on words of the fashion designer Christian Dior.

    CHROME WAVES

    named after Ride's "Chrome Waves"


    CHUBBY CHECKER

    Dick Clark's wife thought up the name as a take off on Fats Domino.

    CHUMBAWAMBA

    a band member had a dream.. in which the public toilet signs were labelled "Chumba" and "Wamba" instead of "Men" and "Women" and he didn't know which door to use.


    CHVRCHES (The)
    They chose the name Chvrches, using a Roman "v" to avoid confusions with actual churches on internet searches. Chvrches have also stated that the band name "has no religious connotation, [they] just thought it sounded cool".

    CILLA
    BLACK
    A reporter for the local paper, while writing a favorable review accidentley called her Cilla Black instead of Cilla White.

    CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN
    Vocalist Joe Horvath has stated that the band name was inspired by a vision of his, where a circle of flags from every country in the world lay on the floor, each bearing a mutilated child from its respective nation.

    CLANNAD

    The band members were all from a family living in Gweedore in the county of Donegal (N. Ireland). Clannad is an abbreviation of "Clann as Dobhar", which means "the family from Gweedore".

    CLASH

    Taken from a newspaper headline stating 'A Clash With Police'

    CLEAR LIGHT
  12. Clear Light shared its name with a potent form of LSD, although Seal states the name came from his studies of Eastern philosophy.

    COBRA MOVEMENT (The)

    Named after a short-lived post-WW II art movement that drew together artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, which used a cobra as its symbol with each of the respective cities representing the head, body and tail of the cobra.

    COCO ROBICHEAUX

    Curtis Arceneaux took his stage name from a Louisiana legend, in which a naughty child called Coco Robicheaux, is abducted by a werewolf or wendigo.

    COCTEAU TWINS

    The band was named after the song "The Cocteau Twins" by fellow Scotsmen 'Johnny and the Self-Abusers', who later renamed themselves Simple Minds; the song "The Cocteau Twins" was also re-penned as "No Cure.

    COLDPLAY

    Chris, Jonny, Will & Guy were called "Starfish" originally and a friend's group was called "Coldplay". When they did not want the name anymore, "Starfish" asked if they could use it instead. The original Coldplay took the name from a book of collected poems.

  13. COLONEL ROBERT MORRIS
    In 1998 Robert Morris, received the honorary title of "Colonel aide-de-camp" from Don Sundquist the governor of the state of Tennessee. Since then he was known as Colonel Robert Morris or often just as “The Colonel”
  14. COLONIA
    The name of the group comes from the ancient Latin name of the Croatian town Vinkovci which was "Colonia Aurelia Cibalae".

    COLOR ME BADD
    The name Color Me Badd represented overcoming racial and musical labels.


    COMMODORES

    It is reported that one of the group members tossed a dictionary into the air, and when it landed, randomly pointed to a word on the page it opened to. The word was "Commodores".


    CON FUNK SHUN

    named after New Birth's "Con-Funk-Shun"


    CONWAY TWITTY

    Looking at a road map, he spotted Conway, Arkansas, and Twitty, Texas. Thus, he went with the professional name of "Conway Twitty".


    COOPER,
    ALICE
    The band were inspired while talking to a spirit named Alice Cooper who came to them when they were using their Ouija Board. . After the band split up, Vincent Furnier their lead singer kept the name for his solo act.

    COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE (THE)
    The band was named after the Cowper-Temple clause. The clause was inserted into the Elementary Education Act 1870, which established compulsory primary education in England and Wales. The clause, a compromise on the matter of funding for denominational schools, was named after its proposer, Liberal MP William Cowper-Temple.

    COP SHOT COP

    Phil Puleo reports their name was inspired by both the band members' shared dislike of police officers, and a newspaper headline about a botched police raid, reading "'Cop Shot Cop' or maybe it was 'Cop Shoots Cop.'" Another possible explanation for the band's moniker is what is described as a "junkie's to do list:" "cop" (obtain drugs, especially heroin) "shoot" (Inject the drugs)" and "cop" again.

    CORNERSHOP
    The band name originated from a stereotype referring to British Asians often owning corner shops.

    COSTELLO, ELVIS

    Declan Patrick McManus combined Elvis Presley's first name with his great grandmother's last name Costello, which his father also performed under as Day Costello.

    CRACKOUT
    named after 'Brian Krakow', a character in American TV teen drama, "My So-Called Life"

    CRASS

    A reference to the David Bowie song "Ziggy Stardust"... the line "The kids was just crass".

    CREEDANCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

    It is reported the band took their name from Norvel Credence, a friend of band leader John Fogerty, plus John's favorite beer was called Clearwater, which, after it disappeared from the market for a time, was revived by another brewery and the four members' renewed commitment to their band.

    CRINGER

    Hawaiin band named after a talking cat from the cartoon He-Man.

    CHRISMA
    the name is made up from the duo's christian names Maurizio Arcieri and his wife Christina Moser. They later changed their name to Krisma.

    CROSS-EYED MARY

    taken from track 2, "Cross-Eyed Mary" on Jethro Tull's 1971 album Aqualung.

    CROWDED HOUSE

    This Australian / New Zealand trio chose the name from their cramped living conditions at North Sycamore Street in Los Angeles while working on their debut album.


    CRYSTAL FIGHTERS
    The group took their name Crystal Fighters from an unfinished opera which Laure Stockley's grandfather had penned during his final months of insanity. She came across the manuscript while clearing out the reclusive old man's remote home in the Basque countryside. She quickly became obsessed by the intriguing scrawls within it and shared it with the others. Captivated by its seemingly prophetic contents, the band took on the name and formed in an attempt to expand upon the wild and deranged spirit of Laure's grandfather's writings.

    CURE (The)

    The band's original name was Easy Cure, taken from the name of one of the group's early songs. The name was later shortened to The Cure because frontman Robert Smith felt the name was too American and "too hippyish".


    CURVED AIR
    named after Terry Riley's "A Rainbow in Curved Air"

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    D
    D. BOON
    As a teenager, singer, guitarist Dennes Dale Boon began painting and signed his works "D. Boon", partly because "D" was his slang for cannabis, partly after the American pioneer and hunter Daniel Boone, but mostly because it was similar to E. Bloom, Blue Öyster Cult's vocalist and guitarist.

    DALI'S CAR
    They took their name from a Captain Beefheart song from his album, Trout Mask Replica.

    DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL

    Derived from the line in the band's song "The Sharp Hint of New Tears" which is "on the way home, this car hears my confessions/I think tonight I'll take the long way home...".


    DAVID & JONATHAN
    The duo named themselves after the Biblical characters

    DAVID
    BOWIE

    He took his last name from the Bowie knife, which he had a love of, as a child. He first used his given name 'David Jones' but changed it so as not to be confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees


    DAYS OF THE NEW
    Dead Reckoning changed it's name to Days of the New, but their true name is Days of the New World Order because Travis Meeks, the architect behind the band, intended his music to be both a warning and theme to the days of the new world order.

    dB's [the]
    As they told us with their debut album in 1981, dB's stands for 'decibels'.

    DEACON BLUE

    named after Steely Dan's "Deacon Blues" on their album Aja

    DEAD CAN DANCE

    Brendan Perry was allegedly inspired by the idea of making "animacy out of inanimacy" .. such as making lively music out of the dead wood of instruments.

    DEAD KENNEDYS

    The name was not meant to insult the assassinated Kennedy brothers, but to quote vocalist Jello Biafra, "to bring attention to the end of the American Dream".

    DEAD OR AMERICAN
    They took their name, supposedly, based on a dream of Greg Heuer's in which he found himself playing in band of the same name. Shortly after his departure from the band in 2003, the remaining members corrected that story, citing a quote about globalisation in which it was apparently claimed that in 20 years, most cultures will be Dead or American.

    DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

    Took its name from a satirical song of the same name, performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band on their 1967 album Gorilla and in The Beatles experimental movie, Magical Mystery Tour.

    DECEMBERISTS (The)
    With reference to the Russian Decembrist Revolt (Explaining their use of the National Anthem of the Soviet Union as an introduction at each concert) and to the atmosphere associated with the month of December

    DEEP PURPLE

    Taken from the Bing Crosby song "Deep Purple", a favourite song of Ritchie Blackmore's grandmother.
    (The song was more notably performed by Nino Tempo & April Stevens)

    DEF LEPPARD

    Supposedly inspired by a drawing Joe Elliot made of a leopard with no ears.

    DEFTONES
    The name "Deftones" was created by Stephen Carpenter, who wanted to pick "something that would just stand out but you know, not be all cheese-ball at the same time". He combined the hip hop slang term "def," which was used by artists such as LL Cool J and Public Enemy, with the suffix "-tones," which was a popular suffix among 1950s bands such as Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, The Quin-Tones, The Monotones, The Cleftones and The Harptones. Carpenter said the name is intentionally vague to reflect the band's tendency to not focus on just one style of music.

    DEL AMITRI
    Scottish alternative rock band (1983–2002, 2013–pres) The band has repeatedly stated the story on their official website that Del Amitri "Started at school in 1980, originally called Del Amitri Rialzo in order to confuse the public". The name was invented for its meaninglessness; they say all other stories are fabrications.

    DEL-SATINS

    They chose the name Del-Satins as a tribute to the groups, The Dells and The Five Satins.
  15. DEMONS AND WIZARDS
    The original goal of the band was to forge the different musical styles of both Iced Earth's dark melodies and Blind Guardian's powerful vocals into one sound. In fact, according to the musicians, the band name is meant to describe the two styles: the self-proclaimed demon-like themes and sounds of Iced Earth and wizard-like themes and sounds of Blind Guardian. The moniker "Demons & Wizards" was inspired by Schaffer's wife always referring to him and Hansi as "Demons and Angels". Hansi always corrected her, since he claims to "not be at all angelic", and that it is more properly stated "Demons and Wizards", in reference to Uriah Heep's album of the same name.

    DENVER,
    JOHN

    A tribute to the Rocky Mountain area, an area John Henry Deutschendorf cherished.

    DEPECHE MODE

    The name was taken from a French fashion magazine, "Dépêche mode", which translates to "Fashion Update" or "Fashion News Dispatch" (dépêche = dispatch) though it has commonly been mistranslated as "Fast Fashion", due to the confusion with the French verb "se dépêcher" ("to hurry up").

    DEREK AND THE DOMINOS

    The name "Derek and the Dominos" was a fluke. It occurred when the band's provisional name of "Del and the Dynamos" was misread as Derek and the Dominos. Eric Clapton's biography also states that Tony Ashton told Eric to call the band "Del and the Dominos", since "Del" was his nickname for Eric Clapton. Del and Eric were combined and the final name became "Derek and the Dominos"

    DESTINY'S CHILD

    Started as Destiny, that name was taken. Beyonce's mother found a picture of the four girls in a family bible. The picture had "Child" written on it.

    DEVIL'S BLOOD (The)
    The group's name is taken after the song "Devil's Blood" by the Swedish black-metal band Watain

    DEVO
  16. The name comes "from their concept of 'de-evolution' — the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society". In the late 1960s, this idea was developed as a joke by Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis, who created a number of satirical art pieces in a devolution vein.

    DEXIE'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

    A drug the band was reputedly fond of ... Dexedrim.

    DIAMOND HEAD

    The name "Diamond Head" came from a Phil Manzanera album, that Brian Tatler had a poster of in his room.

    DIDO

    Florian Armstrong's name derives from that of the mythical Queen of Carthage, or by ancient Greek and Roman sources, the founder and first Queen of Carthage.

    DIRE STRAITS

    It describes the financial situation of the band in the early days.

    DIRTY MONEY
    Diddy explained in an interview with Spin magazine: "... I came up with Dirty Money back in 2005 when we were in a strip club in Jacksonville, Florida, during the Superbowl. People heard I was there, and all of a sudden so many people came in that I had to rush outside to my truck. I was sitting there with a bunch of money and I was like, 'Damn, this is some dirty money'. A light bulb went off that day".

    DISTURBED
    When asked in an interview why he suggested to name the band "Disturbed," lead singer David Draiman said, "It had been a name I have been contemplating for a band for years. It just seems to symbolize everything we were feeling at the time. The level of conformity that people are forced into was disturbing to us and we were just trying to push the envelope and the name just sorta made sense".

    DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY
    named after Larry Williams' "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"


    DOBIE GRAY
    In the early 1960s, Stripe Records in L.A. suggested to Lawrence Brown he should record under the name "Dobie Gray", an allusion to the then-popular sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

    DOOBIE BROTHERS

    Original band name was Pud, changing it to Doobie which is slang for a marijuana joint.

    DOORS
    [The]
    Originally called the Psychedelic Rangers, the Doors took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a William Blake quote: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite"

    DOVETAIL JOINT
    named after a line in The Beatles' "Glass Onion"... the line 'Trying to make a dovetail joint, yeah'


    DREAM THEATRE

    Named after a movie house in Monterey, California. The name was suggested by drummer Mike Portnoy's father, who lived in Monterey

    DUCK HUNT

    The band named themselves after the NES game, Duck Hunt, before changing their name to Failsafe.

    DUMDUM BOYS

    named themselves after Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys"

    DUM DUM GIRLS

    after Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys" as well as The Vaselines album "Dum Dum"

    DURAN DURAN

    A villan in the 1967 Jane Fonda movie 'Barbarella'.


    DUST BROTHERS [The]
    Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons called themselves The Dust Brothers, paying homage to the American production duo famous for their work with the Beastie Boys.


    DYLAN, BOB

    Robert Zimmerman changed his surname to Dylan in honor of Dylan Thomas

    DYSTOPIA
    is a name for a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as "not-good place", an antonym of Utopia.
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    E
    E NOMINE
    Christian Weller and Friedrich "Fritz" Graner named their project from the Latin In Nomine, "In The Name Of".


    E STREET BAND

    Bruce Springsteen's band was named after E Street (not East) in Belmar, New Jersey, because the band used to practice at the E Street home of pianist David Sancious' mother


    EAGLES

    The band was hugely influences by the Byrds, they all wanted an American sounding name, Henley wanted something Native American, Eagles was born fitting all 3 needs.

    EARTH, WIND & FIRE

    The band's name reflects the elements in Maurice White's astrological chart.

    ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN

    Widely thought Echo was the name of the drum machine used in their early demos. They must have made this story up or used it as a nickname for the DM, as there is no such drum machine.

    EDSELS

    The name of the group was originally The Essos, after the oil company, but was changed to match the then-new Ford automobile, the Edsel.

    ELBOW
    They changed their name from Soft, to Elbow, inspired by a line in the BBC TV drama The Singing Detective in which the character Philip Marlow describes the word "elbow" as the loveliest word in the English language.

    ELLA GURU

    named after Captain Beefheart's "Ella Guru"


    ELTON HERCULES JOHN

    Reginald Dwight took his stage name from two other British musicians, saxophone player Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. His middle name is from the horse out of the British TV series "Steptoe & Son" which he enjoyed.

    ELVIS
    COSTELLO
    Declan Patrick McManus
    combined Elvis Presley's first name with his great grandmother's last name Costello, which his father also performed under as Day Costello.

    EMERSON DRIVE

    Originally 12-Gauge, renamed itself Emerson Drive, after the Emerson Trail, which crosses western Alberta and joins the Alaskan Highway.


    EMF

    The initials officially stood for "Epsom Mad Funkers", but it is widely speculated that the initials instead represented "Ecstasy Mind Fuckers", some say "Ecstasy Mother Fuckers"
    , "English Mother Fuckers," and even "Every Mother's Favourite"!

    EMINEM

    His real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, he took the "M-and-M" and rewrote it as Eminem.


    ENGELBERT
    HUMPERDINCK

    Manager, Gordon Mills, convinced Gerry Dorsey that an audience would never forget the name "Englebert Humperdinck", the name of the Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel and Gretel".


    EPSILON MINUS
    The name "Epsilon Minus" is a reference to Aldous Huxley's novel, Brave New World.

    ERIC'S TRIP

    named after Sonic Youth's "Eric's Trip"


    EURYTHMICS

    a method of music instruction from the 1890's which emphasizes physical response to the music.

    EVANESCENCE

    When asked where they got their name, they responded, "The dictionary". They apparently disliked their previous names Childish Intentions and Stricken, and wanted something better. They also wanted to do some artwork, with whatever name they chose, and decided to look under E. They liked the word and definition of Evanescence, likening it to the temporal nature of life.

    EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL

    an advert slogan for a British bedroom furniture store that could sell you "Everything but the Girl"


    EXTREME

    Originally Dream, but this name was taken. They thought of ex-Dream, then settled for Extreme.

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    FAIR TO MIDLAND

    According to the band's official website, their name comes from "...an old Texan play on the term 'fair to middling'."

    FAIRPORT CONVENTION

    As young musicians in the mid 60s, they used to 'convene' for rehearsals at a house named Fairport, the family home of rhythm guitarist Simon Nicol, in Muswell Hill; thus, was born the name of the band.

    FAITH NO MORE
    The band was originally called Sharp Young Men, but changed to Faith No Man when their front man was Mike 'The Man' Morris. After he left, 'The Man' was no more, so they switched to Faith No More. (Some have said the name came from a horse or dog on a betting slip).

    FALL (The)
    English post-punk band formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester (1976-pres) bassist Tony Friel came up with the name "The Fall" after a 1956 novel by Albert Camus.


    FALL OUT BOY

    The band was nameless for their first two shows. At the end of their second show, they asked the audience to yell out their ideas for a name. One audience member suggested "Fallout Boy", a reference to the sidekick of the Simpsons cartoon character Radioactive Man. For copyright reasons, to avoid being sued, they separated “Fall” and “Out” to make it Fall Out Boy.

    FAMILY
    Record producer Kim Fowley suggested they call themselves "The Family" as they regularly wore double-breasted suits in performances, giving themselves a mafia appearance, a look they soon abandoned in favour a more casual dress code.

    FASTBALL

    Originally called "Magneto" until learning of a Mexican Boy Band of the same name, they first attempted to use the name "Magneto USA," but were ultimately advised against it. The band eventually settled on "Fastball" in reference to a "baseball-themed porn movie".

    FEEDBACK

    Later to become known as U2. As very young teenagers they called their band "Feedback" as that was the only technical term they knew back in those days (and maybe there was plenty of it at that young age when learning their skills!!)

    FEELIES [The]
    The name is taken from Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, in which the feelies were the equivalent of the movies.

    FLEETWOOD MAC

    Taken from Mick Fleetwood's surname, with the 'Mac' coming from John McVie.

    FLOWERPOT MEN [The]

    Psychedelic-era puns on flower power and "pot" (cannabis).

    FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS [the]
    The group borrowed their name from an East Coast-based group of the same name who had been colleagues of Gram Parsons' previous band, the International Submarine Band.

    FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS

    Inspired by the movie "All The Fine Young Cannibals"

    FIREBALLS [The]
    Sometimes billed as Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, they took their name from Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire".

    FIREHOUSE

    named after Kiss's "Firehouse"

    FIVE IRON FRENZY

    According to bassist Keith Hoerig: "We got the name from a roommate of ours. He was kind of paranoid, and afraid that if he went outside on this particular night he was going to get jumped by some people. He had a golf club to defend himself and he said something to the effect of it being like "putter mayhem". Scott looked at the golf club he was holding, and noting that it was a five iron said, "No, more like a Five Iron Frenzy" The name stuck."

    FLESH OF LULU
    They took their name from an American cult movie.

    FLORENCE & THE MACHINE

    The name of Florence and the Machine is attributed to front-woman Florence Welch's teenage collaboration with keyboardist and co-writer Isabella "Machine" Summers. Welch and Summers performed together for a time under the name Florence Robot/Isa Machine. Later, this was shortened to Florence and the Machine as it was felt to be too cumbersome.

    FOGHAT

    Singer Dave Peverett and his brother invented the word in a game of Scrabble.

    FOO FIGHTERS

    David Grohl was fascinated by sci-fi and the Roswell incident. He named his new project after a slang expression used in World War II by US pilots to describe the alien-looking fireballs they sometimes saw over Germany. Foo is a mutation of the French word for fire, "fue".

    FOREIGNER

    British guitarist Mick Jones started the band in New York, US. Being a foreigner over there, that became the band name.

    FOSTER THE PEOPLE

    Originally called "Foster & the People" by frontman Mark Foster, but changed when many of his friends misunderstood the name as "Foster the People". In a 2011 interview, Foster also recalled, "'Foster the People' — that's like 'Take Care of the People'.

    FOTHERINGAY
    The band drew its name from x-Fairport Convention Sandy Denny's 1968 composition "Fotheringay" about Fotheringhay Castle, in which Mary, Queen of Scots had been imprisoned. The song originally appeared on the 1969 Fairport Convention album, What We Did on Our Holidays, Denny's first album with her x-band.

    FOUNDATIONS

    Taken from the surroundings where the band first started practicing, down in the basement of a large business building.

    FOUR SEASONS
    [the]

    Originally the Varietones, when they got turned at an auditioned to appear at a local bowling alley, they adopted the name of the place "The Four Seasons"

    FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

    On the B-side to the group's first single, Holly Johnson explained that the group's name derived from a page from The New Yorker magazine, featuring the headline "Frankie Goes Hollywood" and a picture of Frank Sinatra, although the magazine page Holly referred to was actually a pop art poster by Guy Peellaert.

    FRANK ALAMO
    Executive Eddie Barclay signed Jean-François Grandin to his label and persuaded him to take the stage name Frank Alamo, the surname being in tribute to John Wayne's film The Alamo.

    FRANZ FERDINAND
    A rock band from Glasgow named after the Archduke of Austria whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 sparked off the First World War.

    FREE
    "The Founding Father of British Blues", Alexis Korner, gave the band their name; maybe named after his early blues band " Free At Last".

    FRIENDLY FIRES
    The name Friendly Fires originates from the opening track of the Section 25 LP Always Now.

    FRUMIOUS BANDERSNATCH

    The band was named after a character from the Lewis Carroll poem "Jabberwocky".

    FUCK THE FACTS

    named after Naked City's "Fuck the Facts" track on their 1999 'Naked City' album

    FUGEES

    Three band members' parents were refugees / evacuees; also their label is called Refugee Camp.

    FULL DEVIL JACKET

    There are two stories on how the band got its name. One is that the band was named after a song written by lead singer Josh Brown, called “Full Devil Jacket”, and the other story is that the band simply pulled the name from a magazine article.

    FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

    named after Planes Mistaken for Stars's "Funeral for a Friend", although some believe it's after Elton John's "Love Lies Bleeding (Funeral for a Friend).


    FURTHER
    Rock band founded in 2009 by former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, who named their band after the famous touring bus used by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters in the 1960s.

    FUTUREHEADS (the)
    Their name comes from the title of The Flaming Lips 5th album, 'Hit to Death in the Future Head'.


    FUZZBOX / WE'VE GOT A FUZZBOX AND WE'RE GONNA USE IT
    The band's name was shortened to Fuzzbox for the U.S. release of their first album. Their name was chosen after they bought a distortion pedal for their guitars and Maggie Dunne stated "We've got a fuzzbox and we're gonna use it!".
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    GANG OR FOUR
    "Gang of Four" refers to the "big four" Structuralist theorists: Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Lacan, not to be confused with the Maoist Gang of Four in China.

    GARBAGE

    Lead singer Shirley Manson's father yelled down to the band at one of their basement practice sessions, "Play more quietly - you sound like garbage." and a friend of drummer Butch Vig, said "This stuff sounds like garbage!"

    GARY U.S. BONDS

    For his first hit, "New Orleans", attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed "Buy U.S. Bonds" - hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.

    GENE VINCENT & THE BLUE CAPS
    The Blue Caps were named after the hat President Eisenhower wore to play golf.

    GENESIS

    From the first book in the Bible, their first album's title was "From Genesis to Revelation"

    GEORGIA WONDER

    This was the stage name of Lulu Hurst, a 'magnetic phenomenon' whose vaudeville act toured America in the late 19th Century. Stephanie Grant and Julian Moore from the band chose the name after trying to duplicate these powers from an exposé they discovered in a book about the period.


    GET UP KIDS [The]
    name came from the lyric "Suburban Get Up Kids" by The Cure.
    Singer Matt Pryor's previous bands all had names that began with S, so they dropped the 'Suburban.' More important, they thought they'd sell more albums in the "G" section of the record store than the overcrowded "S"'s.


    GIGOLO AUNTS
    named after Syd Barrett's "Gigolo Aunt"
    from his 1970 album, Barrett.

    GILBERT O'SULLIVAN

    Manager Gordon Mills found a clever name for his newfound talent. Playing off Ray O'Sullivan's last name and the playwriting team of Gilbert and Sullivan, the name Gilbert O'Sullivan seemed a natural choice.

    GIN BLOSSOMS

    The band got the idea from the famous old photograph of Fields and his big ol’ gin-blossomed nose that appears in Kenneth Anger’s book, "Hollywood Babylon II," with a caption describing Fields’ "terminal case of gin blossoms".

    GINGER FISH
    Drummer Kenneth Wilson, like Marilyn Manson, he combined the names of an iconic beauty with a serial killer, his name combines those of Ginger Rogers and Albert Fish.

    GLASS ONION
  17. The band Travis originally named themselves Glass Onions after a Beatles song, before naming themselves after the main character in the film "Paris, Texas"
  18. GO KART MOZART
    Took their name from a line in Bruce Springsteen's 'Blinded by the Light'
    .

    GODSMACK

    With Alice in Chains being a primary influence upon Godsmack, it is speculated that the band got their name from Alice in Chains 1992 song of the same name. Lead singer Sully Erna, stated "Where we picked the name from, I was making fun of somebody who had a cold sore on his lip, the next day I had one myself and somebody said, 'It's a godsmack.' and the name stuck". However, bassist Robbie Merril, in the home video DVD 'Smack This' stated "we stole it from Alice in Chains".

    GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
    (aka "Godspeed", or abbreviated to GYBE or GY!BE)
    The band took its name from God Speed You! Black Emperor, a 1976 Japanese black-and-white documentary by director Mitsuo Yanagimachi, which follows the exploits of a Japanese biker gang, the Black Emperors.

    GOLDTRIX
    The duo's name, Goldtrix, is a play on their names... Daniel Goldstein and Matrix.

    GOLDEN EARRING

    The Golden Earrings was taken from a song called Golden Earrings performed by the British group The Hunters, for whom they served as an opening and closing act.


    GOLDFINGER

    naturally after the James Bond movie.

    GOO GOO DOLLS

    When they were told that local newspapers wouldn't print their original name, Sex Maggots, it is said Jonny Rzeznik picked up a magazine from the early 60's with an ad for a doll that cried Goo Goo when you turned it upside down. Others have said a radio station held contest asking listeners to pick a name for them. When nothing but goo goo was received, so they just decided Goo Goo Dolls would be their name.

    GOOD CHARLOTTE

    They took their name from a children's book, which the identical twin brothers Joel (lead vocals and guitar) and Benji Madden (lead guitar and backing vocals) used to read when little, called "Good Charlotte: The Girls of Good Day Orphanage" by Carol Beach York.

    GORMERS [the]

    Their name was taken from a television character in The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle .

    GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI

    After struggling to come up with a name, they decided "we might as well stick with the most ridiculous crap name we could think of... Gorky's came from the word "gawky"; John Lawrence says that "gork" was school slang for a dimwit, Zygotic was "hijacked from GCSE biology"; it's derived from the word zygote, meaning a fertilized egg cell and Mynci is a spelling of the word "monkey" using Welsh spelling rules, rather than a direct Welsh translation, and is pronounced like "monkey".

    GRAMERCY FIVE
    Artie Shaw fashioned a small group from within his big band and named it the Gramercy Five after his home telephone exchange

    GRATEFUL DEAD

    Refers to a variety of themed Old English folk tales; eg. a traveler enters a village and finds the villagers refusing to bury the body of a dead man because he died owing creditors money. The traveler pays the dead man's debts and sees to a decent burial. Later in his travels, the man is saved by a mysterious event, which is credited to the dead man's grateful spirit.

    GREASE BAND (The)
    The Grease Band was named after Joe Cocker read an interview with jazz keyboardist Jimmy Smith, where Smith positively described another musician as "having a lot of grease".

    GREEN DAY

    A few of probabilities: 1) When the band members dropped out of school to work on the band, their principal said "it'll be a green day in hell before you make anything of yourselves". 2) When you smoked pot and chilled all day, that is a "Green Day". The lads used to skip school and do this. 3) A there was a sign in the movie "Soilent Green" stating Green Day.

    GREEN JELLY

    They were originally called Green Jello, but were sued by makers of Jello gelatine for using their brand name.

    GROUNDHOGS (The)
    The Groundhogs was originally formed as The Dollar Bills, Tony McPhee steered them towards the blues and renamed them after a John Lee Hooker song, "Groundhog's Blues".


    GUESS WHO?

    When the musician's producer hear their rendition of "Shakin' All Over", he feared that it would be lost in the flood of British records and came up with a plan .. A number of promotional copies were pressed with just a plain white label, the song title and the words 'Guess Who?', implying that the disc may have been cut
    someone famous.

    GUNDER HAGG

    They named their progg-band after the legendary Swedish runner, but after name conflicts occurred they changed name to Blå Tåget, which was a ride at the amusement park Gröna Lund.


    GUNNAR JÖKULL HAKONARSON

    Jökull literally means "glacier".

    GUNNER KADE
  19. The name came from a book that drummer Ken Pustelnik had read about fighting monks.

    GUNNER'S DAUGHTER
    Named after the punishment of Royal Navy boys, the caning administered to boys on the bare posterior, usually while "kissing the gunner's daughter" (bending over a gun barrel).

    GUNS 'N' ROSES

    Combination of Axl Rose and Tracii Guns' names, also it's a combination of LA Guns and Hollywood Roses when they merged.

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    H-TOWN
    They took the name of the group, "H-Town," from the local nickname for the city of Houston, Texas.

    HANSON BROTHERS

    named after the goofy and rough hockey playing brothers in the Paul Newman movie "Slapshot"

    HARD-FI

    "Hard-Fi" is the name given to the sound produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, at his Black Ark recording studio. Being admirers of Perry's work, the band decided to name themselves after his distinctive sound.

    HAWKWIND

    Nik Turner looked like a hawk and farted a lot

    HEAD LIKE A HOLE

    named after Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like A Hole", a 1990 hit single from the group's debut album Pretty Hate Machine in 1989.

    HEAVEN 17

    Took their name from a fictional pop group mentioned in Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange, where 'The Heaven Seventeen' are at number 4 in the charts with "Inside".

  20. HEAVY METAL KIDS

    They took their name from a gang of street kids, featured in the novel Nova Express by William S. Burroughs.

    HEDGEHOPPERS ANONYMOUS

    Apart from Alan Laud, the band members were Royal Air Force personnel based at RAF Wittering, near Peterborough, England; Hedgehoppers is RAF slang for low-flying planes.

    HELLO GOODBYE

    named after The Beatles' 1967's ' "Hello, Goodbye"

    HEPTONES [The]

    The name was chosen by group member Earl Morgan after seeing a Heptones Tonic bottle lying in a pile of refuse.

    HERMAN'S HERMITS

    Peter Noone resemblance to the character Sherman in the TV cartoon 'The Bullwinkle Show', but he misheard the name as Herman. Soon after, the band changed their name to Herman and The Hermits, very soon became abbreviated to Herman's Hermits.

    HIGH INERGY

    Fashioned after Martha and the Vandellas and The Supremes, Berry Gordy named them after the 1976 Supremes High Energy album with just the 'e' changed to an 'i' in "energy".

    HILLTOPPERS [The]

    They took their name from the nickname of the Western Kentucky athletic teams.

    HIT THE LIGHTS

    named after Metallica's "Hit the Lights" from their 1983 the debut studio album Kill 'Em All.

    HOLE
  21. Courtney’s mother, who in a phone conversation with her daughter apparently said: 'Courtney, you can't go through life with a big hole inside you, just because you had a bad childhood.'

    HOLLIES
    [The]
    Not in homage to Buddy Holly, as rumored. They chose the name from some Christmas holly decorating Graham Nash's house.

    HOLLOWAYS [The]
    Named after the road where three of the band members met at the live music venue Nambucca on Holloway Road in North London. They would meet later to jam together, playing in future drummer Dave Danger's room, situated above the club on Holloway Road.

    HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES
  22. The band name derives from The Hollywood Vampires, a celebrity drinking club formed by Alice Cooper in the 1970s

    HONEY CONE
    Eddie Holland of Holland-Dozier-Holland, named the act "Honey Cone" for a favorite flavor of ice cream.

    HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH

    Chosen from school friends' nicknames; Hootie had owl like eyes. The other had puffed up cheeks that they called Blowfish.

    HUES CORPORATION [The]

    Inspired by Howard Hughes and his empire, but when their manager Wally Holmes went to a lawyer, he said 'you can't spell it that way'. So Holmes came up with "Hues".

    HUNTERS & COLLECTORS

    named after German band Can's "Hunters and Collectors" from their 1975 Landed album

    HUSKER DU

    Inspired by 'Husker Du?', a Scandinavian young children's memory game. The name of the game is spelled with macrons (- over the U's). The Minneapolis punk rock band Hüsker Dü, replaced the macrons with umlauts (maybe inspired by heavy metal umlauts).

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    I AGAINST I
    comes from the American hardcore punk band, Bad Brains' album, I Against I, released in November 1986

    ICE NINE KILLS
  23. Taken from the Kurt Vonnegut book Cat's Cradle (1963), in which the author describes how a quantity of water immediately freezes when one drop of ice-nine is added.

    IDLEWILD

    Scottish indie rock band from Edinburgh (1995–2010, 2013–pres) named themselves after the quiet meeting place in Anne of Green Gables, a best-selling novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

    IGGY POP & THE STOOGES

    Iguana and Iggy were nicknames since childhood. Pop was inspired by Jim Popp, a local junkie. The Stooges were originally the PSYCHEDELIC STOOGES.. which combined their love of drugs with "The Three Stooges".

    INSANE CLOWN POSSE

    Joe Bruce and Joey Utsler aka Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope originally part of "Inner City Posse" despite being from Oak Part, MI. a wannabe gang and rap group. The official story is that Violent J had a dream where the Dark Carnival visited him and thus the 2 became clowns and changed their name. Rumor has it that they were targets for their tagging from other real gangs and they changed it to avoid getting beaten up or killed.

    IN FEAR AND FAITH

    named after Circa Survive's "In Fear And Faith" released in 2006.

    INTERPOL

    There is confusion about origin of the name Interpol. An article in SPIN magazine said one of Paul Banks' classmates was fond of teasing him by saying "Paul, Paul, Interpol." Yet guitarist Kessler has said the band "...had played shows with no name, and then I got to the point where I was like, 'Guys, we're getting decent crowds, but like... we don't have a name so no one knows who to go see again.'" They considered Las Armas and The French Letters as names before adopting Interpol. They also famously performed a little publicized show at the Luna Lounge in New York under the pseudonym Cuddleworthy. (Interpol is an acronym for International Police Force, the world police organization)

    INXS
    The 3 Farriss brothers hoped their music would be "In Excess", and spelt it INXS

    IRON MAIDEN

    Steve Harris got the band name from a film of The Man in the Iron Mask. The "Iron Maiden" was a metal coffin with spikes running outside it that could be inserted inside. The occupant was than impaled and presumably killed..


    ISKRA 1903
  24. The group's unusual name is the Russian word for "spark"; it was the title of the Iskra revolutionary newspaper edited by Lenin. The "1903" designation means "20th century music for trio"; occasionally Evan Parker played with the group (Iskra 1904) and Rutherford also at one point assembled a 12-piece ensemble called, inevitably, Iskra 1912.
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    J.B. LENOIR

    The initials "J.B." had no specific meaning, his given name was simply "JB"
  25. J. BLACKFOOT
    John Colbert was generally known as "J" or "Jay", he acquired the nickname "Blackfoot" as a child, for his habit of walking barefoot on the tarred sidewalks of Memphis.

    JACK OFF JILL

    Originally Jack & Jill, Marilyn Manson inspired the name change to Jack off Jill.

    THE JAGGERZ

    While on location for a photo shoot in the woods, the band noticed that little briars were sticking to their clothing. They found out these briars were locally, in the Pittsburgh area, known as "jaggerz".

    JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
    Inspired by the blues player Blind Lemon Jefferson and the name of a friend's dog. A jefferson airplane is a split matchstick end or other device to hold your splif in to get that last drag.

    JESUS AND MARY CHAIN (The)
    Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride (1983–1999, 2007–pres) Originally called The Poppy Seeds and then Death of Joey, they initially told journalists that they had taken their eventual name from a line in a Bing Crosby film, but six months later they admitted that this wasn't true. Other accounts suggest that the name derived from an offer on a breakfast cereal packet, where customers could send off for a gold Jesus & Mary chain.

    JET

    named after the Paul McCartney & Wings number "Jet" on their 1974 album Band on the Run.

    JETHRO TULL

    Jethro Tull was a 1800's British farmer in the who invented a type of plough. The band used to change their name frequently, found Jethro Tull luckier than the rest.

    JIMMY EAT WORLD

    The band's name came from a crayon drawing made after an incident between Linton's younger brothers, Jim and Ed, who fought frequently. Jim usually won, but Ed sought revenge by drawing a picture of Jim shoving the Earth into his mouth; the picture bore the caption "Jimmy eat world".


    JJ CALE
    Elmer Valentine, co-owner of the Sunset Strip nightclub Whisky a Go Go, who employed John Weldon Cale in the mid-1960s, was the one that came up with the "JJ" moniker to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground's John Cale.

    JOHN DENVER

    A tribute to the Rocky Mountain area, an area John Henry Deutschendorf cherished.


    JOHN, ELTON HERCULES

    Reginald Dwight took his stage name from two other British musicians, Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. His middle name is from the horse out of the TV series "Steptoe & Son" which he enjoyed
    .

    JOHNNY CHRIST

    Jonathan Lewis Seward used to write only Johnny on his autographs until Zacky came up with the name 'Johnny Christ', and in All Excess he said 'It sounded kind of ballsy and it would piss some people off....so everyone's going to hate that'.

    JOHNNY ROTTEN
    Named after his rotten teeth

  26. JOHNNY SEVEN
    The band is named the Johnny Seven O.M.A./One Man Army, a multi-function toy weapon the best selling boys' toy of 1964

    JOY DIVISION

    From a sado-masochistic novel 'The House of Dolls' by Karol Cetinsky. Joy Divisions were lines of huts in which women were kept as sex slaves and forced to prostitute themselves to Nazi officers and German troops..

    JUAN GABRIEL

    Alberto Valadez started to use the pseudonym... Juan, in honor of volleyball player Juan Contreras; and Gabriel, in honor of his own father.

    JUDAS PRIEST

    named after Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest", also this was originally a mild curse said to avoid saying "Jesus Christ"!

    JUDGE DREAD
    Alex Hughes named himself Judge Dread in honor of Jamaican singer-songwriter, ska pioneer Buster Prince.
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    K.L.F.

    An acronym for 'Kopyright Liberation Front', which sums up their attitude towards using samples from other artists.

    KAISER CHIEFS

    Named after the South African Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, the former team of long-serving former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe.

    KASABIAN

    Named after Linda Kasabian, a member of the Charles Manson cult aka the Manson "family" famous for serving as his getaway driver.

    KASHMIR

    named after Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" a track on their 6th album Physical Graffiti, released in 1975.

    KASSIDY

    Took their name from a play on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

    KAT-TUN
    The Jananese boy band formed their by taking the initial from each of their surnames... Kazuya Kamenashi, Jin Akanishi, Junnosuke Taguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru.

    KATZENJAMMER
    Katzenjammer is the surname of Tamsin Greig's character "Fran" in the British sitcom Black Books. The word is German, meaning "discordant sound", the literal translation is "cat's wail" or "the blues" and is sometimes used in reference to a hangover.

    KILLERS [The]
    Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning took the name which was on the bass drum of a fictional band in a New Order video for New Order's song "Crystal".

    KING CRIMSON

    Their original lyricist, Peter Sinfield, thought of it as a synonym for Beelzebub, which is Hebrew for 'Lord of the Flies'. In John Milton's 'Paradise Lost', Beelzebub was Satan's chief lieutenant among the fallen angels. Often seen as a red (crimson) figure, he is King of the underworld.

    KIRBYS [The]

    Original called The Panthers, but while on Radio Luxembourg show, they were introduced as The Kirkbys, the presenter confused their name with their home town. The name stuck.

    KISS

    Kiss denies the fundamentalist rumour that the name stands for 'Knights In Satan's Service'. According to Paul Stanley, Kiss was a momentary inspiration that sounded dangerous and sexy at the same time.

    KITTIE
    The heavy metal band chose "Kittie" as their band name because the name "seemed contradictory"

    KJ-52

    Hybrid name of this artist's first rap name "KJ" coupled with the New Testament Miracle of the Feeding of the Multitude, Mark 8:1-9 & Matthew 15:32-39.

    KLAXTONS

    Originally known as "Klaxons (Not Centaurs)", a quote from Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's futurism text The Futurist Manifesto. Also in an interview a band member stated Klaxons "is to toot to be a loud intrusive noise to disrupt".

    KOES PLUS
    Indonesian band, Koes Bersaudara was made up of Koeswoyo family members, until drummer Nomo decided to quit the band. Koes Bersaudara found Nomo’s replacement in Murry and because Murry was not part of the Koeswoyo family, the band changed its name to Koes Plus, meaning the Koes brothers plus Murry.

    KOOKS [The]

    named after David Bowie's "Kooks" from his album Hunky Dory

    KRAFTWERK

    German for 'power plant'

    KRAKEN
    the name of the rock/metal band refers to the titan, Kraken, from Greek Mythology.

    KRYPTONITE
    The band was called Kryptonite after the green substance that weakened Superman. The group's moniker was changed to Apollo after the creators of the superhero refused to let the band use the name they created. As a result the name of their first single was changed from "Krypto Disco" to "Astro Disco."

    KROKUS
    Krokus is German for crocus, early in the spring of 1975, band founder Chris von Rohr observed a field full of these flowers while traveling by train. He was returning from L'Ecole des Chefs located in France after an aborted career in the culinary arts, and it was around this time the idea for the band was formed. The band members stated that it was the perfect name, since it featured "rok" in the middle.

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    LADY GAGA

    Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta named herself after Queen's mega hit "Radio Ga Ga"

    LADYHAWKE
    Phillipa "Pip" Brown named herself after a character played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1985 film Ladyhawke as she sees herself as "a sort of pop superwoman creating radio-friendly songs with a single bound".

    LADYTRON
    The band takes their name from the song "Ladytron" by Roxy Music, from their debut album of 1972.

    LAS KETCHUP

    All four ladies Lola, Pilar, Lucia and Rocío - have Muñoz as their surname, their father is the flamenco guitarist Juan Muñoz, nicknamed El Tomate. So the girls call themselves Las Ketchup.

    LASGO

    taken from the Scottish city Glasgow with the first and last letters removed.

    LAAZ ROCKIT
    The group took their name Lääz Rockit from the finale of the 1976 Clint Eastwood movie, The Enforcer, involving the use of a M72 LAW rocket. Original bassist Dave Starr came up with the band name, and manager Jeff Weller altered the spelling.

    LAWSON
    They named themselves Lawson to honor Liverpool surgeon Mr. David Lawson who performed life saving brain surgery on the band's acoustic guitarist-lead singer Andy Brown, when he developed a brain tumour.

    LED ZEPPELIN

    Originally the New Yardbirds", "Led Zeppelin" was chosen as their new name after Keith Moon predicted they would go down like a lead zeppelin. The account which has become legendary, has it that Keith Moon and John Entwistle suggested that a possible supergroup containing themselves, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck would go down like a lead balloon, a term Entwistle used to describe a bad gig. The group deliberately dropped the 'a' in Lead at the suggestion of their manager, Peter Grant, to prevent "thick Americans" from pronouncing it as "leed"

    LED ZEPPELIN (the ALBUM) + THE NOBS

    Led Zeppelin's debut album cover met with protest at a February 28, 1970 gig in Copenhagen, the band was billed as "The Nobs" because of a threat of legal action from aristocrat Eva von Zeppelin, a relative of the namesake creator of the Zeppelin aircraft, who, upon seeing the logo of the Hindenburg crashing in flames, threatened to have the show pulled off the air.

    LEMONHEADS

    A type of sweet/sour boiled candy sweet.

    LEVEL 42

    In the novel 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', a supercomputer gave the answer to life, the universe and everything as "42". Because of copyright problems with actually calling the band '42', they tacked on 'Level'.

    LFO
    The band took their name from the acronym for low-frequency oscillators, synthesiser effects often heard in club music.

    LIGHTING SEEDS (The)
    The name derives from misheard lyrics from Prince's 1985 single "Raspberry Beret" (The rain sounds so cool / When it hits the barn roof/ And the horses wonder who you are/ Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees)

    LILAC TIME (The)
    The band's name was taken from a line in the Nick Drake song "River Man".

    LIMP BIZKIT

    They got the the idea from Fred Durst's dog "Biscuit", who walks with a limp.

    LINK 80

    The name came from the interstate highway I-80 which the band members used to get to the drummer's garage for band practice and connected the band members' homes.

    LINKIN PARK

    Their name came from the lead singer, Chester Bennington, because they had to change their name due to copyright issues, and he drove past Lincoln Park on the way home from band practice. However, the domain "lincolnpark.com" was more than they could afford, so they changed the spelling to Linkin park. It has also been suggested that the name 'Linkin Park' was suggested so that the band would appear right next to Limp Bizkit at record stores.

    LITTLE BIRDY

    named after Ween's "Little Birdy" from the 1992 album Pure Guava

    LIZZIE BORDEN

    The band is named after the notorious Lizzie Borden, a woman accused and acquitted of murder in the late 19th century.

    LIVI

    Took their name from a Latvian tribe "Livi" living in the vicinity of Liepaja and making their living by pirating and fighting with foreign oppressors.

    LIVING COLOUR

    They named the band after the NBC TV advertisement which said "Broadcasting in Living Color."

    LIVING END [The]
    Chris Cheney was a big fan of rockabilly group Stray Cats and this prompted Scott Owen, who originally played piano, to switch to double bass. The pair formed Runaway Boys, named after a song from the Stray Cats' debut album. The band went on to become The Living End, a reference to the film Rock Around the Clock.


    LL COOL J

    Short for "Ladies Love Cool James".


    LOCKGROOVE

    named after Stereolab's "Lock-Groove Lullaby"

    LORDE
    New Zealander Ella, adopted her stage name Lorde because of her fascination with British "royals and aristocracy", but felt the name Lord was too masculine so added an 'e' to make it more feminine

    LOS LOBOS

    Spanish for "The Wolves"

    LOTHAR & the HAND PEOPLE

    Band member Richard Willis had a dream in which an enslaved race called the Hand People was saved by a hero named Lothar. Later, well after the name had been chosen, they decided that Lothar was the name of the theremin used by member John Emelin

    LOVE AND ROCKETS
    The band's name was taken from the comic book series Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez.

    LOVERBOY
    Reno stated their name was chosen due to a dream by Paul Dean. He had come up with the name after spending the previous night with some of the band mates including Reno and their girlfriends before going to the movies. The girlfriends were browsing through fashion magazines, where the guys in the band saw a Cover Girl advertisement. Cover Girl became Cover Boy, and then became Loverboy in Dean's dream later that night. After being told by Dean about the dream the next morning, Reno agreed to try it out and it stuck.

    LOVIN' SPOONFUL

    It's slang for sperm, but the band name is inspired by the lyrics of John Hurt's "Coffee Blues" .. Well, please, ma'am, just a lovin' spoon, just a lovin' spoonful, I declare, I got to have my lovin' spoonful

    LYNYRD SKYNYRD

    Earlier band names were 'Noble Five' and 'One Percent', but Lynyrd Skynyrd is a play on Leonard Skinner, the gym coach, at Robert E. Lee High school. He punished founding members Gary Rossington and Bob Burns on numerous occasions for breaking the school's strict dress code which did not allow boys to have long hair touching the collar or sideburns below the ears.


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    M/A/R/R/S

    is an acronym derived from the forenames of the five 4AD artists involved in the project: Martyn Young (from Colourbox), Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala (from A.R. Kane), Russell Smith (an associate A.R. Kane member and founder of Terminal Cheesecake), and Steve Young (from Colourbox).

    M. PEOPLE

    Is from the initials of Mike Pickering, who formed the group in Manchester, UK in 1990.


    M. SHADOWS

    Matthew Charles Sanders said that he got his name because when he attended El Modena High School, he was a darker kid and they nicknamed him "Shadows", but he also wanted to incorporate his name, Matt, into his stage name, so he reduced Matt to M.

    MACCABEES [The]
    The band came up with the name by flicking through the Bible and picking out a random word. Despite their name, lead singer Orlando Weeks has affirmed, in an interview on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 1 show, that none of the band is religious.

    MADNESS
    Originally The North London Invaders in 1976, often shortened to The Invaders. After briefly changing their name to Morris and the Minors and securing a record deal,
    guitarist Chrissy Boy, suggested the band renamed itself as Madness; paying homage to one of their favourite songs by ska/reggae artist Prince Buster.

    MAINE [The]
    their name was inspired by the song
    'The Coast of Maine' by Ivory, the band shortened it to The Maine.


    MANIC HISPANIC

    The name of the band keeps with their habit of mashing up Latin/Cholo culture with punk culture, the name being a play on Manic Panic a brand of hair dye popular in the punk scene.

    MANIC STREET PREACHERS

    Guitarist/vocalist James Dean Bradfield was inspired by a manic street-preaching tramp.

    MARCELS [The]

    named after a popular hair style of the era, the marcel wave, by Fred Johnson's younger sister Priscilla.

  27. MARKED [The]
    named for the conspicuous birthmarks of both frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Ron Roesing.


    MARILLION

    Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkein's book 'Silmarillion' but modified it to avoid copyright problems.

    MARILYN MANSON
  28. Brian Warner combined the names of two opposing American pop cultural icons; actress Marilyn Monroe and cult leader Charles Manson.

    MARINA & the DIAMONDS
    Diamonds comes from Marinas surname Diamandis. She describes it: “I’m Marina. You are the diamonds”.

    MARRS
  29. is an acronym derived from the forenames of the five 4AD artists involved in the project: Martyn Young (from Colourbox), Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala (from A.R. Kane), Russell Smith (an associate A.R. Kane member and founder of Terminal Cheesecake), and Steve Young (from Colourbox).

    MARS VOLTA [The]
    Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated in an interview ...“ The Volta is taken from a Federico Fellini book about his films, what he characterizes as a changing of scene, or a turnaround; a new scene to him is called Volta. Y'know, changing of time and the changeover. And Mars, we're just fascinated by science fiction.....”

  30. MARTELLS [The]
    Named after Canadian teen pop idol Bobby Curtola's manager, Maria Martell.

    MASSIVE ATTACK
  31. Del Naja explained that Massive Attack was the name of a gigantic party organized by their favourite place of entertainment, The Warehouse, a party he and Andy Lee Isaac Vowles, retain good memories of.

    MATCHBOX TWENTY

    originally titled "Matchbox 20," the band took its name from a softball jersey with a "20" on it and a patch that had "Matchbox" written on it. The band altered its name to "Matchbox Twenty" after the release of its debut album Yourself or Someone Like You

    MATT BIANCO
    the name suggests that Matt Bianco is a person, often assumed to be an alias for the main constant member and frontman, Mark Reilly, but Matt is in fact, a made up spy, a secret agent; the band loved spy TV themes and film scores.

    MAX FROST & the TROOPERS
    The band name "Troopers" is based on the term "troops," the designation Max Frost used in the film to refer to his friends and followers.

    MAYHEM

    inspired by English heavy metal band Venom's instrumental track "Mayhem with Mercy" from their 1981 debut studio album Welcome to Hell

    MC5

    An acronym 'Motor City Five' honouring Detriot.

    MCFLY
    Tom Fletcher proposed the idea, based on his love for the American science-fiction comedy Back to the Future and Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly. At first, Danny Jones didn't agree with the name, but after watching the movie, he changed his mind, especially after he saw that the side of the manure truck says "D. Jones" on it.

  32. MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS
  33. Originally known as the Stains, the hardcore group played a 1981 gig with Black Flag, where they saw policemen brutalizing teenagers who were simply trying to cross the street. “We started saying, ‘These guys don’t care. They’re here to kill you,'” frontman Dave Dictor recalls. “Then a friend of ours, the bass player of a band called the Dicks, said, ‘How about calling yourselves Millions of Dead Cops?'” The band did just that.

    MIKE DIRNT
    During grade school, Green Day bassist Michael Pritchard would constantly play "air-bass", and while pretending to pluck the strings, he made the noise, "dirnt, dirnt, dirnt". As a result, his schoolmates began to call him "Mike Dirnt".

    THE MIND BENDERS
    The name of the group was inspired by the title of a 1963 UK feature film, starring the British actor Sir Dirk Bogarde, called The Mind Benders.

    MIND GARAGE

    The Reverend Michael Paine's wife Tori Paine, thought up this name and suggested to this psychedelic rock band to put Christian words with rock music and play in church. In 1967 The Mind Garage invented the concept of Electric Liturgy, the forerunner of today’s popular Christian Rock.


    MEATLOAF

    Marvin Lee Aday stepped on the foot of his high school football coach, who shouted 'Meat Loaf' instead of swearing

    MEGADETH

    Dave Mustane was inspired by a government pamphlet (A Megadeath is a military term for one million dead people, so World War II was responsible for 80 Megadeaths) after getting kicked out of Metallica. Megadeth is a phonetical spelling for Megadeath.

    MEKONS

    Inspired the sci-fi alien villan in the 'Dan Dare' cartoon strip in the 'Eagle' comic. The Mekon was Dan Dare's arch enemy.

    MERCILESS DEATH

    Some have guessed that the name "Merciless Death" comes from the song Merciless Death by Dark Angel. However, in an interview with Andy Torres in 2007, Andy said the band's name originated from a conversation with Dan Holder in which Dan came up with a possible name for the band “Merciless Onslaught” and Andy asked him about replacing the word 'Onslaught' with 'Death'. From that point on they called themselves “Merciless Death”.

    METALLICA

    Lars Ulrich was helping a friend think of a name for a metal fanzine. The magazine went with 'Metal Mania' and Lars kept Metallica, which was one of the suggestions.

    MGMT
    The band first started with the name The Management, releasing various demo albums, but since this name was already being used by another band, they later changed it to MGMT. This abbreviation stands for Management.

    MIDNIGHT RAMLERS

    Inspired by the Rolling Stones title, Jon Huang christened his creation “Midnight Ramblers”, a track from The Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed.

    MINDBENDERS

    Named after a 1962 British horror movie. (appeared as themselves in the film "To Sir, With Love")

    MISFITS

    Taken from the 1961 movie starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.

    MO-DO

    The name Mo-Do is claimed to originate from the two first letters of Fabio Frittelli's birth-town, Monfalcone, and the day of his birth, Domenica (which is Sunday in Italian).
  34. MOANS [The]
    They named themselves after an Art Blakey number.

    MOB [The]
    They named themselves after UK rock band Black Sabbath's "The Mob Rules"
    from their 1981 album, Mob Rules. They went on to become Queensrÿche.

    MOB RULES

    named after UK rock band Black Sabbath's "The Mob Rules"
    from their 1981 album, Mob Rules.

    MODEST MOUSE

    Named after line from a speech exercise that lead singer (a lisper) Isaac Brock learned in grade school.

    MOGWAI

    Named after the cute creatures from Gremlins, that turn into the evil Gremlin creatures when fed after midnight or when they get wet. Stuart Braithwaite commented that "it has no significant meaning, and we always intended on getting a better one, but like a lot of other things we never got 'round to it."

    MOLLY HATCHET

    The band, founded by Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland
    and Duane Roland in 1975, took its name from a prostitute who allegedly mutilated and decapitated her clients.

    MOODY BLUES
    [The]
    They were originally called "M & B 5" because they wanted to perform in a Birmingham brewery called 'Mitchell's and Butlers.' The building had a big 'MB' on it. Wanting to keep the MB, their final name had a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song, "Mood Indigo".

    MOOKIE BLAYLOCK

    The name taken from the former All-Star basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, the band later became Pearl Jam.

    MOTHERS OF INVENTION

    Their label asked them to add 'of Invention' to their original The Mothers which was an abbriviation for 'Motherfuckers'.

    MOTLEY CRUE

    When seeing the band, a friend of theirs commented "What a Motley looking Crue." Motley meaning "of great variety"

    MOTORHEAD

    When forming his new band, Lemmy concurred and decided to call the band 'Motörhead', inspired by the final song he had written for Hawkwind. The name of the song "Motorhead" is an American slang term for a speed freak.. A Motorhead in American slang is more commonly someone who loves to work on cars or motorcycles.

    MOTT THE HOOPLE

    A Willard Manus novel of the same name. The book is about an eccentric that works in a circus freak show.

    MOUNTAIN GOATS [The]

    The name is taken from the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song "Yellow Coat", which contains the line "50 million bulldogs, 20 mountain goats, all gathered 'round at sundown to see my yellow coat"

    MR. BIG

    named after UK rock band Free's, "Mr. Big", a track on their third studio album Fire and Water, released June 1970.

    MR. CROWE'S GARDEN

    Named after Leonard Leslie Brookes children's book Johnny Crow's Garden.

    MR. MISTER

    The name came from an inside joke about a Weather Report song "Mr. Gone" on the '78 album of the same name, where they referred to each other as "Mister This" or "Mister That", eventually they selected "Mr. Mister.

    MUDHONEY
    They settled on the title of a mid-’60s exploitation flick (which they hadn’t seen), directed by boobmeister Russ Meyer. As
    Mark Arm put it, “There’s at least something to like about all of his movies.”

    MUGWUMPS
    One source says thier name was taken from the William S. Burroughs novel The Naked Lunch. The liner notes for the 2007 re-release of The Mugwumps reports that Jim Hendricks claimed that the name came from music producer Erik Jacobsen, but Denny Doherty claimed that the name came from his Newfoundland grandmother.

    MUSICAL BOX [The]

    named after the Genesis song "The Musical Box" on their 1971 album Nursery Cryme, their 3rd studio album.

    MSI

    This is an abbreviation of Mindless Self Indulgence


    MUDDY WATERS

    His grandmother started calling him that after watching him play in a creek as a child.

    MUSLIMGAUZE
    The name Muslimgauze is a play on the word muslin [a type of gauze], combined with Muslim, referring to Bryn Jones' preoccupation with conflicts throughout the Muslim world.

    MUTO

    When guitarist George M, bassist Joe and drummer Lee decided to form an instrumental guitar driven metal trio they chose the italian/latin word Muto, an adjective meaning 'without words', 'unspoken', ‘mute’, ‘unable to speak’.

    MY BLOODY VALENTINE

    The band named themselves after the same name horror film, but known of them had ever actually seen the film.

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  35. N.W.A.
    The Compton supergroup were practicing in Eazy-E’s garage, trying to come up with a name more evocative than Dr.Dre and DJ Yella’s former act, World Class Wreckin’ Cru. Ice Cube tells the story in the movie Straight Outta L.A.: “Then Eazy said, ‘How about N.W.A?’ We were like, ‘What’s that mean?’ He said, ‘Niggaz Wit’ Attitude.’ We were like, ‘Hell yeah'”.

    N.R.B.Q.

    Stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (originally Quintet), although a 1982 article in "Creem" magazine suggested a different meaning: "Nothing Really Beats Quality".

    'N SYNC

    From the last letter of each band member's name: justiN, chriS, joeY, lanstoN and jC.

    NAKED AND FAMOUS [
    The]

    named after The Presidents of the United States of America's "Naked and Famous" hit single of 1994.


    NANCY WHISKY

    Anne Alexandra Young Wilson took her stage name from a Scottish folk song, "Nancy Whisky".

    NAZARETH
    The group took their name from the first line of The Band's 1968 song "The Weight" .. "I pulled into Nazareth / Was feelin' 'bout half past dead"

    NECROPHOBIC

    It is believed that they named themselves after a Slayer song from the 1986 seminal album Reign in Blood.

    NED'S ATOMIC DUSTBIN

    title of an episode of The Goon Show that the mother of vocalist Jonn Penney would read to him.

    NEGATIVLAND
  36. They took their name from a Neu! track off Neu!'s self titled debut album, while their record label, Seeland Records, is named after another Neu! track.

    NEW FOUND GLORY

    Singer Jordan and guitarist Steve thought up "A New Found Glory" while working at Red Lobster, but dropped the "A" after confusion from fans on where to find their CD's at record stores.

    NEW MODEL ARMY
    The band was named after the English revolutionary army of Oliver Cromwell.

    NEW ORDER

    The band's original name was Joy Division until Ian Curtis, the lead singer, lyricist killed himself. The remaining members reformed the band, thus it was the New Order. "New Order" was also a famous expression used by Hitler.

    NEW YORK DOLLS

    Sylvain had a job at "A Different Drummer", a men's boutique that was across the street from the New York Doll Hospital, a doll repair shop. Sylvain claimed that the shop inspired the name for their future band.

    NICKEL CREEK
    named after one of fiddle virtuoso Byron Berline's songs "Nickel Creek". Byron Berline was Nickel Creek band member Sara Watkins' fiddle instructor.


    NICKELBACK

    Some say it derived from the American Football term, but according to most sources the name is derived from the nickel (money), which Mike Kroeger frequently had to give customers back in change when he was working at a Starbucks coffee shop and would frequently say "Here's your nickel back".

    NICE [The]
    The band name was inspired by the Small Faces' hit song about drugs "Here Comes the Nice"

    NINE BELOW ZERO

    named after the Sonny Boy Williamson II penned song "Nine Below Zero"

    NINE INCH NAILS

    Trent Reznor said in 1994 that he coined the name "Nine Inch Nails" because it "abbreviated easily", rather than for "any literal meaning". Other rumored explanations have circulated, alleging that Reznor chose to reference Jesus' crucifixion with nine-inch spikes, or Freddy Krueger's nine-inch fingernails.

    NIRVANA
    In Buddhism it means the state of perfect blessedness attained through the annihilation of the self.

    NO DOUBT

    original singer John Spence formed an Orange County-based 2 Tone ska group and it was named after Spence's favorite vocal expression "no doubt" with keyboardist Eric Stefani. After Spence's death, the name stuck.

    NOAH & the WHALE
    Their name is a combination of the title of the movie "Squid and the Whale" and the name of the film's director, "Noah Baumbach".

    NOFX

    guitarist Eric Melvin says that he came up with the name, inspired by the broken up punk band "Negative FX". The name is also meant to symbolize the band's rejection of gimmickry that the band was seeing in music at the time.

    NU
    NATAK
  37. The band's name is the Greenlandic word for a mountain top protruding from an ice sheet.
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    O'JAYS [The]

    Originally called the Mascots, they named themselves after the Cleveland disc jockey Eddie O'Jay, who helped the band out in their early days.


    O'SULLIVAN, GILBERT
    Manager Gordon Mills found a clever name for his newfound talent. Playing off Ray O'Sullivan's last name and the playwriting team of Gilbert and Sullivan, the name Gilbert O'Sullivan seemed a natural choice.

  38. OASIS
    Oasis is the name of a Sports Centre in Swindon, England. Noel Gallacher was the roadie for a band that played there once, and a place where The Beatles played.


    OCEANSIZE

    The band named themselves after Jane's Addiction song, "Ocean Size". According to guitarist Gambler, the band's then-bassist Jon Ellis came up with the name: "I think, at the time, he was thinking what we would sound like. Jane’s Nothing's Shocking album, which has the track "Ocean Size" on it, was definitely a big influence."

    ORDINARY BOYS (The)

    named themselves after the song "The Ordinary Boys" performed by Morrissey on his 1988 album Viva Hate.

    OF MICE & MEN

    The Band is named after the novel by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck himself took the name from a line in the poem "To A Mouse" by Robert Burns, which reads "the best-laid schemes of mice and men/Go often awry."

    OFFSPRING [The]

    Its members Dexter Holland and Greg K decided to form a band after attending a Social Distortion concert. The band was called Manic Subsidal, who suddenly changed their name to The Offspring in 1986.

    OHIO PLAYERS
    The
    Ohio Untouchables changed their name to Ohio Players, reflecting its members' self-perceptions as musicians and as ladies' men.

    OLD 97's
    named themselves after Johnny Cash's rendition of the classic track "The Wreck of the Old 97"
    .


    ON A FRIDAY

    In 1985, they formed the band "On a Friday", the name referring to the band's usual rehearsal day in the school's music room. At the request of EMI, the band changed their name; they choose "Radiohead" from the song "Radio Head" on the Talking Heads album True Stories.

    OPETH

    derived from the word "Opet", taken from the Wilbur Smith novel Sunbird. In this novel, Opet is the name of a fictional Phoenician city in South Africa whose name is translated as "City of the Moon" in the book.

  39. OTHER ONES (the)
    The name of the band was taken from the title of the Grateful Dead song "That's It for the Other One", from 1968's Anthem of the Sun. In 2003, The Other Ones changed their name to The Dead.

    OVERKILL

    They named themselves after Motörhead's "Overkill" released in 7" and 12" vinyl pressings in 1979.

    OZZY OSBOURNE

    Ozzy was his childhood nickname.


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    +44
    pronounced "plus forty four," a reference to the international dialing code of the United Kingdom, where band members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker first discussed the project

    PANIC AT THE DISCO

    The band has stated, on their DVD and in interviews, that the name "Panic! at the Disco" comes from the song "Panic" by The Smiths, which includes the line "burn down the disco," although a more popular belief is that the name has its origins in the song "Panic" by Name Taken, which includes the line "Panic at the disco."

    PARAMORE

    The name "Paramore" came from the maiden name of the mother of one of their first bass players. Once the group learned the meaning of the homophone "paramour" ("secret lover"), they decided to adopt the name, using the Paramore spelling.

    PEARL JAM

    Eddie Vedder says "The name is in reference to the pearl itself,... and the natural process from which a pearl comes from. Basically, taking excrement or waste and turning it into something beautiful" and Jam, came later after seeing Neil Young play Nassau Coliseum. "He played, like, nine songs over three hours. Every song was like a fifteen- or twenty-minute jam," says Jeff Ament, "So that's how 'jam' got added on to the name. Or at least that's how I remember it". Eddie Vedder originally claimed that the name "Pearl Jam" was a reference to his great-grandmother Pearl, who was married to a Native American man and had a special recipe for peyote-laced jam. but now admits he invented it as a joke; BUT his great-grandmother was called Pearl. It may have no reference but pearl jam is sexual slang for semen.

    PENETRATION
    This early punk band from County Durham in England, chose their name from an album track on Raw Power, by Iggy and the Stooges.

    PENNY UNNIVERSITY
    Members guitarist Michael Anthony Gagliardi, Ted Walker on bass, drummer Craig Brown and percussionist Rene Almodovar, named themselves Penny Unniversity, which comes from the 18th Century name given to the coffee houses of London where, for a penny, you could sip coffee and listen to the news of the day.

    PERE UBU
    An underground rock band from Cleveland, Ohio; Pere Ubu was a character in a series of plays by the French writer, Alfred Jarry.

    PET SHOP BOYS

    In the underground gay disco scene they have/had darkrooms, pet shops, where you don't know who it is you're doing it with.

  40. PETE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
    Guitarist Peter Holmström named the band after the Dandy Warhols' song of the same name

    PHISH

    A play on drummer John Fishman's last name.

    PINBACK

    The name Pinback is a reference to the whiny janitor in the film 'Dark Star' played by Dan O'Bannon. Samples from this film are used frequently in the band's early works.

    PINK FLOYD

    Named after blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

    PIXIES

    selected randomly from a dictionary by guitarist Joey Santiago. The band took a liking to the word's definition, "mischievous little elves". The name was shortened from the original, "Pixies In Panoply".

    PJ HARVEY

    Polly Jean Harvey

    PLATINUM BLONDE

    The name of the band was inspired by the 1931 Jean Harlow movie Platinum Blonde.

    PM DAWN

    Inspired by a Bible quote, "In the darkest hour comes the light."

    POCO

    Originally Pogo, until the creater of the comic strip Pogo sued them
    .

    POGUES [The]

    Shortened from 'Pogue Mahone', which is a distorted version of Póg Mo hón, which is Irish Gaelic for 'kiss my ass'
    .

    POISON

    Originally called Paris, the name Poison was picked by the band after a group of concerned parents protested to say that rock music was "poisoning" the lives of their children.

    PORNO FOR PYROS

    inspired by the Los Angeles riots of 1992

    PORTISHEAD

    Named themselves after their home town in the UK.

    POWDERFINGER

    named after Neil Young's "Powderfinger" first released on Neil's 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps.

    POWER STATION

    Named after The Power Station recording studio where their album was conceived and recorded.

    PRETENDERS
    [THE]
    Named after the Platter's song "The Great Pretender".

    PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES
    Named after The Smiths' song from their debut self titled album released on February 20th 1984. The song itself was named after a quote from Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums.

    PRETTY THINGS [The]

    Named after the Bo Diddley hit "Pretty Thing", released in November 1955.

    PRIMAL SCREAM

    A psychological best seller by Arthur Janov.

    PROCOL HARUM

    In an interview, lyricist Keith Reid said, 'It's the name of a cat, a Siamese cat. It's the pedigree name, and it belonged to a friend of ours, [Ash] just somebody that we used to hang out with when we were forming the band. One day, somebody pulled out the cat's birth certificate and said 'Have a look at this', and the name of the cat was Procol Harum.

    PRODIGY
    [The]
    The Prodigy's name was chosen by Liam Howlett as a tribute to his first analogue synthesiser, the Moog Prodigy.

    PROPELLERHEAD

    Is slang for a nerd, and when Gifford and White heard a friend from California drop this into conversation, they thought it the perfect name for their band.

    PULP

    Originally called Arabacus Pulp, after a commodity Jarvis Cocker learned about during economics. This was shortened to Pulp because nobody else knew what the full name meant.

    PUSCIFER

    Orignal name was "Umlaut", the name was changed to Puscifer, a play on Pussy and Lucifer combined. The name "Puscifer" was first publicized as a fictional band in the first episode of Mr. Show, after which front man Maynard James Keenan transformed it into a real band.

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    QNTAL

    In a dream, vocalist Sigrid Hausen saw the letters in flames

  41. QUARRYMEN [The]
    John Lennon named the band after his school.


    QUEEN

    originally called Smile, Freddie Mercury liked the name Queen for the transvestite connotation and the glamorous image of Queens in royalty.

    QUEENSR
    ÿCHE
    The name is derived from a song on their EP "Queen of the Reich", and is the only known use of the letter Y with an umlaut in English. It was used to soften "Queensreich" and not confuse the band with Nazism.
    They were originally called "The Mob".

    QUESTION MARK AND THE MYSTERIANS

    Bassist Larry Borjas came up with the name after watching a Japanese sci-fi film "The Mysterians" on television.

    QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE
    The band members were born either under the sign of Virgo or the sign of Twins. John Cipollina (lead guitar): 'Virgins and Twins are all under the influence of the planet Mercury. And another name for mercury is quicksilver'. According to Cipollina the name was then found very quickly: 'And then, Quicksilver is the Messenger of the Gods, and Virgo is the servant, so Freiberg says "Oh, Quicksilver Messenger Service"


    QUIET RIOT

    Kevin DuBrow said the band's name was born of a conversation with Rick Parfitt of British band Status Quo in which Rick Parfitt said he'd like to name a band "Quite Right.

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    RADIO BIRDMAN

    inspired by a line in The Stooges' "1970" .. Radio burnin' up above


    RADIOHEAD

    Named after a Talking Head song called Radio Head on the album True Stories, claiming it as the "least annoying song" from the album.
    They were originally named On A Friday.

    RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

    when the band formed in 1991, they chose the name of a song Zack de la Rocha had written for his old band, Inside Out.

    RAH BAND
    (The)
    The name is made up of the band
    founder's initials, multi-instmentalist Richard Anthony Hewson... and Richard was the only member.

    RAIN (The)
    The Rain were the Manchester band that eventually evolved into Oasis. They took their name from The Beatles' B-side, "Rain".


    RAINBOW

    The band name was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood.

    RAMONES [The]

    Douglas Colvin was the first to use the name Ramone, calling himself Dee Dee Ramone. He was inspired by the fact that Paul McCartney used the pseudonym Paul Ramone (sometimes Ramon) prior to the success of the Beatles. The other members followed suit and adopted new stage names; Jeffry Hyman became Joey Ramone, reportedly after pop music vocalist Joey Levine, John Cummings became Johnny Ramone, and the group itself became known as the Ramones.
    Soon after this, their manager Thomas Erdelyi took over on drums, as Tommy Ramone. Each new member since, has always taken a stage name ending with Ramone.

    RAT SALAD

    They named their band Rat Salad after the Black Sabbath song. They changed their name in 1977 to The Survivors

    RAVONETTES
    named after Buddy Holly's "Rave On" song


    RAZORLIGHT
    The band took their name form the make of the padlock worn by Sid Vicious.

    RAY CHARLES

    His actual name is Ray Charles Robinson, but he did not want to be confused with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, so dropped the Robinson.

    R.E.M
    Michael Stipe shut his eyes and stuck his finger in a dictionary and came up with REM, 'Rapid Eye Movement' is a state of sleep.

    RED DIRT SKINNERS [The]
    British musical group playing the "Red Dirt" music genre of music and the term "Skinner" refers to the surname of the husband and wife duo.

    REGULAR JOHN

    named after Queens of the Stone Age's "Regular John" from their 1998
    self-titled debut album

    REO SPEEDWAGON

    took its name from the REO Speed Wagon, a truck manufactured by the REO Motor Car Company (the predecessor to today's Nucor). ("R.E.O." are initials of the company's founder, Ransom Eli Olds, who also founded the Oldsmobile division of General Motors.) .

    REPLACEMENTS

    It that the the band were given a gig after another band failed to show. When asked who they were, Paul Westerberg said "We're the Replacements".


    RESIDENTS (The)

    In 1971 the group sent a reel-to-reel tape to Hal Halverstadt at Warner Brothers. Because the band had not included any name in the return address, the rejection slip was simply addressed to "The Residents". The members of the group then decided that this would be the name they would use, first becoming Residents Unincorporated, then shortening it to the current name.

    RICK RO$$
    American rapper, William Leonard Roberts II, took his stage name from the drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky Ross, to whom he has no connection.

    RIDERS ON THE STORM

    The Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger named one of their many new bands after an earlier hit they had with The Doors, "Riders on the Storm"

    RIGHT SAID FRED

    named themselves after Bernard Cribbins' very comical hit single "Right Said Fred"

    RINGO STARR
    Ringo, because Richard Starkey liked to wear lots of rings, Starr is taken from his last name Starkey.

    ROCKWELL

    Kennedy William Gordy is the son of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy and Margaret Norton. His father named him Kennedy William Gordy after John F. Kennedy and William "Smokey" Robinson. To avoid seeming nepotistic, he secured his record deal without his father's knowledge. Motown actually came up with the name Rockwell and the young Gordy agreed to the change because he believed he "rocked well."

    ROB TYNER
    Robert Derminer, frontman for MC5 (Motor City 5) adopted surname was in tribute to the jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.

    ROLLING STONES [The]

    The name was suggested by Brian Jones taken from the Muddy Waters song "Rolling Stone".

    ROONEY
    The band is named after Ed Rooney, the principal in the 1986 film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

    ROXETTE

    named themselves after Dr. Feelgood's 1974 track "Roxette"

    ROXY MUSIC
    In 1971 Brian Ferry
    originally named his band Roxy, to pay tribute to the name of many old cinemas and dance halls, and partly as a take on the word rock; however, after learning an American band had the same name he changed the name to Roxy Music.

    RUBINOOS (The)
    Originally called Jon Rubin and the Rubinoos, the word Rubinoos is taken from co-founder Jon Rubins surname.

    RUDIMANTAL
    The name Rudimental came from Kesi Dryden's childhood piano book "The Book Of Rudiments".

    RUINS

    named themselves after the uk 60/70 band, Henry Cow's track "Ruins"

    RUNAWAY BOYS
    Chris Cheney was a big fan of rockabilly group Stray Cats and this prompted Scott Owen, who originally played piano, to switch to double bass. The pair formed Runaway Boys, named after a song from the Stray Cats' debut album. The band went on to become The Living End, a reference to the film Rock Around the Clock.

    RUSH

    They were rushing to think up a name before their first gig, when John Rustey's brother said "Why don't you call your band Rush?".


    RUSSIAN CIRCLES

    Originally the title of their first composed piece in 2004, which they later called "Carpe", although there name is taken from a drill exercise 'russian circles' used in the game of ice hockey.

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    SAMONIKLI

    The band was named after a book of short stories by writer Prežihov Voranc.

    SANTA SABINA
    The Mexican rock group honors the memory of Maria Sabina, the Mazatec shaman who lived in the southern state of Oaxaca.


    S
    AVAGE GARDEN
    Australian pop duo formed in Logan City, Queensland (1993–2001) Named after a phrase from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, "Beauty was a Savage Garden"..

    SAVING ABEL
    The band title is from the ancient biblical story of Cain and Abel, that is about a brother who killed his own brother. Band member Jason Null thought up the band title saying “I Googled the story of Cain and Abel and found a line about ‘there was no saving Abel,’ which just jumped out at me."

    SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS aka SKSK

    named themselves after Cap'n Jazz's song "Scary Kids Scaring Kids" released on thier Analphabetapolothology album
    released in 1998.

    SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS

    A mythical South American pickpocket training academy

    SCISSOR SISTERS

    they took their name from a sexual position between two women.' More formally the lesbian position in question is called tribadism and less formally tribbing.

    SCRITTI POLITTI
    Comes from an Americanization of the book SCRITTI POLITICI, the political writings by Antonio Gramsci, an
    Italian Marxist.

    SEAN KINGSTON

    Kisean Anderson chose his stage name after the capital of Jamaica, Kingston.

    SEARCHERS [the]
    They took their name from the classic 1956 western The Searchers, which starred John Wayne.

    SECRET CHIEFS 3
    aka SC3
    The band's name was inspired by the "Secret Chiefs" said to inspire and guide various esoteric and mystical groups, and is a reflection of Spruance's interest in such philosophies.

    SEETHER
    Originally Saron Gas. The band was asked to change their name due to Saron Gas being a homophone of sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent. The band changed its name to Seether in honor of Veruca Salt's song titled, "Seether".

    SEPULTURA

    Their name means "Grave" in Portuguese. The name was chosen after co-founder Max Cavalera translated the lyrics to the Motörhead song "Dancing on Your Grave".

    SEVENDUST

    After discovering their name Crawlspace was already taken, band bassist Vinnie Hornsby renamed the band after a brand of plant pesticide he found in his grandmother's garage named Sevin dust

    SEX PISTOLS
    It was partially inspired by Malcom Mclaren wive's punk clothing shop called "Sex".

    SFINX

    "Sfinx" is the Romanian for sphinx

    SHABUTIE

    named from a word taken from African tribe chants that means "naked prey" in the film The Naked Prey.

    SHADOWS OF KNIGHT [The]
    Previously The Shadows and needing a new name, Whiz Winters, came up with the name "The Shadows of Knight" to tie into the British Invasion in music of that time, and because all four of the band members attended Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, whose sports team had the name the "Knights"


    SHADOW GALLERY

    Originally went under the name Sorcerer; they changed their name to Shadow Gallery, taken from the graphic novel 'V for Vendetta' by Alan Moore

    SHAKESPEARS SISTER

    named themselves after The Smiths's "Shakespeare's Sister" released in March 1985.

    SHA NA NA

    The name is taken from a part of the long series of nonsense syllables in the doo-wop hit song "Get a Job", originally recorded in 1957 by the Silhouettes

    SHADOWFAX
    The group takes its name from Gandalf's horse Shadowfax in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

    SHAI HULUD

    Named after the Sandworms of Arrakis from the 1984 science fiction film Dune, based on the Frank Herbert science fiction novel of the same name.

    SHANGRI-LAS [the]

    Initially, the girls performed without a name. But when they signed their first deal, they began calling themselves the Shangri-Las, after a Queens, New York restaurant.

    SHeDAISY
    The group's name is derived from a Navajo term meaning "my (little) sister".


    SHELLEYAN ORPHAN

    The name of the band comes from the Shelley poem "Spirit Of Solitude".

    SHOOK ONES

    named after Mobb Deep's 1994 promotional single "Shook Ones"

    SIGUR RóS

    named after the band's vocalist, Jón Þór Birgisson (Jónsi)'s little sister, whose name is Sigurrós (without a space). It translates to "victory rose."

    SILVER JEWS

    some say that the name pays homage to Silver Apples and The Silver Beatles, and others say it is named after the slang meanining for blonde-haired Jewish people.

    SILVERCHAIR
    'Innocent Criminals' wanted to change thier name to "Sliverchair" ~ "Sliver" by Nirvana, and "The Berlin Chair" by the Australian band, but Chris Joannou mis-spelled it, some say on the copyright form, others say when he wrote it down as not to forget the name. Another story is they changed their name from to Silverchair, supposedly after visiting a psychic!

    SIMPLE MINDS
    inspired by a line in the David Bowie song "Jean Genie".
    . He's so simple minded he can't drive his module, he bites on the neon and sleeps in the capsule.

    SIOUXIE SIOUX

    Susan Janet Ballion named herself after The Sioux Indians because she "hates cowboys".

    SISTER MACHINE GUN

    named after a line from Skinny Puppy's "Tin Omen" ...they'll be coming down /altogether sister machine gun / automatic high what a ride...


    SISTERS OF MERCY
    A tribute to the Leonard Cohen song "Sisters Of Mercy" from his 1967 debut album 'Songs of Leonard Cohen'

    SKID ROW
    Sabo originally liked the name Skip Rope, but Jon Bon Jovi convinced him Skid Row would sound more professional.
    Skid Row is slang for run down inner city neighborhoods.

    SKYCLAD
    The term "skyclad" comes from a pagan/wiccan term for ritual nudity, in which rituals are performed with the participants metaphorically clad only by the sky, as a sign of equality.

    SLAM CREEPERS
    The name is a humorous anglicisation of Swedish 'slamkrypare', 'mud crawlers', a slang name for a kind of shoes.

    SLAYER
    Don’t believe the long-standing myth that they shortened the name of the Disney fantasy film Dragonslayer: ‘Slayer’ simply was born from the vivid, bloodthirsty imaginations of bored teenagers.

    SLEEPER

    The title of a Woody Allen film.

    SLIPKNOT

    Drummer Joey Jordison suggested renaming the band from "Meld" to "Slipknot" after their song of the same name that appeared on the band's '95 demo album and 1st album Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
    released in 1996

    SLOAN

    According to band member Jay Ferguson, the band's name refers to a friend's nickname. Their friend Jason Larsen was called "slow one" by his French-speaking boss, which with the French accent sounded more like "Sloan." The original agreement was that they could name the band after their friend's nickname as long as he was on the cover of their first album. As a result, it is Larsen who appears on the cover of Sloan's Peppermint EP.

    SMALL FACES

    Inspired by The Who song "I'm the Face". Face is Mod talk for a "stylish guy" and the band were all short lads.

    SMITHS [The]
    In a 1984 interview Morrissey stated, "I decided to call ourselves "The Smiths" because it was the most ordinary name, and I think it's time that the ordinary folk of the world showed their faces." Also the band have stated that it was a reaction against names they considered fancy and pompous such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Another theory regarding the origin of the band's name suggests that it was an ironic joke to give the band a quintessentially English name when all of the band members were of Irish descent.

    SMOKEY ROBINSON

    Smokey quote: My uncle Claude was my favorite uncle, he was also my godfather. He and I were really, really close. He used to take me to see cowboy movies all the time when I was a little boy because I loved cowboy movies. He got a cowboy name for me, which was Smokey Joe. So from the time I was three years old if people asked me what my name was I didn't tell them my name was William, I told them my name was Smokey Joe. That's what everyone called me until I was about 12 and then I dropped the Joe part. I've heard that story about him giving it to me because I'm a light skinned Black man but that's not at all true.

    SNOW PATROL

    Paul Wilson (bass player) once joked about the origin of their name in an interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine; saying it stemmed from an encounter with police in Telluride, Colorado. The band members apparently were seen trying to cut down a Christmas tree from the skiing hotspot. The band successfully eluded the police when they hid in a cave for over five hours.. Poor Jonny Quinn (drummer) allegedly suffered from a bout of pneumonia after their ordeal.

    SOFT BOYS
    Combination of two William Burroughs novels, 'Soft Machine' and 'Wild Boys'.

    SOFT MACHINE
    The name of a William Burroughs novel

    SONIC YOUTH

    A combination of 2 local New York bands Sonic Rendezvous Orchestra and Big Youth

    SOUNDGARDEN

    A garden of kinetic sculptures that make music when wind blows through them

    SOUP DRAGONS (The)

    Named after a character in the 1970s children's television show Clangers.

    SPANDAU BALLET

    Inspired after a visit to a club in Spandau where one of their roadies saw some graffiti on the toilet walls refering to Spandau Prison. Spandau Ballet is an aweful Nazi guard term for the spasms of prisoners as they danced at the end of the rope, when they were hanged at Spandau Prison, according to others, it refers to lines of enemies being gunned down by the infamous WW2 German machine gun MG42 "Spandau"

    SPANKY AND OUR GANG

    The band derives its name from Hal Roach's popular Our Gang comedies of the 1930s (known to modern audiences as The Little Rascals)

    SPIDER MURPHY GANG
    A combination of Barny Murphy's last name, and the reference of Elvis Presley's song, "Jailhouse Rock" to a 'Spider Murphy' that played the tenor saxophone.

    SPIRAL ARCHITECT

    named after UK rock band Black Sabbath's "Spiral Architect", a track on the '73 album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

    SPIRIT

    The band was originally named The Spirits Rebellious, after a book by Khalil Gibran.

    SPOON
    took its name from the eponymous Spoon track on Can's 'Ege Bamyasi' 1972 album

    SPOTNICKS [the]
    "The Spotnicks", a play on the Russian satellite Sputnik as suggested by their manager, Roland Ferneborg.

    ST. ETIENNE

    They are named after the famous French football team, AS Saint-Étienne, European Cup runners-up in the 1970s.

    STARS OF TRACK AND FIELD

    named themselves after Belle and Sebastian's "Stars of Track and Field", a track on their 1996 album 'If You're Feeling Sinister'

    STARSAILOR

    named themselves after Tim Buckley's "Starsailor" a track from his 1970 album of the same name.

    STEELY DAN

    A steel dildo in the 1964 William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch.

    STEPASIDE

    named after the Dublin suburb of the same name.

    STEPPENWOLF
    Originally called the Sparrows, they took thier name from the 1928 novel Steppenwolf by German Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse.

    STEPPEULVENE
    The Dutch band took its name from the 1928 novel Steppenwolf by German Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse.

    STEREOPHONICS
    After Stuart Cable read the manufacturer name of a gramophone, "Falcon Stereophonic", he told Kelly and the band agreed to change their name to "The Stereophonics", but dropped the "the" when they signed with V2.

    STEVEN SEVERIN
    Steven John Bailey, co-founding member of Siouxsie and the Banshees, took the name "Severin" from the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch character that is the subject of theVelvet Underground song "Venus in Furs".

    STIFF LITTLE FINGERS

    named themselves after UK punk band The Vibrators's number, "Stiff Little Fingers" which appeared on the Vibrators' debut album, Pure Mania in 1977.

    STING
    Gordon Sumner used to wear a yellow/black striped shirt when in a jazz band, people said he looked like a bee.. The STING nickname grew from that.

    STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

    Originally called Mighty Joe Young, but their lawyer told them this name was already being used by a local blues musician. They changed the band's name to Shirley Temple's Pussy, but then changed the name again due to record label pressure. They liked the initials STP (from the STP Motor Oil Company logo) and eventually settled on the name Stereo Temple Pirates, but just prior to their first record it was suggested to change Stereo to Stone, and Pirates (which sounded imposing) to Pilots, and they became officially the Stone Temple Pilots in 1990.

    STRUNG SHORT

    named after rock band Shabütie's "Strung Short", a track on their 1999 EP, Plan to Take Over the World

    STRYER

    Originally derived from the King James Version of Isaiah 53:5, drummer Robert Sweet created the acronym: Salvation Through Redemption, Yielding Peace, Encouragement, and Righteousness

    STYX

    After the mythical river, Styx, that people crossed over to go into Hell.

    STUKAS OVER BEDROCK

    name inspired by punk band's The Dickies song "Stukas Over Disneyland" from the 1983 album of the same name.

    SUBTERRANEANS (the)
    the Detroit band was named after a Jack Kerouac's novel.

    SUBURBAN KIDS WITH BIBLICAL NAMES
    after a line from The Silver Jews' "People", a track from their third full-length studio album American Water .. I love the city and the city rain, suburban kids with biblical names.

    SUGARPLUM FAIRY
    The members took the name from a version of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life" where John Lennon counts the song in by saying "sugar-plum-fairy, sugar-plum-fairy".

    SUGARCUBES

    Dripping liquid LSD on Sugarcubes is a time honored way to "package" LSD.

    SUGARLOAF
    The band was originally called Chocolate Hair; when they received their first recording contract they changed their name to Sugarloaf, named after a mountain outside of Boulder, Colorado, where their guitarist Bob Webber lived.

    SUM 41

    The band started 41 days into the summer. The band was originally a NOFX cover band named Kaspir; they changed their name to Sum 41 for a Supernova show on September 28th 1996.

    SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE
    Nate Mendel stated the band's name "was just a random thought that popped into my head that came from a Talking Heads song, '(Nothing But) Flowers'". He felt that since the band's outlook on the world saw that every possible thing was becoming a commodity to be bought and sold, it was possible that one day, people would even start selling sunny days. The lyrics made him ponder about what could be sold as property, and come up with the commercialization of sunny days.

    SUPERTRAMP

    Named after a book called 'Autobiography Of A Supertramp', written by W.H.Davies in 1910.

    SWAN SILVERSTONES

    The Four Harmony Kings soon renamed to the Silvertone Singers. After the group was hired by a radio program based in Knoxville, Tennessee that was sponsored by the local Swan Bakery, they were renamed as the Swan Silvertones.

    SWEET 75
    The name was taken from a poem by Theodore Roethke.

    SWEET THING

    named after Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing", a track from his 1968 acclaimed second album Astral Weeks.

    SYNYSTER GATES
    Guitarist Brian Elwin Haner Jr, stated that his name was thought of on a drunken drive through the park with The Rev. His exact words were, "I am Synyster Gates, and I am awesome!".


    SYSTEM OF A DOWN aka SOAD
    Former Soil members, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian and Daron Malakian formed a new band, System of a Down. The group took its name from a poem that Daron Malakian had written titled “Victims of a Down". The word "victims" was changed to "system" because Shavo Odadjian believed that it would appeal to a much wider audience and also because the group wanted their records to be alphabetically shelved closer to their musical heroes, Slayer.
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    TAMPA RED

    Hudson Woodbridge adopted the name 'Tampa Red' from his childhood home and light colored skin.

    TAKING BACK SUNDAY

    The band is named after a song by Long Island band The Waiting Process who were inspired by their grandmother, Tina, that they should take back Sunday from the Christian people in Long Island.


    TAMS (The)

    They took their name from the Tam O'shanter hats they wore on stage.

    TEARS FOR FEARS
    Arthur Janov wrote a book, entitled The Primal Scream: Primal Therapy, The Cure for Neurosis. In that book the principle of 'tears instead of fear' is revealed.

    TEMPLE OF THE DOG

    Their name was taken from one of the late Andrew Wood's of Mother Love Bone lyrics

    TEN YEARS AFTER

    They changed their name, to Ten Years After in 1966 – in honour of Elvis Presley, an idol of Lee's, as it was ten years after Presley's successful year, 1956)

    TERRORVISION

    Named after a cult B-movie; original name Spoilt Bratz

    TEXAS
    Inpired by the film 'Paris, Texas'

    TEXAS IS THE REASON

    named after a line from The Misfits' "Bullet" single

    THE
    101 ERS
    The group was named after the squat where they lived together: 101 Walterton Road, Maida Vale, although it was for a time rumoured that they were named for "Room 101", the infamous torture room in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    THE
    13th FLOOR ELEVATORS
    The band's name was developed from a suggestion by drummer John Ike Walton to use the name "Elevators" and Clementine Hall added "13th Floor"

    THE BACHELORS
    A&R man Dick Rowe suggested the name saying, "because that's the kind of boy a girl likes"


    THE BAND

    According to guitarist Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan's backup band resisted all conformity, even naming their ensemble. After landing their own recording contract, record company executives pressed them for a group name, but had to settle for simply "The Band".

    THE BAR-KEYS
    Growing out of a local group dubbed the Imperials, they adopted a mutated version of their favorite brand of rum, Bacardi, as their name.

  42. THE BLIMP
    Took their name from a Captain Beefheart song "The Blimp" from his 1969 album, Trout Mask Replica.


    THE BLOODHOUND GANG

    A reference to "The Bloodhound Gang", a segment on the 1980s PBS kids' show 3-2-1 Contact that featured three young detectives solving mysteries and fighting crime.

    THE BOY
    LEAST LIKEY TO
    named after Morrissey's "The Girl Least Likely To"

  43. THE BOYS
    The group who were made up of 4 brothers got asked their name by the orginizers of a talent contest they were performing at; nameless at this time, their mother responded with "my boys" and then quickly changed her answer to "The Boys".

  44. THE CASTILES
    Bruce Stringsteen's high school band named themselves after the soapbar of the same name.


    THE CHIEFTAINS
    The band's name came from the book Death of a Chieftain by Irish author John Montague.

    THE CHVRCHES
    They chose the name Chvrches, using a Roman "v" to avoid confusions with actual churches on internet searches. Chvrches have also stated that the band name "has no religious connotation, [they] just thought it sounded cool".

  45. THE COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE
    The band was named after the Cowper-Temple clause. The clause was inserted into the Elementary Education Act 1870, which established compulsory primary education in England and Wales. The clause, a compromise on the matter of funding for denominational schools, was named after its proposer, Liberal MP William Cowper-Temple.

    THE CROOKES

    The band members went to Sheffield University in the UK and named themselves after the suburb Crookes in Sheffield, where the guitarists Alex Saunders and Daniel Hopewell lived as students before recruiting George Waite and Russell Bates.

    THE
    CURE
    The band's original name was Easy Cure, taken from the name of one of the group's early songs. The name was later shortened to The Cure because frontman Robert Smith felt the name was too American and "too hippyish".

    THE dB's
    As they told us with their debut album in 1981, dB's stands for 'decibels'.


    THE DEL RUBIO TRIPLETS

    Their stage name comes from the colour the triplets dyed their hair; the word "rubio" means "blonde" in Spanish.

    THE DOORS
    Originally called the Psychedelic Rangers, the Doors took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a William Blake quote: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite"

    THE DUST BROTHERS

    Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons called themselves The Dust Brothers, paying homage to the American production duo famous for their work with the Beastie Boys.

    THE FALL
    English post-punk band formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester (1976-pres) bassist Tony Friel came up with the name "The Fall" after a 1956 novel by Albert Camus.

    THE FEELIES
    The name is taken from Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, in which the feelies were the equivalent of the movies.


    THE FIREBALLS
    Sometimes billed as Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, they took their name from Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire".

    THE FLOWERPOT MEN

    Psychedelic-era puns on flower power and "pot" (cannabis).

    THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS

    The group borrowed their name from an East Coast-based group of the same name who had been colleagues of Gram Parsons' previous band, the International Submarine Band.

    THE FOGGY RIVER BOYS
    named after the nickname for the Cumberland River

    THE FOUR SEASONS
    Originally the Varietones, when they got turned at an auditioned to appear at a local bowling alley, they adopted the name of the place "The Four Seasons"


    THE FUGS

    The band was named by Tuli Kupferberg, he took their name from Norman Mailer's substitute for the word "fuck" in his novel The Naked and the Dead.

    THE FUTUREHEADS
    Their name comes from the title of The Flaming Lips 5th album, 'Hit to Death in the Future Head'.


    THE GAYLORDS
    The Gaylords named after the notorious post war Chicago Gaylords street gang


    THE GET UP KIDS
    named after The Cure's "Suburban Get Up Kids"


    THE GORMERS
    Their name was taken from a television character in The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle .


    THE GREASE BAND
    The Grease Band was named after Joe Cocker read an interview with jazz keyboardist Jimmy Smith, where Smith positively described another musician as "having a lot of grease".

    THE GROUNDHOGS
    The Groundhogs was originally formed as The Dollar Bills, Tony McPhee steered them towards the blues and renamed them after a John Lee Hooker song, "Groundhog's Blues".


    THE HILLTOPPERS
    They took their name from the nickname of the Western Kentucky athletic teams.

    THE
    HEPTONES
    The name was chosen by group member Earl Morgan after seeing a Heptones Tonic bottle lying in a pile of refuse.

    THE
    HOLLIES
    Not in homage to Buddy Holly, as rumored. They chose the name from some Christmas holly decorating Graham Nash's house.

    THE
    HUES CORPORATION
    Inspired by Howard Hughes and his empire, but when their manager Wally Holmes went to a lawyer, he said 'you can't spell it that way'. So Holmes came up with "Hues".

    THE JORANAIRES
    Named after Jordan Creek in Missouri, not the Jordan River, as many have thought.

    THE
    KILLERS
    Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning took the name which was on the bass drum of a fictional band in a New Order video for New Order's song "Crystal".


    THE KIRBYS
    Original called The Panthers, but while on Radio Luxembourg show, they were introduced as The Kirkbys, the presenter confused their name with their home town. The name stuck.


    THE
    KOOKS
    named after David Bowie's "Kooks" from his album Hunky Dory


    THE LILAC TIME
    The band's name was taken from a line in the Nick Drake song "River Man".


    THE LIVING END
    Chris Cheney was a big fan of rockabilly group Stray Cats and this prompted Scott Owen, who originally played piano, to switch to double bass. The pair formed Runaway Boys, named after a song from the Stray Cats' debut album. The band went on to become The Living End, a reference to the film Rock Around the Clock.


    THE
    MACCABEES
    The band came up with the name by flicking through the Bible and picking out a random word. Despite their name, lead singer Orlando Weeks has affirmed, in an interview on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 1 show, that none of the band is religious.


    THE MAINE
    their name was inspired by the song
    'The Coast of Maine' by Ivory, the band shortened it to The Maine.


    THE MARCELS
    named after a popular hair style of the era, the marcel wave, by Fred Johnson's younger sister Priscilla.

  46. THE MARKED
    named for the conspicuous birthmarks of both frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Ron Roesing.

    THE MARS VOLTA
    Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated in an interview ...“ The Volta is taken from a Federico Fellini book about his films, what he characterizes as a changing of scene, or a turnaround; a new scene to him is called Volta. Y'know, changing of time and the changeover. And Mars, we're just fascinated by science fiction.....”

    THE MARTELLS
    Named after Canadian teen pop idol Bobby Curtola's manager, Maria Martell.

  47. THE MOANS
    They named themselves after an Art Blakey number.


    THE MOB
    They named themselves after UK rock band Black Sabbath's "The Mob Rules"
    from their 1981 album, Mob Rules. They went on to become Queensrÿche.

    THE MOODY BLUES
    They were originally called "M & B 5" because they wanted to perform in a Birmingham brewery called 'Mitchell's and Butlers.' The building had a big 'MB' on it. Wanting to keep the MB, their final name had a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song, "Mood Indigo".


    THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
    The name is taken from the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song "Yellow Coat", which contains the line "50 million bulldogs, 20 mountain goats, all gathered 'round at sundown to see my yellow coat"


    THE MUSICAL BOX
    named after the Genesis song "The Musical Box" on their 1971 album Nursery Cryme, their 3rd studio album.


    THE NAKED AND FAMOUS
    named after The Presidents of the United States of America's "Naked and Famous" hit single of 1994.


    THE NICE
    The band name was inspired by the Small Faces' hit song about drugs "Here Comes the Nice"


    THE O'JAYS
    Originally called the Mascots, they named themselves after the Cleveland disc jockey Eddie O'Jay, who helped the band out in their early days.


    THE OFFSPRING
    Its members Dexter Holland and Greg K decided to form a band after attending a Social Distortion concert. The band was called Manic Subsidal, who suddenly changed their name to The Offspring in 1986.


    THE ORDINARY BOYS
    named themselves after the song "The Ordinary Boys" performed by Morrissey on his 1988 album Viva Hate.


    THE OTHER ONES
    The name of the band was taken from the title of the Grateful Dead song "That's It for the Other One", from 1968's Anthem of the Sun. In 2003, The Other Ones changed their name to The Dead.


    THE
    POGUES
    Shortened from 'Pogue Mahone', which is a distorted version of Póg Mo hón, which is Irish Gaelic for 'kiss my ass'.

    THE PRETTY THINGS

    Named after the Bo Diddley hit "Pretty Thing", released in November 1955.

    THE PRODIGY

    The Prodigy's name was chosen by Liam Howlett as a tribute to his first analogue synthesiser, the Moog Prodigy.

  48. THE QUARRYMEN
    John Lennon named the band after his school.

    THE RAH BAND
    Named after the initials of its founder, the English producer, arranger, conductor and multi-instrumentalist, Richard Anthony Hewson.

    THE RAIN

    The Rain were the Manchester band that eventually evolved into Oasis. They took their name from The Beatles' B-side, "Rain".

    THE RAMONES

    Douglas Colvin was the first to use the name Ramone, calling himself Dee Dee Ramone. He was inspired by the fact that Paul McCartney used the pseudonym Paul Ramone (sometimes Ramon) prior to the success of the Beatles. The other members followed suit and adopted new stage names; Jeffry Hyman became Joey Ramone, reportedly after pop music vocalist Joey Levine, John Cummings became Johnny Ramone, and the group itself became known as the Ramones. Soon after this, their manager Thomas Erdelyi took over on drums, as Tommy Ramone. Each new member since, has always taken a stage name ending with Ramone.


    THE RED DIRT SKINNERS
    British musical group playing the "Red Dirt" music genre of music and the term "Skinner" refers to the surname of the husband and wife duo.


    THE RESIDENTS

    In 1971 the group sent a reel-to-reel tape to Hal Halverstadt at Warner Brothers. Because the band had not included any name in the return address, the rejection slip was simply addressed to "The Residents". The members of the group then decided that this would be the name they would use, first becoming Residents Unincorporated, then shortening it to the current name.

    THE REV
    James Sullivan of the band Avenged Sevenfold who attended a catholic school, attained his name via a shortened version of The Reverend Tholomew Plague.

    THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT
    Previously The Shadows and needing a new name, Whiz Winters, came up with the name "The Shadows of Knight" to tie into the British Invasion in music of that time, and because all four of the band members attended Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, whose sports team had the name the "Knights"


    THE SHANGRI-LAS
    Initially, the girls performed without a name. But when they signed their first deal, they began calling themselves the Shangri-Las, after a Queens, New York restaurant.


    THE
    SMITHS
    In a 1984 interview Morrissey stated, "I decided to call ourselves "The Smiths" because it was the most ordinary name, and I think it's time that the ordinary folk of the world showed their faces." Also the band have stated that it was a reaction against names they considered fancy and pompous such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Another theory regarding the origin of the band's name suggests that it was an ironic joke to give the band a quintessentially English name when all of the band members were of Irish descent.

    THE SOUP DRAGONS
    Named after a character in the 1970s children's television show Clangers.

    THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP
    Muff Winwood came up with the band's name change, reasoning "Spencer was the only one who enjoyed doing interviews, so I pointed out that if we called it the Spencer Davis Group, the rest of us could stay in bed and let him do them."

    THE STONE PONEYS
    Their name came from Delta Blues singer Charley Patton's 1929 song "The Stone Pony Blues", also known as "Pony Blues"

    THE SPOTNICKS
    "The Spotnicks", a play on the Russian satellite Sputnik as suggested by their manager, Roland Ferneborg.

    THE SUBTERRANEANS
    the Detroit band was named after a Jack Kerouac's novel.

    THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND
    named after a song"The Sunshine Underground" from the 1999 album Surrender by The Chemical Brothers.

    THE TAMS
    They took their name from the Tam o'shanter hats they wore on stage

    THE TWILIGHT SAD
    A Scottish indie band, who took their name from a line in one of Wilfred Owen’s war poems.

    THE VERONICAS
    The duo twins named themselves after Winona Ryder's character, Veronica, in the film Heathers.

    THE VILLEBILLIES
    The word "Villebillies" [Vill-bill-eez] came from a lyric written by vocalist Derek "Child" Monyhan shortly after joining the group. It is a combination of the words Louisville, the band's hometown and largest urban center in Kentucky (often locally nicknamed "The Ville"), and hillbilly, referring to eastern Kentucky's rural mountain culture. The name references the cross genre nature of the band's music.

    THE WEAVERS
    At Fred Hellerman's suggestion, the group took its name from a 1892 play by Gerhart Hauptmann, Die Weber / The Weavers, a powerful work depicting the uprising of the Silesian weavers in 1844 which contains the lines, "I'll stand it no more, come what may".


    THE WEDNESDAY FOLK
    The band used to meet and perform every Wednesday night at a pub in their home town of Ashton-under-Lyne. They later changed their name to The Fivepenny Piece.

    THE WOLFE TONES
    They take their name from the Irish rebel and patriot Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, with the double entendre of a wolf tone - a spurious sound that can affect instruments of the violin family.

    THE YARDBIRDS
    Grew out of Keith Relf's The Metropolitan Blues Quartet. When the band changed members in 1963 Relf changed the name to Yardbirds partly from the nickname of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, "Bird", and partly from both an expression for hobos hanging around rail yards waiting for a train and US slang for prisoner.


    THE YETTIES
    the English folk music group took their name from the Dorset village of Yetminster which was their childhood home.

    THE YOUNG TRADITION
    named after a London Club, The Young Tradition, which gave Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood a regular gig when Peter Bellamy was a starving musician in the 60's.


    THE YUMMY FUR
    Indie rock band from Glasgow (1992-1999). Their name was taken from the comic book Yummy Fur by Chester Brown.

  49. THE ZEPHYRS
    Brothers vocals-guitarist Stuart and bassist David Nicol, adopted the band name used by their father 25 years before.


    THENEWNO2

    The name "thenewno2" is a reference to the 1960s British television show, The Prisoner.

    theSTART
    Originally called Hero, they were forced to change their name as it was already taken. Aimee Echo's mother suggested "theSTART".

    THIN LIZZY

    When original quitarist Eric Bell saw Eric Clapton reading a copy of the BEANO comic on a John Mayall album cover he bought a copy. One of the characters in the comic was Tin Lizzy. Phil Lynott thought that was a horrible name for a band and suggested Thin Lizzy instead.

    THIS IS HELL
    Named after the Elvis Costello 1994 song "This Is Hell"

    THIS MORTAL SOUL
    this project or unique collaboration of various musicians led by Ivo Watts-Russell took it's name "This Mortal Coil" from the Monty Python's Flying Circus "Dead Parrot Sketch".

    THOMSON TWINS

    Named after the two bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson in Hergé's comic strip The Adventures of Tintin by the Belgium artist Herge.

    THREE DOG NIGHT

    They chose Three Dog Night from the Australian slang for especially cold weather, which comes from an Australian Aborigine custom of sleeping with three dogs on extremely cold nights.

    THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD

    they named themselves after Cannibal Corpse's "Staring Through The Eyes of The Dead"

    TLC

    Nicknames of band members: Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez and Rozonda is "Chilli"

    TOBACCO
    Tobacco [Thomas Fec] said that his name derived from "a character that freaked me out as a kid, the Tobacco Man," referring to the character from the film Redneck Zombies.


    TOKIO HOTEL

    The band named themselves after "Tokio", the German spelling of the Japanese city Tokyo, due to a love of the city, and "Hotel" due to their constant touring and living in hotels.

    TON STEINE SCHERBEN

    Ton Steine Scherben's literal English translation is "Clay Stones Shards"; in German, "Ton" can mean "sound" as well, so the band's name may be considered to be an amphibology. Singer Rio Reiser usually told journalists the name was taken from a description by pioneer archeologist Heinrich Schliemann of what he saw when he first came to the site of ancient Troy. Other members of the band claim in the biography "Keine Macht für Niemand - Die Geschichte der Ton Steine Scherben" (No power for nobody - the story of Clay Stone Shards") that it is a play on the name of the West German labor union Bau-Steine-Erden (Construction-Stones-Earths). The band name is also a tribute to The Rolling Stones and to "Die roten Steine" (The red stones), a trainee theatre group from Berlin.

    TOOL

    Maynard James Keenan gave a direct explanation of his band's name in an interview in 1994: "Tool is exactly what it sounds like: It's a big dick. It's a wrench. It's also what it sounds like: It's a verb, it's a digging factor. It's an active process of searching, as in use us, we are a shovel, we are the match, we're the blotter of acid, your tool; use us as a catalyst in your process of finding out whatever it is you need to find out, or whatever it is you're trying to achieve. Tool drummer Danny Carey alleged that the name "Tool" means that the band served its fans as a tool through which they would come to understand the concept of lachrymology.

    TOTO

    After watching The Wizard of Oz on TV, they named the band not after the dog, but because the name was easy to pronounce and remember.

    T PAU

    Named after a high priestess from the planet Vulcan in the American TV series Star Trek.

    TPAO BATMAN
    TPAO is the abbreviation of Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi, the national petroleum company of Turkey and Batman was a then recently developed city close to Turkey's only oilfield.

    TRAGIC LOVE COMPANY
    Tragic Love Company, the name was inspired by the band members favourite bands which were The Tragically Hip, Mother Love Bone and Bad Company.

    TRAVIS
    Inspired by the film "Paris, Texas" in which Travis is the lead character.

    TROGGS

    From the term 'troglodyte'.

    THUNDER EXPRESS
    The name is taken from a MC5 song as a tribute to the MC5 and their music.
    It was recorded March 1972 for French TV, and appears on their 'The Big Bang!: Best of the MC5' 2000 CD

    TURTLES
    [The]
    Originally the Crossfires, but changed their name to the Tyrtles as an unveiled homage to the Byrds, but soon amended the spelling. .

    TWILIGHT SAD [The]
    A Scottish indie band, who took their name from a line in one of Wilfred Owen’s war poems.

    TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

    The band's name came about after Member, Sam Halliday mispronounced the name of the local cinema, Tudor Cinema, and this stuck

    TYGERS OF PAN TANG

    The band is named after an elite group of chaos-worshiping warriors, called the Tigers of Pan Tang, in Michael Moorcock's Elric stories.

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    U


    U2
    The origin of the name 'U2' is not clear. It is the name of a famous 1960s surveillance plane, the Lockheed U-2; however, the Dublin punk rock guru Steve Averill (better known as Steve Rapid of The Radiators From Space) claimed it was chosen by the band from a list of six or so names created by him and Adam Clayton. Some say it grew out of interactivity with their audiences in their "Hype" days getting them to join in saying 'you too.', others say it comes from an Irish tax or gvernment form a W2.

    UB40

    Named after the paper form issued by the UK government's Department of Employment at the time of the band's formation for claiming unemployment benefit. UB40 = Unemployment Benefit, Form 40. A few of the band members met at the dole office every week while signing on for their weekly benifits. The title of their first album was called 'Signing Off'!

    UGLY KID JOE

    A parody of Pretty Boy Floyd, a band they once played a show with.

    UGLY RUMOURS

    The band's name came from the cover of the Grateful Dead's album From the Mars Hotel.

    UH HUH HER

    named after PJ Harvey's unreleased song "Uh Huh Her" that was cut from the 2004 album Uh Huh Her

    ULTRAVOX
    Latin for "the greatest amount of voice"

    UNIT 4+2

    In 1962, Brian Parker formed a vocal harmony group with Buster Meikle, Tommy Moeller, and Peter Moules, calling it Unit 4. They were later joined by Russ Ballard on guitar and Bob Henrit on drums which formed the "+ 2".

    UNITED

    The thrash metal band from Japan took their name from the song of the same name, off of Judas Priest's album, British Steel.

    URIAH HEEP
    Manager Gerry Bron suggested Uriah Heep, based on the 'horrible little character from Charles Dickens' novel, 'David Copperfield'.

    UTAH SAINTS

    The name "Utah Saints" as told by Willis is a play on the fact that when the American basketball team New Orleans Jazz moved to Utah they kept their name "the Jazz".

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    V

    V
    Band member Antony Brant came up with the band name "V" because V is the Roman numeral for five and there were five members in the band.

    VAMPIRE WEEKEND

    The band had a gig, but no name, so they decided to call there self "Vampire Weekend" after a self made horror movie.

    VAN HALEN

    "Van Halen" is the last name of the band's guitarist Eddie Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen. Initially called Mammoth, the band changed its name when it found out Mammoth was already taken by another band.

    VANCE
    ARNOLD
    The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presley's character in Jailhouse Rock (which Joe Cocker misheard as Vance); and country singer Eddy Arnold.

    VANITY 6

    Prince gave the group their name Vanity 6 because among the three members, there were six breasts.

    VEIL OF MAYA
    named after Cynic's "Veil of Maya" a song from their album Focus.


    VELOCITY GIRL

    named after Primal Scream's 1986 track "Velocity Girl"

    VELVET UNDERGROUND

    This is the name of an S&M magazine that a band member found on a sidewalk in New York

    VILLAGE PEOPLE

    All of the members of the group came from Greenwich Village, their manager, Jacques Morali, decided to call them "The Village People".

    VILLEBILLIES (The)

    The word "Villebillies" [Vill-bill-eez] came from a lyric written by vocalist Derek "Child" Monyhan shortly after joining the group. It is a combination of the words Louisville, the band's hometown and largest urban center in Kentucky (often locally nicknamed "The Ville"), and hillbilly, referring to eastern Kentucky's rural mountain culture. The name references the cross genre nature of the band's music.


    VINEGAR JOE
    Vinegar Joe is the nickname of US General Joseph Stilwell

    VIVA HATE
    named after Morrissey's debut solo album, Viva Hate, released 14 March 1988.

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    W

    WAH!
    Originally 'Wah! Heat', the name of this Liverpool rock group comes from when frontman Pete Wylie was cycling on a hot day; he stopped when he saw a friend and greeted him with those words.

    WALK THE MOON

    Named after The Police song "Walking on the Moon"


    WANG CHUNG aka HUANG CHUNG

    The name Wang Chung means "yellow bell" in Mandarin Chinese and is the first note in the Chinese classical music scale.


    WAR

    Eric Burdon wanted to attract attention because at this the hippies were so anti-war.

    WARSAW

    named after David Bowie's "Warszawa". Warsaw later became Joy Division

    WAYNE FONTANA & THE MINDBENDERS
    Glyn Geoffrey Ellis rechristened himself Wayne Fontana after Elvis Presley's drummer, DJ Fontana. The band took its name from Dirk Boarded's 1962 British horror movie, The Mindbenders.

    WEAVERS [The]
    At Fred Hellerman's suggestion, the group took its name from a 1892 play by Gerhart Hauptmann, Die Weber / The Weavers, a powerful work depicting the uprising of the Silesian weavers in 1844 which contains the lines, "I'll stand it no more, come what may".

    WEEZER
    Rivers Cuomo was nicknamed Weezer in school for being a geek and made weezing sounds caused by his asthma.

    WEST END
    Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe called themselves called themselves West End because of their love of London's West End, after which they changed their name to Pet Shop Boys

    WET WET WET
    They took their name from a Scritti Politti song.

    WHAM!

    After meeting in a band called "Executive", George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley said they named their duo Wham! because wanted to make a loud impact in the music business.

    WHITE TOWN
    The name White Town was inspired by Jyoti Mishra's experiences growing up as an Indian in a small English village.

    WHITEOUT
    They took their name from a slang term for the disorientating effects of alcohol.

    WHITESNAKE

    David Coverdale was inspired by his dick, that simple! He did have a white albino ball python snake too!

    WHITE ZOMBIE

    An old B-movie starring Bela Lugosi.

    WHO

    The band members were already so hard of hearing or sometime and while suggestions for a new name were being discussed , someone noticed they kept saying, "the who?"

    WIDESPREAD PANIC

    Due to anxiety problems, lead guitarist Mike Houser used to have the nickname "Panic". One day he came home and announced that he didn't want to be just "Panic", he wanted to be "Widespread Panic".

    WILCO

    The group named itself "Wilco" after the CB radio voice procedure for "Will Comply", a choice which Tweedy has called "fairly ironic for a rock band to name themselves".

    WINDS OF PLAGUE

    named after a song on Unearth's "Endless" album

    WINGS

    Paul McCartney thought of this name while waiting in a hospital wing for Linda to give birth


    WINTERSUN

    In an interview Jari Maenpaa says "Winter" reflects the cold & stormy side of the music and also the Finnish melancholy & magic. "Sun" is related to the "universe, space & stars" feel of the music.
    Wu Tang Clan - RZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard adopted the name for the rap group after seeing the Kung fu film Shaolin and Wu Tang, which features a school of warriors trained in Wu-Tang style.

    WOLFE TONES [the]
    They take their name from the Irish rebel and patriot Theobald Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, with the double entendre of a wolf tone - a spurious sound that can affect instruments of the violin family.


    WOLFSTONE
    The group are named after the "Wolfstone", a Pictish stone originally sited at Ardross, Easter Ross, close to where the band initially recorded

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    X


    X
    Singer-bassist John Doe scavenged a giant X that once sat atop a demolished Ex-Lax factory in Los Angeles. He kept in it his apartment. He later started dating a lapsed Catholic poet named Christine Cervenka who had X’d out the “Christ” in her name, á la “Xmas.”

    XIU XIU

    from the 1998 Chinese film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

    XTC

    Looking for a new name, Andy Partridge was inspried by a Jimmy Durante clip when he said "'dats it, I'm in ecstasy!" Also he liked how well XTC looked on posters

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    Y


    YARDBIRDS (The)

    Grew out of Keith Relf's The Metropolitan Blues Quartet. When the band changed members in 1963 he changed the name to The Yardbirds as it was an expression for hobos hanging around rail yards waiting for a train and a reference to the jazz saxophonist Charl
    e "Yardbird" Parker..

    YELLOWMAN / KING YELLOWMAN
    Nicknames of Winston Foster, describing the hair and skin color of himself being a
    Jamaica albino.

    YESTERDAY & TODAY
    Leonard Haze chose the name of the album that was playing on his turntable at that moment —"Yesterday and Today"— a compilation from The Beatles.

    YETTIES (The)
    the English folk music group took their name from the Dorset village of Yetminster which was their childhood home.


    YOUNG RASCALS

    Inspired by the 1920's "Our Gang" films, later known on television as The Little Rascals.

    YOUNG TRADITION
    (The)
    named after a London Club, The Young Tradition, which gave Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood a regular gig when Peter Bellamy was a starving musician in the 60's.


    YUMMY FUR (The)
    Indie rock band from Glasgow (1992-1999). Their name was taken from the comic book Yummy Fur by Chester Brown.

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    Z

    ZACKY VENGEANCE

    Zachary James Baker took the name Zacky Vengeance, stating that he had grudges against many people who doubted his success.

    ZAO

    Original vocalist Eric Reeder came up with this name meaning "alive" in Greek.

    ZEBRA THREE
    Named after the radio code name, more accurately known as a call sign, given by the fictional "Bay City, California" police department of the iconic 1970s television series Starsky & Hutch to Robbery-Homicide Division detectives David Starsky and Kenneth "Hutch" Hutchinson.

    ZEPHYRS (The)
    Brothers vocals-guitarist Stuart and bassist David Nicol, adopted the band name used by their father 25 years before.

    ZOX
    Name taken from the last name of drummer, John Zox.

    ZZ TOP

    Billy Gibbons, in his book 'Rock + Roll Gearhead', tells us the name is derived from their legendary blues hero, B.B. King. They wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King, but that sounded too similar; as 'King' was at the 'top', they decided on ZZ Top. (Rumours have said it is inspired by ZIG ZAG rolling papers and TOPS rolling papers; others say they wanted to pay tribute to the Texas Blues man ZZ HILL).

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