Do you know any interesting Band name origins?


The Beatles (were the Silver Beetles) as a tribute to The Crickets with their insect name

The Searchers - got their name from the John Wayne film

Procol Harum - got their name from their Manager's cat

The Hollies - named as a tribute to Buddy Holly


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  • Best Answer

    De La Soul is just a cool name. Truth of the Soul.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Jimmy Page was hanging around The Who. He told them he was going to form a band, heavy blues based rock. Kieth Moon told him "That should go over like a lead zeppelin!" A legend is born!

    10CC, the average volume of a male ejaculation.

    Buffalo Springfield, named for a steam roller manufacturer.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd, named for a high school teacher.

    Jethro Tull, named for 18th century agronomist.

    Nine Inch Nail, the size of spikes used in crucifixions.

    The Rolling Stones, after a Muddy Waters song.

    Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan had a dream in whick Joe Strummer (The Clash) ws smashing pumpkins.

    Revolting Cocks, after fighting in a bar and being thrown out the bouncer called them revolting cocks!

    Steely Dan, euphemism for a dildo.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers, named after a Louis Armstrong group form the 1920's.

    Hot Tuna, because the record lable rejected Hot ****!

    Romeo Void, they are from San Francisco.... enough said.

    The Doors, after Huxley book about mescaline "The Doors of Perception."

    Flogging Molly, euphemism for masturbation.

  • 10 years ago

    The Smiths-Named as a reaction to the New Romantic bands of the time,i.e. Spandau Ballet,Duran Duran...

    Joy Division-Named after a prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp from the 1955 novel,'The House Of Dolls'

    The Velvet Underground-Taken from a book of the same name about the seedy sexual subculture of the 1960's.

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor-Named after a 1976 Japanese black & white documentary that followed a gang of bikers,'The Black Emperors'

    The Fall-Named after a 1956 novel by Albert Camus

  • Tara.
    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    Led Zeppelin:

    When Jimmy Page was assembling the group, Keith Moon (drummer from The Who) got word of his plans and predicted the group would go down "like a lead balloon". Bassist and keyboardist John Entwistle thought it would be "more like a lead zeppelin." Page took the phrase and manager Peter Grant changed the spelling to "led" in order to avoid mispronunciation.

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  • 4 years ago

    I like the story behind the name of the girl I love. She named her band The Falling Zone, after a spot on a couch that they all fell off of. BQ: I took a long time to listen to Porcupine Tree. Big mistake on my part. BBQ: *yummy!* Foo & the Pwnzors BBBQ: Lots of obscure rappers and techno.

  • vtd288
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Buffalo Springfield - got their name off the side of a steamroller that read "Buffalo-Springfield Roller Co."

    Ten Years After - named themselves in 1966, ten years after Elvis Presley had his commercial breakthrough.

    The Velvet Underground - named after the 1963 book by Michael Leigh

    Steely Dan - named after a sexual device in the William S. Burroughs novel "The Naked Lunch"

    Steppenwolf - named after the novel by Herman Hesse

  • 10 years ago

    System of a down named their band after a poem that the guitarist wrote called victims of a down, but the bassist, and then-manager thought that System was a stronger word than Victims

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Vampire Weekend. You'd think they were an annoying emo band but they're actually a fantastic and upbeat indie band. The name came from a home movie that the lead singer and his friends made several years before the band formed.

    The trailer for it is on youtube.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Children of Bodom

    They lived in a town in Finland, Espoo, which is close to Lake Bodom, where one of Finlands greatest murder mysteries took place. Three kids camping got attacked at night, one survived with injuries. On all of their albums, there's also one song about the murders.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Muse was originally named Rocket Baby Dolls (after a Japanese porno movie). At that time of year, people started to create many bands in Teignmouth (where Muse is from), and somebody told them that it was because there was a 'muse' around the city. They then changed their named to Muse because they thought it was more professional and it looked good on gig posters.

  • 5 years ago


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