bands and how they got their names...

Discussion in 'Music' started by Ted Lee, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Ted Lee

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    and now for something totally different. i suppose most of these are conjecture ... if you know for sure, try to state "verified" or link to a source.

    if not....fuggit and just have fun.


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    depeche mode - means "faster fashion". supposedly taken from a magazine.

    new order - couple of possibilities. they saw an article called "The people's New Order of Kampuchea", it was appropriate to the time (death of ian curtis). verified at official website

    joy division - based upon a novel of sado-masochism in germany. joy divisions was housed with prostitutes and female prisoners for the pleasures of the officers. verified at official website

    steely dan - nickname for a vibrator.

    wang chung - the sound a guitar makes. i heard that on mtv somewhere

    a-ha - a universal sound that all humans make. heard that somewhere
     
  2. MartinTeller

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    More specifically, from Burroughs.

    So, what's the deal here? Are we just listing any and all band names? Here's a handful:

    Pink Floyd - from a record by Pink Anderson and Floyd Council

    The Doors - Aldous Huxley, "The Doors of Perception"

    The Velvet Underground - from a book on s&m

    ABBA - first initials of the members' names

    Led Zeppelin - from a comment (by Keith Moon, IIRC) about a hypothetical band that would "go over like a lead zeppelin"

    Throbbing Gristle - someone told me this was a pornographic term meaning either erection or masturbation, dunno if that's true or not

    Devo - concept of "devolution"

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood - tabloid headline about Frank Sinatra


    I could go on and on, but I'm bored now.
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    yeah, we're just posting bands...doesn't matter what genre or anything.

    i just find it kinda interesting, like i didn't know about fgth, pink floyd or led zep...
     
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    Jet - A song by Paul McCartney.

    Jimmy Eat World - A drawing that Tom's brother, Ed, made when he got mad at his other brother, Jimmy. "he broke out the crayons and drew a picture of his chubby, older brother Jimmy shoving what appeared to be the earth into his gaping mouth. The caption at the bottom read 'jimmy eat world'" Full story

    Less Than Jake - They got from from Vinnie, the drummer's, dog. The dog's name was Jake. His parents would get food just for the dog and make Vinnie give up his spot on the couch for the dog. Therefore, he was "less than jake" Also, "everything is Jake" is a phrase that was used to say that everything is cool, so Less Than Jake implies that something isn't cool. Link

    Foo Fighters - A nickname that was given to unidentified glowing spheres that the allies used to see floating in the air over the battlefields during World War II.

    Check out this site. It has a ton of stories behind the names of bands.
     
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    Mr. Bungle- from a 1950's classroom film called "Lunch Room Manners"- Mr. Bungle was a puppet who broke the rules, and the kids said they didn't want to be like him. Parts shown during Pee-Wee Herman's HBO special, and available on Educational Archives DVD Vol. 2.

    Veruca Salt- from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Toad the Wet Sprocket- from Monty Python's "Rock Notes" sketch- name of a ficticious band
     
  6. Ted Lee

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    cool link tony!
     
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    Wang Chung - I heard this had a literal translation in a chinese dialect "Perfect Pitch" or some other musical term. Maybe I'm wrong.

    Rammstein - Supposedly named for an airplane crash (At Ramstein airport in Germany). Only the shadow knows if the band was named after their first "hit" song (Rammstein), or the song was named after the band formed??

    "Weird" Al Yankovich - "Hey look, it's f*%&ing 'weird' Al" (What the "cool" kids used to call Al in school. According to Al).

    Hitler stole my potato - LA band. I have no idea where this name came from.

    Godsmack - Slang for coldsore.
     
  8. Tony-B

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    Ted, I'm talking about the band named Jet. They named themselves after a Paul McCartney song.

     
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    Bare Naked Ladies - they couldn't get a gig til they changed their name to that?

    Heaven 17 - title on an album a girl in CLOCKWORK ORANGE picks up

    Hollies - tribute to Buddy Holly, I believe

    most groups today? probably from a chaos machine

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    From the site Tony posted, I see Beatles was also perhaps Buddy Holly inspired. I'd forgotten that reference.

    The Beatles themselves inspired the Rutles (a Monty Python project) and the Buggles

    Not all bands are named after something, but you gotta wonder - the Kinks - which ones? [​IMG]

    Re Burroughs, the Mugwumps were an early form of The Mamas and Papas

    Re Dido, is that a typo?

    If I was guessing, I'd say Twisted Sister, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson were named after really ugly girls [​IMG]

    Level 42 - from Douglas Adam's book "Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy"

    Good thread - for a fun twist on it, see this (especially you Tony)

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=141527
     
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    Duran Duran - a character from Barbarella
     
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    Marily Manson- his two favorite 60s icons: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson

    Rush- a description of the band's exciting performances when they started by fans or critics and it just stuck

    Rolling Stones- Muddy Waters song

    Jane's Addiction- Jane is a friend of the Farrell, and I believe her addiction is heroin. Jane Says is the corresponding song.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd- high school gym teacher with a different spelling

    Yes- Chris Squire's response to Jon Anderson's question, "Do you want to start a band?"

    Pearl Jam- Veddor's grandmother's homemade confection. May have had accidental hallucanegenic qualities.

    Jethro Tull- Band was changing names constantly to get more gigs. This happened to be the one assigned to them by their manager or promoter or some such (Tull was an agriculturalist and inventor in the 19th century) when they broke out.

    The Flower Kings- taken from Roine Stolt's first solo album, The Flower King, which unexpectedly turned into a full-time band. The Flower King represents a fictitious Christ-like hippie cosmic figure which embodies the positive lyrics.
     
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    I had always heard that Godsmack got their name from the Alice In Chains song. Also, didn't they start out an AIC cover band?
     
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    ...so, I quess The Roaches had roaches in their house?
     
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    further digressions on the, ahem, Dildo theme - The Sex Pistols - and come to think of it, Burroughs had a thing about pistols too

    Chicago / Chicago Transit Authority, MC (Motor City) 5, Boston, Toronto, Bay City Rollers - all pretty obvious, and of course, NEW YORK DOLLs

    Toto - Wizard of Oz.

    As to ones I have no idea about, but am curious : Talking Heads? Grateful Dead?
     
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    Additionally, all the other stupid members of his stupid band have names that follow the same pattern -- first name glamorous model/actress, last name serial killer (e.g., "Twiggy Ramirez")

    An amusing one I just remembered: 10cc - the average amount of male human ejaculate
     
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    311 is the indecent exposure code in omaha nebraska, so when one of their buddies got busted for swimming naked, the ticket had 311 across the top and they liked it.
     
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    Talking Heads - common media term for shots that only show head & shoulders (generally in reference to TV news anchors)

    Grateful Dead - picked out of a dictionary after they discovered another band was already using their original name, The Warlocks
     
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    UB40 - Unemployment Benefit form #40
     

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