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Do you know why a band picked out it's name? Feel free to let us know.

I can't verify all of these stories, so do take them with a grain of salt. I try and delete the ones that I know to be bogus, but I don't know the origins of every band name (and some bands intentionally tell different stories about picking their band name).

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Sparks According to IMDB, it's a play on the Marx Brothers mads.
Drake His birth name is Aubrey Drake Graham so he claims that he just took his middle name and made it his stage name dayna
DJ Bobo After "Bobo, the escape king". mads
Patrick Lew Band (PLB) The band Patrick Lew Band (stylized as PLB) apparently got their name randomly during a private studio recording session. The band underwent many temporary bandnames such as Famiglia, Samurai Sorcerers, Band of Asians and etc etc. Some time in August 2008, the band's frontman Patrick Lew left the recording studio one afternoon to grab lunch. Upon arriving back, he went on the computer inside the studio, logged onto his band's MySpace account, and wrote a blog confirming the band's name being changed to "Patrick Lew Band." Apparently, the name had no special meaning and it was randomly thought of while Patrick was writing the blog on his MySpace band page at the time. Eventually, the band would also be later shortly abbreviated as PLB. The band was intended as an outlet for Patrick Lew's musical works, with assistance from additional musicians.  Gabe
Danny Wilson The band (yes it's a band and not a male solo singer) was originally named Spencer Tracy, named after the famous actor. They got a record deal and proceeded to record their first album. When they were about to release it, they and their record company were given notice by the late actor Spencer Tracy's estate that if they continued to call themselves "Spencer Tracy" the estate was going to sue them. So forced by the situation (and understandably from pressure from their record company) to quickly come up with a new band name, they chose Danny Wilson. They took it from a 1950s Frank Sinatra movie Meet Danny Wilson. Which was a favorite movie of the father of band members Gary Clark and Kit Clark. Edward
The Folk Implosion Their name is a reference to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Brian Kelly
KC & The Sunshine Band KC is pronounced like the singer's last name & "The Sunshine Band" is named after The Sunshine State mads.
Soccer Mommy The origins picked because there is a mom that plays soccer very well. Robert D. Arndt, Jr.
The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger Duo of Sean Lennon (John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son) and his girlfriend Charlotte. They took the name from the title of a short story Charlotte once wrote.  Edward
Dannii Minogue  According to dailymail she grew up as a tomboy and did therefore prefer to be called Danny. mads.
Dr. Alban He's a dentist, which is the same as a tooth doctor. mads.
Cage the Elephant The band's name, according to lead singer Matt Shultz, came from an incident in 2006 when a mentally disturbed man approached the band after a show. He hugged Shultz and kept repeating the sentence "You have to cage the elephant" over and over again. supertoasty
Diamond Head Diamond Head (Lçʻahi) is the name of a dormant volcanic cone on the Hawaiian island Oʻahu, but the band got the idea from a Phil Manzanera album of the same name. From: PeartNeal
Soft Cell 'Soft Cell' is the title of an early chapter in John Brunner's 1968 science fiction novel 'Stand on Zanzibar'. The band takes their name from this book, not the Frank Zappa song.  Donnie Wilcox
Raising The Black From Black Sails, the TV show.
King it's the lead singer's surname. (Ed: Remember to capitalize band names and song titles.) mads
The Griswolds Not surprisingly, they are named after the family from "National Lampoon's Vacation" and its sequels. Brian Kelly
Econoline Crush I found an interview posted online years ago regarding the band's name origin. The band was going to send a demo tape with FedEx to a record label that was specializing in the industrial music genre. They were "under the gun" to try to find a band name because the FedEx driver was waiting at the door. One of the band members wanted to use the name Crush, and he was set on that. Trevor, the vocalist was sitting there trying to think quick of an idea. He than thought of what got him into music; When he was a kid his family didn't have a car - they had an Econoline van and Trevor would listen to music while they were riding in it. It had a pretty good stereo and Trevor's friends would always want him to take the Econoline out so they could listen to music all together. This recollection gave him the idea of naming the band "Econoline Crush". He suggested the name to the members, no one said anything, they were just sitting there quietly while the FedEx driver was looking at them. He just wrote "Econoline Crush" on the CD, stuck it in and said that they could always change it later.  Yves
Victor Borge he figured Børge Rosenbaum was to hard to pronounce in English. mads.
Scatman John he scats in his songs(apparently to right his stuttering problem). mads.

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