Making fun of music, one song at a time. Since the year 2000.
Check out the two amIright misheard lyrics books including one book devoted to misheard lyrics of the 1980s.
(Toggle Right Side Navigation)

Names -> Band Name Origins -> Latest Entries

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).

Other Pages: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Misc.

Latest Entries

The 20 most recent entries are listed below. There are 4610 Band Name Origin entries on the site.

Submitted by:
Size 14 Frontman Linus of Hollywood wears size 14 shoes. RevengeFromMars YouTube
Heavy Sigma The origins for the band Heavy Sigma is disputed. Originally guitarist/lead vocalist Patrick Lew named the band Chaos In Chinatown based on a recommendation from a former friend on social-media, but desperately wanted to change the band's name to avoid complaints from the Asian American community. At some point, Heavy Sigma was also known as Your Audio 2 Riot, but Patrick Lew hated the name, thinking it sounded too "metalcore" and Heavy Sigma wasn't a metalcore style band. The origins of Heavy Sigma came from many different sources. Older social-media posts claimed that Patrick Lew changed the name of his current band as a pun on another local San Francisco band that he initially had a grudge with. Others claimed that he named the band Heavy Sigma after listening to the Mick Jagger side project Super Heavy. But in reality, Patrick Lew named his current band Heavy Sigma after combining two words from a band name generator on the Internet. He apparently typed in "Heavy" and one of the search results came up with the name Heavy Sigma. And he liked the name, so he officially changed his band's name from Chaos In Chinatown to Heavy Sigma. George Mack
Suicide Machines In the hit "Born to Run" Bruce Springsteen refers to motor vehicles as "Suicide Machines". Suicide Machines
The Decemberists The band name somehow made a connection to an unfinished Toltstoy novel.  Valkyrie
INXS  When they got Gary Morris as manager he was always saying he didn't like their name, the Farriss brothers, as it sounded like a country western band. After Gary Morris saw XTC and was talking to Midnight Oil about being inaccessible he was watching an IXL Jam ad then he combined the three together and came up with INXS. Roadrunner
Automatic Baby This was a short-lived (one song) supergroup formed of members of REM and U2 in the early nineties to perform at Bill Clinton's inaugural concert. Their name comes from the two bands' most recent albums, "Automatic For The People" and "Achtung Baby". Brian Kelly
4Minute Korean band, name derived from "For a minute" Robert D. Arndt Jr.
2Yoon A sub-unit of 4 Minute, the Korean band originated with members Ji Yoon and Ga Yoon (two Yoons)... Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Tiny-G Small of stature, but with huge talent led to the Tiny-Giants name for this Asian girl band. Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Acquisotic Ok guys, Acquisotic comes from Acquiring Knowledge, Inquisitive and Exotic by Nature. That name was just created out of thin air, it's not in a dictionary. Bruce Gombrelli is the founder of the band, which is essentially just him. Dunno where those other names came from. Even his website says this. Bruce Gombrelli
Bastille The lead singer's birthday is on Bastille Day. Insertnamehere
Inker And Hamilton The band is a duo named for the last names of its two members --- Dave Inker (who is British), and Hilary Hamilton, a New Zealander D. Melody Dole, MD
VIXX Korean for: Voice, Visuals, and Voice in Excelsis (the highest in Latin) Robert D. Arndt Jr.
K's Choice Originally, they were called "The Choice" because they wanted something easy to pronounce for foreign speakers, and they wanted something ambiguous with multiple interpretations. They released their first album, "The Great Subconscious Club" (TGSC), under this name. But when they first toured in the US, they learned that another group had the name and was potentially registered, so they went through the alphabet to see which letter sounded best in front of "Choice". They ended up with the "K". BUT, they felt like they needed a more interesting story. So they told people that the "K" came from Josef K in Franz Kafka's book, "The Trial". Ironically enough, Josef K was not able to make his own choices. Source: The History of K's Choice: 10-1993>2003 Rad
Youngblood Hawke They named themselves after a novel by Herman Wouk. Brian Kelly
New York Dolls Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain told it to us at a concert where he shared double billing with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols. He said that a place near where he and Johnny Thunders worked was a toy repair factory named "New York Dolls Hospital". That's what he said, "it's the fucking truth". Wikipedia also corroborates this.  Planet Jet Boy Needs A Planet Jet Girl
Reckless Love Originally a Guns N'Roses cover band called Reckless Life, the band decided to create their own original music, but liked the word "reckless", so, they just thought of a positive-sounding word to go with it. GlamRockNinjaLord
Tower Of Power "Tower of power" is slang for an erect penis. Sexy California Man
LMFAO Despite popular belief, it is short for "Laughing my freakin' ass off", not "f**kin'" JeReMy
Jesus Jones "Jesus" (say "Hey-suss") is the most popular male first name in the Spanish language. "Jones" is the most common surname in English. "Jee-suss Jones" sounded better phonetically hence the band name. Perverse 1993

Other Pages: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Misc. (Search)

New entries in this section are currently reviewed by Brian Kelly. Previous editors (if any) are listed on the editors page.

The Top Ten Contributors To This Section

Bobo (site rank #36)142
Robert D. Arndt Jr. (site rank #6)81
Brian Kelly (site rank #15)21
Alex (site rank #49)18


Got something that should be added to this page? Check out the submission form.