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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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News An acronym of North, East, West, and South Marie "Charisma" was originally a nickname Itsuka had been given by her vocalist friend. After adding more people, she added the ".com" to represent the word "company", then unaware that the domain name ".com" referred to the word "commercial". Lefty Lucy
bump.y It stands for Brilliant, Universal, Miracle, Power, the period is intended to represent "moving freely", and finally Youthful. Lefty Lucy
Sleigh Bells They came up with this name on Christmas morning, and decided to use it for a band.  Katherine
Perfume They chose it because they loved the scent of perfume, and their music is meant to be like it. Katherine
Fabulous Disaster From the Exodus album of the same name. Marcie
Pixie Lott Lott is her real surname, and she got the name "Pixie" from a nickname her mother gave her because she looked like a fairy. Lefty Lucy
Die Toten Hosen It means "the dead trousers"(I know, ridiculous) in German, Lefty Lucy
Ayumikurikamaki From the band members' names, Ayumi, Kurika, and Maki. Future Backer
Bonnie Guitar Bonnie is her real first name, and she chose "Guitar" as part of her stage name because she plays the guitar a lot. Lefty Lucy
Maximum the Hormone When asked about the group's name in an interview, Maximum the Ryo-kun stated "Take it as you like, it means anything from the Japanese cuisine for cooking animal innards to the sensation of the maximum amount of your hormones coming to the boil! Although when we go abroad people think we’re just some sorta sexual energy drink." "Hormone" (or horumon) is a style of yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) where many of the typically discarded internal organs are grilled in bite sized pieces and eaten. Sarah D.
Grizzly Bear Grizzly Bear began as a moniker for songwriter Ed Droste's music in the early 2000's. Regarding the band's origins as a solo project, Droste said that it was just like doing a little home project, and he thought "oh, this is fun, I'm just going to call this stuff Grizzly Bear" and that it was a nickname for an old friend of his. Sarah D.
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant Their unusual name originated when a friend mispronounced the title of an early jam session recording; featuring cover songs of Thee Headcoats (one of the band's main influences) and from The Damned's album, Machine Gun Etiquette Lefty Lucy
Linus' Blanket They picked the name because their songs are meant to be comforting, like Linus' and his blanket. ashley
Michael Learns To Rock This is the Danish Group Band, This band was learning to rock music in early days. Muhammad Firza
The Airborne Toxic Event The band took the name from a section of Don Delillo's cult classic novel "White Noise".  Spectral
Skrillex From a nickname he had as a kid. Crafthead
Old Dominion  Four of the band's five members originally hail from Virginia. As a result, the band gets its name from the state's nickname.  Harderman61
Alice Cooper Alice Cooper took his name from the band he was the lead singer in. The story about the oujia board is totally untrue, Alice himself has stated this, since again, he took the name from the band and not a witch. The name "Alice Cooper" was taken from a character on the TV show Mayberry R.F.D. (played by Alice Ghostley). Keno
Twenty-One Pilots  From the play "All My Sons" in which lead character discovers flaws with 21 planes but let's the pilots fly anyway resulting in 21 deaths. Play set in WW2. Robert D. Arndt Jr.

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