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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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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.
Nona Hendryx She doesn't want to be connected with her cousin Jimi Hendrix, so she replaced the i in the surname with a y. mads.
KT Tunstall Tunstall is her real surname and "KT" is derived from her first name Kate. It is not short for anything. According to her, "Kate makes me think of a buxom lass baking bread for her man working in the fields, I have no problem with that, but it is not really how I pictured being a rock star''.  Jill
Eloy Guitarist Frank Bornemann named the band after a people from the novel "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells (spelled "Eloi" in the novel). Joey F.
Saraya The band was named for surname of its lead singer Sandi, because she was the face of that band. Joey F.
Local H According to their Twitter account, they named themselves after two REM songs, "Oddfellows Local 151" and "Swan Swan H". Brian Kelly
Pointer Sisters Pointer is their last name and they're sisters. mads.
One Direction Harry Styles came up with this name because he thought it would sound cool when announced. (and it does!) Ariana Grande mocha swirl
STRFKR  Official name 'Starfucker'. Quite simply, they wanted to see how far they could get 'with a stupid name like that'. They even admit their band name is stupid. Oddly enough, none of their songs have any profane lyrics. They are a good band. Stupid Is As Stupid Does
Dexys Midnight Runners  They named themselves after the peddlers who gave to them Dexedrine (speed tablets) late at night. This was a recreational drug in the UK 'Northern Soul' music and dance scene which emerged in the late 60s. Dexys Midnight Runners were founded in 1978. Eileen Is My Girlfriend
Tavares It's their last name(they're brothers). mads.
Stereolab I remember barely as a teenager some dealership called 'Stereolab' was having people come in and test a listening station with some new audio equipment and for simply taking the time out you got this special LP with some new jazz, rock and classical compositions on it for free. This was during the 80s.  Eighties Kidd
Over9000 It comes from a quote from an episode of Dragon Ball Z. Johnny Nguyen
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME It is a line from Back To The Future. Because this band is pretending to be forgotten tapes from the 80s. Tessa C

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