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).
The 20 most recent entries are listed below. There are 4724 Band Name Origin entries on the site.
|Cake||Rather than referring to the foodstuff, the name is meant to be "like when something insidiously becomes a part of your life...[we] mean it more as something that cakes onto your shoe and is just sort of there until you get rid of it."||DanO|
|Electric Light Orchestra||"Light orchestra" was a feature of several fancy restaurants in the 60s in the UK. They were really quartets - violin, viola, cello, upright bass - or something like that. They played "light" or string versions of contemporary top hits (like say the Beatles' "Yesterday"). ELO uses electric and electronic instruments and the band name was really some kind of kooky joke. There's also the "electric light" phrase in the name. Look at the first two albums' cover art. The self-titled debut (called "No Answer" in the US by accident) has an ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB on it! The second one has a starship shaped like a (*drumroll, please!* - CLASH!) ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB! Yuk yuk. I just love this band's music, even if the name origin is pretty stupid.||Bad Pun Name 4 a Great Band|
|EMF||It's "Electromotive Force", not "English MFs". A matter of electrical engineering and physics, folks.||My Girl Is Unbelievable!|
|Aqua5||The group's name is based on part of Natsuki Mizu's name (水夏希), which translates to "water".||The Mole|
|Fraulein Wunder||It's German for "Miss Miracle".||John|
|Whigfield||She picked the name Whigfield as a tribute to her piano teacher.||Janice Ferrell|
|Spoons||Gord Deppe chose this name for his band over a bowl of alphabet soup.||Celeste|
|G.NA||They are her initials: Gina Jane Choi||Lefty Lucy|
|For Squirrels||They said they were so committed to being in a band, they'd play music for squirrels.||Brian Kelly|
|Girls' Generation||They picked this name since they are a group of all females.||Luci Flores|
|Laughing Hyenas||they like hyenas.||A.G.|
|Camper van Beethoven||Their name is pun on the vehicle "Camper van" and the famous German composer "Ludwig van Beethoven".||Lori Blonde|
|Alabama||From their home state.||A|
|I Am David Sparkle||The band's name is a direct literal translation from the name of a famous Malaysian singing legend – M. Daud Kilau.||Sarah J|
|Haddaway||From his last name||music|
|Machine Gun Kelly||He wanted to name himself after a gangster from the Prohibitation Era because it sounded cool.||TJ|
|Passpo||The group was named "Passpo" soon after and they use the theme of travel in the group's concept. For example, the members of group are called "the crew" while the leader is called "captain" and the sub-leader is called "chief purser" with each member having their own color. Meanwhile, their live events are called "flights" while those who are attendance are usually called "the passengers". Also, their songs incorporate the travel theme and the group releases three versions of their singles, each name Business Class, First Class, and Economy Class, with different material inserted in each version.||Lana|
|Def.Diva||An abbreviation of "Definite Diva"||Nina|
|M Three||Because it's a trio and all the members' first names begin with the letter M.||Lefty Lucy|
|Chirinuruwowaka||It's from one sentence of the Japanese Iroha poem||Lefty Lucy|
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