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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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Latest Entries

The 20 most recent entries are listed below. There are 4600 Band Name Origin entries on the site.

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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
Lorde Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor chose her stage name due to her fascination with royals and aristocracy. She added the "e" to make it sound less masculine. Brian Kelly
Ylvis It is actually came from their surname, YlvisÃ¥ker, jason a.
INXS Three of the band members are brothers (surname "Farris") and their mother worked in banking. "INXS" is a sort of "shorthand" phrase that bankers and tellers use to denote the phrase "in excess". Since another Aussie rocker suggested the name "In Excess" to them the Farris brothers and Hutch, Kirk and Garry Gary gave their new band that name with the abbreviation spelling. I showed one of INXS albums to my banker mom and she knew how to pronounced the band name right away : ) INXS KIX ASS!
Garfunkel and Oates They took their name from "famous second bananas" Art Garfunkel and John Oates. JeReMy
Autograph According to wikipedia, the band were fans of the Def Leppard song "Photograph", so, they wanted a name that sounded similar. G
Honeymoon Suite The band is from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. That town and its American counterpart make up a very popular area for weddings and honeymoons and such. You can do the math. Charlie Blondin IV
Cornershop Their lead singer is Indian-British. They chose the name based on the stereotype of the corner shop run by an Indian immigrant. (Think Apu from "The Simpsons".) Brian Kelly
The Naked And Famous The band took their name from a line in Tricky's "Tricky Kid". The line in question was previously used the the Presidents of the United States of America song "Naked And Famous". Brian Kelly
Platinum Blonde So named because all of the band members had platinum blonde hair. Bass player Kenny MacLean and singer Mark Holmes were previously hairdressers amongst other jobs. :) Celeste
Frenzal Rhomb Although many theories abound the truth behind Frenzal Rhomb is in plain sight. The name is actually a highly complex cryptic cypher...... 4r3n2a1 Rh0mb, notice how the letters "FEZL O" can be strategically substituted for the numbers 4 - 0 and still resemble the original band name.  Steve McCreanor

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