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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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Joe Jackson Originally born David Ian Jackson, his new name came from the British TV show Joe 90. They commented that he looked like the title character from the show, and he adopted the name as his first name. Larcen Tyler
Pussy Riot From their leader: "The female sex organ, which is supposed to be receiving and shapeless, suddenly starts a radical rebellion against the cultural order, which tries to constantly define it and show its appropriate place.” Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Prussian Blue Three reasons given by the Gaede twins: 1) eye color of members Lynx and Lamb. 2) love of Prussian Blue paint color. 3) lack of so-called Prussian Blue color (from Zyklon B use) in gas chambers of Nazi concentration camps! Claimed proof of the band's initial Holocaust denial. Rob Arndt
Miss A Short for Miss Asia Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Blackhawk This country/rock band which was at the height of it's popularity in the 1990s, took it's name from an American made luxury car, the Stutz Blackhawk which was produced from 1971 to 1987. While the car is no longer being made the band is still together. Edward
Sia First name of Sia Kate Isobelle Furler Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Sweet Originally known as The Sweetshop, the parents of one of English band's original members owned a store in Putney selling sweets (or candy as it is known in the US). Shortened in 1968 to The Sweet on the eve of their debut single. The 'The' was dropped in late 1974. Mick Duthie
Charli XCX Charli is shirt for her first name Charlotte and XCX stands for Kiss Charli Kiss Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Knife Party Named after their favourite Deftones song. Crafthead
Til Tuesday There's a very early Bowie song, "Love You Til Tuesday".  Paul
GTR The band labeled some of the tracks for their album "GTR" for "guitar". Brian Kelly
Pretty Boy Floyd "Pretty Boy Floyd" was a nickname for infamous bank robber Charles Arthur Floyd (1904 – 1934). From 1925 through the early 1930s he was known to commit numerous bank robberies and be suspected in other robberies and murders in the U.S. midwest. He was sentenced to life in prison in Ohio but escaped from prison and was subsequently shot to death by police. Despite all his criminal exploitations, he gained a "Robin Hood"-like reputation in the eyes of many. Woody Guthrie wrote a ballad about him, reflecting that romanticized status, and the ballad has been performed by various singers. Trina Lufkin
Temple Of The Dog A tribute band formed after Andrew Wood, frontman for Mother Love Bone, died. The name comes from the lyrics to the Mother Love Bone song "Man of Golden Words". RevengeFromMars YouTube
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.

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