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 4692 Band Name Origin entries on the site.
|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.|
|Uriah Heep||Creepy character from the novel "David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|Undercover Slut||After X-rated Wendy "Whitebread Undercover Slut" comic book from 1990||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|Wild Beasts||Early 20th Century art movement Fauvism pioneered in France (in English, wild beasts)||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|Zao||Means "Alive" in Greek||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|Asking Alexandria||Taken from Alexander the Great (Editor's Note: Before you submit something, please check to make sure it's not already there.)||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|Arctic Monkeys||Made up by guitarist Jaime while in school while doodling||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|Anamanaguchi||From band member pronouncing gibberish in the style of Jabba the Hut||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|AKB48||From Tokyo area Akiba, an electronics mecca||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
|10cc||Represents a volume of semen more than normal for a man. Emphasis on potency and prowess||Robert D. Arndt Jr.|
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