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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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Blood, Sweat, & Tears The first incarnation of the band was playing after hours at the Cafe Au Go Go. Leader, Al Kooper had a cut on his finger, and after playing for several hours, his keyboard was covered with blood. He went on to describe his playing the gig as "Blood, Sweat, and Tears". J-Bird
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

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