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Shania Twain Actual name Irene Twain. Twain's manager did not think her name would sell records. He asked her to change Twain but in respect to her father kept Twain and changed Irene. Irene
Shania Twain Shania Twain was baptised Eillen Regina Edwards. She was adopted by her stephfather Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa native. Starting her career she changed her first name to Shania ( in Ojibwa "Im on my way"), the name of a co-worker Anne Jo
Shattered The lead guitarist and the drummer and the bassist were trying to come up with a name for the band when the guirtarist got mad because the others was refusing everything he was saying, when he slammed his guitar to the ground thus shattering the guitar. Chris Holloway
The She's Self-described young, all-girl band Robert D. Arndt Jr.
ShEAVY They were originally called Green Machine, after the Kyuss song by the same name. After discovering that there was another band by the same name, they decided to change theirs, but they wanted to stick with the car theme. So they chose Chevy and spelled it phonetically: s then HEAVY. MantlePicture
Shed 7 Called thusly because there were originally 11 of them and they were told that to get on, they'd need to.........Shed 7 Plug_Boy
Shed 7 I was listening to XFM: "The Breakfast Show". They had the lead singer on, who said there was a row of six sheds and they thought it would be cool to be the seventh. chadwick
Shed 7 One or all of the band were on a train going from somewhere to somewhere else in England when they past a row of "Alotments" or "Sheds" or "Garages" (probably alotments with a shed at the bottom)and the number "7" or "seven" on the roof of the seventh one along caught the eye of who ever was the founding band member. So Shed 7 became the name. I remember them mentioning it on Radio 1 (UK). jedicarwasher
Shed Seven They are from York in Yorkshire, England (which is on the rail network) and used to play games in railway shed number 7. Matt C
Shed Seven The band originally had 7 members, who met in a shed near York. Colm O Hara
SHeDAISY SHeDAISY means "little sister" in a Native American language; and this band consists of 3 sisters, Kassidy, Kelsi, and Kristyn Osborne from Magna, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. They've been singing together since they were very young and later found fame in Nashville with major record labels.  Eric
Sherbet Australia's biggest band in the '70s; their one Stateside hit: "Howzat?" "Sherbet" doesn't mean a dessert Down Under- it's beer, mate! (Leader Daryl Braithwaite starred on his own in the '90s.) jonaco
Shihad I interviewed the band at a radio station called LFM I work at and they said that the name came from the sentence 'she had my balls in her mouth' honest, no joke richard whale
Shihad After watching the David Lynch movie "Dune", the band took their name from the line "We shall wage this Jihad across the Universe!". Apparently they misheard the line and took the name Shihad. They briefly changed their name to Pacifier (the title of a track on their album "The General Electric" while trying to break into the US market post 9/11as their management believed a name derived from Jihad would go down like a suicide bomber in the US. Macsen Wledig
The Shinigami A shinigami is a death god in Japanese mythology. Mortiroth chose the name as she was studying mythology at school at the time. ShadowKeyzer
Shirelles The name was derived from the first name of their lead singer, Shirley Alston. Barry Disbrow
Shoes Named by the band's bassist, John Murphy. His brother Jeff told me that it was picked simply because it was something common. Many believe that the band picked this name because the Beatles, when asked why they picked their name, said that they could have called themselves the Shoes. Well, the Beatles indeed said that, but the guys in Shoes (never has been a 'the" in front of their moniker) weren't familiar with this quip and were later startled, and pleasantly surprised, by it. Rick Gregory
Shonen Knife I have a fanzine where Shonen Knife were interviewed. The girls were in school and decided to form a band. The thing of it is, none of them could play an instrument. Anyway, they got instruments and then went about the task of naming themselves. One if the girls turned around in class and saw a boy with a pocket knife and asked him what kind of knife it was. He replied, "it is a 'Shonen' knife." She then thought it (shonen knife) would be a good name for the band. The other girls loved it as well, and the rest is history. Brian
Shonen Knife The brand name of a small Japanese pocket knife (translation: boy knife). yoko
Shonen Knife Since they did heavy metal they called half of the name Knife.Because they were girls, they picked shonen when they put the both together, the name was shonen knife  Daniel
Shonen Knife Shonen can mean either boy or young at heart, it's also a style of manga. Knife (naifu/hocho) is self explanatory. Suichi-kun
Shonen Knife "Shounen" is composed of the Japanese characters for "young" and "boy" and, in anime, means a teenage boy. "Ai" generally means "love." "Shounen ai" or "shounenai" is the name for a genre of stories about young gay relationships. I have to wonder if the band knew this. Kielle
Shonen Knife The band name is Shonen Knife, not Shonen-ai Knife; so there for shonen-ai has nothing to do with the band. Shonen (shounen) is written with the characters for 'young' and 'age'. Warumono
Showbread  Showbread (Hebrew: לחם פנים lechem (hap)pānīm‎, literally: "Bread of the Presence"), in the King James Version: shewbread, in a biblical or Jewish context, refers to the cakes or loaves of bread which were always present on a specially dedicated table, in the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering to God. An alternative, and more appropriate, translation would be presence bread, since the Bible requires that the bread is constantly in the presence of Yahweh (Exodus 25:30). Watching and Waiting
Sigue Sigue Sputnik The band took its name after a Moscow street gang. Muzza
Sigur Ros Taken from the interview at the beginning of the live 'Ny Batteri' video, one band member had a sister who was born at the same time as the band was forming. Her name? Sigourney Rose. So they decided to name the band after her. DiscStu
Sigur Ros Named after the singer's little sister Sigurros (meaning Victory Rose in Icelandic) who was born at the time the band was formed.  tvigi
Sigur Ros It means "Victory Rose" in Icelandic. It's the lead singer's little sister's name. She was supposedly born the day the band was formed. Pensive Paul
Sigur Ros the name of the band, sigur r󳬠is actually the name of j󮳩's little sister, except it's spelled sigurr󳮠she was born at the same time as the band formed. sigur r󳠴ranslates to 'victory rose'. TrollE
Silicone Baby From Russian porn star Tassa Deez and her breast implants. Tassa is short for Natasha, Deez for DD cup size. She sings a song in one her adult films called "Bounce"!!! (Editor's note: next time you make a submission, first make sure it's not already in there. I do not accept duplicate entries, so don't waste my time or yours.) Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Silver Leaf While trying to come up with a name, the band members were laying on a picknic table under a silver leaf maple. Other names were: Quick Silver, Money for Music, Silver Notes Kalvin Weaver
Silverchair They originally wanted to be called Sliverchair, but misspelled the name when sending in a form to their first producer. Whitedawg
Silverchair You are all wrong, Alex is almost right but the band member who misspell the songs was the bass player, Chris Joannou, not Ben.  ROCKSANA
Silverchair They were originally called Innocent Criminals, one day when they were rehearsing they phoned a radio station to request two songs (Nirvana's "Sliver" and You Am I's "Berlin Chair") they wrote ?Sliver? and ?Chair on a bit of paper and thought it sounded cool, so it stuck, the name then got changed to Silverchair by error. Sophie_The_Fat_Pig_That_Does_Not_Live_In_Bethlehem
Silverchair I read somewhere that they took Nirvana's song Sliver, mixed up the two letters, and took Alice in Chains' song Angry Chair, and combined the two. Not the Berlin song most people are referencing to. Tina
Silverchair Silverchair is a bastardisation of two memorable 45s (Nirvana's caustic "Sliver" and You Am I's calamitous "berlin Chair"). They orriginally wanted to be called "Sliverchair", but their name got misspelled and they became known as "Silverchair". Pug
Silverchair I read somewhere that it's a reference to the title of one of the Chronicles of Narnia books. sarabella
Silverchair The explanations already given are close, but none are quite right. I'm Ben Gillies, the drummer in Silverchair, and it goes like this.... We were writing down the names of some songs we liked to practise, and two of them were 'Sliver' by Nirvana and 'Berlin Chair' by You Am I. Chris accidentally spelt 'Sliver' as 'Silver', and the way they got written down, 'Silver' appeared right above the 'Chair' of 'Berlin Chair'. We thought the way the two words looked together was cool and we went with it. Simple really! Ben
Silverchair The Chronicles of Narnia - "The Silver Chair" Savannah
Silverchair They actually were going to be called something else but Chris (one of the members) accidentially wrote "silverchair" on the contract & it stuck Mel
Silverchair They originally named the band Sliverchair, but a radio DJ messed up and called them Silverchair instead. Bridget
Silverchair This is actually a misspelling of A Nirvana Song, and another song called, "Something Chair". When this misspelling happened, they thought that the name had sounded cool, so they kept it. Am
Silverchair I'd heard them say on TV or radio that it was a cross between You Am I's song title "Berlin Chair" and Nirvana's song title "Sliver", which went from "Sliverchair" to "Silverchair". Tessa Davis
Silverchair first offthe band was called innocent criminals. one day they decided to play a prank on the local radio station by requesting the song sliverchair. which was a combo of you am i's berlin chair and nirvana's sliver. chris wrote it down but being the dumbass he is spelled it wrong and it came out silverchair. (also they never use an upper case "S" "cause it would look stupid.) anonymous
Silverchair The boys were going to ring up Triple J and request 2 songs. Nirvana's 'sliver' and You am I's "Berlin Chair'. Ben wrote the two songs on his hand, shortening 'Berlin Chair' to simply 'chair'. He misspelt Sliver, and had written 'silverchair'. At the time they were the Innocent Criminals, so thinking it sounded cool, they changed their name to silverchair. Alex
Silverchair inspired by Nirvana's song "silver" and You Am I's song "berlin chair", two of their influences as a young australian band. sarah
Silverchair So sorry, but Saintan is wrong. Silverchair got its name when two members called a radio show to request two songs. One was a song called Berlin Chair by the band You Am I, the other was Sliver by Nirvana. When the singer jotted down both names to remember, he printed the words Silver (misspelling the title) and Chair. The rest, as they say, is history. Tim
Silverchair I think that they recently admitted that they picked it off a list, as their name was Innocent Crimminal, and there was already a band with that name. cass
Silverchair According to Danial Johns they wanted to be named after the Smashing Pumpkins song Sliver F***, but were told they couldn't so the changed it to Silverchair lamby
Silverchair Originally called 'Innocent Criminals' which Ben Harper's backing band is called, when they released their first EP they changed their name to 'Silverchair' which actually (whether continuing with the 'criminal' theme) represents the stainless steel toilet in Australian jail cells. saintan
Silverchair They got the name from the C.S. Lewis book entitled "The Silver Chair". They were such fans of the classic Narnia series that they took that as their name. Although there was a rumour about them being called Dawn Treader at one time. Rhett Deadley
Silverstein After the famous children's book author, Shel Silverstein. sweetPONCHOman
Silverstein They were trying to think of a band name when they saw a book on the coffee table called "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. We've all read it. the rest is history. Bobby Ferguson
Silverstein Someone said it was from Shel Silverstein, the Children's Author, but it was actually the poet.  Deryk
Simon & Garfunkel The last names of the two members - Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel David Pratter
Simple Minds  Jim Kerr changed the name of the group from Johnny And The Self Abusers to Simple Minds. simply because of tensions between himself & certain members of the afore mentioned Johnny And The Self Abusers Bigg Yinn
Simple Minds Taken from a Bowie lyric David Murphy
Simple Minds It's a quote from Bowie's "Jean Genie" - "...so simple minded, he can't drive his module". Funny enough, I've always misheard that last word as Marcos - a type of car - what does module mean, in this context? Anyway, Simple Minds is an improvement on Johnny and the Self Abusers, their former name. Graham C
Simple Plan They were about to go on a show and they hadn't picked out a name yet. The guy at the show said before they went on they had to have a name. One of the members had just recently saw the movie "A Simple Plan". He thought randomly Simple Plan. And through that show they got somewhat famous, and decided to keep the name. The members talked about this in an Interview on FUSE. spotters
Simple Plan There's a movie called A Simple Plan- and they took the 'A' off because they're Canadian- and Pierre Bouvier(lead singer) said they didn't need another eh PierrezGirl
Simple Plan They started the band after Pierre and Chuck left the band 'Reset'. They were looking for a long time for people to complete their new band and they finally figured out that they could ask some guyz they knew. Alas. Seb, Jeff and David were found and they figured it was so simple! they would make a band with the guys they had known for a long time! Such a SIMPLE PLAN. Dani
Simple Plan Members of SP have given many answers one of which being: the band was their simple plan to avoid obtaining a "real" job. Optimus Lime
Simple Plan They were recording their last demo and were thinking of stupid names and they were thinking of the movie "A Simple Plan". And their plan was to go on tour and travel the world so they thought that was a "Simple Plan" of their own. Dave
Simple Plan Pierre has said many times in interviews that they "completely ripped off the bands name from an old Billy Bob Thornton movie called 'A Simple Plan' ". Now, whether they thought it was good coz it related to them doing a 'simple plan' is probably right but it ORIGINALLY came from that movie. Get it right! Veronica
Simple Plan They got this name beacuase they had to do a show and you can't really do a show without a name. So, they figured that what they're doing is sort of a simple plan so why not name their banmd after that. At least, that's what Pierre said in some interview. Nicole
Simple Plan It's been said on several occasions in interviews that it was purely lack of imagination. It is also said that the band was their 'Simple Plan' to get laid. Optimus Lime
Simple Plan while trying 2 get through school and become a band and the same time one day they got paired up 2 do a science progect and one of them said 2 make somthing that would shock u like electricity and one of them thought it was 2 hard and the other one said no it's a simple plan ur just stupid and right there the name just shocked them ( like electricity.) lol  heck yessss!!!
Simply Red Simply, it's the hair color of lead singer Mick Hucknall.  newsound
Simply Red Saw a brief interview of the band before a concert many years ago, in which the interviewer asked Hucknall where they got their name. Hucknall replied "simply due to the fact that we are socialists" (red being the associated colour of solialism). Later claims that it is down to his hair colour comes from the fact that he is now extremely wealthy, which goes against the principles of Socialism. Loser. BigDog
Simply Red I remember an interview in to '80s to the lead singer Mick Hucknall in which he said that when they were thinking about a name for the band he looked himself in a mirror and said "simply red" because of the color of his hair. ElfQrin
Simply Red Mick Hucknell is a big Mnchester United support. (I saw him leave an interview early because he had to go to a Manchester United football match.) Manchester United lay in red and their supporters call themsleves 'Reds', Mick Hucknell, therefore, is a Red. This, along with his hair colour gives the bands name. ( Paulmarkj
Simply Red First the band had the name "Red". When they've been asked for the name, they sad: Red, simply red. They did this several times, and then they decided to change the name into Simply Red. reizo
Simply Red The bit about adding "Simply" may be true, but the band started off as "Red" because Mick Hucknall is a Mancunian, and supports Manchester United, a football ("soccer") team, who wear, you've guessed it, red shirts. Richard Braithwaite
Simply Red All the members of the band are devoted fans of Manchester United, a footballteam that has always played in red jerseys.  Frank
SIN 3-D Its and undergroud Horrorcore Rap Group. But any way SIN 3-D was just a fluke when writing band names down, and discover that upside down with the D lower case is SIN3d, check it out upside down, pretty cool. JC5150
Siouxsie & the Banshees Didn't see this listed yet. Just know the lead singer, Siouxsie Sioux is really Susie Ballion.  Tammy
Sisqo Sisqo's black, but his hair is sort of fine textured, so back in Baltimore, the kids would call him "Sisqo" - sort of mocking a name that some of the Puerto Rican kids had in the neighborhood. Courtney
Sistar More accurately SiStar, a combo of Sisters and Starship Entertainment. Also claimed as Sister Stars combo. Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Sister Hazel Sister Hazel took their name from a nun in their hometown that they admired.  Taylor
Sister Hazel The guys from Sister Hazel wanted to have a name that meant something, and they knew of an African-American lady that ran "Sister Hazel's Rescue Mission" in Gainesville, Florida, where the band got started, so they chose to use her name to represent unconditional concern for people everywhere.  Megan
Sister Hazel Printed on back of their self-titled debut album: Sister Hazel was an African-American woman who ran "Sister Hazel's Rescue Mission" in Gainsville, Florida, during the 1970's and early '80's. This facility gave those who were down on their luck a safe place to stay warm, eat, and regroup - regardless of age, race, or beliefs. It is in this spirit of unconditional concern for all beings that we have chosen to use her name. Matt Burns
The Sisters of Mercy "Leonard Cohen wrote a song in which - like us - "The Sisters Of Mercy, they are not departed or gone". He should know. Is that why we picked the name? Almost. We did feel that the song would help the dimmest of the dim to interpret the name. There is an ancient order of nuns called The Sisters Of Mercy. Significantly, the name is a popular reference to prostitutes. (Leonard Cohen's song can be heard in the background of a scene from the film 'McCabe And Mrs Miller', in which Julie Christie leads her bedraggled troupe of whores up the muddy hill which is the main street of a shanty town in the wild west.)" - Originally writen by Andrew Eldritch  Mairi
Sisters of Mercy I know there's the Leonard Cohen song, but Sisters of Mercy are actually named after THE SISTERS OF MERCY, a group/convent of nuns in Leeds, where they come from. I also had a nice old lady start talking to me in a pub in Dublin, because she thought my Sisters of Mercy T-Shirt was to do with the nuns. Very surreal. James
Sisters of Mercy No, actually, the other guy in correct. I have an interview with Andy (a few actually) where he explicitly gives the Leonard Cohen song as the original inspiration for the band name. Leonard Cohen in turn took his song title from a convent of nuns (They are not exclusive to Leeds). Andy liked Cohen's use of a convent of nuns, Sisters of Mercy, used instead as groupies or prostitutes... ladies of the night, or Sisters of Mercy... Chris
Sisters Of Mercy Named after a song by Leonard Cohen Deadmeat
Six Toed Martha The drummer's father had told them about a rumor he had heard about Martha Stewart having 6 toes Punk Diva
Six wire most of the band members played guitar, so they wanted to recognize that somehow. They couldn't call their bad "guitar," so they used "Sixwire" which was a pet name they used for a guitar. Fish
Sixpence None The Richer the name, contrary to popular belief, was actually from thier favorite bible verse Allison
Sixpence None the Richer The name of the band came from C.S. Lewis's book "Mere Christianity." There is a part of the book where a child asks for six pence from his father to buy him a gift. The father gives his son the money and thinks that he spent six pence for a gift, so he is really getting the money back in the form of the gift. The band saw it fitting with the message that God gave His Son to buy back His creation. The origin was mentioned in Charisma magazine and many other sources. burgerjohnson
Sixpence None The Richer It is from a scene in the Wiinie the Pooh books by A. A. Milne. Christopher Robin wants to buy his father a present, but needs money from his father to do so. Therefore, the father declares he is sixpence none the richer. Kirsty Seymour
Sixpence None the Richer It actually comes, from the C. S. Lewis book, "Mere Christianity" - that's according to Leigh Nash evrytime they're asked the question. kalrysta
Sixpence None the Richer Reported by Leigh Nash : "It's from Mere Christianity ( by C.S. Lewis) and there's a story where a child asks hisfather for a sixpence to buy his father a gift. The father gives the son the money and is happy with the gift that he gets. But he realizes that hes not any richer, because he gave the child the money in the first place. So C.S. Lewis is comparing that to his belief that God gave us the gift that we have. And thats to serve in the way that we should. We should be humble about it and know where the gifts came from."  Nicole
Sixstringcanvas I met the lead singer and he told me that the name came from his guitar and how he viewed it as a canvas for music. Guitars have six strings and when you combine the words you get sixstringcanvas. Cassie
Sixx A.M. "Sixx" came from Nikki Sixx, and A.M. was taken because of "6:00 A.M." JeReMy
Sixx: AM The band name comes from the surnames if it members: Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba & James Michael adam walsh
Skains Mates Ross from Skains Mates read the ever so popular "romeo and juliet" and a skains mate is a slag word used in the play meaning "gangster". Ross
Skainsmates Well it all started out in Rages' freshmen english class when they were reading romeo and Juliet. Skiansmates means "gangster or tyrant" Rage found the word and dicussed it over with JG, the two liked it and thats how Skainsmates was formed.  Rage & JG
Skid Row Slang for a rundown inner city neighborhoods where alcoholics, junkies, street people can afford to live.  Robert D. Arndt Jr.
Skillet john cooper(singer) joined another band with another drummer and mix of people, so they thought of mixing things in a skillet steve mcmahan
Skillet Skillet, whose music is all about God and a call to holiness, chose this name because of the trio's diversity, with John Cooper from funk, Ken Steorts from punk, and Trey McClurkin from rock and roll. John says on their label's website, "It was a matter of throwing all these styles into the skillet and seeing what we cooked up." MegaMadMan

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