Wonder Where That Name Came From?


This installment of “Wonder Where That Name Came From?”  is themed: Bands whose names are in reference to other performers.  Add any you know in the comments section!

Gary Sinise – Lt. Dan Band

10 Seconds of Forever, after Hawkwind’s “10 Seconds of Forever”
A Day in the Life (now known as Hawthorne Heights), after the Beatles song “A Day in the Life”.
ABC, after The Jackson 5’s “ABC”
After Forever, after Black Sabbath’s “After Forever”
All Tomorrow’s Parties, after The Velvet Underground’s song, “All Tomorrow’s Parties”
Black Boned Angel, named for the song of the same name by Godflesh, from their 1994 album Selfless
Blonde Redhead, after the DNA song “Blonde Redhead”
Bonded by Blood, after Exodus’s “Bonded by blood”
Boredoms, after Buzzcocks’ “Boredom” from their “Spiral Scratch” EP.
Boris, after Melvins’ “Boris” from their album Bullhead
Bury Your Dead, after The Haunted’s “Bury Your Dead”
Communist Daughter, after Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Communist Daughter”
Con Funk Shun, after New Birth’s “Con-Funk-Shun” [1]
Death Cab for Cutie, after Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s “Death Cab for Cutie” on their album Gorilla[2]
Deep Purple, after Peter DeRose’s “Deep Purple” (most notably performed by Nino Tempo & April Stevens)[3]
Dylan in the movies, after Belle and Sebastian’s “Like Dylan in the Movies”
DumDum Boys, after Iggy Pop’s “Dum Dum Boys”
Dum Dum Girls, after Iggy Pop’s “Dum Dum Boys” as well as The Vaselines album “Dum Dum”. May also be a reference to Talk Talk’s “Dum Dum Girl”.
Ella Guru, after Captain Beefheart’s “Ella Guru”
Eric’s Trip, after Sonic Youth’s “Eric’s Trip”
Exciter, after Judas Priest’s “Exciter”
FireHouse, after Kiss’s “Firehouse”
Flume (musician), after Bon Iver’s “Flume”
Fuck the Facts, after Naked City’s “Fuck the Facts”
Funeral for a Friend, after Planes Mistaken for Stars’s “Funeral for a Friend” (although some believe it’s after Elton John’s “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”)[who?]
Gamma Ray, after “Gamma Ray” by German prog-rock band Birth Control
Godsmack, after Alice in Chains’ “God Smack” from the Dirt album
Head Like a Hole, after Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole”
Hello Goodbye, after The Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye”
Hit the Lights, after Metallica’s “Hit the Lights”
Hunters & Collectors, after Can’s “Hunters and Collectors” from the Landed album
In Fear And Faith, after Circa Survive’s “In Fear And Faith”
Jet, after Wings’ “Jet”
Jesu, named after the last song on the final Godflesh release, Hymns
Kashmir after Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”
The Kooks, after David Bowie’s “Kooks” from his album Hunky Dory
Ladytron, after Roxy Music’s “Ladytron”
Little Birdy, after Ween’s “Little Birdy” from the album Pure Guava
The Living End, after The Stray Cats’ “The Living End”
Madness, after Prince Buster’s “Madness”[4]
Man Overboard, after Blink-182’s “Man Overboard”
Merciless Death, after Dark Angel’s “Merciless Death”
Mean Mr. Mustard, after the Beatles song “Mean Mr. Mustard”.
Mr. Big, after Free’s “Mr. Big”
The Musical Box, after the Genesis song on the 1971 Nursery Cryme album
Negativland, after Neu!’s “Negativland”
Nickel Creek, after Byron Berline’s “Nickel Creek”
Nine Below Zero, after Sonny Boy Williamson II’s “Nine Below Zero”
Oceansize after Jane’s Addiction’s “Ocean Size”
The Ordinary Boys, after Morrissey’s “The Ordinary Boys”
Overkill, after Motörhead’s “Overkill”
Powderfinger, after Neil Young’s “Powderfinger”
Pretty Girls Make Graves, after The Smiths’ song by the same name.
Pulling Teeth, after Green Day’s song by the same name.
Radiohead, after Talking Heads’ “Radio Head”
Rage, after Judas Priest’s “Rage”
Rage Against the Machine, after a song by former Zack de la Rocha’s hardcore punk band Inside Out called “Rage Against the Machine”
Regular John, after Queens of the Stone Age’s “Regular John”
Riders on the Storm, after The Doors’s “Riders on the Storm”
Right Said Fred, after Bernard Cribbins’ single by the same name
Roxette, after Dr. Feelgood’s “Roxette”
Ruins, after Henry Cow’s “Ruins”
Running Wild, after Judas Priest’s “Running Wild”
Scary Kids Scaring Kids, after Cap’n Jazz’s “Scary Kids Scaring Kids”
Seether, after Veruca Salt’s “Seether”
Shook Ones, after Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones”
Sinner, after Judas Priest’s “Sinner”
The Sisters of Mercy, after Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters of Mercy”
Spiral Architect, after Black Sabbath’s “Spiral Architect”
Spoon, after the 1970s German avant-garde band Can’s song “Spoon”
Stars of Track and Field, after Belle and Sebastian’s “Stars of Track and Field”
Starsailor, after Tim Buckley’s “Starsailor” from his album of the same name. The band’s logo borrows the same typeface off the album’s sleeve.
Stiff Little Fingers, after The Vibrators’s “Stiff Little Fingers”
The Story So Far, after New Found Glory’s “The Story So Far”, a hidden track from the 2002 album Sticks and Stones[5][6]
Sweet Soul Music, after Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music”
Sweet Thing, after Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing” [7]
The Sunshine Underground, after The Chemical Brothers’ “The Sunshine Underground”
Uh Huh Her, after PJ Harvey’s unreleased song “Uh Huh Her” that was cut from the album Uh Huh Her
Veil of Maya, after Cynic’s “Veil of Maya”
Velocity Girl, after Primal Scream’s “Velocity Girl”
Weakling, after Swans’ “Weakling”
Approximations, partial matches, and lyrics[edit]
A Flock of Seagulls, after a line in The Stranglers song “Toiler on The Sea”.
All Time Low, after a line from New Found Glory’s “Head on Collision”
at17, after Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen”
Bad Brains, after The Ramones’ song “Bad Brain”
Big Country, after Talking Heads’ “The Big Country”
Between the Buried and Me, in the song “Ghost Train” by Counting Crows The lyrics say “Fifty Million feet of earth between the buried and me”
The Black Angels, after Velvet Underground’s “The Black Angel’s Death Song”
Blue Merle from the line “There ain’t no companion like a blue-eyed Merle” in Bron-Y-Aur Stomp by Led Zeppelin
Iceage Sugar, after the line “You could be my iceage sugar” from Peace’s “Wraith”
Boom Boom Satellites, after Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s “Boom Boom Satellite” from their album Dress for Excess
Boredoms, after Buzzcocks’ “Boredom” from Spiral Scratch
Boyz II Men, after New Edition’s “Boys to Men”
The Boy Least Likely To, after Morrissey’s “The Girl Least Likely To
Burning Airlines, after Brian Eno’s “Burning Airlines Give You So Much More”
A Certain Ratio, after a line from Brian Eno’s “The True Wheel”
Candlebox, after a line from Midnight Oil’s “Tin Legs and Tin Mines”: “boxed in like candles”
Canned Heat, after Tommy Johnson’s song “Canned Heat Blues” from 1928.[8]
Curved Air, after Terry Riley’s “A Rainbow in Curved Air”
Deacon Blue, after Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues” on their album Aja
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, after Larry Williams’ “Dizzy Miss Lizzy”
Dovetail Joint, after a line in The Beatles’ “Glass Onion”
Felt, after a line in Television’s “Venus”: “How we fell…t”
The Get Up Kids, after The Cure’s “Suburban Get Up Kids”
Gigolo Aunts, after Syd Barrett’s “Gigolo Aunt”
Girl in a Coma, after The Smiths’ “Girlfriend in a Coma”
Judas Priest, after Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”[9]
The Killers, after the name of the fictional band in the music video for the New Order song “Crystal”.[10]
Lady Gaga, after Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”
Mayhem, after Venom’s “Mayhem with Mercy”
Million Dead, after a line from Refused’s “The Apollo Program Was A Hoax”
Mob Rules, after Black Sabbath’s “The Mob Rules”
The Moody Blues, after Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo”[11]
Motörhead after Hawkwind’s “Motorhead”
the Mountain Goats after Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “Yellow Coat”
The Naked and Famous after The Presidents of the United States of America’s “Naked and Famous”
Nazareth after a line from The Band’s “The Weight”; “I pulled into Nazareth, Was feelin’ about half past dead…”[12]
Nightmare of You after The Cure’s “Kyoto Song”, which starts off “A nightmare of you”
Old 97’s after Johnny Cash’s “The Wreck of the Old 97”
Panic! at the Disco from The Smiths’s “Panic”
Pretty Things, after Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing”
Raveonettes, after Buddy Holly’s “Rave On”
Radio Birdman, from a line in The Stooges’ “1970”
The Rolling Stones, after Muddy Waters’ “Rolling Stone”
Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her after “Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her” on XTC’s album The Big Express
Sepultura, after Motörhead’s “Dancing on Your Grave” (Sepultura is Portuguese for grave)
Shakespears Sister, after The Smiths’ “Shakespeare’s Sister”
Silverchair, a misspelling of Nirvana’s “Sliver” and You Am I’s “Berlin Chair”
Sister Machine Gun, after a line from Skinny Puppy’s “Tin Omen”
Slick Black, after Alice Cooper and Marc Bolan’s “Slick Black Limousine”
Stockton’s Wing, after a line from Bruce Springsteen’s “Backstreets”
Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, after line from Silver Jews’ “People”
Taking Dawn, After a line from Metallica’s Fade To Black “Growing Darkness ‘Taking Dawn’…”
Texas Is the Reason, after a line from The Misfits’ “Bullet”
There She Was, after Scritti Politti’s song “Boom There She Was”.
These New Puritans, after The Fall’s “New Puritan”
Through the Eyes of the Dead, after Cannibal Corpse’s “Staring Through The Eyes of The Dead”
Toys Went Berserk, after a line from Siouxsie and the Banshees song “Spellbound”
Warsaw (later became Joy Division), after David Bowie’s “Warszawa”
Walk the Moon, named after The Police song “Walking on the Moon”
Winds of Plague, after a line of the song “Endless” by Unearth; “Have brought you to the winds of plague?”
Incorrect associations[edit]
BarlowGirl is not named after Superchick’s “Barlow Girls”. In fact, the song was recorded as a tribute to the band.[citation needed]
I Set My Friends On Fire was not named after Aiden’s “I Set My Friends On Fire”. They stated on the Myspace blog that “(They) didn’t even know that it was an Aiden song until it was too late.”

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