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How Does a Band Decide on a Name?

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Here are some popular bands and how they got their names.

This list is courtesy of Fox News.com:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – The name was inspired by Leonard Skinner, who was Gary Rossington and Bob Burns’ strict high school gym teacher.
  • Coldplay – They were originally known as “Starfish,” and another band had the name Coldplay until they decided to change their name.  Starfish then asked if they could use it.
  • Mumford & Sons – They were looking for a name that would give people a sense of, “an antiquated family business name.”
  • The Beatles – John Lennon came up with it by combining the words “beetles” and “beat.”
  • Pink Floyd – They named the band after two blues singers: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
  • Fall Out Boy – The name was inspired by a character on “The Simpsons.”
  • Pearl Jam – Rumors and urban legends have stated that the band got it’s name from Eddie Vedder’s great-grandmother Pearl, who was married to a man who made preserves spiked with hallucinogens, that is NOT true.  The truth is not as exciting, seems bassist Jeff Ament came up with “pearl,” and they added “jam” after watching a Neil Young jam session.
  • 3 Doors Down – The story here is that the three original members of the band were walking down a street and came across a door with a piece of wood attached to it that said, “doors down” so they decided to become 3 Doors Down.

So now you know how to get a name for your band.

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