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How Does a Band Decide on a Name?


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

This list is courtesy of Fox

  • 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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