How They Got Their Names pt. 4

EVER WONDER HOW ALABAMA SHAKES, RUN THE JEWELS, WALK THE MOON, AND OTHERS GOT THEIR NAMES?

A name is often the first impression a band makes on their audience, and if there’s an interesting story on how it came to be, that’s a plus. So here is how 10 more bands got their names. And if you haven’t already, check out part one, two and three!
 

JACK WHITE

It’s well known that Jack White was married to Meg White so it’s a popular misconception that she took his last name. Jack White was born Jack Gillis and reversed the tradition-he took her surname when they got married in 1996.

 

ALABAMA SHAKES

Originally called The Shakes, they added the Alabama because there was already a band called The Shakes.

 

MOTHER MOTHER

Here’s another band who changed their original name to avoid legal troubles. For the original release of their debut album they were just called Mother, and instead of changing it completely, they simply added another “Mother.”

 

MODEST MOUSE

Isaac Brock decided on the name Modest Mouse when he was fifteen. It’s from the book The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf. The specific passage is:

“I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises.”


 

RUN THE JEWELS

Run the Jewels got their name from an LL Cool J song. The first line in “Cheesy Rat Blues” is, “Throw your hands in the air, and wave ‘em like you just don’t care, keep ‘em there, run the jewels, run the jewels, run the jewels.”

 

JAPANDROIDS

Since they are a duo, their name is a product of compromise. David wanted to call the band Japanese Scream, while Brian wanted Pleasure Droids, they settled on Japandroids.

 

WALK THE MOON

Walk the Moon comes from the Police song “Walking on the Moon”.

 

JOEL PLASKETT AND THE EMERGENCY

Joel Plaskett needed a band for a gig that was coming up quickly. They jokingly called it the Emergency Band and the name stuck all the way until they released the first Joel Plaskett Emergency record in 2001.

 

AWOLNATION

The name AWOLNATION comes from Aaron Bruno’s nickname in high school. He would leave without saying goodbye at social functions to bypass the awkward “why are you leaving?” question. Because of that, his friends called him Awol. When he started making solo music, what he was making to him sounded like the name AWOLNATION, so “nation” was a natural addition.

 

VERUCA SALT

Veruca Salt is obvious if you’ve ever seen the movie or read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Veruca Salt was the annoying spoiled rich girl in the story.