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10 bands that got their names from movies or television shows

Have you ever wondered how bands come up with their names? Well in some cases, its as easy as turning on the television.

From James Bond films to cult classic films, here are 10 bands that got their names from movies and television.


This Californian metalcore band was formed in 1988 and was originally called Retribution. When the band was experiencing a change of style and change of members, the band officially changed their name to Atreyu. The name comes from Michael Ende’s fantasy book and movie, The Neverending Story.

Fall Out Boy

During one of this band’s first performances, they walked onto the stage with no name and asked the crowd if they had any ideas. One man in the crowd suggested “Fall Out Boy” and the rest is history. The name “Fall Out Boy” is also a reference to The Simpsons character “Fall Out Boy” who is the assistant to the superhero character “Radioactive Man.”


This third-wave ska band found their name in the 1964 James Bond novel and movie Goldfinger.

The Misfits

This horror-inspired punk rock band may have you thinking that their name comes from the meaning for the phrase “misfit,” but you would be greatly mistaken. In fact, the band got their name from the 1961 film The Misfits, which featured Marilyn Monroe in her last film before her death.

Say Anything

This Los Angeles rock band was formed in 2000 and is named after the 1989 rom-com Say Anything starring John Cusack and Ione Skye.

Wu-Tang Clan

After hanging out and watching the 1983 kung-fu film Shao Lin and Wu Tang, RZA, Ghostface, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the rest of the group decided to name their rap group the Wu-Tang Clan. The band also has tons of audio samples of the film in their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Duran Duran

The English new-wave band Duran Duran got their name from the 1968 film Barbarella starring Jane Fonda. The name comes directly from the character of Dr. Durand Durand.

The Fratellis

This Scottish rock band got their name from Steven Spielberg’s classic 1985 film The Goonies. In the film, the Fratelli family are bad guys who are chasing the children and trying to get the treasure.

Save Ferris

This ska-punk band was formed in 1995 and is named after the iconic 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Black Sabbath

This iconic heavy metal band was originally called “Earth” but after seeing a sign for Italian-French horror movie Black Sabbath, the band decided to go with that instead.

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