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Bands That “Borrowed” Their Names

Having a tough time naming your band? STEP ONE: Google your ideas to make sure they’re not taken! Search YouTube and other music sites so you’re not stepping on anyone else’s toes, it’ll only cause confusion down the road. STEP TWO: Look for words or lines from books or authors you admire. It works surprisingly well and will actually mean something to you when you have to tell the story. STEP THREE: Like books without all the reading, music can be a great source of inspiration – try borrowing from another band like these ones did:

Death Cab For Cutie got their name from The Bonzo Dog Dooh-Dah Band’s song “Death Cab For Cutie.” The Bonzos reached the height of their popularity in 1967 when Paul McCartney asked them to appeared in the Magical Mystery Tour film.


Rage Against the Machine actually borrowed from themselves, because Zack de la Rocha was previously in a group called Inside Out, and they had a song called “Rage Against the Machine.”


When Radiohead first started playing together in high school they called themselves “On A Friday” because that’s the day they would rehearse. The record company that signed them asked them to change their name so they used the Talking Heads’ 1986 song “Radio Head”


You can’t run into trouble if you borrow from a fake band, can you? The Killers were always fans of New Order so they used the name from the fake band in their video for “Crystal”.


Before Oasis, Noel Gallagher was a roadie for a band called The Inspiral Carpets. One of their tour posters listed a series of venues, including the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon. When he later joined a band called “Rain” he suggested they change the name to “Oasis”

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