Group shot of English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones posed in 1968. Clockwise from top left: Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones (1942-1969), Mick jagger and Keith Richards. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)

Band Names That Came From Other Bands’ Songs

A lot of bands got their names from either a song title or a lyric from another band.  Here is a list of them.  

1.  Judas Priest from the Bob Dylan song The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.

2.  The Rolling Stones from the Muddy Waters song Rollin’ Stone.

3.  Lady Gaga from the Queen song Radio Ga Ga.

4.  Radiohead from the Talking Heads song Radio Head.

5.  Simple Minds from the David Bowie song The Jean Genie.  Lyric:  “He’s so simple minded, he can’t drive his module.”

6.  The Killers from the New Order song “Crystal”.  Technically, they got their name from the video for “Crystal”, which features a fictional band called . . . The Killers.

7.  “At the Drive-In” from the Poison song Talk Dirty to Me.  Lyric:  “At the drive-in, in the old man’s Ford / Behind the bushes, ’til I’m screamin’ for more.”

8.  Walk the Moon from the Police song Walking on the Moon.

9.  Death Cab for Cutie from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band song Death Cab for Cutie.

10.  Nazareth from the song The Weight by The Band.  Lyric:  “I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin’ ’bout half past dead.”


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