List of bands named after songs

Just thinking about The Rolling Stones and Judas Priest getting their name from Bob Dylan songs and wondered what other bands were named after other people’s songs or lyrics from a song.

And by that I mean relatively well-known bands, not some obscure local ones.

Anyone can name a few more?

Oh. Wait. The Rolling Stones were named after a Muddy Waters song. And that makes a lot more sense… with the timeline and all. facepalm

Godsmack, after Alice in Chains’ song on Dirt

Radiohead, after the song “Radio Head” from Talking Heads’ True Stories soundtrack.

The Pretty Things, named after the Bo Diddley song “Pretty Thing”.

Deacon Blue, after “Deacon Blues” by Steely Dan.

Got one more:

The Lovin’ Spoonful, named after a phrase in Mississippi John Hurt’s “Coffee Blues”. And we all know what a “lovin’ spoonful” means. :wink:

Death Cab for Cutie, named after a song by the Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah) Band.

The Moody Blues are named after Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo.”

Deep Purple after Richie Blackmore’s grandmother’s favorite song.

After reading the post for Radiohead, another band came to my mind: Motörhead.

From Wiki:

Perhaps Talk Talk was named after their own song of the same name.

Not really famous, but Stiff Little Fingers took their name from a Vibrators song.

Between the Buried and Me took their name from a line in a Counting Crows song.

Counting Crows from “A Murder of One” which is based on an old nursery rhyme.

Panic At The Disco from “Panic” by Name Taken.

All Time Low from “Head On Collision” by New Found Glory.

A Certain Ratio from “The True Wheel” by Brian Eno (who got it from Hitler).

The Dixie Chicks from “Dixie Chicken” by Lowell George of Little Feat.

“The Maine” from “Coast of Maine” by Ivory.

Jet from the Paul McCartney and Wings song of the same name.

The Killers comes from the music video for the New Order song “Crystal” (it was written on the bass drum of a fictional band in the video).

Maybe, but maybe not:

I see the OP joined in December, so he wasn’t around when we did this in November: Bands that took their name from songs of other unrelated artists

A band that sounds that much like Alice in Chains has the same name as an Alice in Chains song and he says it’s a coincidence? It sounds like a weird story to make up, but it’s hard to believe.

My word, that sounds dirty.

There is a self-described indie pop/rock group from Seattle called Shake Some Action! (“Shake Some Action” is a a classic rock song recorded by the Flamin’ Groovies).

Pretty Girls Make Graves
Shakespeare’s Sister

…both named for Smiths songs.

I remember a band that named itself Steel Breeze, after a line in Pink Floyd’s “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond.”

Were the Sisters of Mercy named after the Leonard Cohen song?