Breeders - One big happy family

How to explain band name Breeders - Big familyAlternative rock band from a classy family: Kim Deal of the Pixies and Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses were at its conception.

What may have enticed the Breeders to choose this band name?

Could they have been considering the sexual orientation of the audience they wanted to appeal to?

After all, when homosexuals talk about breeders they mean heterosexuals.

See also: Pixies

Active: 1988-present, USA

Boss Hog - Kind of refined

Punk blues band that at its debut did not so much whet the appetite of the audience by the raw sound it produced as it did by singer Cristina Martinez stripping off almost all her clothes for the mini-album Drinkin', Lechin' & Lyin'.

What does band name Boss Hog mean - Boss Hoss motorcycleA pair of black boots reaching almost to the waist, completed by stiletto heels, and a few hand- and arm-covering black gloves had to keep Cristina from catching a cold.

The name Boss Hog is easily explained: boss is slang for something that is excellent and a hog is among others a heavy motorcycle equipped with high handlebars.

Such boss hogs are commonly ridden by the more refined bikers such as the Hell's Angels.

Active: 1989-2000; 2008-present, USA

Asobi Seksu - Pleasure

What does band name Asobi Seksu mean - portraits-of-japanese-lovers-in-plastic-photographed-by-hal-4Alternative rock band from New York, operating in the domain of shoe gazing and consisting of Yuki Chikudate and James Hanna.

Asobi is Japanese for 'playing' or 'pleasure', while Seksu – as you guessed – is the word the Japanese imported to denote sex.

It all adds up.


Active: 2001-present, USA

As I Lay Dying

Why band name As I Lay Dying - agamemnon maskChristian metal core band with roots in San Diego, California.

The band name is borrowed from the title of a short story by William Faulkner. The author wrote it in six weeks while he had a job at a power station. A 'tour de force' according to Faulkner.

With regards to the title: Faulkner in his turn took it from Book XI of Homer's Odyssey, in which Agamemnon says to Odysseus (in the English translation that we used as source):

'As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades.'

Active: 2000-present, USA

Boo Radleys

Where does band name Boo Radleys come from - to-kill-a-mockingbird-by-harper-lee-profileAlternative rock band from Wallasay, part of the so-called Britpop movement.

The name comes from the famous book by Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960).

Active: 1988-1999, GBR

Aswad - Literally

What is the meaning of band name Aswad - Black in Arabic
Reggae band from the capital of the UK that has been active for many years already, composed of black musicians.

Not surprisingly Aswad is Arabic for 'black'.

Active: 1975-present, GBR

Box Car Racer - The end?

Alternative rock and post hardcore band from San Diego, California. In fact it is a spin-off of the band Blink-182 (see there) consisting of guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker.

The latter apparently is fascinated by the 'end of times' theme, in the context of which he began to wonder if Bible book Revelation may actually be describing the end of the world.

How Box Car Racer got their band name - Aircraft - Nagasaki atom bomb - Captain Frederick C. BockInspired, he chose a name for the project with DeLonge that refers to the Box Car (literally: railway wagon) that put an end to WWII: the B-29 bomber named Bockscar that dropped the second American atom bomb, the Fat Man, on Japanese city Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

DeLonge came to regret the band name choice, but there was no way back, as so often is the case in matters related to atom bombs.

By the way, the name of the B-29 has nothing to do with the end of the times. Bockscar is a reference to the pilot who flew the plane, captain Frederick C. Bock.

See also: Blink-182

Active: 2002-2003, USA

Atomic Kitten

Why band name Atomic Kitten - Kitten sneezes global warming - Skeptical ScienceAttractive ladies trio from Liverpool, and supplier of at least one Sugababe (Heidi Range to be exact).

The name of the threesome once was a few letters longer, Automatic Kitten, which could be taken as euphemism for Automatic Pussy, the ability of a man to effortlessly get the most beautiful women in bed.

John: 'If you are on Real World you get ass automatically.' Frank: 'Yeah man, that is automatic pussy.'

Active: 1997-2004; 2005; 2006; 2008, GBR

Aterciopelados - Velvety, simply

What band name Aterciopelados means - VelvetyOriginating from Bogotá and one of the first Colombian rock bands of some significance.

Lead by Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago.

Aterciopelados means the 'velvety'.

Just to give you an idea of what they sound like.

Active: 1992-present, COL

Bouncing Souls - Iconic

Bouncing Souls band name inspiration - Doc Martens shoesThis punk rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey caused a furore with its pogo-style music: light-hearted songs played at a high pace.

With this happy 'vaulting pole image' as their springboard, the band members chose the inspired group name Bouncing Souls.

By doing this this they gave a knowing wink to punks and the Doc Martens shoes that were very popular in punk circles.

The proud manufacturer promoted his air cushioned footwear with the text 'With Bouncing Soles'.

Active: 1987-present, USA

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