Amps

Inspiration source of band name Amps - Ampersand Caslon 540 ItalicIndie rock band from Dayton, Ohio, that owed its name to the friendly relations it maintained with the deviser of the name, Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices.

For a brief moment the Amps had a different name: Tammy Ampersand and the Amps. Undoubtedly every true music lover knows what an amp is.

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Active: 1995-1996, USA
Site: http://www.noaloha.com/amps

Black Keys

What band name Black Keys means - broken piano keysDan Auerbach and Patrick Carney form this duo from Akron, Ohio, playing blues rock, garage rock and indie rock by the name of Black Keys.

Auerbach's father – an art-dealer – had a soft spot for an artist who darkly called people who in his view were good for nothing 'black keys'.

Active: 2001-present, USA
Site: http://www.theblackkeys.com/

And All Because the Lady Loves

Duo consisting of Rachel Collins (bass, vocals) and Nicola 'Nicky' Rushton (guitar, keyboard), both from Newcastle upon Tyne and responsible for a sound that has been described as a Billy Bragg and Corrs hybrid, but more charming and talented.

And All Because the Lady Loves band name explanation - Cadbury TV commercials - Gary MyersIn the 70's and 80's the British commercial TV channels frequently aired spots advertising chocolate manufacturer Cadbury's, featuring the Milk Tray Man as principal person. This was a British sort of Superman, carrying out daredevil feats in order to get a box of Cadbury's Milk Tray to his girlfriend.

The pay-off invariably was a bronze voice saying 'All Because the Lady Loves Milk Tray'.

Active: approx. 1987-2008, GBR
Site: http://www.myspace.com/andallbecausetheladyloves

Anberlin

Alternative rock from Winterhaven, Florida, with a sense of humour, if we are permitted to go by the smoke screens the band managed to put up around the origins of its name.

For instance, at one point singer Stephen Christian maintained that the band simply had adopted the name reserved for his first-born daughter.

How Anberlin got their bandname - Berlin postcardLater Christian came up with the story that a planned trip to Europe provided the inspiration. Pondering over the cities he thought would be worth a visit, he put London, Paris, Rome and Berlin on his shortlist. 'And Berlin' sounded good to him as a band name, provided it would be converted into Anberlin.

Later again Stephen Christian confessed that from the very beginning it was the band's intention to continuously come up with different explanations for the name, as a sort of running gag.

Finally in Alternative Press Magazine Christian stated that there was really no explanation for the band's name choice. It was already too late by then: fans started to invent explanations themselves.

A very nice one is that Anberlin is a corruption of Anne Boleyn, the name of one of English King Henry VIII's wives.

Active: 2002-present, USA
Site: http://www.anberlin.com

Birthday Party

Birthday Party band name explanation - Harold Pinter playThey were the pride and joy of famous English BBC disc jockey John Peel, this Australian group that was first called The Boys Next Door and that owed its comparative awareness among others to Nick Cave who was one of the members.

The adoration of the Radio 1 presenter by the way was completely useless. To find its new name the post punk band from Melbourne reached into the bookcase and what came out? A Harry Pinter play called – yes - The Birthday Party, from 1958.

Active: 1976-1983, AUS
Site: http://www.thebirthdayparty.com.au/

Black Flag - Bad news for Adam Ant

Where band name Black Flag comes from - Thomas Tew pirate flagHardcore punk rock band from Hermosa Beach, California, put up on one single stable factor throughout the years: guitarist and composer Greg Ginn (not to be confused with Greg Kihn). Many consider Black Flag to be one of the first hardcore punk bands.

Symbolism is blowing in from every quarter with this band name. If a white flag symbolizes surrender, then the black flag stands for the opposite, which is anarchy.

Black Flag is also an insecticide brand. When Adam Ant (see there) performed in California for the first time, Black Flag followers distributed buttons with the text 'Black Flag kills Ants'.

Active: 1976-1986; 2003, USA
Site: http://www.ipass.net/jthrush/rollflag.htm

See also: Adam & the AntsD.O.A.

Mekons - Indestructible

What band name Mekons means - Dan Dare comic - MekonOf the British punk rock bands from the very beginning of the movement The Mekons (home: Leeds, West Yorkshire) have to be among the most indestructible - they have been around for over thirty years.

The Mekon (also called Mekonta) is the mortal enemy of the main character in the Dan Dare comics, Dan Dare, to be sure.

Dare ('Pilot of the Future') competes in virtually every episode of the cartoon, published in comic magazine Eagle, against the green monster called Mekon.

Active: 1977-present, GBR
Site: http://www.myspace.com/mekons

Church - Explained by evolution

Although reli-pop from a group with such a name seems to be a safe assumption, The Church propagates songs that can also be classified under the chapters post punk, alternative rock and new wave.

How The Church got their band name - Sagrada Familia - BarcelonaThe various sources we resorted to for an explanation of the band name disagree about the origin of the group name.

The name can have arisen simply because it was not claimed by other bands yet, but an – indirect - religious context is also possible.

The Church, after all, did evolve out of two bands that used the same church building in Sydney as rehearsal space.

Active: 1980-present, AUS
Site: http://www.thechurchband.net/

Jebediah

Where band name Jebediah comes from - Simpsons - Jebediah SpringfieldBig fans of the television series The Simpsons they are, the members of this alternative rock band from Perth, Western Australia.

As a tribute they therefore derived their name from Jebediah Springfield, the Founding Father of the town of Springfield, the home of the Simpsons.

Active: 1994-present, AUS
Site: http://www.jebediah.net/

See also: B-52'sFall Out Boy, Jebus

Hollisters

Country band from the south of the United States, the best of that country even according to the Houston Press.

Where the Hollisters got their band name from - Rafe Hollister - Jack Prince - Andy Griffith ShowNamed after the rather colorless Rafe Hollister, a role of Jack Prince in the American CBS sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.

The series is all about a sherrif and widower in Mayberry, North Carolina, who spends his days in the proximity of a rather clumsy deputy, an old aunt who fulfills the duties of housekeeper and his young son.

In this setting Rafe Hollister, a local farmer, plays a subordinate role. The only thing that makes him stand out is that he brews gin on the sly.

Active: 1995-present, USA
Site: http://www.hollisters.com/

 
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