Death Cab for Cutie

Indie pop band from Bellingham, Washington, the early music of which Rolling Stone magazine characterized as being 'emotional thanks to the lack of emotion'. Oh well, they have to fill their pages too.

Where Death Cab for Cutie got their band name from - Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour coverLovers of conspiracy theories would like to have seen a reference to the supposed death of Paul McCartney in 1966 in the name Death Cab for Cutie. 'Beatle cutie' Paul is said to have died in a car accident (with a cab?), after which his place in the Fab Four was taken by a look-alike.

But in this case reality is not quite as gloomy as that: Death Cab for Cutie was inspired by a number with that title by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (also known as Bonzo Dog Band) that occurs in Beatle film Magical Mystery Tour (1967).

Active: 1997-present, USA

See also: Beatles



Anonymous said...

I saw an old film noir where a man tells someone to "call a death cab for cutie" because the girl was assumed dead. I thought he was referring to an ambulance. I cannot remember the name of the film but it pre-dates the Beatles reference.

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