Band Name Origins

  • Fun. After playing four consecutive gigs as “The Fun Guys,” Nate Ruess decided to ditch the band’s trippy, Psilocybin mushroom-themed sound and shorten the name to “Fun.” At least, while Phish was in town.
  • The Strokes. Julian Casablancas was on the swim team in high school, before getting kicked off for masturbating in the pool.
  • Band of Horses. Originally a coked-out Phil Spector’s idea for a novelty hit machine, the band name was passed down to some desperate guys from Seattle years later, when the courts finally decided it was inhumane to make Palominos sing, wear a dress, or stay locked in a house. 
  • The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger once fell down a hill after he smoked too much pot during an adulterous trip to Iran.
  • Mott the Hoople. Tomm the Hoople became a registered sex offender.
  • Bright Eyes. Conor Oberst really misheard that Hall and Oates song.
  • Hall and Oates. John Oates really misheard Daryl Hall’s response to “We should start a band.”
  • Sonic Youth. Shawn Kemp gave an eleven-year-old Thurston Moore his game-used jersey after collecting six rebounds in front of a capacity KeyArena crowd.
  • The Beatles. “The Simpsons” reference.
  • The Paul Simon Blart Garfunkel Mall Cops. You decided to join me in the greatest musical endeavor since DeadMau5 proposed over Twitter.