Bands named after books

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It seems like this must have been done before, but the search didn't turn up anything.

A few for starters:

Velvet Underground ("Velvet Underground", Michael Leigh, 1963)
Aerosmith ("Arrowsmith", Sinclair Lewis, 1925)
The Doors ("The Doors of Perception", Aldous Huxley, 1954)

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 14:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Mott the Hoople ("Mott the Hoople", Willard Manus, 1966)
Supertramp ("The Autobiography of a Super Tramp", W.H. Davies, 1908)

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 15:02 (sixteen years ago) link

William Burroughs section:

The Soft Machine (1961)
Dead Fingers Talk (1963)
Nova Express (1964)

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 15:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Steppenwolf - ("Steppenwolf", Herman Hesse, 1929)

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 15:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Steppenwolf ("Steppenwolf", Herman Hesse, 1928)

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Mike W (caek), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 15:06 (sixteen years ago) link

The Fall ("The Fall", Albert Camus, 1956)

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 15:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Nine Horses and V., by Billy Collins and Thomas Pynchon respectively.

owen moorhead (i heart daniel miller), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 15:15 (sixteen years ago) link

The Go Betweens ("The Go Between" LP Hartley)

TRG (TRG), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 15:16 (sixteen years ago) link

The Moviegoers ("The Moviegoer", Walker Percy, 1961)
All The Pretty Horses ("All The Pretty Horses", Cormac McCarthy, 1993)
The Grifters ("The Grifters", Jim Thompson, 1963)

(attn new bands: please peruse the Jim Thompson catalog. "Texas By The Tail", "Recoil", "Heed The Thunder" and "Nothing More Than Murder" are still untaken. Green on Red titled one of their LPs "The Killer Inside Me", but that one's up for grabs, too.)

Eazy (Eazy), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Public Image Ltd ("The Public Image" by Margaret Drabble)

James, Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Naked City ("Naked City", Weegee, 1945)

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Whoops, make that "The Public Image" by Muriel Spark, sorry.

James, Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Er, The Books?

stew!, Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:04 (sixteen years ago) link

The Bible

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Better Than Ezra, from Collected Letters of T.S. Eliot

Huk-L (Huk-L), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:10 (sixteen years ago) link

A Small, Good Thing, from Raymond Carver's Cathedral

Chairman Doinel (Charles McCain), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Heaven 17
Korova Milk Bar
Moloko
Durango 95

All taken from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Ben Dot (1977), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:19 (sixteen years ago) link

... but not actually named after a book

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, they're hardly named BEFORE the book.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes but bands named after things that are in books - that's piss easy that is

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Eyeless In Gaza ("Eyeless In Gaza" Aldous Huxley)

James Ward (jamesmichaelward), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 16:29 (sixteen years ago) link

The Shipping News (after The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx)

Jena (JenaP), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 17:06 (sixteen years ago) link

aren't Belle and Sebastian named after a kid's book?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 17:21 (sixteen years ago) link

A T.V. series

Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 17:23 (sixteen years ago) link

what is the world coming to.

AaronK (AaronK), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 17:33 (sixteen years ago) link

If we're counting comic books, then there's Love and Rockets.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 17:37 (sixteen years ago) link

those arent real books, they are transient and disposable and they arent genuine.

AaronK the bookist (AaronK), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 17:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Dharma Bums (Jack Kerouac, THE DHARMA BUMS)

Terrible Cold (Terrible Cold), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 17:56 (sixteen years ago) link

All the Pretty Horses the book is taken from a line in a folk song.

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 18:50 (sixteen years ago) link

the wind-up bird (murakami)

peter stillman (dovlandau), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 19:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Fountainhead
The Bell Jar

Dave will do (dave225.3), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 19:40 (sixteen years ago) link

nore quite, but The Jaded Salingers

AaronK (AaronK), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 19:46 (sixteen years ago) link

er, not.

AaronK (AaronK), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 20:01 (sixteen years ago) link

The Who (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

stu (stu), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 20:29 (sixteen years ago) link

Eyeless In Gaza ("Eyeless In Gaza" Aldous Huxley

... which in turn is a line from Milton's Samson Agonistes. Do I win a point?

Wax Cat (Wax Cat), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Steely Dan -- not after a book so much as after something IN a Burroughs book

that's so taylrr (ken taylrr), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 20:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Hot Water Music -- the Bukowski book.

Mark (MarkR), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 21:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Joy Division..........I think.

xgurggleglgllg (xgurggleglgllg), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 21:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm sure there are bands called Ubik and Valis (both Philip K Dick).

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 21:43 (sixteen years ago) link

damn, all the best books are taken...

Is there a thread for characters in books? Josef K (from The Trial) obviously springs to mind.

Apparantly there's a band called Deadeye Dick after the Kurt Vonnegut book but I can't believe there isn't a band called The Sirens of Titan.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 22:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Hang on - I've just found one - on myspace naturally.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=10342074

The link seems to be broken though - on googles cached version it says they are metal/rock.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 22:01 (sixteen years ago) link

Joy Division..........I think

I believe it came from an excerpt from a book related to Nazi death camps. I remember last year Mojo did an article on Ian Curtis and they highlighted the passage.

Cunga (Cunga), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 22:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Watt.

Sloppy Toe, Thursday, 16 February 2006 00:35 (sixteen years ago) link

The Archies

jim wentworth (wench), Thursday, 16 February 2006 01:51 (sixteen years ago) link

Anal Cunt ("The Gift of the Anal Cunt", Bob Frost, 1918)

Waka Waka (Cunga), Thursday, 16 February 2006 03:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Ah, I knew Joy Division came from a book somehow. I regret not getting that issue of Mojo when I had the chance.

xgurggleglgllg (xgurggleglgllg), Thursday, 16 February 2006 03:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Generation of Vipers

bobby.lasers (bobby.lasers), Thursday, 16 February 2006 03:47 (sixteen years ago) link

bend sinister

Sym Sym (sym), Thursday, 16 February 2006 03:57 (sixteen years ago) link

The Grapes of Wrath had some hits in Canada in the late 80s/early 90s.

Sundar (sundar), Thursday, 16 February 2006 04:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Pink and Brown: Pink and Brown People and other Essays by Thomas Sowell, 1980

Cunga (Cunga), Thursday, 16 February 2006 04:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Augie March

Simon H. (Simon H.), Thursday, 16 February 2006 05:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Sixpence None the Richer is a line from a C.S. Lewis book, naturally.

regular roundups (Dave M), Thursday, 16 February 2006 05:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Prince (Machiavelli)

Sym Sym (sym), Thursday, 16 February 2006 06:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Speaking of 'A Clockwork Orange', Clock DVA took their name from Alex's slang.

GLC, Friday, 17 February 2006 05:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Isn't there some terrible emo band called 'As I Lay Dying'? Or did I dream that?

Roz (Roz), Friday, 17 February 2006 07:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Joy Division = the subsection of the Nazi concentration camp where Jewish women were forced to have sex with the officers--something like that

Roque Strew (RoqueStrew), Friday, 17 February 2006 08:34 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
The idea that Aerosmith was named after Sinclair Lewis seems too improbable to be true.

Mitya (mitya), Tuesday, 21 March 2006 03:15 (sixteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
That whiny emo band My Chemical Romance (after an Irvine Welsh novel I believe).

DOESTOEVSKY, Monday, 17 April 2006 07:30 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
"Joy Division" was taken from "House of Dolls," and in their song "No Love Lost" there's a lengthy quote from the same book.

I found this list trying to doublecheck some names on our "Booking Bands" page, in which we asked readers to combine band and book names (and got a few thousand entries that I'm still sorting through) We made a special category for books that bands used as a name.

http://www.coudal.com/bookingbands.php

illnoise, Wednesday, 24 May 2006 14:26 (sixteen years ago) link

The Doors ("The Doors of Perception", Aldous Huxley, 1954)

I'm almost positive that they took the name from the William Blake quote ("When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are--infinite") rather than the book title--itself, too taken from the Blake quote.

Minor point, I guess.

max (maxreax), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 14:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Wikipedia says they got the name from the book:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_doors

Could be wrong though.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 14:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Lisa Loeb (and Nine Stories)

nabisco (nabisco), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

One Hundred MySpace Profiles of Solitude

nabisco (nabisco), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 15:33 (sixteen years ago) link

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so, the band my chemical romance wasn't named after the chemical romance of christian rosenkreutz? that was their only redeeming quality!

bell labs (bell_labs), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm almost positive that they took the name from the William Blake quote ("When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are--infinite") rather than the book title--itself, too taken from the Blake quote.

that's how i remember it too...

Nathalie (stevie nixed), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 20:07 (sixteen years ago) link

there is a really shitty band called CHOMSKY

killy ii (baby lenin pin), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 20:21 (sixteen years ago) link

that's how i remember it too...

So which seems a more likely inspiration for the Doors: a mystical religious poem or a book about mescaline? Could be both, I guess.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 20:33 (sixteen years ago) link

The Double = a book by Doestoyevsky (spell-check, please?)

The Reivers = a book by Faulkner (now that spelling I NAILED)

hank (hank s), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 23:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Blood Meridian - Blood Meridian by someone or other

FACEBRACE (FACEBRACE), Thursday, 25 May 2006 12:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Wasn't there a band called The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)? Managed by Eddie Izzard?

ledge (ledge), Thursday, 25 May 2006 12:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Suprised that no one has mentioned the Comsat Angels, named after a J. G. Ballard short story. Another was used for Joy Division's song "The Atrocity Exhibition". Indeed, JBB's bibliography is rife with good potential band/song names:

35 Hertz (35 Hertz), Thursday, 25 May 2006 15:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Suprised that no one has mentioned the Comsat Angels, named after a J. G. Ballard short story. Another was used for Joy Division's song "The Atrocity Exhibition". Indeed, JGB's bibliography is rife with good potential band/song names:

35 Hertz (35 Hertz), Thursday, 25 May 2006 15:44 (sixteen years ago) link

Catch 22. Shitty band, great book. Heller.

Heath Raymond (Heath Raymond), Thursday, 25 May 2006 15:54 (sixteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

Reading A Severed Head; assume that belongs.

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 00:21 (eleven months ago) link

Speedy Ortiz is the 2nd(?) band to take its name from Love and Rockets; as a fan of the comic, I don’t love that move… but if it leads to even one new reader, then great.

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 00:46 (eleven months ago) link

The Triffids

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 01:18 (eleven months ago) link

Devil Wears Prada, and they hilariously misunderstood what the book was about

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 01:25 (eleven months ago) link

No thread for songs named after books (or lines in books). Came across this in A Severed Head today:

I said, “If I broke your neck now I’d probably get off with three years.” I got up and leaned against the mantelpiece looking down at her. “What have I done to deserve this?” I said.

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 02:27 (eleven months ago) link

Guadalcanal Diary

henry s, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 12:06 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Would-Be-Goods

Lily Dale, Thursday, 24 June 2021 05:48 (eleven months ago) link

there's a local band here named Catcher AND the Rye and I can't tell if they think they're being clever or tehy're so stupid that they think that's the title of the book

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:22 (eleven months ago) link

I think House of Love were named after the Anais Nin book 'Spy in the House of Love'

Maresn3st, Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:54 (eleven months ago) link

was (not were)

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:59 (eleven months ago) link

My Favorite Summer 1956 was named after Mickey Mantle's autobiography

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 June 2021 14:10 (eleven months ago) link

or would be if they existed

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 June 2021 14:10 (eleven months ago) link


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