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I know of quite a few bands in our genre named after songs, usually from artists they love. For example,

Kissin' Dynamite is named after an AC/DC song and;

Bad Moon Rising is named from a CCR classic.

Do you know of others?

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Last in Line

20th Century Boys

 

 

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Billion Dollar Babies

Operation: Mindcrime

Escape

Departure

 

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8 hours ago, Doggy said:

Bad Company

Black Sabbath

Are they bands named after songs or songs named after bands?

It's the chicken and the egg in musical form.

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Always assumed Little Caesar was named after the Kiss song but don't really know that.

Kiss song was 1989, same time the band first appeared on a compilation.

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3 hours ago, CureTheSane said:

Always assumed Little Caesar was named after the Kiss song but don't really know that.

Kiss song was 1989, same time the band first appeared on a compilation.

I think they were both named after the 1931 gangster movie.

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2 hours ago, Darkstone said:

I think they were both named after the 1931 gangster movie.

Good call!

Pretty Boy Floyd was also named after a gangster but I don't think Ugly Kid Joe knew that when they chose their name to mock them.

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On 6/15/2023 at 4:44 AM, Darkstone said:

I think they were both named after the 1931 gangster movie.

 

On 6/15/2023 at 5:09 AM, CureTheSane said:

Fair enough. Makes sense

 

On 6/15/2023 at 6:58 AM, auslander said:

Good call!

Pretty Boy Floyd was also named after a gangster but I don't think Ugly Kid Joe knew that when they chose their name to mock them.

 

So... not named after Rock songs.

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Snakecharmer, most likely after Rainbow's Snake Charmer.

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On 6/17/2023 at 9:49 AM, Thomas/Coastline said:

Snakecharmer, most likely after Rainbow's Snake Charmer.

Who charms your snake?

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"Wig Wam Bam"

A recent reaction video just posted this "Sweet" track that I'm not particularly familiar with. 

A quick check on Wikipedia confirmed that "KISS" and "Sweet" were the two major influences for the band "Wig Wam", hence their name. 

I'm sure many here already know this, but I never made the connection until now.

The below clip says it all when it comes to the influence they had on "Wig Wam".

 

 

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On 6/15/2023 at 8:58 AM, Darkstone said:

Are they bands named after songs or songs named after bands?

It's the chicken and the egg in musical form.

Or are they songs named after bands that are named after albums?

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Looking at some of these I would say its a stretch to say they were named after songs purely because they are already existing terms in the English language (Sweet FA & Snake charmer for instance). And Wig Wam could have just as easily named themselves after the native American structure. Is Firehouse named after the Kiss song or an actual Firehouse where Firemen work?

I think there are some that are obvious such as Last in line seeing as it was a bunch of ex-Dio guys paying tribute.

A band like Lovebites you might think was named after the Def Leppard song just based on that, but they have said that they are actually named after the Halestorm song.

Motorhead were named after a song that Lemmy wrote when he was in Hawkwind.

Deep Purple were named after a piano composition by a guy whos name I cant remember.

Hanoi Rocks named themselves after the song Chinese Rocks by Johnny Thunders but changed the location name

I have heard stories that Poison were named after the Kix song, but have never heard it actually confirmed by the band

Sisters of Mercy took their name from a Leonard Cohen song

And then there was Right Said Fred named after a Bernard Cribbins song (oh you wanted rock bands? Sorry)

Not really a band that would get much love on here, and not a song, but Masters of reality named themselves after the Sabbath album.

 

Oh and on the subject of Black Sabbath. Yes they had a song called Black Sabbath and yes they had an album called Black Sabbath, but they were named after a horror film from the early 60s.

 

 

 

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