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Bands who took their names from song titles

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

Many, many years ago I started writing a reference book that listed all the bands I could think of and explanations of how they came by their name. Now the internet has taken over as the font of all knowledge the tatty exercise book I had with "band names" scribbled on the front has gathered dust in my loft for decades. So for no reason in particular, here are five bands who took their name from the titles of other bands songs... 1) Deacon Blue - this underrated late 1980's Scottish pop/rock band took their name from STEELY DAN'S 6th studio album from 1977, "Aja" - although that actual song title was "Deacon Blues". 2) Right Said Fred - This pop duo from the UK had a string of hits in the 1990's and their name originates from a 1962 top 10 hit by comedic actor Bernard Cribbins, singing about a gang of hapless removal men featuring Charlie and...Fred. 3) Black Rose - Probably the most obscure on the list, they were a local band to me and actually released their debut single on my first record label, Teesbeat. They rode the surf on The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) in the early 1980's, and took their name from a Thin Lizzy tune. 4) Stiff Little Fingers - The incendiary 1978 Northern Irish punks were inspired to take the stage as SLF thanks to another punk band, The Vibrators. 5) The Rolling Stones - Legend has it that founder member Brian Jones gave the band their name whilst on the phone trying to hustle a gig, when asked by the promoter what the name of the band was, Jones glanced at an LP cover by blues artist Muddy Waters that was lying on the floor and saw the song title "Rollin' Stone".



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