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48May
   are named after   
Their Shared Residence During University
48 May Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
808 State
   are named after   
The Roland TR-808 Drum Machine
Electronica (Acid House) group formed in Manchester, England in 1988.
10,000 Maniacs
   are named after   
A Horror Film
Hershel Gordon Lewis’ “Two Thousand Maniacs!” (1964). A Confederate town takes revenge on six Yankee travelers.
ABBA
   are named after   
Themselves
ABBA is an acronym formed from the first letters of each group member's name (Agnetha, Björn, Benny, and Anni-Frid).
Alien Ant Farm
   are named after   
A Daydream
Guitarist Terry Corso's thoughts on the potential origin of the human race
Art of Noise
   are named after   
A Manifesto by Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo
“The Art of Noises” (1913)
Aswad
   are named after   
The Arabic Word for 'black'
Bad Company
   are named after   
The Name of a Film Starring Jeff Bridges
A 1972 acid western also starring Barry Brown and directed by Robert Benton.
Bauhaus
   are named after   
A German Art Movement
From the Staatliches Bauhaus school founded by walter Gropius which operated from 1919-1933.
Black Flag
   are named after   
An Anarchist Symbol and an Insecticide
Hard core punk band founded in Hermose Beach, CA by Greg Ginn in 1977.
Blood, Sweat & Tears
   are named after   
A Johnny Cash Album Cover
Cash's 1963 album entitled "Blood, Sweat & Tears."
Buffalo Springfield
   are named after   
A Model of Steamroller
Clannad
   are named after   
The Gaelic Word for 'family'
The Clash
   are named after   
A Newspaper Headline
“A Clash With Police”
The Communards
   are named after   
A Group of Parisian Revolutionaries
Members of the 'Paris Commune', the socialist government that briefly ruled Paris from March to May 1871.
Death Cab for Cutie
   are named after   
A Song by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
It's on the 1967 album Gorilla.
Depeche Mode
   are named after   
The Name of a French Magazine
French fashion magazine translated into English as "fashion dispatch."
The Doors
   are named after   
The Name of an Aldous Huxley Book
'The Doors of Perception', which quoted William Blake's poem ("If the doors of perception were cleansed / All things would appear infinite").
Down By Law
   are named after   
The Name of a Jim Jarmusch Film
“Down By Law” (1986)
Duran Duran
   are named after   
The Villain in the Film 'Barbarella'
Durand-Durand was played by Milo O'Shea in the Jane Fonda vehicle based on the French comics by Jean-Claude Forest.
Erasure
   are named after   
The Name of a David Lynch Film
1977 film 'Eraserhead', written and directed by David Lynch.
Everclear
   are named after   
A Brand of Grain Alcohol
Everything but the Girl
   are named after   
A Furniture Shop
In the UK city of Hull
Fischerspooner
   are named after   
Themselves
Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner
Foo Fighters
   are named after   
Unidentified Flying Objects
Allied pilots in WW2 called UFOs "Foo Fighters".
Genesis
   are named after   
A Book in the Old Testament
Green Day
   are named after   
A SF Bay-area Slang Term
A ‘green day’ is one in which there is an abundance of marijuana.
Heaven 17
   are named after   
A Band in 'A Clockwork Orange'
'A Clockwork Orange' is a novel by Anthony Burgess and a 1971 film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
The Human League
   are named after   
The Game 'Starforce: Alpha Centauri'
Starforce: Alpha Centauri was the second professional published science fiction wargame, by SPI. In the game, the Human League arose in 2415 A.D., and was a frontier-oriented society that desired more independence from Earth and the terraforming of systems not naturally habitable.
Iron Maiden
   are named after   
A Medieval Torture Instrument
Jethro Tull
   are named after   
The Inventor of the Seed Drill
On an early single release, they were erroneously called 'Jethro Toe'
Jupiter One
   are named after   
A Fictional Spaceship
From the television show "Lost In Space".
The Killers
   are named after   
A Band in a New Order Video
Named after the fictional band in the music video for "Crystal" by New Order.
Kraftwerk
   are named after   
The German Word for 'Power Plant'
The Lemonheads
   are named after   
A Candy
Made by Ferrara Pan Candy Company
Level 42
   are named after   
The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything
In 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams, the answer to the meaning of life is 42.
Marillion
   are named after   
The Name of a Novel by J. R. R. Tolkien
'The Silmarillion' is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkien's works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
   are named after   
The Name of a Children’s Book
By Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione
The Mock Turtles
   are named after   
A Character in 'Alice in Wonderland'
`Once,' said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, `I was a real Turtle.'
Modest Mouse
   are named after   
A Passage in a Virginia Woolf Story
"...and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people..."
Moloko
   are named after   
A Drink from 'A Clockwork Orange'
The band's name originates from the novel A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, in which it means either "milk" (the name of a milk drink Alex and his 'droogs' consume, and the Russian word for milk) or "method of narcotic ingestion". [wikipedia]
Ned's Atomic Dustbin
   are named after   
An Episode of 'The Goon Show'
A British radio comedy program running from 1951-1960.
Nerfherder
   are named after   
A Line from the Film 'Star Wars'
“Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!” Princess Leia to Han Solo
Nirvana
   are named after   
The Buddhist State of Enlightenment
NOFX
   are named after   
The Break-up of Another Band: Negative FX
Operation Ivy
   are named after   
The Codename of an Early 50’s Nuclear Test Series
San Francisco ska punk band in existence from 1987-1989 with vocalist/guitarist Tim Armstrong who formed the punk band Rancid in 1991.
Pink Floyd
   are named after   
Two Other Musicians
Pink Anderson and Floyd Council
Ramones
   are named after   
A Paul McCartney Alias
Paul Ramone
REO Speedwagon
   are named after   
A Model of Fire Engine
The REO Motor Car Company was foudned by Ransom Eli Olds, who also founded Oldsmobile.
The Rolling Stones
   are named after   
The Name of a Muddy Waters Song
Released in 1948 as the first single ever released on Chess Records.
The Searchers
   are named after   
The Name of a John Wayne Film
1956 American Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May. Also starred Natalie Wood.
Sigue Sigue Sputnik
   are named after   
A Moscow Street Gang
Meaning "Burn, burn, Sputnik".
Sisters of Mercy
   are named after   
A Religious Order
The Religious Order of the Sisters of Mercy (RSM) is an order of Roman Catholic women founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831.
Squirrel Nut Zippers
   are named after   
A Candy
Squirrel brand’s Nut Zippers.
Steppenwolf
   are named after   
The Name of a Novel by Hermann Hesse
“Steppenwolf” was also made into a film in 1974 starring Max von Sydow.
Styx
   are named after   
A Mythical River
In Greek mythology, the River Styx formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld.
They Might Be Giants
   are named after   
The Name of a Film Starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward
“They Might Be Giants" (1971)
The Thompson Twins
   are named after   
Characters from 'The Adventures of Tintin'
A series of comics created by Belgian artist Herge. Thomson and Thompson are not actual twins, but two bungling detectives who look alike and can only be told apart by the shape of their moustaches.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
   are named after   
A Monty Python Sketch
“Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album” (1980) side 2 - “Rock Notes" (Eric Idle)
T'Pau
   are named after   
A Character in 'Star Trek'
T'Pau is a Vulcan elder (Spock's mother) who has appeared in several episodes of both Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Enterprise.
UB40
   are named after   
The British Unemployment Benefit Form
Veruca Salt
   are named after   
A Character in a Roald Dahl Book
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Weezer
   are named after   
A High School Nickname
Rivers Cuomo had asthma


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