Name Origins: Band Names Version

tumblr_lu2ntwIr8W1qa37l4Sometimes editors like to have fun when we are not editing books or helping to write content. Since we are lovers of words, we like to spend our free time doing things with words. Take this opportunity to take a brief interlude from writing America’s next bestseller and enjoy this silliness!

  1. Maroon 5: This band name has an adorable, and silly origin. When Adam Levine was five-years-old his favorite color was maroon, and that is the last thing he remembers before the Fire Nation attacked and he became the Last Airbender.
  2. Weezer: Rivers Cuomo used to be work on a nuclear vessel, that is before he became the lovable member of Star Trek, Pavel Checkov, but I digress. While he was a captain on a nuclear vessel his colleagues called him weezy behind his back (no “H”, and yes sometimes they wrote it). When he became a drummer his band mates also experienced how weezy he was and decided to call themselves “Weezer,” as that was what he was.
  3. Barenaked Ladies: Well, the band members like bare and naked ladies. Barenaked Ladies. Need we say more?
  4. Alt-J: The band formed without a name. They spent days trying to come up with one, and still had nothing. One night, after a late night session of band name brainstorming, Joe Newman, the guitarist and lead vocalist, fell asleep on his keyboard. He was shocked awake by a fellow band mate and he had two buttons sticking to his face: alt and the letter “J.” Then they went with it.

These band name origins are 100% correctly factual and certainly not made up while sitting at my desk. Don’t believe me, look it up. Better yet, send in your funny band name origins, we would love to read them!

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