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Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 Bands Named After Movie Characters

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, David Lynch and Duran Duran have collaborated on a movie together. The film will comprise of the '80s Brit legends performing live in Los Angeles, paired with images of Lynch's interpretations of the band's lyrics. If that sounds like a wonderful way to spend an evening, mark the date September 10th in your diaries because it's the only night it'll be shown in theaters. Maybe we shouldn't be so surprised by this cinematic event though — Duran Duran did, afterall, steal their name from a character in Jane Fonda classic, Barbarella. So, with that in mind, we'd like to present a list of other bands who stole their names from movie characters.   

1. Save Ferris

Back at the turn of the (Twentieth) Century, ska-punk blew the fuck up and saxophones seemed like a perfectly reasonable prospect for the first time since the 1980s. And while it was No Doubt that hit the big-time, we always thought fellow lady-fronted Orange County-ers, Save Ferris were much more of a good-time. The name of course came from the title character of Ferris Bueller's Day Off — and the misguided campaign to save his life after he skips school and everyone thinks he's dying. Is it a stupid name? Yes. But ska wasn't exactly lofty in its intellectual ambitions, so it's perfectly fine.  

2. Shai Hulud

We would put money on the fact that a huge chunk of metalcore fans have no idea whatsoever that this East Coast quintet is named after the giant sandworms from crazy-pants Frank Herbert sci-fi novel, Dune — which neatly brings us back to David Lynch, since he directed the 1984 movie version (which was even more bat-shit than the book had been). Why would you name your band after giant space worms? Don't try to rationalize it, people — at the time that this band formed and started touring, then-vocalist Chad Gilbert (now lead-guitarist in New Found Glory, and boyfriend to Paramore's Hayley Williams) was, like, 14-years old. Most teenage boys would do far worse...

3. T'Pau

If you hear the word T'Pau and immediately think of this British band's one and only big hit in America, "Heart and Soul", then you were either alive and conscious of music in 1987, or you are a giant music geek. If you hear the world T'Pau and immediately think of the lady Vulcan elder on Star Trek, who led a rebellion against the Vulcan High Command, then you are a giant sci-fi nerd. Either way, you could probably win a trivia quiz. Congratulations.

4. Veruca Salt

To the uninitiated, Veruca Salt was simply one of the most repulsive band-names of the 1990s (outside of America, a verruca is a foot wart). Everyone else on earth recognized this band name as a reference to one of the annoying children from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — specifically the one who was deemed a "bad egg" by one of Willy Wonka's maniacal machines and disposed of down a garbage chute. The Chicago quartet of the same name fared slightly better, having huge hits like "Seether" and "Volcano Girls" in the mid-1990s. No-one pushed them down a garbage shoot, to our knowledge, but they sure did disappear quickly...

5. Mogwai

This is what the band Mogwai sounds like:

This is the sound made by the creature the band named themselves after: 

Take your pick.
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