Bands Who Took Their Names From Other Performer's Songs

Bands Who Took Their Names From Other Performer’s Songs

Radiohead’s name came the Talking Head’s song, “Radio Head.” Image: courtesy of the artist

The Rolling Stones. Radiohead. Spoon. Death Cab For Cutie. Some of the most recognizable band names in music all started with a song. 

Lots more of your favorite bands took their names from songs they liked, and we’ll highlight those in this week’s Music 101.

Listen to a playlist showcasing the music that inspired the bands we love.

David Bowie | “The Jean Genie”
Cocteau Twins | “Lorelei”
Simple Minds | “Cocteau Twins”
Muddy Waters | “Rollin’ Stone”
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band | “Death Cab For Cutie”
Death Cab For Cutie | “Soul Meets Body”
Talking Heads | “Radio Head”
Radiohead | “Desert Island Disk”
Can | “Spoon”
Spoon | “I Turn My Camera On”
The Stranglers | “Toiler On The Sea”
A Flock Of Seagulls | “I Ran (So Far Away)”
Billy Joel | “Leningrad”
Cold War Kids | “Passing The Hat”