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Band Name Origins

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Wildest cat from montana, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    People Like Us is also a Talking Heads song. Though, I don't think Vicki Bennett (the sole member of PLU) has ever mentioned if that's where she got the name from.
     
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  2. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    Didn't know about ' After The Goldrush '!
    Now I 'll have to dig out the movie and check it out.
    Such is the price of being a music nerd.
     
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  3. Stuggy

    Stuggy Forum Resident

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    I thought I'd heard a story that they were looking for a name while tripping and words stood out from different parts of a page that were later seen to make sense when looked up in a dictionary of folklore or something to that effect.
    Like there is a longstanding mythology of the grateful dead being individuals who died with unfinished business that a protagonist comes along and does for them and gets rewarded for. I t6hink it spans a few different cultures too.
     
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  4. Stuggy

    Stuggy Forum Resident

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    It's got astrological connotations to at least several if not all the band being born under the signs Virgo and Gemini

    Jim Murray and David Freiberg came up with the name. Me and Freiberg were born on the same day, and Gary and Greg were born on the same day, we were all Virgos and Murray was a Gemini. And Virgos and Geminis are all ruled by the planet Mercury. Another name for Mercury is Quicksilver. And then, Quicksilver is the messenger of the Gods, and Virgo is the servant, so Freiberg says "Oh, Quicksilver Messenger Service".
     
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  5. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature

    Wow!... Very cool origins story; so you were a founding member of QMS? Who are you? Your groups´¨Pride of Man¨ remains my favorite version of that Camp Classic!
     
  6. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

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    Chosen at random from a folklore dictionary.

    from wiki

    Grateful dead (or grateful ghost) is a folktale present in many cultures throughout the world.

    The most common story involves a traveler who encounters a corpse of someone who never received a proper burial, typically stemming from an unpaid debt. The traveler then either pays off the dead person's debt or pays for burial. The traveler is later rewarded or has their life saved by a person or animal who is actually the soul of the dead person; the grateful dead is a form of the donor. The grateful dead spirit may take many different physical forms including that of a guardian angel, animal, or fellow traveler. The traveler's encounter with the deceased comes near the end of the traveler's journey.
     
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  7. Dunedin

    Dunedin Forum Resident

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    10,000 Maniacs from the slasher flick, "2,000 Maniacs"
     
  8. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

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    Quicksilver = Mercury = Hermes: Hermes was the messenger of the gods.
     
  9. Gasman1003

    Gasman1003 Forum Diplomat.

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    Fairport Convention - named after Simon Nicol’s family home, “Fairport”. The band rehearsed there in the early days.

    Whilst checking my facts I came across this site which may be of interest.

    Band Name Origins
     
  10. agaraffa

    agaraffa Forum Resident

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    The 1975 - Matty Healy (lead singer) discovered the band name in the back of a beat-era book given to him at a yard sale. “In the back there were all these mental scribblings, it was almost suicidal, and it was dated at the bottom ‘1st June, The 1975’. The use of the word ‘The’ really stuck with me. It was the perfect band name.”
     
  11. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    Psychedelic group NGC 4594 was named after a galaxy:

     
  12. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature

    See post #154 above!
     
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  13. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    Great thread here...I'm learning a lot!
     
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  14. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

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    The Five Stairsteps-a family group, their mom thought they looked like stairsteps when standing together in order by age.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. fictionalsounds

    fictionalsounds Forum Resident

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    came in for this one!
     
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  16. Stuggy

    Stuggy Forum Resident

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    should have bunged in some quotation marks earlier, sorry .
    NOt sure who that quote was from
    Its up on the Wikipedia entry though
     
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  17. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature

    Ah thanks, so Stuggy is not an OG QMS alumni retired to Ireland?--MY dream! Good to know...! Thanks for the enlightening info though!
     
  18. fictionalsounds

    fictionalsounds Forum Resident

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    inbetween touring and recording with the cure/the banshees, robert smith and steven severin made an album with singer jeanette landray under the name--the glove--referring to the giant glove character in the animated beatles/yellow submarine. the album title "blue sunshine" came from a horror film of the same name, about a fictional variety of LSD (blue sunshine) that causes those who took it to become pyschotic murderers 10 years after taking it.

    as a cure/banshees fan, it's a treat :agree:
    i even found a used copy of "blue sunshine" on VHS many years ago!
     
  19. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

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    The Allman Brothers Band - Since Duane and Gregg Allman were in a band and they were brothers, they named it The Allman Brothers Band.
     
  20. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

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    Jorma says a friend of his nicknamed him Blind Lemon Jefferson Airplane, so they named it Jefferson Airplane.
     
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  21. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

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    I was always amused to think that there were groups named Steely Dan and Steeleye Span, just Serendipity
    Singers I guess...
     
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