Band names: Origins and Meanings

Bill Walker

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Steely Dan, from “The Naked Lunch” by William Burroughs. Name of a steam powered dildo.
@dronefromsector7G might have more info..

The Pretty Things name was taken from Bo Diddley's song Pretty Thing.
 

urban genie

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maccabees - Jewish priests who rebelled against roman rule

Khruangbin - Thai for aeroplane one of the band was learning thai and liked the word

The Fall - same name as Albert Camus novel

Thompson twins - after the twins in tintin
 

Big Joe Corrigan

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Bowie, as The Monkees had Davy Jones as their lead singer, he changed his name from Jones to Bowie, after the knife.
 

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Persil. French for parsley.
Volkswagen Golf. Was supposed to be “Gulf” but miscommunication stuck.
Beatles, a happy misspelling.
****, coined after the innocent name of a London street on which ladies plied their trade. (Courtesy, Suzie Dent)
united……they couldn’t spell “Wanderers“ which they sold to notlob.
PS. I read this as “brand names.” D’oh.
 
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