Band name meanings!

Aerosmith- Joey Kramer wrote this word all over his notebooks in high school. It is also thought that Aerosmith were inspired by the book Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis.

30 Seconds to Mars — according to member Jared Leto, the name is a rough translation of a phrase from the manuscript Argus Apacase and was chosen by the band for being "imaginative and really represent[ing] the sound of our music in as unique a way as possible

ABBA — a palindromic acronym from the initials of the first names of the band members: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Beastie Boys — "Beastie" is an acronym standing for "Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence.

Alexisonfire — from contortionist stripper, Alexis Fire, which nearly resulted in a lawsuit from the stripper's representatives

  • Fall Out Boy- Still an unnamed band by their second show, they asked the audience for suggestions. A fan shouted out "Fall Out Boy." Also the name of a character from The Simpsons, although Fall Out Boy was not aware of this until later on in their career.

    Green Day — "green day" is a slang term for spending a day smoking cannabis. Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a song called "Green Day" about his first experience with the drug, and it soon replaced "Sweet Children" as the band's name

    Nine Inch Nails — sole constant member Trent Reznor chose the name because it "could be abbreviated easily" and denied any "literal meaning" to the name

    Queen were originally called Smile. Singer Freddie Mercury came up with the new name for the band, later saying: "Years ago I thought up the name “Queen” … It’s just a name, but it’s very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid … It’s a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of gay connotations, but that was just one face of it."

    BACKSTREET BOYS - The Backstreet Market was a store in Florida where the guys used to hang out.

    LL COOL J - for "Ladies Love Cool James".

    'NSYNC- Justin's mother came up with the name. N is the last letter in Justin, S is the last letter in Chris, Y is the last letter in Joey.  N is actually from James Lance Bass because Chris gave him the nickname 'Lansten'. Since Lance doesn't end with a N, they used his nick name, Lansten.  C is from J.C.  That's how they came up  with 'NSYNC. (info from T.J. Gernon, Illinois & Andrea in San Diego) The whole thing is, of course, a play on In Sync - a term which comes from the movie industry - meaning when the picture & soundtrack are properly aligned or synchronized

    TLC - nicknames of band members: Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez and Rozonda is "Chilli"   Actually Crystal was going to be the C of TLC, but when they auditioned for Laface, an exec didn't like Crystal's voice, so they replaced her with "Chilli". TLC was going to originally stand for Tionne, Left Eye and Crystal.  The idea of "Tender Loving Care" must have worked for them too.

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