Talking Heads

The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads

Ever wonder where a band got its name? Here are 10 famous classic rock bands and how they were named.

1. The Beatles: John Lennon claimed that he once had a vision as a child of a flaming pie in the sky that said “You are Beatles with an “A”.

2. Bob Dylan: Born Robert Zimmerman, Bob Dylan was a fan of a poet named Dylan Thomas.

3. Depeche Mode: meaning “hurry up fashion”, this band’s name came from from the name of a fashion magazine.

4. Elton John: Born Reginald Dwight, Elton John got his name from two other British musicians: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.

5. The Grateful Dead: Originally named The Warlocks until Jerry Garcia found out another band had the same name. The Grateful Dead’s name comes from a folk tale about a poor man who is given help from a traveler. The man helps the traveler with his quest. Later, the traveler finds out the poor man has been dead for years. Find out more at

6. Led Zeppelin: The band’s name comes from a conversation Jimmy Page had where his friend said if Jimmy ever made a band, it would “go over like a lead balloon”.

7. Lynyrd Skynyrd: named after Leonard Skinner, a gym teacher some of the bandmates had in high school who told them they would never be successful.

8. The Ramones: Inspired from Paul McCartney’s pseudonym Paul Ramone.

9. The Eagles: Originally named Teen King and the Emergencies, The Eagles were greatly influenced by The Byrds.

10. Talking Heads: Inspired by a military experiment which involved talking mannequin heads.

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What are your ideas for cool band names? Comment below!

  1. Nice post! 😀

    It’s cool to see where these great artists got the inspiration for the names of their band.

    These artists have been able to successfully stand the test of time.

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