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    27 Stories Behind Popular Band Names That You Can Whip Out The Next Time Someone Asks You To Name Three Of Their Songs

    One Paramore member can never use their mom's maiden name as a security question.

    A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but your favorite band by any other name would have a totally different vibe. A band's name sets the tone for their entire career, so it's not a decision to be taken lightly. Often, the right band name comes to them in the most unusual way.

    Here are the stories behind 27 popular band names:

    1. While working at Barnes and Noble, Mikey Way saw a book titled Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance and thought My Chemical Romance would make a great band name.

    "Welcome to the Black Parade" band

    2. YG Entertainment wanted Blackpink's name to embody toughness as well as beauty, so they chose a moniker that "aims to contradict the common perception of the color pink."

    "Kill This Love" singers

    3. In 2006, a man ran up to Matthew Shultz outside a club and hugged him, repeating, "You have to cage the elephant," and Cage the Elephant was born.

    "Come a Little Closer" band

    4. When Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirwall, Perrie Edwards, and Jesy Nelson first formed a group on The X Factor, they called themselves Rhythmix, but they changed their name to Little Mix after discovering there was a children's charity called Rhythmix.

    "Shoutout to My Ex" singers

    5. Paramore adopted an early member's mother's maiden name as their band name.

    "Misery Business" band

    6. BTS stands for the Korean expression "Bangtan Sonyeondan," which translates to "Bulletproof Boy Scouts."

    "Butter" singers

    7. While flipping through an old book, the 1975's Matty Healy saw "1st June, The 1975" scribbled on one of the pages.

    "Love Me" band

    8. While working at Starbucks, bassist Mike Kroeger (Chad's brother) would often tell his customers, "Here's your nickel back," which inspired the band name Nickelback.

    "Far Away" band

    9. Mel C thought the name Touch was "pretty bland" for a girl group, so when they switched management and changed members, Geri Halliwell came up with the Spice Girls.

    "Wanna Be" singers

    10. Stray Kids share their name with the TV show that JYP Entertainment created to put together to form a boy band.

    "Back Door" singers

    11. Panic! at the Disco's name comes from a lyric in "Panic" by Name Taken.

    "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" band

    12. At a show, Fall Out Boy asked their audience for band name suggestions, and someone shouted out a minor character from The Simpsons — the sidekick of Homer's favorite superhero.

    "Sugar We're Going Down" band

    13. The letters in Loona are a rearrangement of the first consonants in the band's Korean name, "Idarui Sonyeo," which translates to "Girl of the Month."

    "Eclipse" singers

    14. Liam Payne originally wanted to call his boy band USP (Unique Selling Point), but when the other members shot his idea down, Harry Styles suggested One Direction, which just stuck.

    "What Makes You Beautiful" singers

    15. The name Migos stems from the Spanish word amigo.

    "Bad and Boujee" singers

    16. Pink Floyd originally called themselves the Tea Set, but when they saw another band playing under that name, they decided to change theirs to reflect two of their musical inspirations — Pinkney Anderson and Floyd Council.

    "Another Brick in the Wall" band

    17. When Brian Jones was asked to suggest a band name, he looked down at a record for inspiration — Rollin’ Stones by Muddy Waters.

    "Gimme Shelter" band

    18. Peter Green titled a song "Fleetwood Mac" after fellow bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, then he decided it would make a stellar band name.

    "Dreams" band

    19. Stuart Sutcliffe suggested the name "Beatals" as a play on Buddy Holly and the Crickets, but as the band's membership changed, its name evolved into the Silver Beetles then finally the Beatles.

    "Help" band

    20. Jimmy Page told Keith Moon, Jeff Beck, and John Entwistle that if they created a supergroup, it would go down "like a lead balloon" — and a Zeppelin is the biggest balloon of all.

    "Stairway to Heaven" band

    21. When a critic dismissed their music as "daft punk trash," Darlin' changed their name to Daft Punk.

    "Get Lucky" band

    22. Between his freshman and sophomore years of college, Ezra Koenig worked on a short film called Vampire Weekend, a title he later used for his band's name.

    "Campus" band

    23. The name 30 Seconds to Mars comes from a former Harvard professor's thesis about the exponential growth of technology in relation to humanity.

    "Hail to the Victor" band

    24. Chvrches replaced the "u" in their name with a "v" so that Google wouldn't confuse the band with church buildings in the search results.

    25. Bastille is named after the French holiday Bastille Day, which is also frontman Dan Smith's birthday.

    "Pompeii" band

    26. After people kept mishearing Foster and the People's name as "Foster the People," they decided to just go with it.

    "Pumped Up Kicks" band

    27. And finally, Bring Me the Horizon's name comes from a Jack Sparrow quote in Pirates of the Caribbean.

    "Can You Feel My Heart" band