List of bands named after other performers' songs

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This is a list of bands whose names are taken from songs by other artists where both artists in question have articles on the English Wikipedia.

Exact matches[edit]

Bands named after other performers' albums[edit]

Bands named after their own songs[edit]

  • Butthole Surfers, in the early years of band, they're performed under a different name every show. In a gig, the announcer forgot their name so he used a title of one of their songs.
  • Motörhead after the song Motorhead which the band's founder and frontman Lemmy had written while still in Hawkwind, and a version by that band was also recorded, making this a rare example of a band named after one of their own songs, and also a song by another band.
  • Nightwish, after a song by Tuomas Holopainen, it is from their demo released in 1996
  • Queensrÿche, after a song composed by Chris DeGarmo called "Queen of the Reich", it is from Queensrÿche
  • Slipknot, after the first track on their demo album Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.
  • Talk Talk, Mark Hollis had originally written the song for his first group The Reaction, under the name "Talk Talk Talk Talk".

Approximations, partial matches, and lyrics[edit]

Incorrect associations[edit]

See also[edit]


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