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5 bands that took their names from Literature.


We all know the bands, but do you know the books? Take a look at these five bands that found their names from literature!


The Doors.

A Classic example of rock n’ roll at its finest.
Fronted by Jim Morrison, you may also know him as the Lizard King? Not only a fantastic musician but a poet at heart.
All began with a chance meeting between Morrison and Manzarek, (both attended the same the
atre school). Jim expressed his interest in music (his songs mainly derived from the thoughts he wrote down when attending rock and roll concerts.)
After a short performance from Morrison to his newly acquainted pal, a musical partnership began.
The band took their name from The Doors of Perception’novel by Aldous Huxley, a title taken from William Blake’s The Marriage of Hell; to quote the source: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is:infinite”. Beautiful.
Once the band became a five, they took their art to the clubs of L.A, it didn’t take them long to get noticed by the right people.


The Velvet Underground

Known now for being one of the most influential bands of the 60’s. Inspiring the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and more current bands such as The Arctic Monkeys – singer Alex Turner told BBC Radio 1 that their last album was vastly inspired by their 1985 outtakes album VU.
All band members left their current bands to form together. The more they practised the more experimental they became – using extended drones and alternative guitar tunings. They played the bars and clubs of NYC, turning their beat poetry into rock ‘n’ roll. Warhol found them shortly afterwards and gave them the only push they needed.
Founder, Cale, showed the boys the Michael Leigh’s book of paraphilia, appropriately titled The Velvet Underground, drummer Angus MacLise suggested they use the book title as their band name and the rest,as they say, is history.


My Chemical Romance

The newest lot to the list, an emo-punk rock band that paved the path for modern rock in the early noughties.
The band formed in 2001 as a result of 9/11. Not the jolliest band by default with songs such as Famous Last Words, I’m Not Okay, Dead and I Don’t Love You…  You wouldn’t pop them on as you open a beer crate at a party, but for the hundreds and thousands of teens going through angst, they were the finger wiping away the tears from their heavily lined eyes.
Front man, Gerard Way’s brother worked at Barnes and Noble and was taken aback by Irvine Welsh’s collection of novellas entitled, Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. Gerard suggested the ‘my’ be added and My Chemical Romance was born!


Joy Division

The band that took post-punk to the next level.
Slowly morphing the anger, politics and hate into a burst of expression. Fronted by the infamous, Ian Curtis. Best known for his haunting vocals, painful lyrics and sporadic dancing… followed occasionally by epileptic fits. Curtis’ life was one of those gone-too-soon tales. Talented by taunted.
Warsaw was their first name, taken from David Bowie’s song. However, another punk band began to circle London entitled, Warsaw Pakt the band agreed a change was needed.
In early 1978, the boys discovered the 1955 book, House of Dolls by Ka-Tzetnik 135633 the number in his name was the name of the Auschwitz camp he was imprisoned in.  Jewish Joy Division was the group of woman used as sex slaves for the Nazis during WW2. (They also quoted the book in their hit song, No Love Lost“No life at all in the house of dolls. No love lost. No love lost.”) Not the brightest background, but regardless, an interesting one.


Mott The Hoople

The band that needed Bowie.
They weren’t really a one hit wonder, but can you name another song of theirs other than All the Young Dudes? Their first album was a cult success but by their second things were looking bad for the band; they were set on splitting. Then Bowie came along… a huge fan of the lads, he tried to convince them to stay together, even offering them his not-yet-released Suffragette City, they refused. He then wrote them the song that made them famous. Wham, bam thankyou ma’am that did it.

Their record producer, Guy Stevens read William Manus’ novel Mott the Hoople, a tale of an eccentric misfit whose life is tormented by substance abuse and addiction in many forms. This not surprisingly led him on a strange course. It is very odd. Its no surprise Stevens chose it, he was reading it whilst in prison for drug offences. Anyway, that’s how they got the name.

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