Ongoing History Daily: More stories behind band names

Time again to look at the origins of various band names.

I Don’t Know How But They Found me deliberately messes up the punctuation (an homage to Panic! At the Disco) and took their name from a line in Back to the Future.

Speaking of Panic, they began in Las Vegas as a blink-182 cover band. Their name came from an emo band called Name Taken who had a 2004 song called “Panic.” There’s a line in the song that goes “Panic at the disco.”

And what’s the story being Arctic Monkeys? Even the band professes to hate that name. The group is from Sheffield in the north of England. There’s a derogatory term for people from that part of the country: “Northern monkeys.” The band just substituted “Arctic” for “Northern” as a way of making fun of themselves. And it stuck.

If you missed yesterday’s post, it was all about the HD-DVD.

And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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