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Band Name Origins

Name the band or artist from the derivation of their name. There's a major variety of genres represented, and beware: some of these are tricky and may require general knowledge rather than just musical knowledge.

  1. The initials of the four members of the band, one of them backward.
  2. Named for a town in Michigan that just happened to be under the pin that the band stuck in a map at random.
  3. Part of the title of an Aldous Huxley novel in turn inspired by a quote from William Blake about perception.
  4. A classic pickup truck built by Oldsmobile in the 1930s.
  5. A pairing of the first names of the band's favourite couple of blues musicians.
  6. This band played under a different name each gig, and finally got signed while named for the inventor of the seed drill.
  7. A medieval torture device involving a body shaped casket full of internal spikes.
  8. The prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp.
  9. The German for 'power station', which is highly appropriate given the band's musical style.
  10. Military benchmark of a million people killed by a nuclear blast.
  11. The title of the 1913 manifesto by the Italian futurist Luigi Russolo who constructed musical machines.
  12. Named after the Leonard Cohen song rather than the order of nuns who feature in its lyrics.
  13. The strongest legal alcoholic drink available in the United States, at 190 proof or 95% alcohol.
  14. A parody of the name of glam metal band Pretty Boy Floyd who they once played alongside.
  15. The title of a book about S&M discovered on a New York sidewalk by one of the band members.
  16. Corrupted from the principal villain in the Jane Fonda film Barbarella.
  17. With typical subtlety, a shortened version of the Gaelic for 'kiss my arse'.
  18. The greatest amount of voice, at least in Latin.
  19. An inaccurate estimate of the amount of sperm produced by the average man per ejaculation (note: apparently an urban legend but...).
  20. Late 19th century slang for burst facial capillaries caused through alcohol abuse, inspired by a photo of W C Fields.
  21. A steam powered steel dildo from William Burroughs's novel The Naked Lunch.
  22. Fittingly given his image, he got his name from an 18th century witch who talked to him through a ouija board.
  23. Named for the extravagant bouffant hairstyle sported by two key members, not for the bombers.
  24. Inspired by the yellow and black striped shirt he used to wear constantly and that made him look like a bee.
  25. Broadcasting jargon for shots that show only the head and shoulders of the subject.
  26. Named for the most famous literary invention of his great great grand uncle Herman Melville.
  27. Subtly, American slang for period pains.
  28. The name of an unemployment benefit form in England.
  29. The mythological river that Charon ferried the dead across to reach Hades.
  30. He took his name from a take on Fats Domino, thought up by Dick Clark's wife.

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