My three favorite band names inspired by unlikely sources would be: a) Steely Dan, after the chrome-plated dildo in William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch; b) Toad the Wet Sprocket, a band name concocted by Monty Python for one of its sketches; and c) Death Cab for Cutie, taken from a song by the critically underappreciated (in the U.S., at least) Bonzo Dog Band from its 1967 debut album, Gorilla.
Who said naming a band is hard?
Thirty years after the Bonzos dropped their Boogie Woogie Elvis Presley homage, Bellingham, Wash., native Ben Gibbard adopted the song’s title as the name of his solo, Emo-tinged Indie Rock recording project and self-released a demo cassette, You Can Play These Songs with Chords. The tape’s critical buzz was significant; Gibbard inked a Barsuk Records contract and created an actual performing band with guitarist Chris Walla, bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Nathan Good. Read more in this week's Sound Advice.
Death Cab for Cutie plays with Twin Shadow Friday at Riverbend's PNC Pavilion. More info/tickets: riverbend.org .