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Bands by Name Origin (M-S)

Guess the band based on the clue about the origin of their name. Answers are in alphabetical order.
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Last updated: December 16, 2018
First submittedMarch 3, 2017
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Band Name Origin
Band
Combined the names of a sex symbol and a cult leader
Marilyn Manson
Named after the main character from Back to the Future
McFly
Inspired by a Duke Ellington song titled 'Mood Indigo'
The Moody Blues
The frontman chose the name, defining it to his bandmates as the 'attainment of perfection'.
Nirvana
Meant to symbolize the band's rejection of gimmickry often seen in music at the time (early 80s)
NOFX
Selected randomly from a dictionary, defined as "mischievous little elves"
Pixies
A reference to the international dialing code of the United Kingdom
+44
Chosen because the producer and vocalist sent demos back and forth through the mail
The Postal Service
A regal name meant to be "heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls"
Queens of the Stone Age
Named themselves after a Talking Heads song from the album True Stories
Radiohead
Their rejected demo was simply addressed to these, because they hadn't included a name in the return address.
The Residents
From a Muddy Waters song
The Rolling Stones
They hastily came up with this name when they were in a hurry to quickly think of one
Rush
Named in honor of a Veruca Salt song
Seether
Named after the vocalist's little sister, and translates to "victory rose"
Sigur Ros
This rapper was one of the only white people in an ethnically diverse neighborhood in Canada.
Snow
The band started 41 days into the summer.
Sum 41
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