Moby Dick

8 Bitchin’ Band Names Inspired by Books

Everyone finds quality inspiration from their favorite books, novels, and authors. Musicians are no different. Here are eight bands that got their names from their favorite aspects of literature.


1. Modest Mouse



Named after a passage from Virginia Woolf’s The Mark on the Wall, lead singer Isaac Brock chose the name when he was fifteen. “I wanted something that was completely ambiguous, but it’s really candyesque sounding. But it meant something to me. And I could identify with that.”


I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises.


2. Veruca Salt



The alternative rock band is named after Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory brat of the same name.


3. The Doors



This one has a hint of inception – taken from Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, which was already inspired by English poet William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.


If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.


4. Of Mice & Men



If you haven’t read John Steinbeck’s famously fantastic Of Mice and Men, you really should. Frontman Austin Carlile says, “The book Of Mice and Men says, ‘the well laid plans of mice and men often falter.’ You make plans, and they get screwed up. Bassist Jaxin Hall and I both had plans for life, and they both got screwed up, so now we’re making the most of what we can.”


5. Joy Division



Joy Division comes from novella House of Dolls by Jewish writer Yehiel Feiner, who wrote under the pen name Ka-tzetnik 135633, which was his number at Auschwitz. The novella describes the Jewish Joy Division, a group of women used as sex slaves for Nazi soldiers and officers during World War II.


6. Belle & Sebastian



Named after Cécile Aubry’s children’s book Belle & Sébastien, alongside being the inspiration behind the indie rock group, the book was also adapted into a TV series in the 1970s, and a Japanese anime series in the 1980s.


7. The Boo Radleys



According to the band’s MySpace (at one point in time, at least), “The name comes from the shady character in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, but was chosen just because we liked the sound of it.”


8. Moby



The singer’s real name might be Richard Hall, but Moby’s parents set him up for some real lit success. During childhood, Moby’s parents told him Moby Dick author Herman Melville was in their family tree. “The basis for Richard Melville Hall—and for Moby—is that supposedly Herman Melville was my great-great-great-granduncle,” the singer told CNN.


Featured image via Villains Wiki and Moby.