The Meaning Behind Band Names


Death Cab For Cutie

“The name was never supposed to be something that someone was going to reference 15 years on. So yeah, I would absolutely go back and give it a more obvious name.” Stated lead singer Ben Gibbard when asked about the origin of his band’s moniker during a 2011 interview. So where did it come from?

“Death Cab For Cutie” was a song performed by The Bozno Dog Doo-Dah Band in The Beatles 1967 film, Magical Mystery Tour. It was written by Neil Innes of Monty Python fame, and Vivian Stanshall. Innes found inspiration for the title from an old American pulp fiction crime magazine he’d seen. In a 2009 interview with CNN, fellow band member Chris Walla recalled, “[Ben] was in a Magical Mystery Tour all-the-time kind of phase. He made a grand proclamation from the couch at one point that if he ever had another band, he was going to call it Death Cab for Cutie.”

  • Malfius

    I never knew that about Passion Pit’s name. That is very interesting.

  • Pat

    Hate to burst your bubble but Jim James briefly attended UK, starting in ’96. The band was formed, under the name My Morning Jacket, in Louisville in ’98 while the main core of musicians had previously performed under different band names before then. While it is possible that he found a jacket, or robe, in a burnt out bar in Lexington and waited two years to use the initials for a name, it is far more likely that he found the jacket in Louisville.

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  • Eric

    Jabbering Hooligans

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