Here’s another look at where bands got their names.
- Arkells is simple. It’s the street in Hamilton where the band used to rehearse.
- The Tragically Hip comes from an old VHS release by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. There’s a skit included that refers to some yuppies as being “tragically hip.”
- Legend has it that “Tokyo Police Club” was created using a computer program that analyzed word combinations with the greatest chance of success if used as the name of a group.
- Modest Mouse is from a Virginia Woolf story entitled The Mark on the Wall, in which she describes some folks as “modest, mouse-coloured people.”
- And since we’re speaking of books, Airborne Toxic Event comes from the second section of White Noise, a novel by Don DeLillo.
Now you know.