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Name Origins 

Radiohead

The most popular theory is that the band took their name from Talking Heads song Radio Head from the “True Stories” album.

Rage Against The Machine

Submitted by: Bryan
Source: Book of Useless Info

"Name refers to a (hoped for) reaction of ordinary people against corporations, governments, and other invasive institutions that control our society" 

The Ramones

Submitted by: Jim Powers

Source: "From The Velvets To The Voidoids- PrePunk HIstory For A Post Punk World" by Clinton Heylin

The Ramones were all big fans of 60's British Invasion rock and roll (Beatles, Who, Kinks, etc.). Paul McCartney's brother was in a band called Scaffold. To give himself an original identity he called himself Mike McGear. When big bro Paul would appear on Scaffold records he would call himself "Paul Ramone." Being big fans, the Ramones name is a nod to Macca himself.

Rolling Stones

Submitted by: Anonymous
Source: n/a

Original guitarist Brian Jones got it from a Muddy Waters song call "rollin'stone"

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Submitted by: Bryan
Source: Book of Useless Info

"From a brand of old-time peanut butter flavored candy containing caramel and nuts" 

System Of A Down

Submitted by: Maz
Source:New Metal Magazine

"1.the guitarist Daron wrote a poem called 'Victims of a down' but he thought that was just to depressing so he changed the name of it to system of a down.
2.The name is supposed to represent the system to which society is going down the drain" 

The Who

Submitted by: Bryan
Source: Book of Useless Info

"The Who members ( not called the who yet) were looking for a band name, lots of people thinking they had good names would go up to one of the members and tell them their idea.  Whenever there was a particuarly strange name, they would say 'the who?' Anyway after awhile someone just suggested that should be the name, and it stuck." 

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