If there's one surefire way to add a sense of importance and artistic integrity to your band, it's to name your band after something you read in a book. Here are ten bands who took their names from literary works. One of my favorite things to do to classic rock fans is to explain where the name "Steely Dan" actually comes from. They're basically extreme versions of 3D movies.
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The Naked Lunch
T he writer William Burroughs was a fringe figure until his 50s, too weird for popular tastes. Part of the original trio of Beat writers alongside Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, he was at once feted and condemned for his work — his novel Naked Lunch was briefly banned by the city of Boston following an obscenity trial; Norman Mailer testified in its defence. Casey Rae surveys his impact on musicians and how his thumbprints can be found all over popular culture.
Walter Becker, the guitarist for Steely Dan, died on Sept. His death has been followed by eulogies, tributes, binge album-buying, and — undoubtedly — numerous instances of people from the wrong generation seeing a picture of Becker with Donald Fagen, the other core member of the group, and asking, "Which one of them is Steely Dan? Musical groups, of course, very often bear names that don't reflect group membership, but there is a select set that bear names that look like they should be the name of someone in the group. Here, in honor of Steely Dan, is a greatest-hits list of groups that have made thousands of clueless dads ask, "Which one of them is Although the duo played with many other musicians over the years, they remained the core.