What's In A Name? Here Are 13 Acts Named After People Not Even In The Band.


Tonight at Dada, the English indie folk outfit known as Noah and the Whale will perform. Good band, interesting name -- especially since, we just realized, there isn't actually a dude named Noah in the group after all. Not even a guy whose name starts with the letter "N." Just a guy named Charlie Fink, who decided to name his band after the Noah Baumbach film, The Squid and the Whale.

See what they did there?

After we got to thinking about it for a minute, we realized this happens more often than one might think. So, without further stalling, we present you a list are a dozen more bands named after folks not actually in the band.


Hootie and the Blowfish
Led by Darius Rucker
Named after a couple of Rucker's college classmates


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Masterminded by Alexander Ebert
Named after a character in a book Ebert was writing. According to Ebert, Sharpe "was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind... but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love."


The Donnas
Fronted by Brett Anderson
Named after alter-egos the band members used in their early days. (See also: The Trishas, The Wandas, The Smiths, etc.)


Tilly and the Wall
Made up of a Kianna Alarid, Neely Jenkins, Derek Pressnall, Jamie Pressnall and Nick White.
Named after a children's book.


Belle and Sebastian
Headed by Stuart Murdoch
Named after a children's book.


Derek and the Dominos
Lead by Eric Clapton
Possibly named after a close friend of Clapton's.

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