At a loose end in Reading after a Marvin, Welch & Farrar gig he had planned to attend was cancelled Neil Young spent the evening watching snooker at The Hexagon where a match involving Alex Higgins inspired him to write ‘Like A Hurricane’.
Actor and singer Bob Fish found success in the late nineteen seventies as one of an ensemble of vocalists fronting Doo-wop revivalists Darts and also playing Vila Restal in the BBC television series Blake’s Seven.
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Darts fan Derek Dick chose ‘Fish’ as his stage name with the rock band Marillion in tribute to Bob who was his biggest singing influence.
Kenneth Williams aficionado Nick Cave had wanted to name his spin off group after the Rambling Syd Rumpo song ‘The Grungerman Of Lowestoft’ but a number of releases had already been made using that moniker by Wolfgang Voigt in the 1990s. So he chose Grinderman instead.
The American band Chic was formed by ex-members of The Chicago Transit Authority who left after a change of musical direction and the shorting of the name to that of the titular Illinois city.
The Australian band Boys Next Door, later known as The Birthday Party, were named ironically as all the members lived in the sparsely populated outback where ‘next door’ could be many miles away.
Poor sales in the USA of the first Blancmange LP ‘Happy Families’ were attributed to the misfiling of the release in the children’s section of record shops.
Businessmen on Bicycles would have been called Christ On A Bike but for the protestations of a devoutly religious member who later joined the clergy.
Keen cycling fan Lady Ga Ga’s initial inspiration for her song Alejandro was the Spanish road racer Alejandro Valverde Belmonte.