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The Doors took their name from the novel The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley when they formed in 1965. The novel itself discuses the author’s experience taking the drug Mescaline, which is a psychedelic, hallucinogen that acts like LSD. The Doors, as many of us know, heavily experimented with psychedelic drugs during their existence.
The Velvet Underground used the novel of the same name by author Michael Leigh. The book details the “secret sexual subculture of the 1960s.” Lead singer John Cale received the book from a friend and quickly showed the book to the rest of the band, who loved it so much they decided to use the novel’s title.
Modest Mouse‘s name was developed by lead singer and frontman Isaac Brock. He based the name off Virginia Woolf’s The Mark on the Wall. It was taken from the following passage from the novel: “I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises.”
Steely Dan enjoyed a huge amount of success in the 1970s with hit songs like “Reelin’ In The Years.” Their name came from the William S. Boroughs book Naked Lunch. There was, believe it or not, a character named Steely Dan III, and was literally a strap-on dildo.
Steppenwolf used German-Swiss author Hermann Hesse’s novel Steppenwolf. The Title of the book refers to the protagonist’s low, animalistic nature. The band’s producer suggests the name because he thought it just sounded cool and kinda badass.
Alice in Chains borrowed the first word from the famous story Alice in Wonderland. They felt that changing “wonderland” to “chains” implied a sense of sadomasochism and gave the band a certain toughness.
Moby, the awkward, bald looking techno/electronic musician’s real name is actually Richard Melville Hall. His middle name, Melville, is a nod to Herman Melville, author of famous novel Moby Dick. Fun fact, Moby wrote the song heard throughout the first three Bourne movies.