Everyone knows that the band Veruca Salt took their name from a character in Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But did you know that the band Good Charlotte also got their name from the title of a children's book (Good Charlotte, from the Girls of the Good Day Orphanage series by Carol Beach York)?
Fine, maybe you already knew that. I'm, like, a zillion years older than you, so I never knew. But thanks to the miracle of the internet, I just learned that fun fact! AND I also just discovered that the indie music group Belle and Sebastian is another band who borrowed their name from a children's book (a French book by Cécile Aubry called Belle et Sébastien).
Of course, this got me thinking about other children's book characters and titles that might make good band names, and here's the list that I came up with:
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
I've always loved this fantasy novel by Julie Edwards (actually famed actress Julie Andrews writing under a pen name!), and this is the first title that came to mind for an awesome band name. Yeah, it's on the long side, but I'm sure they could shorten it to just “the Whangdoodles” for ease. I imagine them as a glam rock band, strutting around onstage in shiny outfits topped off with feather boas.
Taken from Suzanne Collins' fantastic series The Underland Chronicles, I think Underlander would be the perfect name for a metal band.
Brenda Tuna and India Ink
You've probably never heard of it, but Buffalo Brenda by Jill Pinkwater was one of my absolute favorite books when I was younger. It follows the hilarious (mis)adventures of best friends Brenda Tuna and India Ink Teitelbaum as they navigate the strange waters of high school; thanks to Brenda's wild personality, they dive in headfirst by taking over the student newspaper and orchestrating an expose, then planning a secret campaign to adopt a buffalo as the school mascot. Anyway, I think Brenda Tuna and India Ink sounds kind of like a duo of female folk singers, don't you?
Dear Dumb Diary
I can't decide about this one. A power girl rawk band or a pop group? Either way, any musicians using this name would have to combine a lot of lip gloss with a little bit of edge. Or is it the other way around: a lot of edge with a little bit of lip gloss? Any fans of Jim Benton's series want to weigh in on this one?
The Four-Story Mistake
The title of this novel by Elizabeth Enright actually refers to a house, but obviously, as a band name, it would be most apt for a group with four people in it. I'm thinking an indie rock quartet.
Miss Nelson Is Missing
Remember those wacky Miss Nelson picture books by James Marshall? Punk. Most definitely punk.
So those are my ideas for band names based on children's books. What are yours?
— Karen, STACKS Staffer