1. The Velvet Underground
The Lou Reed-fronted art-rock band took its name from the popular 1960s novel about masochism by Michael Leigh, The Velvet Underground.
2. Modest Mouse
Seattle rock band, Modest Mouse, took their name from a line in Virginia Woolf’s story Mark on the Wall. The line reads: “…Very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-colored people.” They chose that name for its ambiguous meaning.
3. Big Brother and the Holding Company
The band that helped establish Janis Joplin as a 60s culture icon took its name from the dictators in George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984.