My three favorite band names inspired by
unlikely sources would be: a) Steely Dan, after the chrome-plated dildo
in William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch; b) Toad the Wet Sprocket, a
band name concocted by Monty Python for one of its sketches; and c)
Death Cab for Cutie, taken from a song by the critically
underappreciated (in the U.S., at least) Bonzo Dog Band from its 1967
debut album, Gorilla.