What's in a name? Well, if you're an aspiring rock band bent on complete domination of the music charts, it can mean a heck of a lot.

Picking a band name is no easy task: it defines you as artists and, once you've settled on it, you can't simply discard it once your career is underway. (Well, you can, but it wouldn't necessarily be wise.)

Lucky for us, most of our favourite groups have interesting back stories. Whether it's finding inspiration from sewing machines or beer ads or "lead balloons", here are the fascinating (and often bizarre) stories behind some of the world's biggest bands.

Click through for some of our personal favourites.

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