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PETE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Guitarist Peter Holmström named the band after the Dandy Warhols' song of the same name

PHISH
A play on drummer John Fishman's last name.

PINBACK
The name Pinback is a reference to the whiny janitor in the film 'Dark Star' played by Dan O'Bannon. Samples from this film are used frequently in the band's early works.

PINK FLOYD
Named after blues musicians Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

PIXIES
selected randomly from a dictionary by guitarist Joey Santiago. The band took a liking to the word's definition, "mischievous little elves". The name was shortened from the original, "Pixies In Panoply".

PJ HARVEY
Polly Jean Harvey

PLATINUM BLONDE
The name of the band was inspired by the 1931 Jean Harlow movie Platinum Blonde.

PM DAWN
Inspired by a Bible quote, "In the darkest hour comes the light."

POCO
Originally Pogo, until the creater of the comic strip Pogo sued them .

POGUES [The]
Shortened from 'Pogue Mahone', which is a distorted version of Póg Mo hón, which is Irish Gaelic for 'kiss my ass' .

POISON
Originally called Paris, the name Poison was picked by the band after a group of concerned parents protested to say that rock music was "poisoning" the lives of their children.

PORNO FOR PYROS
inspired by the Los Angeles riots of 1992

PORTISHEAD
Named themselves after their home town in the UK.

POWDERFINGER
named after Neil Young's "Powderfinger" first released on Neil's 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps.

POWER STATION
Named after The Power Station recording studio where their album was conceived and recorded.

PRETENDERS [THE]
Named after the Platter's song "The Great Pretender".

PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES
Named after The Smiths' song from their debut self titled album released on February 20th 1984. The song itself was named after a quote from Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums.

PRETTY THINGS [The]
Named after the Bo Diddley hit "Pretty Thing", released in November 1955.

PRIMAL SCREAM
A psychological best seller by Arthur Janov.

PROCOL HARUM
In an interview, lyricist Keith Reid said, 'It's the name of a cat, a Siamese cat. It's the pedigree name, and it belonged to a friend of ours, [Ash] just somebody that we used to hang out with when we were forming the band. One day, somebody pulled out the cat's birth certificate and said 'Have a look at this', and the name of the cat was Procol Harum.

PRODIGY [The]
The Prodigy's name was chosen by Liam Howlett as a tribute to his first analogue synthesiser, the Moog Prodigy.

PROPELLERHEAD
Is slang for a nerd, and when Gifford and White heard a friend from California drop this into conversation, they thought it the perfect name for their band.

PULP
Originally called Arabacus Pulp, after a commodity Jarvis Cocker learned about during economics. This was shortened to Pulp because nobody else knew what the full name meant.

PUSCIFER
Orignal name was "Umlaut", the name was changed to Puscifer, a play on Pussy and Lucifer combined. The name "Puscifer" was first publicized as a fictional band in the first episode of Mr. Show, after which front man Maynard James Keenan transformed it into a real band.
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QNTAL
In a dream, vocalist Sigrid Hausen saw the letters in flames

For much of their first decade as a band, Montesano, Washington's Melvins replaced the antipathy and anomie of sludgier punk bands (Flipper, Fang, My War –era Blag Flag) with a Beefheartian push-pull. Their magma-toasted textures – like Black Sabbath convulsing in a warehouse space, usually in three minutes or less – would prove to be a crucial influence on the early works of buddies Nirvana. However, the band's third full-length, Bullhead , is almost like their coming out as a metal band: The songs are longer, the feel more precise, the production not as fried. The hypnotic, bending, sloth-speed three-note riff of "Boris" would obviously inspire the Japanese band of the same name, grindcore gnashers Brutal Truth couldn't resist covering the razor-sharp "Zodiac," and the optimistic churn of "Your Blessened" would point the way to sludge-pop bands like Torche and Baroness. Said leader King Buzzo to Flipside in 1991: "People in Germany said it was a sell out." .


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