These five bands have searched the dark and vast universe to acquire their names from the literary world.
Band: Modest Mouse
Source: "The Mark on the Wall"
Author: Virginia Woolf
“I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises.”
Band: The Doors
Source: The Doors of Perception
Author: Aldous Huxley
The title of Huxley's work was inspired by a William Blake quotation: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
Band: Velvet Underground
Source: The Velvet Underground
Author: Michael Leigh
Lou Reed, John Cale, and the rest of the Velvets thought that Michael Leigh’s book about the sexual subculture of the early ‘60s was really really groovy. Really.
Band: Steely Dan
Source: Naked Lunch
Author: William S. Burroughs
Did you know that a Steely Dan is a strap-on dildo? Did ya?
Band: Veruca Salt
Source: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Author: Roald Dahl