Well, has anyone noticed that the bands that made it to top of the music charts during 60s to 80s seem to be insect-named? (Do I need to explain this?)


  • The Beatles
  • Bee Gees
  • Queen (indirectly as queen-bee)

And as a connecting question, did the latter bands (I am assuming, The Beatles started all of this) just named it according to insects because The Beatles has already became famous with the use of insect-band name?

  • Buddy Holly and The Crickets?
    – Lefty
    May 22, 2015 at 16:05
  • Yes, I'm sure someone has noticed.
    – DA.
    May 22, 2015 at 20:23
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    Queen was not named after queen bees. May 26, 2015 at 16:34
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    So three examples, two of which aren't relevant, for a three decade period is supposed to indicate a "hype"?
    – BCdotWEB
    Jun 2, 2015 at 8:08
  • @BCdotWEB I think that the question was clearly stated as "hype during the..", and not as "hype that span the years from 1960 to 1980". Anyway, somebody else already understood the question and at least, these people don't question a question. Jun 3, 2015 at 15:18

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I'd submit that short of Buddy Holly's backing band, The Beatles, Iron Butterfly and Adam and the Ants, there really weren't many insect-related band names at all. Queen had nothing to do with insects and everything to do with being grandiose, and The Bee Gee's was about being Brothers Gibb (B.G.).

Not surprisingly, there were no bands named after insects once Black Flag formed. ;o)

  • Oh, I thought you said "Black Frog", cause that could have explained it. You know, frogs eat insects, right? Haha. just for laughs, no offense please. May 22, 2015 at 16:29
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    Well, Black Flag is an anti-insect spray. I know it's in the US, might not be available in your part of the world.
    – Johnny Bones
    May 22, 2015 at 16:30
  • You missed Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars ;)
    – Tetsujin
    May 22, 2015 at 17:17
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    -1 for pedantry in the face of lightness
    – Tetsujin
    May 26, 2015 at 16:29
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    +1 for using "pedantry" in a sentence. :o)
    – Johnny Bones
    May 26, 2015 at 16:35

Buddy Holly and the Crickets were an influential early rock group whose careers were brought short due to a tragic plane crash. The Beatles were named partially in tribute to the Crickets.

Any other bands with similar names were likely named in tribute to one or both of these bands, given their visibility and influence. (As Johnny mentioned, however, most of your other examples don't hold up.)

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