Such an epic name - so emotionally visceral. And now that I know how it came to be for this renowned post-punk/neo-psychedelic(?) Liverpuddlian outfit, I want to scour every comic book I own for similar out-there inspiration.
The Teardrop Explodes, whose style is also referred to as "bubblegum trance"(??), formed in 1978 and laid the groundwork for much of the 80's British Invasion (The Smiths, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure...) and some of the 90's one too (Blur, The Auteurs, Pulp...). It also seems they were trailblazers in the "running around dilapidated factories/warehouses" video concept.
I could provide a word-for-word anecdote of the group coming up with the name, but you won't get the same effect as closing your eyes and imagining you're a young Julian Cope, defacto head-Teardrop, reading this nonsensical page of Marvel Comics' Daredevil, issue #77:
The 'teardrop' is actually a spaceship(???) that takes Prince Namor/Sub-Mariner (the dude in the green Speedo lifting the tree) away to somewhere else. What's that sound? Yeah, that's your mind, blown.
Their music would've ensured the band's legacy anyways, no matter they could've been called. But this is a Hall Of Fame-level name origin to an exceptional band name.
Now, time to read my comic stash and pore over Teardrop song titles...
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