How She Became… Little Boots
The UK electro-pop star shares the story behind her name.
Welcome to the weekly SPIN.com feature “Name That Band!” inwhich we get the inside stories behind the mysterious monikers of some ofour favorite artists. (See past episodes of Name That Band! here.)
This week: UK charmer Little Boots, who’ll be hitting Coachella on her current U.S. tour.
Why Little Boots: “It’s a nickname from my best friend,” says Little Boots (the stage name of Victoria Hesketh). “She called me that because I’ve got very small feet. I think she came up with it about two years ago when we were still studying at the University of Leeds. But it’s also a reference to the Roman emperor Caligula, whose name means Little Boots. Mostly though, we just thought the name was funny and it stuck.”
Previously Rejected Names: “The only other band name I used was for my old band Dead Disco. I didn’t have any other names.”
Best Band Names Ever: “Gary Numan had a great name. He seemed so futuristic, so Numan — New Man — it worked for him really well.”
Worst Band Name Ever: “I never like bands that have swear words in their name. I’m not a prude or anything, but I just don’t like it. Bands with names like Shitting Fists or what ever. No thank you.”