How bands got their name: At The Drive-In

At the Drive-In will go down in music history as one of the best bands to arise out of the post-hardcore boom of the late ‘90s and early 2000s. After building a sizable underground following by touring relentlessly, the El-Paso, Texas-based punk rock group breakthrough to the mainstream with the release of their 2000 third album Relationship of Command. The record’s complex and hammering soundscapes coupled with its Dadaist lyrics made it one of the most distinct and influential punk releases of the next decade.

Sadly, just as the band reached the height of their commercial appeal and the apex of their artistry, At the Drive-In. The sudden rush of fame, the toll exacted by a nonstop touring schedule and internal tensions created a perfect storm that caused the group to go on the dreaded “indefinite hiatus.” Thankfully, the group reunited in mid-2016 and will release their fourth LP In•ter a•li•a on May 5.

Although the group is known for leading the post-hardcore revolution, At the Drive-In name taken from a song that operated on the opposite end of the rock music spectrum. According to Band Names Explained, the band’s name was inspired by Poison’s 1987 hair metal classic “Talk Dirty to Me.” The lyrics to the track’s iconic chorus are as follows:

“Cause baby we'll be
At the drive-in
In the old man's Ford
Behind the bushes
Until I'm screaming for more
Down the basement
Lock the cellar door
And baby
Talk dirty to me”