How Biffy Clyro got their name

BANDS and musical artist can often have interesting names.

Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 11:04 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 11:05 am
Biffy Clyro. Picture: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images

Biffy Clyro firmly fit into this tradition.

So if you’ve ever wondered how the Scottish rockers got their name, then here’s what you need to know:

How Biffy Clyro got their name

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Well it is safe to say that the band was not named after one of the members – like in the case of Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds for example.

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However according to Digital Spy, the origin of the band’s name is linked to Cliff Richard.

In 2010 the website reported that frontman Simon Neil told Spin: ‘When me and [drummer] Ben [Johnston] were 13 and bored in our little Scottish town of Ayr, we'd think up imaginary Cliff Richard merch products.

‘We thought of things like Cliff Richard coat hangers and Cliff Richard Jesus dolls - he's a big Christian singer. In the UK there's a cheap kind of pen called a Biro pen and we thought about making Cliff Richard Biro pens.

‘We'd call them Cliffy Biros. Somehow that turned into Biffy Clyro. Bizarrely, we weren't high at the time. There's just not a lot to do in Ayr. The weather is terrible.’

Bit of an unusual origin for a band name wouldn’t you say!