The name comes from a Czech band named The Plastic People Of The Universe. They’ve been around since the sixties. I saw them last year with my band mates while we were still struggling for a name. The lead singer/sax player looked like Albus Dumbledore with a heroin addiction. He ambled up to the microphone and said, in his heavy accent, “Dis. Song. Iz. Called. A-pok-a-lyp-tiK bear.”
We looked at each other, said, “that’s it!” and the rest is history.
We’re playing a gig in November after a months long break, so I decided it was time to put the bear shirt back up. I sold a few in the past and like the idea of strangers somewhere in the world sporting our mascot.