The 1975 took their name from a book of beat poetry that Matthew Healy found in Ibiza. He explained to Somekindofawesome
: "I met an artist on holiday. It sounds a bit more bohemian, idealistic than maybe it was but I met him and ended up leaving with a book that must of been treated almost like a diary by a previous owner, so when I read it there was all these mad scribblings and notes, and the person had dated it 'the 1st of June The 1975.'"
The writings and the use of the word "the" in front of a year, "1975" really impacted on Healy and the band's name was born.