I always get a kick out of life when it reveals certain possibilities to me serendipitously. I'm buzzing through Naked by David Sedaris and in it he makes a passing reference to a day when he went to see Planet of the Apes.
It turns out that Charlton Heston's character in the movie's name is Bright Eyes. Interesting....and if I had to bet, which I don't...but if I did, I bet that the band Bright Eyes got their name from this reference. Bright Eyes happens to have one of the most beautiful songs ever written in my mind called "First Day of My Life" and the video of it is tremendous. It's a bit of a tearjerker, but it's original and quite captivating.
Yes, I know it's a fairly minor thing and candidly I've never really thought about the origin of their name, but it's cool to consider it as a possibility. I did some searching on the web and couldn't verify it.