The name “lousy little gods” originated one night back in the 90’s, when Randy, Greg and Rick were in the studio recording tracks. Greg told them about this movie he had seen called White Hunter Black Heart.
The movie is a 1990 American adventure drama film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and based on the 1953 book of the same name by Peter Viertel. The film is a thinly disguised account of writer Viertel's experiences while working on the classic 1951 film The African Queen, which was shot on location in Africa at a time when location shoots outside of the United States for American films were very rare. The main character, brash director John Wilson, played by Eastwood, is based on real-life director John Huston. Jeff Fahey plays Pete Verrill, a character based on Viertel. George Dzundza's character is based on producer Sam Spiegel. Marisa Berenson's character Kay Gibson and Richard Vanstone's character Phil Duncan, are based on Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, respectively.
Movie quote of director Wilson talking to screen writer Verrrill about change the ending of the film:
“You see, we're gods, Pete.
Lousy little gods who control the lives of the people we create.”
Randy heard the line from the movie and said, “now that’s a band name!” and so it stuck.
The name also speaks to how we think we are in control of everything in our lives and our own little worlds; when in reality, so much is out of our control. We tend to believe we create our own destiny, and make "our" plans for what "our" futures hold. With this controlling nature, we usually make a mess of things.
I guess we’re all…just…lousy little gods…