The name 'Slinky Vagabond' comes from the lyrics of David Bowie’s song ' Young Americans' from the album of the same name. The song was released in 1975 and was a breakthrough for the artist in the USA.
Whe Keanan Duffty and Fabio Fabbri formed the band, they decided to adopt the name Slinky Vagabond as a tribute to the greateness of David Bowie and because Duffty used it in the past in some of his projects and activities. It was also the name of a R'&R' band formed by Keanan Duffty in 2007 with illustrious miusicians like Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Clem Burke of Blondie and Earl Slick who operformed with David Bowie and John Lennon.
In 2016, after Bowie’s death, Rolling Stone listed 'Young Americans' as one of Bowie’s 41 greatest songs, and ranked it at number 4.