Named After Fruits: Band Names

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Aside from the refreshing summer drink to which it lends its title, the lemon must be one of the most disrespected fruits. Cars that often break down (click reference) or don’t run at all are called lemons, instead of tangerines or plums. An unhappy facial expression can be described as lemon-faced, depending on the sourness it suggests.

Given its unappealing tradition, it is surprising to learn that popular bands have chosen that particular fruit for their titles over more desirable ones such as bananas or pears. For instance, the late Sixties and Seventies gave us the Lemon Pipers, who hit the charts with the single”Green Tambourine.”

A decade later fans of New Wave music took delight in a group that called themselves the Mighty Lemon Drops, whose sound was often compared to Echo and the Bunnymen. Then in the Nineties singer-songwriter Evan Dando fronted a post grunge band named the Lemon Heads, who attracted fans of Nirvana and the late Kurt Cobain.

Although the lemon has beaten the rest of its juicy genus, other fruits have been able to look in some popular band names. Listed below are ten of the best.

The Raspberries

Eric Carmen and his three young friends made quite an impression in the early Seventies, scoring the massive hits”Go All the Way” and”I Wanna Be Together ”

1 hit was all it took to jolt this group, a quintet of white boys who wanted to play amazing music, into immortality.

One of the pioneers of the genre called indie rock, this diverse group has outlasted most of its early peers.

The Electric Prunes

Psychedelic rock together with a clever play on words helped make these guys a household name for a while, as”I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” climbed the charts back in 1966.

Moby Grape

Former members of Jefferson Airplane (click reference) formed this group that fused rock with jazz and country, drawing comparisons to Buffalo Springfield mainly due to its three guitar player lineup.

The Raisins

National success for the most part eluded the talented late Seventies group who had a minor hit with”Fear Is Never Boring”, but they remain much revered in their hometown of Cincinnati.

Strawberry Alarm Clock

By mixing incense with some peppermints back in 1967 these guys could smell, and taste, a Top Ten single.

Blind Melon

“No Rain” became the group’s smash hit, partly because of its infectious melody and partly due to its bee-themed video.

The Cranberries

No Need To Argue was the 1994 record that enabled the Irish alt band to break through, mainly due to strong singles like”Zombies” and”Ode To My Family.”

Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan led this Nineties alternative rock ensemble, who in addition to dozens of hits earned an appearance on an episode of The Simpsons.

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