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Popular Bands Named After a Food

Updated on March 27, 2022

There have been popular bands named after a food ever since there have been popular bands. During my lifetime, bands such as Strawberry Alarm Clock, Bread, Cream, and Hot Chocolate filled my youth while groups such as the Cranberries, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, and Meat Puppet invaded my daughter's youth. My younger daughters preferred Salt 'n' Pepa, Sugar Ray, Ice T, and Uncle Kracker, while my stepson favored Wild Cherry, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, and Meat Loaf. The 1980's definitely brought forth more than their fair share of food bands!

I can't attend a wedding reception without getting out on the dance floor to dance to "Johnny B. Goode". Who's responsible for this? Chuck Berry! One of my first albums was a compilation with a tune on it by the Raspberries. Sugarloaf, The Lemon Pipers, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, and The Sweet also turned out songs that remind me of my youth.

Country Joe and the Fish, The Turtles, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Seeds, Vanilla Fudge, and The Electric Prunes all had gold records. Hall and Oates weren't my favorite group, but they do fit the food category. Godley & Creme, Peaches & Herb, and Ambrosia shared some soft rock with us, and Kix had a hit song long after I fed the cereal to my children for breakfast. More recently, Buck Cherry contributed to the cause.

In 2007, there were 4 Grammy nominees that could, by stretching a little, be considered bands named after a food. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Eyed Peas, The Dixie Chicks (hey, chicken's one of my favorites), and Sheryl Crow (okay, that really is stretching it) were all up for a Grammy award.

There are many other famous groups with food names, and many that aren't so famous. Regional groups such as Boston's "The Road Apples" are as common and. . .well, as American as apple pie!



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