It’s far too easy to compile a list of  food named musical acts with the likes of “The Red Hot Chili Peppers”, “Bread”, “Meatloaf” or “Vanilla Ice” for that matter. No, there are plenty more obscure, often forgotten bands that we’ve lost to time, bad management and/or ever evolving tastes.

Here, for your considerations are my Top 10 food groups that in most instances, had much longer runs than you would have expected, considering the name they decided to go with. A reminder to all you kids jamming in your Parents garage. Think long and hard about your branding before committing. Take is from Kei$ha.

The Electric Prunes are a rock band who first achieved international attention as an experimental psychedelic group in the late 1960s, and contributed one song to the Easy Rider soundtrack. After a period in which they had little control over their music, they disappeared for a period of 30 years, reforming as a recording and touring band in 2001.

The Moldy Peaches were an anti-folk band  known for their flamboyant live shows (where they would dress in extravagant outfits) and songs such as “Who’s Got The Crack” and “Little Bunny Foo Foo”. They toured with acts such as “The Strokes” and “Tenacious D” before going on indefinite hiatus after their second album in 2002. Their song “Anyone Else But You” was included in the soundtrack of the movie “Juno” in 2007.

Death by Chocolate are a Swiss indie rock band. They released their debut EP “My Portable Love” in 2009, followed by an album called “From Birthdays to Funerals”. They are known for their energetic live performances, which have captivated audiences everywhere they performed across Europe.

Screaming Broccoli were a trio of adolescents from Vermont in the late 80’s waxing on women, political unrest and corn.  There was also a Screaming Broccoli single for “Lets Bury Bob” containing a Nimoy loving  b-side entitled, “(I Made Love To A) Vulcan

Ultimate Spinach is an obscure Psychedelic/Hard Rock/Blues group from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1967 and comprised keyboardist/guitarist Ian Bruce-Douglas and singer Barbara Hudson.

The Jam was a punk/mod revival group formed in Woking, England in . The band released six albums and had 18 consecutive Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom between 1977 and 1982 before calling it quits. Their singles “That’s Entertainment” and “Just Who Is The Five O’Clock Hero”  are the best selling import singles in UK history.

Cracker is an American alternative rock band best known for their hit songs “Low” and “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)”. Their  website once noted Cracker as “The only band to ever open for both “The Grateful Dead” and “The Ramones”.  The band mixes influences and sounds ranging from classic country, psychedelic, punk & folk  into their brand of  “americana” style rock

The LOX is a rap group from Yonkers, NY, founded in 1994 by Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch.  Discovered byMary J. Blige, they were signed to Diddy’s record label Bad Boy Records before  leaving  over financial disputes and were snapped up by the DMX-led Ruff Ryders. They expanded their group with the inclusion of new member, Jae Hood, and are now known as D-Block.

Huevos Rancheros are a Canadian indie rock band, who perform an instrumental (i.e. non-vocal) blend of rockabilly, surf and punk music. Based in Calgary, Alberta,and probably have the best CD jacket art, EVER.

Martha and the Muffins were a Canadian new wave synth pop band in the 1970s and 1980s. They chose the name to distance themselves from the aggressive names adopted by many punk bands of the era. Often heralded as Canada’s answer to “Blondie”.

Much thanks to Last.fm for a wealth of knowledge and interesting facts when it comes to researching any and all bands, no matter how obscure!

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  1. Jim

    Never thought of The Jam as a food name, but I guess it is! (Snap! is in my top 10, even though it’s a compilation)

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