Other than the refreshing summer drink to which it lends its title, the lemon must be among the most disrespected fruits. Cars that frequently break down or do not run at all are called lemons, rather than tangerines or plums. An unhappy facial expression can be described as lemon-faced, depending on the sourness it suggests.
Given its unappealing heritage, it’s surprising to learn that popular bands have chosen that particular fruit for their names 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 frequently 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 appear in some popular group names. Here are ten of the best.
Eric Carmen and his three young buddies 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 with funky music, into immortality.
One of the pioneers of this genre known as indie rock, this eclectic group has outlasted most of its ancient peers.
Psychedelic rock together with a clever play on words helped make these guys a family name for some time, as”I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” climbed the charts back in 1966.
Former members of Jefferson Airplane formed this band that fused rock with jazz and country, drawing comparisons to Buffalo Springfield mainly due to its three guitar player lineup,next.
National success for the most part eluded the talented late Seventies group who had a minor hit with”Fear Is Never Boring”, but they stay much revered in their hometown of Cincinnati.
Strawberry Alarm Clock
By mixing incense with a few peppermints back in 1967 these guys could smell, and taste, a Top Ten single.
“No Rain” became the group’s smash hit, partly because of its infectious melody and partially due to its bee-themed video.
No Need To Argue was the 1994 record that allowed the Irish alt band to break through, mainly as a result of strong singles like”Zombies” and”Ode To My Family.”
Billy Corgan led this Nineties alternative rock ensemble, who along with dozens of hits made an appearance on an episode of The Simpsons.