Aside from the refreshing summer drink to which it lends its name, the lemon has to be among the most disrespected fruits. Cars that often break down 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 indicates (see post).
Given its unappealing tradition, it’s surprising to learn that popular bands have selected that specific fruit for their titles over more desirable ones such as bananas or pears. By way of instance, the late Sixties and Seventies gave us the Lemon Pipers, who hit the charts with the single”Green Tambourine.”
A decade after 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.
Even though the lemon has overwhelmingly beaten the rest of its juicy genus, other fruits have been able to look in some popular group names. Listed below are ten of the best.
Eric Carmen and his three young buddies made quite an impression in the early Seventies, scoring the huge 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 amazing music, into immortality.
One of the pioneers of the genre called indie rock, this eclectic group has outlasted most of its ancient peers.
The Electric Prunes
Psychedelic rock together with a clever play on words helped make these guys a household name for some time, as”I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” climbed the charts back in 1966.
Former members of Jefferson Airplane shaped this group that fused rock with jazz and country, drawing comparisons to Buffalo Springfield mainly due to its three guitar player lineup.
National success for the most part eluded the talented late Seventies team 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 men could smell, and taste, a Top Ten single.
“No Rain” became the group’s smash hit, partly because of its infectious melody and partly because of its bee-themed video.
No Need To Argue was the 1994 album that allowed the Irish alt group to break through, largely due to strong singles like”Zombies” and”Ode To My Family.”
Billy Corgan led this Nineties alternative rock outfit, who in addition to dozens of hits earned an appearance on an episode of The Simpsons.