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Top Eight Groups Named After Produce. (Fruits & Veggies)
Named after fruits and vegetables these bands, for the most part anyway, seem to have had healthy and apparently high fiber careers. While there may be other bands, or even individual performers, named after your favorite produce, these were the first eight that came to our minds. "Bon Appétit."
Bananarama is an all-female pop group who have been successful on the pop and dance charts since 1982. There have been minor line-up changes over the years, but Bananarama experienced their greatest success during the period from 1982 to 1989. Made up of lifelong friends Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin, Bananarama entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1988, as the all-female group who have the most chart entries in history, a record they still hold.
The group was founded in London in 1979 by Fahey, Woodward and Dallin. By the time the third single from their fourth album "Wow!" was released in '88, Fahey had left the group due to a difference of opinion as to the direction the group was taking. In Fahey's absence, Jacquie O'Sullivan joined the ranks. After the release of the fourth and final single from the Bananarama's 1991 album "Pop Life" , however, O'Sullivan left the band to form the short-lived Slippery Feet.
In 1993, Dallin and Woodward returned as a duo with an album entitled "Please Yourself", followed by the album "Ultra Violet" in 1995, which produced two minor hit singles "Every Shade of Blue" and "Take Me to Your Heart". In 2001, they released the album "Exotica", which was followed by "Drama" in 2005. Drama put Bananarama, after a 14 year absence, back on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play and the Hot Dance Airplay charts with an import version of "Look on the Floor (Hypnotic Tango)". "Look on the Floor" became their first U.S. hit since 1992, when they scored with "Tripping on Your Love". Bananarama released a new single entitled "Love Comes", and a new album "Viva" in September 2009. Fascination Records are planning for a possible second single to be released from the album in February 2010. 'Artist Discography'
Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1995. The Black Eyed Peas is composed of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist will.i.am and vocalists apl.de.ap, Taboo, and Fergie. The pop group was signed to Interscope Records and released their debut "Behind the Front" in 1998 which received critical acclaim. Their second album, "Bridging the Gap", was released in 2000. "Elephunk", the third studio album by The Black Eyed Peas, was released on June 24, 2003 and charted at number 14 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Since their album Elephunk in 2003, the Black Eyed Peas hip hop/dance-oriented style has sold an estimated 29 million albums worldwide and 29 million singles. They scored their first worldwide hit with "Where Is the Love?" in 2003, which topped over ten charts worldwide. Their next album "Monkey Business" was another worldwide hit, certified 3x Platinum in the US, spawning two hit singles "My Humps"and "Don't Phunk With My Heart". In 2009, the group is one of only eleven artists to have ever held the number 1 and 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time with their singles "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling", from the album "The E.N.D", and the singles also topped the chart for an unprecedented 26 consecutive weeks in 2009. 'Artist Discography'
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies are an American rock band formed in Eugene, Oregon in 1988 by Steve Perry and Dan Schmid at the University of Oregon. Perry (vocal), Schmid (bass) and Dana Heitman (trumpet) are the only remaining members of the original band, with Perry and Heitman being the constant members over the band's twenty year history. Conceived as a counter against the rising grunge movement of the Northwest, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies played an unconventional mix of punk, swing, funk and ska, attracting a local cult following for their controversial performance art-like live shows, which often brought about bans and organized protest. In an array of flashy Funkadelic-inspired costumes or drag get-ups, and on occasion simply appearing half-nude, the Daddies became perhaps most notorious for their over-the-top performance art-like stage shows.
Sporting a horn section, a penchant for stage theatrics, and inciting their audiences to dance, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies proved to be at odds with the then-current state of the Northwest music scene, enough so that they were originally shunned by fellow local punk and alternative bands alike.
After earning critical praise and awards as a local act and for their 1990 debut "Ferociously Stoned", the group began extensive national touring in 1993, finding initial success within the current ska circuit. Their following multi-genre studio albums found the band expanding their sound to encompass a variety of genres. Though their self-produced, ska-influenced third album "Kids on the Street", released in '96, made its way onto Rolling Stone's Alternative Charts, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies did not break into the mainstream until 1998, being one of the leading forces behind the swing revival movement. Their major-label all-swing compilation album "Zoot Suit Riot" released in '97, spent over a year on the Billboard 200, eventually attaining double-platinum status, with the album's title song receiving heavy airplay on MTV and KROQ, making it The Cherry Poppin' Daddies' first, and only, Top 40 single.
By 2000, despite prominent media coverage and the release of their fourth album "Soul Caddy", The Cherry Poppin' Daddies' mainstream popularity had declined with that of the short lived swing revival. Following a brief disbandment, the band regrouped in 2002 to continue touring and recording, independently releasing their fifth and most recent studio album, "Susquehanna", in early 2008. As an amusing anecdote it should be mentioned that the Zoot Suit Riots were an actual event. 'Artist Discography'
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick with the original name "The Cranberry Saw Us", later changed by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan. Although widely associated with alternative rock, the band's sound also incorporates indie, indie pop, rock, post-punk, Irish folk and pop rock elements.
The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?", which became a commercial success and sold over five million copies in the United States. The group was one of the most successful rock acts of the '90s and sold over 14.5 million albums in the United States alone. The Cranberries have achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?", "No Need To Argue", "To the Faithful Departed", and "Bury the Hatchet". The Cranberries also can lay claim to eight top 20 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart ("Linger", "Dreams", "Zombie", "Ode to My Family", "Ridiculous Thoughts, "Salvation", "Free To Decide" and "Promises").
Noel and Mike Hogan, two brothers from Limerick formed the band with drummer Fergal Lawler in 1990. After the addition of Dolores O'Riordan to the group, The Cranberries' released a demo tape. The demo garnered the attention of both the UK press and record industry and there soon was a bidding war between major British record labels. Eventually, the group signed with Island Records.
The Cranberries' debut album, "Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?", was released in early '93, followed by a single of "Dreams." Neither the album or the single gained much attention, nor did a second single, "Linger", until the band embarked on a tour, catching the eye of MTV, which subsequently put their videos into heavy rotation.
The Cranberries' second album, "No Need to Argue", having a more streamlined sound debuted at number six on the US charts and eventually outsold its predecessor going triple platinum and featured the number one modern rock hit "Zombie" and the number 11 "Ode to My Family" on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The band's third album, "To the Faithful Departed", entered the charts, peaking at number 2 on the UK Album Chart and number 4 on the Billboard 200. Despite favorable reviews, the album did not match the sales of "No Need to Argue", but nonetheless went double platinum in the US and Gold in the UK.
In 1999, the group released their fourth studio album "Bury the Hatchet", followed by the album "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" in October 2001. As described in their official website, The Cranberries reunited in January 2009 "to celebrate Dolores becoming an Honorary Patron of University Philosophical Society (Trinity College, Dublin)". While the group indicated at the time that this did not signify an official reunion, things seem to have changed. 'Artist Discography'
The Electric Prunes are an American rock band who first achieved international attention as an experimental psychedelic group in the late 1960s, and contributed two tracks to the soundtrack of Easy Rider. They disappeared for thirty years before reforming as a recording and touring band in 2001.
The group started in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles with members Ken Williams (guitar), James Lowe (lead vocal, autoharp), Michael Weakley and eventually Joe Dooley (drums) and Mark Tulin (bass) calling themselves "The Sanctions", and later, "Jim and the Lords". The name "The Electric Prunes" started as a joke, and as with all good jokes it stuck.
The Electric Prunes' first single "Ain't It Hard/Little Olive" was a resounding flop but their second release , "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" (1966), remains their highest charting success, reaching 11 in the USA and 49 in the UK. The band at that time included Jim Lowe on vocals, James Spagnola and Ken Williams on guitar, Mark Tulin on bass and Preston Ritter on drums. This is regarded by many as the classic Electric Prunes lineup.
Their third single, "Get Me to the World on Time", was slightly less successful, peaking at 27 in the USA and 42 in the UK. Both their first album, "The Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" consisting mainly of Tucker/Mantz material, and the follow up "Underground" which featured mainly original Prunes material, charted in the lower reaches of the Billboard charts.
The Electric Prunes's third album, "Mass in F Minor" (1968), was a psychedelic rendering of "The Mass", written and produced by David Axelrod. This album became an underground favorite, that was quickly followed by "Release of An Oath" (1968), another religious-themed Axelrod work combining Jewish and Christian liturgy.
The following album "Just Good Old Rock and Roll" (1969) was recorded by a completely different group of musicians who commandeered the Prunes's name, which was not legally owned by Hassinger. The album cover read "The New Improved Electric Prunes". This band toured and also released a single on Reprise Records in 1969, but had totally dissolved by 1970.
The late 1990s saw renewed interest in the Electric Prunes, with the release of "Stockholm", a concert recorded by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation while the (original) Prunes were on tour there in 1967. An early collection of recordings by The Sanctions and Jim and The Lords was also released, recovered from un-played 35-year-old acetates.
After a period of 30 years, the original quartet of Lowe, Tulin, Williams and Weakley met in the studio to consider a revival, and as a result Lowe, Tulin and Williams were joined by two new members, including James Lowe's son, to reform the band. They began touring internationally in 2001, and in 2002 released a new recording titled "Artifact" and a DVD album called "Rewired". Continuing the momentum in 2007, the trio of Lowe, Tulin, and Williams released a new CD entitled "Feedback". 'Artist Discography'
Moby Grape is an American rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting and that collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, and jazz together with rock and psychedelic music. Due to the strength of their debut album, several critics consider Moby Grape to be the best rock band to emerge from the San Francisco music scene in the late sixties. Moby Grape consisted of Peter Lewis,
Skip Spence, and
Don Stevenson. The band name, judicially determined to have been chosen by Bob Mosley and Spence, came from the punch line of the joke "What's big and purple and lives in the ocean?"
All five band members wrote songs and sang lead and backup vocals for their debut album Moby Grape (1967). Mosley, Lewis, and Spence generally wrote alone, while Miller and Stevenson generally wrote together. In 2003, Moby Grape was ranked as number 121 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". While Jerry Miller was the principal lead guitarist, all three guitarists played lead at various points, often playing off against each other, in a guitar form associated with Moby Grape as "cross-talk".
Moby Grape's success was significantly impeded by decades-long legal disputes with their former manager, Matthew Katz. Legal difficulties originated shortly after the group's formation, when Matthew Katz insisted that an additional provision be added to his management contract, giving him ownership of the group name. The problems with Katz became more acute after the group members' rights to their songs, as well as their own name, were signed away in 1973, in a settlement made without their knowledge between Katz and Moby Grape's then manager, David Rubinson. In 1994, the group filed legal action against Katz, Sony Music Entertainment and CBS Records , seeking to have the settlement overturned. This settlement from 1973 meant that the group members would receive no royalties whatsoever from the well-regarded "Vintage: The Best of Moby Grape", which Sony had released as part of its Legacy Records series in 1993 . At the time of the commencement of the lawsuit, Bob Mosley had been homeless in San Diego since the early 1990s, while Skip Spence was living in a residential care facility in northern California. Production of the Vintage collection soon ceased. In 2006, after three decades of court battles, the band finally won back its name.
Moby Grape continues to perform occasionally, performing with core members Jerry Miller, Bob Mosley and Peter Lewis, and incarnations with Skip Spence's son Omar joining on vocals and Jerry Miller's son Joseph on drums. 'Artist Discography'
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. For most of the band's existence, the members have been vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist John Frusciante, bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary, and drummer Chad Smith. The band's varied musical style has fused traditional funk with elements of other genres including alternative, punk rock, and psychedelic rock.
"Blood Sugar Sex Magik" was a significant record for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, having sold over thirteen million copies, it provided the group's initial mainstream commercial success. Frusciante uncomfortable with this success left abruptly in the middle of the album tour and descended into heroin addiction. Kiedis, Flea, and Smith employed Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction for their subsequent album, "One Hot Minute" (1995). Although fairly successful, it did not match the critical acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik and sold less than half the copies of its predecessor. Shortly afterwards, Navarro departed the band due to creative differences. A rehabilitaded Frusciante rejoined the band in 1998, at Flea's request and the reunited quartet returned to the studio to record "Californication" (1999), which went on to sell fifteen million units worldwide, becoming their most commercially successful album to date. It was followed three years later with "By the Way" (2002), which continued their success. In 2006, the group released the double album "Stadium Arcadium", giving them their first American number one album. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards. The band has sold over fifty-five million albums worldwide, have eight singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 (including three singles in the Top 10), have five number one singles on the Mainstream Rock charts, and hold a record of eleven number one singles on the Modern Rock charts.
Following the last leg of the tour promoting Stadium Arcadium, the band members took an extended break. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back in the studio as of October 12, 2009. Their next album should be released sometime in 2010, according to Chad Smith. During September 2009 The Red Hot Chili Peppers was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 'Artist Discography'
The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. Formed by Billy Corgan and James Iha the band has included D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Melissa Auf der Maur among its membership. The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, "Siamese Dream" (1993) and built their fan base through extensive touring. Their follow-up, double album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" (1995), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With approximately 18.25 million albums sold in the United States alone, The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. Unfortunately, as with so many bands following their initial success, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales hampered the Smashing Pumpkins and led to a 2000 break-up.
In April 2006, the band officially announced that it was reuniting and recording a new album. Returning members Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin were joined by musicians Jeff Schroeder (guitar/vocals), Ginger Reyes (bass/vocals), and Lisa Harriton (keyboard/vocals) in 2007 to tour in support of their new release, "Zeitgeist". In 2009, Chamberlin left the band; Corgan recruited drummer Mike Byrne as a replacement.
The Smashing Pumpkins have been praised for being "responsible for some of the '90s' most striking and memorable video clips" and for having "approached videos from a completely artistic standpoint rather than mere commercials to sell albums". MTV's 2001 anniversary special Testimony: 20 Years of Rock on MTV credited the Smashing Pumpkins, along with Nine Inch Nails, with treating music videos as an art form during the 1990s. The band was nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards during the 1990s. In 1996, the group won seven VMAs total for the "1979" and "Tonight, Tonight" videos, including the top award, Video of the Year, for "Tonight, Tonight". The video was also nominated for a Grammy at the 1997 ceremony. 'Artist Discography'
Peaches & Herb are a vocalist duo, once comprising Herb Fame, and Francine "Peaches" Hurd Barker. Herb has remained a constant in "Peaches & Herb" since its creation in 1966, while six different women have filled the role of "Peaches". Also in the role of Peaches were; Linda Greene, Patrice Hawthorne, Wanda Makle, Meritxell Negre, Marlene Mack (stage only). 'Artist Discography'
Blind Melon is an American rock band that originally existed from 1989 to 1995, and ceased with the death of lead vocalist Shannon Hoon shortly after the release of the band's second album. The band reformed with a new lead vocalist, Travis Warren in 2006. However, Warren announced his departure from the band on November 6, 2008. Current members include: Christopher John Thorn – guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, harmonica, Thomas Rogers Stevens – guitar, piano, Eric Bradley Smith – bass, flute, backing vocals, Glen Graham – drum kit, percussion. With Former members being; Richard Shannon Hoon – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica (1991–1995, deceased), Travis Warren – vocals, acoustic guitar (2006-2008). Thanx to Jacob for the submission. 'Artist Discography'
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