Top ten bands named after fruits

In addition to the refreshing summer drink to which it gives its name, the lemon has to be among the most disrespected fruits. Cars that often break down or do not run are called lemons, rather than tangerines or plums. An unhappy facial expression is often described as a lemon face, depending on the acidity it indicates.

Given their unattractive tradition, it is surprising to know that popular bands have chosen that particular fruit by their names instead of more desirable ones, such as bananas or pears. For example, at the end of the sixties and seventies we were given the Lemon Pipers, who came to the charts with the single “Green Panourine”.

A decade later, New Wave music fans delighted in a group that called themselves Mighty Lemon Drops, whose sound was often compared to Echo and Bunnymen. Then, in the 1990s, singer and songwriter Evan Dando directed a post grunge band called Lemon Heads, which attracted Nirvana fans and the late Kurt Cobain.

Although the lemon has overwhelmingly surpassed the rest of its juicy genus, other fruits have managed to appear in some popular band names. Here are ten of the best.


Eric Carmen and his three young friends made a great impression in the early seventies, marking the great hits “Go All the Way” and “I Wanna Be With You”.

Wild cherry

A blow was all it took to shake this group, a quintet of white children who wanted to play funky music, towards immortality.

Apples in stereo

Among the pioneers of the genre called indie rock, this eclectic band has survived most of its first companions.

The electric prunes

Psychedelic rock combined with a clever play on words helped make these guys a familiar name for a while, since “I had too much to dream about (last night)” came up on the charts in 1966.

Moby grape

The former members of Jefferson Airplane formed this band that fused rock with country and jazz, making comparisons with Buffalo Springfield mainly due to their line of three guitarists.


National success for the most part eluded this talented group in the late 1970s who had minor success with “Fear is never boring,” but they are still highly revered in their hometown of Cincinnati.

Strawberry alarm clock

By mixing incense with some mints in 1967, these guys could smell and taste a simple Top Ten.

Blind melon

“No Rain” became the great success of the group, partly due to its infectious melody and partly due to its bee-themed video.

The Cranberries

No Need To Argue was the 1994 album that allowed the Irish alternative band to break through, mainly due to strong singles like “Zombies” and “Ode To My Family.”

Breaking pumpkins

Billy Corgan directed this alternative rock ensemble of the nineties, which in addition to dozens of successes obtained an appearance in an episode of The Simpsons.