Incredible Edible Bands: 10 Musical Acts With Munchie Monikers

Incredible Edible Bands: 10 Musical Acts With Munchie Monikers
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For years, bands have been naming themselves after food -- fruits (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Blind Melon), veggies (Black Eyed Peas, Korn, The Gourds), baked goods (Humble Pie, Limp Bizkit ), home-cooked entrees (Meat Loaf) and condiments (Salt n' Pepa, The Spice Girls).

We've compiled a list of our favorite "food groups" for your listening pleasure along with some great corresponding recipes.

10. Apples in Stereo

The band was originally called "The Apples" but gradually became "The Apples in Stereo," with the "in stereo" under-emphasized, either in lower-case or in parenthesis. Singer Robert Schneider discussed the band's name in a college magazine interview saying "We're The Apples, the music's in stereo. It's not actually the band name -- it's a step back from it, a band name once removed. We're The Apples, in stereo. Kind of like a TV show, 'in stereo!' That always seemed to be a really big deal, that it was in stereo." McIntyre later said, "It's cool the name changed cause the Apples and the Apples in Stereo were really two different entities."

Hungry for more? Check out this delicious baked apple crisp recipe. Don't forget to serve with vanilla ice cream!

9. Blue Oyster Cult

The name "Blue Öyster Cult" came from a 60s poem penned by manager Sandy Pearlman. In the poem the ""Blue Oyster Cult" was a group of aliens who had assembled to secretly guide Earth's history." It's been reported that the band didn't like the name at first but settled for it anyway.

Hungry for more? Swing by Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen on Mondays between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. when a dozen oysters on the half shell are only $5.25!

8. Meat Puppets

The band chose the name Meat Puppets in June of 1980 after a song written by singer and guitarist Curt Kirkwood of the same name. The title was taken from a cartoon from 1982 by B. Kliban called "Bill and Sue Enjoy the All Meat Puppets."

Hungry for more? Since a "meat puppet" isn't a real thing, and I'm sort of happy about that, the first thing that came to mind was a kabob for some reason. Paula Deen has a good-lookin' recipe for grilled lime chicken and shrimp kabobs with pineapple and red peppers.

7. Bowling for Soup

The Denton, Texas pop-punk band's name is a nod to Steve Martin's bit "Bowling for Shit" from his 1978 comedy album "Wild and Crazy Guy" which itself is a play on the 70s TV game show Bowling for Dollars.

Hungry for more? With cooler temperatures around the corner, (low of 48 on Wednesday! Woohoo!) why not try this flavorful, spicy pumpkin soup recipe?

6. Bread

Just...Bread, random, plain and simple. According to lead singer David Gates, "a bread truck came along right at the time we were trying to think of a name...it began with a B, like the Beatles and the Bee Gees. Bread also had a kind of universal appeal. It could be taken a number of ways." He added, "Of course, for the entire first year people called us The Breads."

Hungry for more? If you're a fan of Starbuck's Banana Walnut bread, no need to pop in for a slice. A few years ago, Starbucks was just giving away their recipe on little cards for customers to try at home!  

Mmmmm...Cake...at the Houston Press Best Fest 2011
Mmmmm...Cake...at the Houston Press Best Fest 2011
Photo by Marc Brubaker

5. Cake

Cake wants you to think verb, not noun. The band name "Cake," rather than referring to an indulgent confection, is meant to be, according to vocalist John McCrea, "like when something insidiously becomes a part of your life...[we] mean it more as something that cakes onto your shoe and is just sort of there until you get rid of it".

Hungry for more? While Cake doesn't want you to think of, well, cake...we can't stop. A piece of warm, spicy but sweet gingerbread cake is perfect for breakfast with a glass of cold milk.

4. Peaches

In 1995, Merrill Beth Nisker, a former music and drama teacher, started a band called the Shit where she cultivated her outlandish persona. She adopted the name Peaches which is taken from the 1966 Nina Simone song "Four Women." At the end of the ballad, Simone proclaims, "My name is Peaches!"

Hungry for more? The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, has an amazeballs peach crisp with maple cream sauce recipe. If you ever want to impress a southerner, make this for them. It's ridiculous.

3. Cracker

In an interview in 2010, guitarist Johnny Hickman said "...When it came time to form this band, we were asking ourselves, 'What kind of music are we playing?'... we decided that what we were playing was cracker soul music. We kind of realized that it related to bands like Creedence Clearwater or Little Feat or Lynyrd Skynyrd, or any number of Southern soul bands at the time. So we called ourselves Cracker. We were thinking for a minute to call it Cracker Soul, but there were way too many bands with the name Soul in it, so we decided to settle on the name Cracker."

Hungry for more? Firecrackers are among my favorite beach/party snacks. They're super easy to make and they get spicier the longer they sit, if you can keep 'em around for a few days.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers

According to Anthony Kiedis' autobiography, Scar Tissue, "It's a derivation of a classic old-school American blues or jazz name. There was Louis Armstrong with his Hot Five, and also other bands that had "Red Hot" this or "Chili" that. There was even an English band that was called Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers, who later thought we had stolen their name. But no one had ever been the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a name that would forever be a blessing and a curse."

Hungry for more? If you like firey flavors, try this Thai stuffed chili peppers recipe with shrimp and/or chicken, garlic, roasted peanuts and green onion!

1. The Cranberries

Brothers Noel and Mike Hogan formed the band in 1990 with the name Cranberries Saw Us, a sort of cranberry sauce pun. When Dolores O'Riordan joined, she recommended shortening the name.

Hungry for more? This cranberry walnut bread recipe makes some killer muffins. I've been to 3 different Krogers and a few Whole Foods this month trying to hunt down fresh cranberries but sadly I've been repeatedly told "it's too early." So hang on to this recipe until you can get your hands on a bag.

Can you think of any other "food groups" that deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments section!


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