Gin Blossoms Are One of the Few Bands With a Floral Name
Rock and roll, many Boomers would say, was born with the Flower Children of the Sixties. Nearly every sort of flower could be found on album covers, from Sgt. Pepper to Donovan to the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
For that reason, it is a little surprising that so few rock and roll bands are named after flowers. The most famous of the rare flower-themed groups all use the same flower, artists like Guns N' Roses, the Rose Tattoo, and the Stone Roses.
Other flowers have been used in band names, just not nearly as often as the rose. Here are ten non-rose groups who have a name that includes some type of flower.
1. Sunflower Bean
Bassist Julia Cumming fronts this indie rock band, while also working as a model for high fashion designers.
2. The Wallflowers
In spite of enjoying chart success with “One Headlight” and “Three Marlenas”, this quartet is still better known for being fronted by Bob Dylan's son Jakob.
3. The Daisy Chain
All females comprised this psychedelic Sixties band, who have since been remembered for the landmark album Straight or Lame.
4. Tiger Lilies
Accordian, ukulele and banjo are just three of the many instruments played by singer Martyn Jaques, whose British punk band became well-known for 2017's Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace.
5. Gin Blossoms
“Hey Jealousy” became a huge hit and propeled the Arizona rock band into stars, who have recently toured with Marcy Playground and Sugar Ray.
Hailing from Down Under, these guys would naturally turn from progressive alt-pop to hard rock after seeing fellow Australians AC/CD.
7. Mayer Hawthorne
Andrew Coen chose his stage name by using his middle name and a flower, thereby embarking on a music career highlighted by working with the likes of Kanye West, Booker T. Jones and Daryl Hall.
8. The Poppy Family
There were not having much joy nor much fun, for after dismantling this Canadian pop group Terry Jacks hit number one as a solo artist with “Seasons in the Sun.”
9. The Hollies
Whether or not this flora grows on a “Carousel” or at a “Bus Stop,” it served as the perfect name for a group that boasted Graham Nash as a member.
While never making an album of their own after backing Elvis Costello's debut My Aim Is True, these guys did go on to become the musical section of Huey Lewis and the News.