Black Eyed Peas
> Years active: 1995-present
> Notable song: “Where Is the Love?”
Founded by rappers will.i.am and apl.de.ap and originally called Black Eyed Pods, this ensemble evolved into a pop-rap group and launched the career of Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson, who joined the Peas in 2002.
Bowling for Soup
> Years active: 1994-present
> Notable song: “Girl All the Bad Guys Want”
Formed in Wichita Falls, Texas, this punk/pop/power band took its name from a Steve Martin routine on the 1978 comedy album “Wild and Crazy Guy.”
> Years active: 1991-present
> Notable song: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle”
John McCrea, founder of this Sacramento-born alt.rock band (not to be confused with the ’60s girl group The Cake) once explained to the Chicago Sun-Times that its name wasn’t about dessert. It was like, he said “when something insidiously becomes a part of your life…something that cakes onto your shoe and is just sort of there until you get rid of it”.
> Years active: 1989-2003, 2009-2019
> Notable song: “Linger”
An alt.rock band from Ireland, with Irish folk influences, was originally called The Cranberry Saw Us (pronounce it quickly to get the joke). The name morphed into simple The Cranberry, but a tape sent to them as The Cranberries led to their eventual moniker.
> Years active: 1966-1968
> Notable song: “Sunshine of Your Love”
This bluesy classic rock trio, consisting of guitar star Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker, was so-named because the three were considered the “cream of the crop” among British blues musicians when the group formed.