The Yummiest Music in Town: 20 Pinoy Bands Named After Food

Care for a Hotdog Sandwich topped with Cheese, Mayonnaise, and Blue Ketchup?

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Since countless bands already exist, baptizing a new band is one of the most frustrating things musicians must go through. Aside from numbers, tweaked spellings and seemingly mundane objects, Pinoy musicians have explored another area: food. Naming bands after food and drinks might just be coincidental but you’d still be surprised at how many Pinoy bands sound tasty:

1.   HOTDOG

Taste this: Hotdog was the Manila sound of the ’70s, according to OPM.org.ph.

Bestsellers: "Annie Batumbakal," "Beh, Buti Nga," "Bongga Ka ’Day," "Ikaw ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko" and "Manila," among others.

The band versus the food: The band was as addictive as hotdog in its heyday but definitely more filling.


2.   SANDWICH

Taste this: They chose the name "Sandwich" because "it was something that looked good on a T-shirt and kick drum," bassist Myrene Academia told amp.ChannelV.com.   Vocalist Raimund Marasigan added, "The logo came first so obviously Diego (Castillo) and I wanted a band that started with the letter ’S’ that would also look good on a t shirt and band (merchandise). He’s a marketing grad.   The name came before the band."

Bestsellers: "Sugod," "Sunburn," "Betamax," "Butterfly Carnival" and "2 Trick Pony," among others.

The band versus the food: With their evolving rock music and electric shows, Sandwich hits the spot.

3.   QUESO

Taste this: The band started out in 1994 as "Cheese" but changed their name to "Queso" in 2003 "because that is what the kids were calling them and it was only logical," according to amp.ChannelV.com.

Bestsellers: "Mottaka," "Insekta," "Tiamat," 10xkarma" and "Fine," among others.

The band versus the food: Far from cheesy, Queso plays commercially and critically acclaimed hard rock.


4.   CHICOSCI

Taste this: Chicosci was formerly called Chico Science Project, according to Inquirer.net.   Music sites like Kumanta.com reveal that the punk-rock band changed its name to Chicosci to "avoid confusion and potential legal issues with Brazilian artist [Chico Science]."

Bestsellers: "Paris," "Seven Black Roses," "Chicosci Vampire Social Club" and "Diamond Shotgun," among others.

The band versus the food: Unlike the chico fruit, Chicosci doesn’t bruise easily as proven by their multiple awards, tours abroad, and decade-old existence.

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5.   SUGARFREE

Taste this: Bassist Jal Taguibao’s mom, a diabetic, named the band "Sugarfree," according to WeAreSugarfree.com

Bestsellers: "Hari ng Sablay," "Mariposa," "Burnout," "Sinta," and "Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin," among others.

The band versus the food: With four studio albums and countless concerts, the 10-year-old band is far from bland.


6.   MAYONNAISE

Taste this: Frontman Monty Macalinao named the band after his favorite song from the Smashing Pumpkins’ album Siamese Dream, "Mayonnaise," according to PhilMusic.com. He added that the food reference was coincidental but said being the opening act for a Sandwich and Cheese concert is a nice concept.

Bestsellers: "The Only Thing," "Eddie Lang," "Jopay" "Sinungaling" and "Panaginip," among others.

The band versus the food: The 2004 Red Horse Musiklaban champion’s pop-punk music is like mayo-creamy with a kick.

7.   MOCHA GIRLS

Taste this: Named after the lead singer Mocha Uson, the sexy girl group disbanded in April after every body but Uson left the group to form a new one. However, Uson tapped two new women to form the new Mocha Girls trio in May, according to PEP.ph.

Bestsellers: "Deliciosa," "Take A Sip" and "Falling For You."

The band versus the food: Mocha can tickle your taste buds but it’s definitely not for kids.


8.   ASIN

Taste this: Asin started out in the ’70s as Salt of the Earth, derived from Joan Baez’s song "Salt of the Earth" with the lyrics: "Let’s drink to the hardworking people / Let’s drink to the salt of the earth," according to GMANews.tv.

Bestsellers: "Masdan Mo Ang Kapaligiran" and "Ang Bayan Kong Sinilangan," among others.

The band versus the food: Like a kitchen with no salt, OPM (Original Pinoy Music) would not be complete without folk-rock band Asin who championed the environment, peace and other causes.

9.   THE PORKCHOP DUO

Taste this: Singers and stand-up comedians, The Porkchop Duo is composed of Renato "Porky" Gomez and Romeo "Choppy" Vargas.

The band versus the food: They’re not as hefty as you’d imagine a duo with a name like that but their spiels are packed with Old School jokes and songs that are sure to bring out a belly laugh or two.

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10.   SKABECHE

Taste this: Skabeche adds a Pinoy touch to the Jamaican ska genre. It also "alludes to the humble adaptation of the sweet and sour fish dish escabeche," according to their official site.

Bestsellers: "Part of Me," "Lamok" and "Tayo Na," among others.

The band versus the food: The 10-strong band makes beats as flavorful as the escabeche by mixing punk, blues, jazz and classical music.

11.   RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT

Taste this: The band name came to them a few minutes before the start of Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Gawad Para Sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video where they were to be introduced onstage in the ’90s, according to OnePhil.com. Asked what inspired the name, vocalist and SPOT.ph blogger Lourd de Veyra told OnePhil.com, "Ewan ko nga eh."

Bestsellers: "Gusto Ko Ng Baboy," "Alaala ni Batman," "Alak, Sugal, Kape, Babae, Kabaong," "Astro" and "Gin Pomelo," among others.

The band versus the food: Like sago’t gulaman that provides sweet respite from the heat, Radioactive Sago Project or RASP in short is a breath of fresh, spoken-word-jazz-rock air.


12.   CHILLITEES

Taste this: Chillitees’ two albums, Extra Rice and Espasoul, also hint of food.

Bestsellers: "Sama Na," "Andar" and "Uhaw," among others.

The band versus the food: Chillitees’ soulful jazz-like heats up slowly but surely.

13.   GINILING FESTIVAL

Taste this: Giniling Festival is also called "Giniling" and "Gin Fest" by their fans.

Bestsellers: "Siling Giniling," "Tsong," "Psycho" and "Hari ng Metal," among others.

The band versus the food: Giniling Festival has that Pinoy flavor but leaves a stronger aftertaste with all their jumping, cursing and rocking out. Perhaps the band has more in common with their shortened name?


14.   SUGAR HICCUP

Taste this: Known for soulful and ethereal music, Sugar Hiccup derived its name from a song by the alternative Cocteau Twins, according to their official website.

Bestsellers: "Five Years," "Womb," "Moden De" and "Awa," among others.

The band versus the food: Sweet and easy on the ears, Sugar Hiccup is as addictive as the sinful granules.

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15.   SPONGE COLA

Taste this: Originally called Sponge after R.S. Surtee’s Mr. Sponge Sporting Tour, the pop-rock band changed its name to Sponge Cola after learning a Detroit-based band beat them to the name.

Bestsellers: "Jeepney," "Puso," "Bitiw," "’Di Mo Na Mababawi," and "Makapiling Ka," among others.

The band versus the drink: Like the carbonated drink, Sponge Cola has the fun fizz factor going for it.


16.   DALANDAN SODA

Taste this: The band’s name was inspired by guitarist Jollo Cacnio’s story about a girl who’d "squeeze her lips and cheeks as if she were modeling in a dalandan soda commercial," according to ph.88db.com.

Bestsellers: "Imposible"

The band versus the food: The eight-strong Dalandan Soda gives a twist with their alternative-ska-rock music, as vocalist Guiller Realin told ph.88db.com.

17.   BLUE KETCHUP

Taste this: Blue Ketchup is under Soupstar Entertainment Inc., which also handles two other "food bands" in this list, Sandwich and Protein Shake.

Bestsellers: "Angel’s Smile," "Bro" and "Mountain Bike," among others.

The band versus the food: With melodies cool as the color blue, Blue Ketchup adds flavor to the local music industry with its mix of pop and bossa nova.


18.   PROTEIN SHAKE

Taste this: Protein Shake released a song about world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao entitled, "Pacman."

Bestsellers: "Malas Mo," "Ganyan," and "Pacman," among others.

The band versus the food: Protein Shake packs a punch with "’70s classic rock influenced music," as described by FHM.com.ph.

19.   COFFEEBREAK ISLAND

Taste this: Coffee Break Island played for expatriates and locals in a two-month stint in China in 2005, reports PEP.ph.

Bestsellers: "Sweet Lovin," "Party Song" and "Pakikinggan," among others.

The band versus the food: Coffeebreak Island jumpstarts your blood with their own mix of reggae, ska, soul, and rock.


20.   ORANGE AND LEMONS

Chew on this: The name Orange and Lemons was recommended by a former member of the band.

Bestsellers: "Hanggang Kailan," "Just like a Splendid Love Song," "Abot Kamay" and "Pinoy Ako," among others.

The band versus the food: Their retro-pop sound was fresh and catchy but things later turned sour. After about two years, Orange and Lemons disbanded due to "individual and musical differences."

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Artwork by Warren Espejo.

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