The Eggplant That Ate Chicago

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"The Eggplant That Ate Chicago"
Single by Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band
from the album The Eggplant That Ate Chicago
A-side The Eggplant That Ate Chicago
B-side You Can't Fight City Hall Blues
Released 1967
Genre psychedelic jug band
Length 2:41
Writer(s) Norman Greenbaum

"The Eggplant That Ate Chicago" is a psychedelic jug band song about alien invasion by Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band. Although often listed as a "one hit wonder", the song did not actually reach the top 40, and the author of this song, Norman Greenbaum, would later write and perform "Spirit in the Sky" to greater chart success.[1] It was re released on Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume III: The 1960's 1985.

Parodies and homages[edit]

Although not strictly following the [foodstuff] that ate [place] formula, there has also been:

  • "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati" by Rose and the Arrangement, 1974 and, arguably its homage,
  • "Cicada That Ate Five Dock" by Outline, 1981

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nichol, Tom (2006-12-24). "A 'Spirit' From the '60s That Won't Die" (New York Times web reprint). The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-07.