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 Novelty[1]
Length 2:41
Songwriter(s) Norman Greenbaum

"The Eggplant That Ate Chicago" is a 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.[2] It was re released on Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of All Time, Volume III: The 1960's 1985.

In Australia it appeared on the Festival compilation Operation Big Time! [3] in 1967.

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. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (July 30, 2003). "Rock and roll's best and worst Chicago songs". Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Operation Big Time!". Retrieved 8 July 2017.