Chef’s Menu of the day: Dishwalla

I wanted to feature this band yesterday but it was OPM Thursdays and this band is definitely not a Pinoy band.

There are some bands wherein you just like a select few songs but for this band, there really are plenty of songs to love. Their songs have also been featured in a lot of nice TV series such as Smallville and Supernatural – both of which I love as well not just because the characters are really hot but the stories are pretty interesting. 😉

The band I will feature today will be another rock band (hmm.. might be a good idea to make the theme Rock n Roll Friday as well.. but I have to contemplate on that firs as I hate to limit my posts…)DISHWALLA.


I know the name doesn’t really spell cool and in fact isn’t even an English word but their songs are definitely great and worth listening to.

And those who know them and know their songs, DISHWALLA isn’t just a WALLA (walla meaning: In American radio, film, television, and video games, walla is a sound effect imitating the murmur of a crowd in the background.) and instead a band that has made its own sound and definitely is not just a murmur!

Here is their Wikipedia article:

Dishwalla is an American alternative rock band from Santa Barbara, California. The band’s name comes from a Hindi term for a person providing cable TV to a neighborhood. In a Voxinterview, lead guitarist Rodney Browning Cravens claimed the band took the name out of aWired magazine article.[1] [2] The band is best known for their 1996 hit song “Counting Blue Cars.”


In 1994, the band recorded “Take Some Time” on the tribute album If I Were a Carpenter featuring cover versions of songs by The Carpenters.

In 1996, the single “Counting Blue Cars” from the album Pet Your Friends climbed the charts and was frequently played on the airwaves, bringing the band mainstream success. The track earned them a Billboard Award for “Best Rock Song” for 1996 as well as two ASCAP Awards for “Rock Track Of The Year” in both 1996 and 1997. Their 1998 follow-up album, And You Think You Know What Life’s About, failed to sustain the level of popularity achieved by “Counting Blue Cars”.

Dishwalla have since made other ventures into the limelight. In 1995 the song “Counting Blue Cars” was featured in the movie Empire Records. “Pretty Babies” is on the Blast from the Past soundtrack. In 1998 landed the song “Truth Serum” in The Avengers; in 1999, the song “Stay Awake” was featured in the movie Stir of Echoes and the song “Find Your Way Back Home” was featured in the movie American Pie.

In 2002 the song “Home” was in the movie The Banger Sisters and the The WB series Charmed spotlighted Dishwalla as musical guests in one episode. Other TV shows that have used their songs include SmallvilleThe OC, and NCIS. They have also been mentioned several times in the showHow I Met Your Mother. The band has gone on to release two more studio albums, Opaline and the self-titled Dishwalla, as well as a live album,Live… Greetings From The Flow State.

Five singles charted on Billboard. In 1996, “Counting Blue Cars” peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100 but climbed to No. 5 on both the Adult Top 40 and Hot 100 Airplay charts, No. 4 on the Top 40 Mainstream charts, No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock charts, and No. 1 on the Modern Rock charts. “Charlie Brown’s Parents” hit No. 24 on the Mainstream Rock charts. The following year, “Give” was a No. 26 Adult Top 40 single. In 1998, “Once in a While” reached No. 17 on the Mainstream Rock charts and No. 20 on the Modern Rock charts. Finally, “Somewhere in the Middle” hit No. 25 on the Adult Top 40 charts in 2002.

In 2006, the band decided to take a break only to return to touring in 2008 with a modified lineup of Scot Alexander, Rodney Cravens, Jim Wood and original drummer George Pendergast. The lineup featured long-time friend, Justin Fox, singer of the Santa Barbara band Tripdavon, as a “Special Guest Vocalist”. Lead Singer J.R. Richards recorded a debut solo album titled A Beautiful End that was released on May 12, 2009.

On March 15, 2009, Dishwalla was asked to play a benefit concert for “Tea Fire” victims, Lance and Carla Hoffman, who were badly burned in fires which hit Santa Barbara in November 2008. The hugely successful event was put on by coordinated efforts with Santa Barbara City Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, Montecito Fire, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire departments.

In September 2012, the band announced on their official Facebook page a benefit concert on October 13 to raise money for George Pendergast’s “Rockshop Academy”, his non-profit youth music program started in 2008. Along with this announcement, Dishwalla quietly let it be known from personal Facebook posts by the members what fans had long speculated: the permanent replacement of original front man J.R. Richards with long-time friend and “Special Guest Vocalist”, Justin Fox, from the band Tripdavon.


The reborn Dishwalla continues to tour heavily across the United States and the World.[3] The band has shared the stage with many other notable acts such as Eric BurdonCollective SoulVertical HorizonTonicStroke 9, and Nine Days just in 2014 alone.[4] Any initial doubts [5]about Justin Fox’s ability to take over as front man for such an iconic band have long been extinguished by the outpouring of support by fans worldwide as Dishwalla rides a new wave of popularity [6]

2015 will be the 20th anniversary of Dishwalla’s chart topping Pet Your Friends album release which launched their careers. There is much speculation as to when a new Dishwalla album will be released but the band has discussed working on new material and starting pre-production over the past year.[7]

And now for a taste of the dish that is Dishwalla… hope you’re hungry because this one is an all-you-can eat buffet and don’t choke ok because drinks unfortunately aren’t on the house! 🙂

Counting blue cars

Angels or Devils

Every little thing


Somewhere in the middle




Nashville skyline

When morning comes

Mad life

Find your way back home

Thanks for joining me today on this wonder-“full” Friday and may you have a great and rockin’ weekend ahead!

rock n roll

Nmed 09/26/14 @ 11:47am

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