I came to this conclusion yesterday afternoon while transplanting beets. And it’s not just because it’s a crafty homophone paired up with a musical word… although that certainly doesn’t hurt.
My beet-as-a-rockstar claim is based largely on these two points:
#1 – The band The Beets from the Nickelodeon show Doug and their cartoon smash hit “Killer Tofu” :::
.. also worth noting that you can get your Beets gear right here. You can layer it with a Camp Annawanna t-shirt and be the 4pm-5pm Nick-Kids lineup from 1994.
#2 – Beets’ role in Jitterbug Perfume.
Michael and I were talking about Tom Robbins yesterday, and he was even saying that Tom Robbins started writing fiction after seeing The Doors live. Jim Morrison –> Beet as Muse. Badda-bing.
But there’s more to the beet that just it’s pop-culture standing. It’s Latin name, Beta Vulgaris, gives some hint to it – it’s just a sexy vegetable full of intrigue and high levels of anti-carcinogens. It can also sometimes turn your pee pink. I tried, but I couldn’t quite come up with the rock-n-roll tie-in for that one.