Scholars attempting to explain the surplus of performers with the nickname of "Spud" on the British music scene usually make a connection with the country's famously horrid cuisine. Musicians, after all, want comfort. Food is one of the easiest and most available forms of comfort for performers -- and in England, the potato represents one of the only types of food that is actually edible. Thus, there was a Kieron "Spud" Murphy who took pictures of famous musicians, another who fixed their equipment, and a vine of actual players, including Gerard "Spud" Murphy from a combo that called itself the Adventures.
Active in the '80s and in 1988 responsible for the most-played record on the BBC, "Broken Land," this group upped the ante for possible confusion involving the Spud Murphy moniker. In fact, Gerard Murphy may have broken rank with the hordes directly inspired by potatoes when joining the Adventures in 1984, choosing his nickname in reference to the character of Spuds Murphy as featured in books such as The Legend of Spuds Murphy. This character is an adventurer/librarian who apparently defends himself with a potato gun. Murphy and associates, including bassist Tony Ayre and singer Terry Sharpe, didn't themselves hit the pop bull's-eye until four years after forming the group and a switch from the Chrysalis label to Elektra. The group continued through 1993, but Murphy dropped out in 1989.