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Old 10-04-2019, 04:24 PM
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Favorite Album and Song Titles of All Time


The quality of the song/album is not the point. It's all in the title itself.

My nominees:

Album: Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. (Even though they stole it from Kenneth Grahame.)

Song: Jethro Tull: Skating Away (On the Thin Ice of the New Day).



It looks like I stopped being obsessed with titles sometime in the mid-1970s.
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:30 PM
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Album: Electric Light Orchestra: The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach.*

Song: Hoagy Carmichael: That Guinness-book record holder for longest song title; I will spare you.

(*if you have/hate that album, it was re-mastered a while back and it's like night and day. Highly recommended live album.)

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Old 10-04-2019, 04:54 PM
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Title: The Former Glenn Miller Singers Re-union in Hi-Fi. I have no idea where to file this LP. "F"? "G"? "M"?

Song: Baby Bitch (Ween). Cuts right to the chase.
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Title: The Former Glenn Miller Singers Re-union in Hi-Fi. I have no idea where to file this LP. "F"? "G"? "M"? <snip>
Don't file it, buy one of these and hang it on the wall.
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:06 PM
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Not a Ted Nugent fan, but I like the play of "Intensities in Ten Cities"
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:41 PM
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Todd Rundgren: "The Ever-Popular Tortured Artist Effect"

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Old 10-04-2019, 06:13 PM
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Album: Electric Light Orchestra: The Night The Light Went On In Long Beach.*

Song: Hoagy Carmichael: That Guinness-book record holder for longest song title; I will spare you.

(*if you have/hate that album, it was re-mastered a while back and it's like night and day. Highly recommended live album.)
Good to know -- I'm a long-time ELO fan, but I'd never bought that album, as I'd always heard it was terribly recorded.
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:56 PM
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Not sure about an album title, but song: Frank Zappa, "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"

What makes it awesome is the description in the liner notes, which says something along the lines of "a sensitive instrumental designed for easy listening with a glass of wine by the fire."
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:32 PM
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New Pornographers - Valkyrie in the Roller Disco
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:44 PM
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Not sure about an album title, but song: Frank Zappa, "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"

What makes it awesome is the description in the liner notes, which says something along the lines of "a sensitive instrumental designed for easy listening with a glass of wine by the fire."
Sort of the reverse of Nigel Tufnel's "Lick My Love Pump."
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Not a Ted Nugent fan, but I like the play of "Intensities in Ten Cities"
Australian band TISM released a live concert video, which they titled 'Incontinent in ten continents'.

As for song, they also have - "(He'll never be an) Old Man River', which starts with the line 'I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix'.

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Old 10-04-2019, 08:47 PM
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:48 PM
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Album: "It's All Balcones Fault" by Balcones Fault. No apostrophe -- both the album and the band are named after the Balcones Fault Zone. The album had five guys pictured on it, and I always wondered which one was Balcone, but it turns out there was no Balcone. I won the LP at a county fair in 1981. I don't remember ever actually listening to it though.

Song: "Take This Job and Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck (written by David Allan Coe). Really sums it up nicely.
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:07 PM
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:40 AM
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Couple of my favorites (both albums):

Good News for People Who Love Bad News - Modest Mouse

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket - Blink 82
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:54 AM
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Single: Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly And The Family Stone

Album: Well, when Wilko Johnson was told he had pancreatic cancer and very few months to live, he got in touch with Roger Daltrey to say, You know we always said we would record an album together? We better do it right now. The album was recorded with haste and released as Going Back Home, but the majestic working title was:

Roger, Wilko, and out.

Wow. Beat that.

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Say what you will about death metal band Abscess, but they know titles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine_Junkies
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:36 PM
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Buffett edition:

Album: A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean

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The Volcano Suns were going to call their album "Blown by Fans" but were persuaded not to.

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It's hard to single out just one of each.

Album: I'm not a Frank Zappa fan, but he had some wonderful album titles ("Weasels Ripped My Flesh," "Burnt Weeny Sandwich," "Sheik Yerbouti," "Ship Arriving Too Late To Save a Drowning Witch")

Song: one of my favorites is "I Had a Bad Experience With the C.I.A. And Now I'm Going To Show You My Feminine Side" by the Swirling Eddies
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when we had completed the basic track for that song, Tim was laughing about the song, he said, 'That's a very bizarre tune. It reminds me of something like 'I had a bad experience with the CIA." And for some reason I said, "And now I'm gonna show you my feminine side." So we all laughed about that, and I jotted it down the track sheet. So at the end of the sessions, I had all these bizarre titles. So it became a challenge for me to take these song titles - as far out as they were - and make something out of them. !t was a challenge and hard work, but I was determined to do it. Especially, because I wanted to see Tim's face. I don't think he thought I would make a song out of something like "I Had A Bad Experience With The CIA And Now I'm Gonna Show You My Feminine Side." It was a real blast to see him react to that.
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It's hard to single out just one of each.

Album: I'm not a Frank Zappa fan, but he had some wonderful album titles ("Weasels Ripped My Flesh," "Burnt Weeny Sandwich," "Sheik Yerbouti," "Ship Arriving Too Late To Save a Drowning Witch")

Song: one of my favorites is "I Had a Bad Experience With the C.I.A. And Now I'm Going To Show You My Feminine Side" by the Swirling Eddies
Something about this post made me recollect - yeah, up there vying for the lifetime achievement award (with Zappa) are The Fall. A few albums:

Live At The Witch Trials
Hex Enduction Hour
The Light User Syndrome
Imperial Wax Solvent

Some singles/EPs:

Bingo-Master's Break-Out!
How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'
Lie Dream of a Casino Soul
No Xmas for John Quays
(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas
Spoilt Victorian Child

And that just made me remember how much I like How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'.

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The OP didn't explicitly say that the album had to be a music album. So I'll add a couple of Firesign Theatre albums: Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers and I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus.
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John Prine has some good song titles:
  • Come Back to Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard
  • Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)
  • The Oldest Baby in the World
  • Yes, I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You
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Album: Skullfuck, the Grateful Dead. (Warner Bros had a problem with this title for some reason, so it was released in 1971 as Grateful Dead. Us deadheads call it either Skullfuck or Skeleton and Roses, due to the cover art. As it’s a double album, it was also a favorite for cleaning your dope)
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The OP didn't explicitly say that the album had to be a music album. So I'll add a couple of Firesign Theatre albums: Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers and I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus.
Wish I'd thought of that!

Which reminds me, I was in Los Angeles last weekend, and in a spare moment, I swung by the corner of Pico and Alvarado.
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In the midst of our "stickin' it to the man by listening to Firesign" phase, we took our first road trip to L.A.: "Whoa, look, Pico and Alvarado! Antelope (Valley) Freeway ("1/64 mile, 1/128th Mile...")! And all the streets that Nick Danger drives down!"

Speaking of which, Nick shows up on the album "How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All?" I also like "Give Me Immortality Or Give Me Death!" and "In The Next World, You're On Your Own".
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Which reminds me, I was in Los Angeles last weekend, and in a spare moment, I swung by the corner of Pico and Alvarado.
Did you walk into a great stone building?
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Did you walk into a great stone building?
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"Girlfriend in a Coma" by the Smiths.

"All My Ex's Live in Texas" by George Strait.
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A Mingus tune inspired by "All the Things You Are" and titled "All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother."
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Jimmy Buffett's 1978 live concert album, "You Had To Be There" is a just about perfect title IMHO.
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On the opposite end from Captain Beefheart, etc., there's Hank Williams's "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy". I mean, if you're looking for that kind of thing, you don't even need the song after that title, do you?
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Just thought of another song. How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around?, by Dr. John.
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