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Old 11-09-2019, 11:54 AM
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Album titles with double meanings


I'm speaking of album titles which look like one thing in print, but sound like something else when spoken aloud.

For example, Aladdin Sane by David Bowie, which also sounds like "A lad insane," or Sheik Yerboutie by Frank Zappa, which also sounds like "Shake your booty."

What other examples can Dopers come up with?
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Old 11-09-2019, 11:56 AM
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Beatles - Rubber Soul
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Another Zappa: Zoot Allures, which sounds like the French Zut alors! (loosely, "Damn!")
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....For example, Aladdin Sane by David Bowie, which also sounds like "A lad insane,"....
- and that's actually a twofer, of sorts, as for a while the working title was Love Aladdin Vein.

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“Who’s Next.”



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Metallica Load

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Elvis Costello's All This Useless Beauty. First the name of a song, second alluding to the fact that the songs on the album had been written for other people, and third meaning what Costello thought about the prospects for the success of the album.
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My all-time favorite band is a space-rock outfit from the 90s called HUM. Before they hit their stride and honed in on what would be their sound, they had a rougher first album.

They called it Fillet Show. (get it?)
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David Bowie's Low was a visual pun, with the "Low" on a photograph of Bowie in profile.
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My all-time favorite band is a space-rock outfit from the 90s called HUM. Before they hit their stride and honed in on what would be their sound, they had a rougher first album.

They called it Fillet Show. (get it?)
Actually, no. Spell it out for me, please.
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The working title for the 1974 Grateful Dead studio album From the Mars Hotel was Ugly Roomers.

The pun “Ugly Rumors” was spelled out in the cover art in stylized Aztecan text, as rotated mirror writing.

This is the album that gave us the iconic “U.S. Blues” and “Scarlet Begonias,” in addition to the lesser concert favorites “Ship of Fools” and “China Doll.”
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Beatles - Rubber Soul
Don't get it.

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“Who’s Next.”
Don't get it.

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Don't get it.

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My all-time favorite band is a space-rock outfit from the 90s called HUM. Before they hit their stride and honed in on what would be their sound, they had a rougher first album.

They called it Fillet Show. (get it?)
Don't get it.

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Beatles - Rub Her Soul? Is that it?

HUM - Fill A Show. I think.
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Old 11-09-2019, 06:28 PM
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“Who’s Next.”
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Don't get it.
Who's next? You've never stood on queue before? Also referring to Who's Next being their next album, following Tommy.
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Who's next? You've never stood on queue before? Also referring to Who's Next being their next album, following Tommy.
OK. That's a pretty tenuous double meaning.

ETA: 'Round these parts people would say "next please" or just "next" or just look up and raise eyebrows.

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Don't get it.
"Who" is used to mean both the name of the group, and the question "Who?" It's The Who's next album, while the cover photo shows the group having just urinated against a concrete pillar, implying the question, "Who's next to take a piss?"
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OK. That's a pretty tenuous double meaning.
It's clearer in the context of the cover art.
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It's clearer in the context of the cover art.
Nope. Doesn't work for me at all. And WHO isn't familiar with the album cover?

ETA: Its their next album. I can't believe they intended any other meaning.

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Beatles - Rubber Soul
Revolver is better.
(For those who don't get it, the record revolves on a turntable )
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A couple of Michael Jackson albums.
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Nope. Doesn't work for me at all. And WHO isn't familiar with the album cover?
It's perfectly clear to me, as well as to others.

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Of course, the album title Who's Next carries multiple meanings and reveals the band's humor, to include what I see as:

1. It's announcing that it's the band's next album. Duh.

2. Who's next to urinate on this ugly thing?

3. Who's next to stand up, make yourself heard, be counted, and fight these injustices? (per my rambling theory)
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The cover of Who’s Next is certainly memorable, and you can be forgiven for not knowing exactly what’s going on. But the joke is pretty simple - four guys just urinated on a giant concrete monolith, walking away as though to say “ok, so who’s next?”
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ETA: Its their next album. I can't believe they intended any other meaning.
Given the band's creativity, I can't imagine they didn't have the second meaning in mind. The first meaning is too obvious to be the only one. Just because you don't get it, doesn't mean they didn't get it.

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It's perfectly clear to me, as well as to others.



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Given the band's creativity, I can't imagine they didn't have the second meaning in mind. The first meaning is too obvious to be the only one. Just because you don't get it, doesn't mean they didn't get it.
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Don't get it.
"Rubber soul" is a pun on rubber-soled shoes, and also refers to the fact that the Beatles weren't playing authentic soul music, but "plastic soul."

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Paul himself, however, fully explains how the title came about. “I think the title ‘Rubber Soul’ came from a comment an old blues guy had said of Jagger. I’ve heard some out-takes of us doing ‘I’m Down’ (from June 14th, 1965) and at the front of it I’m chatting on about Mick. I’m saying how I’d just read about an old bloke in the States who said, ‘Mick Jagger, man. Well you know they’re good – but it’s plastic soul.’ So ‘plastic soul’ was the germ of the ‘Rubber Soul’ idea.” In fact, at the end of the first take of “I’m Down” the tape captures Paul exclaim, “Plastic soul, man, plastic soul!”
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Metallica plays heavy metal. Get it now?
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The Grateful Dead: Live/Dead, playing on the meanings of alive vs dead, and the fact that it was a live album by the Dead.
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"Rubber soul" is a pun on rubber-soled shoes, and also refers to the fact that the Beatles weren't playing authentic soul music, but "plastic soul."
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Not really. But that's OK.
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"Rubber soul" is a pun on rubber-soled shoes, and also refers to the fact that the Beatles weren't playing authentic soul music, but "plastic soul."
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Don't get it.
Geez. Some people need a map, a blueprint, and a compass. Try pronouncing "Fillet Show" out loud. Do you think it might sound like "fellatio"?

If you need an explanation for fellatio, I suggest you google it.
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Geez. Some people need a map, a blueprint, and a compass. Try pronouncing "Fillet Show" out loud. Do you think it might sound like "fellatio"?

If you need an explanation for fellatio, I suggest you google it.
I may have got it if they spelt it "filet" instead of "fillet", but maybe I'm alone in pronouncing those two differently (filet = fil-lay, fillet = fill-it).
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Geez. Some people need a map, a blueprint, and a compass. Try pronouncing "Fillet Show" out loud. Do you think it might sound like "fellatio"?

If you need an explanation for fellatio, I suggest you google it.
Or I might have a different dialect and say fillet with a hard "T" at the end. Oh, I know "fill-eh" and say that too, but without context I read that as "fill-ett," which is common in British and Canadian English.

ETA: Or what HowSoonIsThen said.

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Don't get it.


Don't get it.


Don't get it.

Van Halen - OU812
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I may have got it if they spelt it "filet" instead of "fillet", but maybe I'm alone in pronouncing those two differently (filet = fil-lay, fillet = fill-it).
Exactly.
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Um, it’s a little more than that. The album cover picture is a mixture of semen and blood.
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Um, it’s a little more than that. The album cover picture is a mixture of semen and blood.
I forgot about the blood. It creeps me out looking at that cover.
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They are not an album, but the Alabama Crimson Tide fit here.
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Geez. Some people need a map, a blueprint, and a compass. Try pronouncing "Fillet Show" out loud. Do you think it might sound like "fellatio"?
Actually, not much. IMO that one's a bit of a stretch. Not so much on the first part, but on the second: "show" is a single syllable, "ti-o" two syllables. Not really a great pun.
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Um, it’s a little more than that. The album cover picture is a mixture of semen and blood.
Triple entendre, then. I'm not that familiar with Mapplethorpe's oeuvre.
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Van Halen's OU812, mentioned above, was, to many in the VH community, a response to David Lee Roth's first full solo album Eat 'Em And Smile. And then there's the juvenile For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, a title I didn't care for at the time and still don't. Also one of their greatest hits compilations is the Best of Both Worlds, which is the title of one of their songs from 5150 and is comprised of one-half Dave songs and one-half Sammy Hagar songs.

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British Rock Band UFO had an album called Force It.

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