Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Things I Find Fascinating: Ridiculously Long Album Titles

I was listening to the latest Fiona Apple CD the other day (The Idler Wheel...), and it struck me as curious that this was Apple's second album release which bears a ridiculously long title. (Both full titles are included in this list.) Which got me thinking...what other ridiculously long titles have artists and bands come up with for their albums? Here's what I found...

Devendra Banhart  ~  Oh Me Oh My… The Way 
The Day Goes By, The Sun Is Setting, Dogs 
Are Dreaming, Lovesongs Of The Christmas Spirit

Black Lips  ~  We Did Not Know The 
Forest Spirit Made The Flowers Grow

Bright Eyes  ~  Lifted, Or The Story Is In 
The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground

Belle And Sebastian  ~  Fold Your Hands 
Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

The Chariot  ~  Everything Is Alive, Everything Is 
Breathing, Nothing Is Dead, And Nothing Is Bleeding

Chin Up Chin Up  ~  We Should Have 
Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers

Atlas Sound  ~  Let The Blind Lead 
Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel

Explosions In The Sky  ~  Those Who Tell The Truth 
Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever

The Flaming Lips  ~  A Collection Of Songs Representing 
An Enthusiasm For Recording...By Amateurs

The Flaming Lips  ~  The Day They Shot A Hole 
In The Jesus Egg: The Priest Driven Ambulance 
Album, Demos, And Outtakes, 1989-1991

Glissando  ~  With Our Arms Wide Open 
We March Towards The Burning Sea

Mew  ~  No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry, 
They Washed Away, No More Stories, The
World Is Grey, I'm Tired, Let's Wash Away

White Zombie  ~  Astro Creep: 2000 – Songs Of Love, 
Destruction, And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head

Marnie Stern  ~  This Is It And I Am It And 
You Are It And So Is That And He Is It 
And She Is It And It Is It And That Is That

Stars  ~  A Lot Of Little Lies For The Sake Of One Big Truth

Silver Mt. Zion  ~  He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts 
Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms

Sea Lions  ~  Everything You Always Wanted To 
Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid To Ask

Modest Mouse  ~  This Is A Long Drive 
For Someone With Nothing To Think About

T. Rex  ~  My People Were Fair And Had 
Sky In Their Hair...But Now They're 
Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows

Cap'n Jazz  ~  Burritos, Inspiration Point, 
Fork Balloon Sports, Cards In The Spokes, 
Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, 
Trophies, Banana Peels We've Slipped 
On, And Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over

Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies  ~  Hurrah! Another 
Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than The Last; The
Inexorable March Of Progress Will Lead Us All To Happiness

Fiona Apple  ~  The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than
The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords 
Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

Fiona Apple   When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts 
He Thinks Like A King, What He Knows Throws The Blows 
When He Goes To The Fight, And He'll Win The Whole Thing 
'Fore He Enters The Ring, There's No Body To Batter When 
Your Mind Is Your Might, So When You Go Solo, You Hold 
Your Own Hand, And Remember That Depth Is The Greatest 
Of Heights, And If You Know Where You Stand, 
Then You Know Where To Land, And If You 
Fall It Won't Matter, 'Cuz You'll Know That You're Right

Soulwax  ~  Most Of The Remixes We've Made For Other
People Over The Years Except For The One For 
Einstürzende Neubauten Because We Lost It And
A Few We Didn't Think Sounded Good Enough Or 
Just Didn't Fit In Length-Wise, But Including Some 
 That Are Hard To Find Because Either People
People Forgot About Them Or Simply Because 
They Haven't Been Released Yet, A Few We Really Love, 
One We Think Is Just OK, Some We Did For Free, 
Some We Did For Money, Some For Ourselves Without 
Permission, And Some For Friends As Swaps 
But Never On Time And Always At Our Studio In Ghent

Chumbawamba  ~  The Boy Bands Have Won, And All The 
Copyists And The Tribute Bands And The TV Talent Show 
Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture To Be Shaped 
By Mimicry, Whether From Lack Of Ideas Or From Exaggerated 
Respect. You Should Never Try To Freeze Culture. What You Can 
Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother's Hand-Me-Down 
Jacket And Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It To The Point Where It Becomes 
Your Own. But Don't Just Regurgitate Creative History, Or Hold Art 
And Music And Literature As Fixed, Untouchable And Kept Under 
Glass. The People Who Try To 'Guard' Any Particular Form Of 
Music Are, Like The Copyists And Manufactured Bands, Doing It 
The Worst Disservice, Because The Only Thing That You Can 
Do To Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make 
It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It's Over, 
Then It's Done, And The Boy Bands Have Won

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