So, with the announcement of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm] new album, Dr. Johnny Skinz’s Disproportionately Rambunctious Polar Express Machine-head, I’m sure many of you were with me in thinking, “Wow, what the eff were they thinking? This is a joke right?” Well, maybe it is a joke, maybe it isn’t, but as soon as I heard the working title they were going with, a couple of other weird, and lame album titles came into my head.
Who knows, maybe choosing an obscure album title is a way bands rebel against the system, down with the system!
Salt-n-Pepa – A Salt With a Deadly Pepa
Yes, that was really a name of an album, but this was in the 80′s, does that make it forgivable?
Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water
This album was freakin’ cool… when I was in 5th grade. Now, not so much, and as my wisdom has flourished in the years since, I realized how ‘WTF’ this album title is.And um, if you don’t know the literal meaning to the album title yet, i recommend you Urban Dictionary it.
Chumbawumba – 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.
Kudos to anyone who read the whole thing, because I didn’t...
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’ll Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won’t Matter, Cuz You Know That You’re Right
This one too…
REO Speedwagon – You Can Tune a Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish
But, can you tune a piano to the tune of a fish?
U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Because, after listening to this album, I still don’t know how to dismantle an atomic bomb. Although it did give me a case of vertigo.
Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
I just hope, “Brown Dirt Cowboy” isn’t a homonym for something else.
OU812 – Van Halen
Oh I ate one too? ICUP? INVU4UR? It actually took me quite a bit to pronounce this album properly.
As well as every self-titled album ever. Especially bands with more than one self titled album, are you really that lazy? At least these previous mentioned albums had some sort of creative though process behind it. Furthermore, every and any album thats title is a symbol.