Saturday, August 18, 2007

List of the week: My 10 Favorite Album Titles

Not much commentary required here -- the titles kinda speak for themselves. I'll provide a little context when needed.
  1. A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Pink Floyd
  2. Under the Table and Dreaming, Dave Matthews Band
  3. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
  4. So, Peter Gabriel [His first four albums were all self-titled, much to the annoyance of his record label. On the fifth, they demanded a proper title, so Pete provided them with the pithiest one he could think of: So. His later albums were titled Up and Us.]
  5. Hail to the Thief, Radiohead
  6. Rubber Soul, The Beatles
  7. Whatever and Ever Amen, Ben Folds Five [Yay for puns!]
  8. You Could Have It So Much Better, Franz Ferdinand
  9. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, Godspeed You! Black Emperor [I don't know what it means. But I like it.]
  10. This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, Modest Mouse [They always have great, verbose titles. This is my favorite.]
And, what the hell, for balance, my five six least favorite.
  1. 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 to Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter Cuz You'll Know That You're Right, Fiona Apple [This is one of my favorite albums. But that title -- ye gods, Fiona. You'd think a title like that would turn the artist into a laughingstock and destroy her career, rendering one of the best records of the last ten years into a forgotten joke. And you'd be right.]
  2. ├ćnima, Tool [Eleven years later, and we're still trying to figure out to pronounce it. The consensus seems to be ON-ima, but who the hell knows.]
  3. Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, Stone Temple Pilots [Even when the music is good, Scott Weiland has never been capable of churning out anything other than complete and utter nonsense. This is no exception.]
  4. ...Something to Be, Rob Thomas [What's with the ellipsis?]
  5. Ummagumma, Pink Floyd
    EDITED TO ADD:
  6. Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, Limp Bizkit [How the fuck did I forget that one?]

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