Horrible 70s album titles like I've Got My Own Album To Do

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REO Speedwagon - You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish or whatever the fuck that one is called
Eddie Harris - That Is Why You're Overweight

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 1 October 2011 03:33 (five years ago) Permalink

those are both pretty bitchin'. try harder.

wasabi pea-sized masculinity (latebloomer), Saturday, 1 October 2011 03:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Joe Walsh to thread.

Pleasant Plains, Saturday, 1 October 2011 04:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Elvin Bishop: Hometown Boy Makes Good!

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 1 October 2011 04:35 (five years ago) Permalink

the Harris title makes sense in context with the album art, the woman's hand holding a bon-bon or truffle or whatever

but why single out the 70's? i mean there aren't many worse album titles than say 'Dongs of Sevotion' or 'Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle'

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 1 October 2011 04:55 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man prog rock totally wins this thread

Yes - Tormato
Gentle Giant - Pretentious - For the Sake of It
Caravan - If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You

geeta, Saturday, 1 October 2011 05:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Van der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other

geeta, Saturday, 1 October 2011 05:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Caravan also wins for 'For Girls Who Go Plump in the Night'!

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 1 October 2011 05:42 (five years ago) Permalink

ha ha, yes!

Blind Dog at St. Dunstans was a pretty dreadful album title too

geeta, Saturday, 1 October 2011 05:47 (five years ago) Permalink

OK, time to defend prog rock :

Van der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other is a quote from artist John Minton - "We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other", which isn't very quirky at all.

Gentle Giant - Pretentious - For the Sake of It. Never heard of this, probably a bootleg if it exists.

Caravan - yes awful, although I quite like the Blind Dog At St Dunstans title.

|III|||II|||I|I||| (Matt #2), Saturday, 1 October 2011 08:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Ha yeah Joe Walsh's 'But Seriously Folks' was what immediately sprung to mind when I saw the thread title (xposts). Also:

Lowell George - Thanks, I'll Eat it Here

Gavin, Leeds, Saturday, 1 October 2011 08:26 (five years ago) Permalink

haha i was JUST about to post the Lowell George title

some dude, Saturday, 1 October 2011 11:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Frampton - I'm In You

Turrican, Saturday, 1 October 2011 11:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Gentle Giant - Pretentious - For the Sake of It. Never heard of this, probably a bootleg if it exists.

It's a compilation, isn't it?

Not the 70s but it's hard to beat that run of three albums from Phil Collins: "Hello, I Must Be Going!", "No Jacket Required", "...But Seriously" ... which rips off Joe Walsh too!

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 October 2011 12:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, that Phil Collins and his waging war on restaurants that don't let him in!

Turrican, Saturday, 1 October 2011 12:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Think I'd refuse to pay the bill in any restaurant that let Phil Collins in

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 October 2011 12:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I love puns MORE than the next man but...

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 October 2011 12:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Hate "Crisis? What Crisis?" by Supertramp

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 October 2011 12:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Good lord, I never realized "Whale Meat" was a pun, I just thought it was a stupid album title.

Prostetnic Vogon Limbaugh (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 1 October 2011 12:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Van der Graaf Generator - The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other is a quote from artist John Minton - "We're all awash in a sea of blood, and the least we can do is wave to each other", which isn't very quirky at all.

We're All Awash in a Sea of Blood would have been a way better album title

geeta, Saturday, 1 October 2011 18:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Kansas were on a roll, as Leftoverture is some painful titling, and then came Point of Know Return.

Mike Love's Jagger (Spectrist), Saturday, 1 October 2011 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

It is obviously a great album, but I have always hated the title 'Hall of the Mountain Grill'

master musicians of jamiroquai (NickB), Saturday, 1 October 2011 20:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Budgie - if I were brittania I'd waive the rules

blank, Saturday, 1 October 2011 21:31 (five years ago) Permalink

The Lowell George one is especially bad because it was also what he wanted the first Little Feat album to be called. Amazing that he held onto it for SO LONG.

cwkiii, Saturday, 1 October 2011 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Sabbath's Technical Ecstacy is pretty ridiculous, especially considering the decidedly non-technical content.

Nate Carson, Saturday, 1 October 2011 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

per metal injection (Eazy), Saturday, 1 October 2011 21:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Every song on D.I. Go Pop is like a horrible 70s album title.

GoshLovely, Saturday, 1 October 2011 23:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band
Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!
Bootsy? Player of the Year
This Boot is Made for Fonk-N

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 2 October 2011 00:00 (five years ago) Permalink

This might be the third time in the last month I've posted this:

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 October 2011 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

jer.fairall, Sunday, 2 October 2011 00:20 (five years ago) Permalink

jer.fairall, Sunday, 2 October 2011 00:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday

geeta, Sunday, 2 October 2011 03:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd think Budgie's "If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules" kind of fits here.

earlnash, Sunday, 2 October 2011 03:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns - Say Blow By Blow Backwards
even Joe Walsh gets a headache thinking bout that one

Paul, Sunday, 2 October 2011 04:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Jim Capaldi's "Whale Meat Again" was a protest song about the killing of Whales. (upthread)

Mark G, Monday, 3 October 2011 08:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Makes it worse.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 3 October 2011 13:32 (five years ago) Permalink

think there's a faces best-of, maybe released after the 70s but recalling its syntactic constructions, good little boys ... when they're asleep

honest weights, square dealings (schlump), Monday, 3 October 2011 13:43 (five years ago) Permalink

This may be the best/worst:

per metal injection (Eazy), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Faces - A Nod Is As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse

1971, so this may be the template

dismissible objects one fucks with (m coleman), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Ringo Starr - Ringo's Rotogravure

OK this isn't verbose but it's one of those albums I used to stare at as a record-store clerk, thinking 'what a dumb title'

dismissible objects one fucks with (m coleman), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:20 (five years ago) Permalink

see also Ringo The 4th - his sixth album

dismissible objects one fucks with (m coleman), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Is "Sometimes I Wish we were an Eagle" a pun?

She Got the Shakes, Monday, 10 October 2011 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

IMO "Too Old To Rock'n'Roll, Too Young To Die" is a great title. Sums up pretty well the thoughts of the first generation who grew up with rock music, and how they dealt with not being teenagers anymore.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Man - Do You Like It here Now, Are you Settling In? and (although I kinda like this one) 2 Oz. of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle.

Prostetnic Vogon Limbaugh (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I've been thinking (for no particular reason) about lame 70s album titles recently and just found this thread.

For sheer crassness, I can't help thinking of "Fanx Ta Ra" by Sad Cafe:

Daniel Giraffe, Sunday, 22 January 2012 07:18 (five years ago) Permalink

xp Oh I get it... "Which one's Willie." Which means no one in the band was named Willie. Quite a hoot/hollar combo.

billstevejim, Sunday, 22 January 2012 08:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Gentle Giant - Pretentious - For the Sake of It. Never heard of this, probably a bootleg if it exists.

This definitely exists and is not a bootleg. It's a compilation but at least the title can't be blamed on the band, the liner notes say the label came up with it. Although they did apparently play gigs with a backdrop with "PRETENTIOUS" in big letters above them.

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:42 (five years ago) Permalink

greg kihn to thread, surely

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Sunday, 22 January 2012 14:22 (five years ago) Permalink

(i realize it's hardly in the true caravan spirit, but 1978's "next of kihn" would have been a prime offender even if he hadn't gone back to the well a dozen times)

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Sunday, 22 January 2012 14:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 22 January 2012 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

(Billy Thorpe & the) Aztecs, "More Arse Than Class" (1974)

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

... got Poxy Fuled when I tried to post the image I originally wanted to for this album

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if poco had released an album with really bad cover art called "one size fits all" would it be on this thread? what about a bread record called "here come the warm jets" or a 10cc record called "never mind the bollocks"?

is it more or less implied that these album covers don't contain discs with "serious" music? or really what i mean is, we kind of pretend that it's lame, indulgent, coked out buffoonery for the sake of making the joke work, this kind of faux-bro rockist lens that we collectively pretend to wear? is that what makes them funny? because they are really funny, the good ones anyway (by which i may also mean bad, i'm not sure).

i kind of feel like this thread might be the equivalent of laughing disparagingly at "the room" and then everybody goes back to watching "dog star man" and "battleship potemkin" in reverent silence.

i love this thread.

budo jeru, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

budo jeru, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Naw, I've always found all these aspects interesting! It's sort of like recognizing that "The Beatles" is kind of a godawful band name that would be cited as an example of 60s square doofery if it was the name behind some sub-tier knockoff British Invasion band that peaked at #18 with a passable but uninspired song instructing you on how to dance The Beatle.

It's an overall package - title, art, band's image generally, and the music on the disc of course. A lot of times, these titles are actively trying to shape the artist's image as someone who doesn't make "serious" music, and the album's image as a collection of some songs they thought you might enjoy, nothing more. I mean, the Ronnie Woods one for which the thread is named basically comes out and says "I guess I have to make one of these things."

There's also a range of reactions here I think - like, I dig that Wood record cause I just like the sound and the playing and a couple of the songs have reasonable hooks. So it's more of an affectionate eye-roll at the dopey title - to an extent, I'm in on precisely the joke Wood is trying to make, and to an extent I'm also kinda laughing at him and at myself for thinking this was a reasonable thing to spend one's time doing. But some of the grosser ones, with the sex jokes and the really hacky puns and the really lazy/ugly/sexist/whatever cover art, I'm pretty much just laughing at the artist and the label derisively, in a way that maybe risks me ending up snobbishly missing out on some great music that I would perhaps like. I feel pretty confident that Jo Jo Gunne have nothing to offer me though, they seem like real shitheads.

long dark poptart of the rodeo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A perennial in 'worst covers ever' lists...

Svetlana Gruebanotgonnaworkhereanymore: My Lips Are For Blowing

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oof

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i laugh lovingly at the room fwiw

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/my_lips_are_for_blowing

"For the record (pun intended), there is no such album. Nor is Svetlana Gruebbersolvik a real person.

The mock cover was created and posted back in September 2010 by "Estancia de la Ding Dong" who runs the Twisted Vintage blog. You can find a more specific confession that the cover is fake posted here on Twisted Vintage."

budo jeru, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 20:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i have to wonder what else, if anything, "Estancia de la Ding Dong" does to pass the time

budo jeru, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I feel pretty confident that Jo Jo Gunne have nothing to offer me though, they seem like real shitheads.

Doctor, you never encountered "Run Run Run" in your thread of listening to classic rock for the first time? (Although I don't know if it still gets played on classic rock radio, maybe it's forgotten.) It's not a bad little slide-guitar rocker, and it's less than three minutes long so it won't take up too much of your time.

Dan Peterson, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

No! But if fact checking cuz deems it fit for the list I would consider it! Their mean-spirited and misogynistic album art will be something of a lead weight around the song's neck, though.

long dark poptart of the rodeo (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That Jo Jo Gunne song is pretty fun

Jack Douglas the famous 70s producer did a great long interview on our local sports talk station & his first job as "assistant engineer" was changing Leslie West's puke bucket as he detoxed off smack. He would sit in chair, shred a hot solo, then puke, repeat

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what station was that!

budo jeru, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 23:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

LOL @ Galapagos Duck WTF

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like how the literalized album cover is a running theme here. pairing a visual pun with a bad album title really gives it that cheap, lazy quality.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Jo Jo Gunne would have a better rep if they called it quits after their first album, which had good music and inoffensive cover art. Instead they went on to make forgettable music with really bad album covers. I just learned that Jumpin' the Gunne, the one with an obese naked woman jumping over the band lying in bed attempting to reach a baby pig, has an inner gatefold with, as wiki puts it, 'the same woman with the album credits written on her in black marker as she cavorts with a piglet'.

Like the band's name, i've always thought that Rubber Soul is a horrible pun that gets a pass because it's attached to great music

Lee626, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 01:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i laugh lovingly at the room fwiw

These albums titles are nothing like the Room, which was presented as painfully serious but was really unintentionally silly

If "The Room" had been titled "OH HAI THERE!" and turned out to be awesome, then it would be like these records.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 12 April 2017 13:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"I've Got My Own Movie To Do" surely.

nickn, Wednesday, 12 April 2017 16:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

come on, if you think that none of these bands wanted to be perceived as artists who made good music, that's just goofy. i agree with dr. casino's post that a lot of these titles / covers were meant to convey "hey, this isn't serious music! any old joe can get down and boogie with us." but surely part of the fun is that a lot of these titles were intended precisely to be "artistic statements," and the degree to which they fall short is in large part a gauge of how funny and silly they seem now. clapton's "there's one in every crowd" comes to mind. and like, if you were to ask lowell george (which you can't) about "thanks i'll eat it here," i seriously doubt he'd say "yeah, that was some dumb shit i did in the '70s because music is about having fun, not about art."

also, wiki description of cover art:

The album was released just before the death of Lowell George in 1979 and has cover art by Neon Park (a feature of almost all Little Feat albums) containing several pop-/cult references including a picnic scene, mirroring Édouard Manet's "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe", which shows Bob Dylan, Fidel Castro and Marlene Dietrich as Der Blaue Engel with an open copy of Howl beside them.

i mean, references to manet, dylan, castro, and fucking josef von sternberg don't exactly scream "i have no pretentions! this is just good time music you guys"

budo jeru, Thursday, 13 April 2017 03:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've Got My Own Avant-Garde Manifesto to Pen

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's true that ''we're just a bunch of happy rocking layabouts'' isn't the ONLY thing these covers/titles convey. But still, let's not go too far ascribing sophistication to them - where literary/artistic references appear I think they're mostly on the order of high-school or freshman-year references picked up here not by drunken good ole boys but by stoned guitar nerds. They're closer to ''hey woah this concept/painting/book is cool, man'' than ''I've painstakingly constructed a concept album around this.'' Not that I want to hear the concept album - just sayiing that the deployment of Manet on a cover can be as tossed-off and dopey as the visual depiction of a limp pun.

long dark poptart of the rodeo (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah I think if that Lowell George cover is saying anything, it's saying he knows about all that arty-political stuff but he's not joining that picnic.

Tim, Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

dr. casino, i think you're more or less saying what i'm saying. i'm not ascribing sophistication to the lowell george record; i'm asserting that he used certain signifiers in an attempt to appear sophisticated. and yeah, it totally comes across as freshman-year malcolm X dorm room poster, but i don't think that diminishes the sincerity one bit. as i said, it's precisely the way in which those "deployments" (as you say) fall flat that make the cover an object of derision rather than something that might have held up a bit better.

and i think that, to the extent that "thanks" was a kind of "get back" record, it's not outrageous to assume that his "roots" (at least as he saw them; self-delusion may be a factor here) were just as much artsy lit and high-minded political engagement (however half-assed) as they were blues- and folk-inflected rock N roll. i really suspect that "thanks i'll eat it here" reads more like "sorry guys, i need to chill in the forest with bob dylan and allen ginsberg and get away from LA and all the coke and just be myself"

it kind of gets into a broader topic, that i don't really want to get super into, about intelligent musicians (john lennon is the case par excellence) who aren't educated but at some point in their careers feel the need to legitimize what they're doing by name dropping, espousing some sort of radical politics, but really missing the mark in embarrassing ways.

to paraphrase oscar wilde, "all bad poetry is sincere"

budo jeru, Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I agree that we're not disagreeing on most of that. I just still think it's a dumb, dopey, laugh-worthy cover and not really very interesting, but I'm not hating on Lowell George (or your appreciation for it for that matter).

long dark poptart of the rodeo (Doctor Casino), Monday, 17 April 2017 15:19 (one week ago) Permalink

from least acclaimed thread:

come to think of it kinda has to be somewhere upthread as well

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 09:39 (one week ago) Permalink

that's
Sly & The Family Stone: Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 09:40 (one week ago) Permalink

oh, sly

PURE, BEAUTIFUL OIL (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 22 April 2017 16:50 (one week ago) Permalink

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 17:15 (one week ago) Permalink

oh joan

― set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, June 22, 2014 7:16 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

long dark poptart of the rodeo (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 22 April 2017 18:23 (one week ago) Permalink

she blames quaaludes in recent rs interview

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 22:00 (one week ago) Permalink

found this cuz of the blues rock tolerance thread

Mike Bloomfield - "Try It Before You Buy It"

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:36 (five days ago) Permalink

here's another blues classic from 1979

nomar, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:43 (five days ago) Permalink

contrasting soft sell vs. hard sell blues approaches

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:45 (five days ago) Permalink

was thinking recently that Stephen Stills really blew it in terms of punning on his name -- best he did was a greatest hits called Still Stills

In The Stills of the Night, I'm Stills Here, etc

tylerw, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:55 (five days ago) Permalink

illegal stills was pretty good (as a title)

nomar, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:55 (five days ago) Permalink

haha yeah i guess that one works

tylerw, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 15:58 (five days ago) Permalink

Would have liked to see Nash Brownies

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:00 (five days ago) Permalink

should have done a play on "Still Bill" by Bill Withers. maybe a picture of Stills sitting at a desk, frustrated, going through a pile of letters. Call the album "Stills' Bills"

nomar, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:01 (five days ago) Permalink

or Stills Kills, with Steve aiming a rifle at the camera

tylerw, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:14 (five days ago) Permalink

A hits comp called "Gold in Them There Stills"

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:17 (five days ago) Permalink

Stilling The Waters, with a shot of Stills in a rowboat or some shit.

tylerw, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:19 (five days ago) Permalink

Stills Got the Blues

niels, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 17:08 (five days ago) Permalink

Album of ELP covers: Stills...You Turn Me On

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 17:20 (five days ago) Permalink

Stills: Crazy After All these Beers

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 17:31 (five days ago) Permalink

i have nothing to add, but great work all around

✓ (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 17:54 (five days ago) Permalink

Standing Stills

obvious, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 18:24 (five days ago) Permalink

Gah, image didn't work.

obvious, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 18:25 (five days ago) Permalink

re Joan Baez - fake clouds backdrops are quite a sub-theme in this thread

mahb, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:27 (four days ago) Permalink

every once in a while there is a current day album that fits this genre, but Beady Eye's "Different Gear, Still Speeding" is pretty exceptional, every element of this from the photo to the typography to the title to the the design could pass for something from 1974

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:21 (four days ago) Permalink


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