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

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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

Although they did apparently play gigs with a backdrop with "PRETENTIOUS" in big letters above them.

but that is cool

akm, Sunday, 22 January 2012 16:48 (five years ago) Permalink

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 22 January 2012 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 22 January 2012 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man, i just got "Night In The Ruts"

dave cool, Sunday, 22 January 2012 16:57 (five years ago) Permalink

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:01 (five years ago) Permalink

henry s, Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:08 (five years ago) Permalink

henry s, Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:10 (five years ago) Permalink

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

lol @ Ride a Rock Horse

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:13 (five years ago) Permalink

ride a rock pony amirite

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Ride a Rock Horse is so fucking awful. It's just... it doesn't work, dude.

emil.y, Sunday, 22 January 2012 17:58 (five years ago) Permalink

What's to get about A Night In The Ruts? Am I missing a bad pun? Is it supposed to sound like "right in the nuts?" Because, even for a pun, that's a stretch. Why the hell would you want to call an album that??

And that James Brown cover is awesome.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

That Sad Cafe reminds me of this candidate:

and then there's this collage I found when searching for that cover:

Lady Writer, Male Seether (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Lady Writer, Male Seether (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:40 (five years ago) Permalink

What's to get about A Night In The Ruts? Am I missing a bad pun? Is it supposed to sound like "right in the nuts?" Because, even for a pun, that's a stretch. Why the hell would you want to call an album that??

aerosmith tbh

dave cool, Sunday, 22 January 2012 19:43 (five years ago) Permalink

scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Setting bad puns aside, something really galls me about BTO's "Best of BTO (So Far)" - the title's at the top of the cover and the parenthetical's at the bottom, as if to have a nice long pause to really set up this highlarious bit of comic self-aggrandization...

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Daltrey ftw.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:39 (five years ago) Permalink

"Hungover & Feeling Rough As Shit" more like.

insert 2012 appropriate display name here (snoball), Sunday, 22 January 2012 22:57 (five years ago) Permalink

always thought "The Peanut Butter Conspiracy is Spreading" was the worst but that may be like 1968

frogs you are the dumbest asshole (frogbs), Sunday, 22 January 2012 23:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Jo Jo Gunne- So...Where's the Show?
Pilot- From the Album of the Same Name
Deep Purple- Come Taste the Band
Michael Stanley Band- You Break It...You Bought It!
Sly & the Family Stone- Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back
Kevin Ayers- Yes We Have No Mananas, So Get Your Mananas Today
The Animals- Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted
Rabbit- A Croak and Grunt in the Night
Rick Derringer- If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You
Spooky Tooth- You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw
Ramatam- In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns
Black Oak Arkansas- If an Angel Came to See You, Would You Make Her Feel at Home?

President Keyes, Monday, 23 January 2012 00:11 (five years ago) Permalink

it's from the 80's, but I always thought that You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd by the Wolf-less edition of The J. Geils Band was a dumb title.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 23 January 2012 01:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Doobie Brothers What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 23 January 2012 01:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Many years ago somebody was trying to think of what artist had made that record and asked me but I didn't know. His attitude was that he had stumped me but my attitude was "why should I know who recorded an album with a stupid title like that?" So thanking you for clearing that up, Elvis T.

BIG JOJO aka the road runner (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 23 January 2012 01:50 (five years ago) Permalink

you're welcome

also, ELP Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 23 January 2012 01:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Pretty sure these are where Blink 182 got the inspiration for a couple of their album names because they fit right in.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 23 January 2012 01:59 (five years ago) Permalink

1969, but

Pete Brown & His Battered Ornaments - A Meal You Can Shake Hands with in the Dark

Andy K, Monday, 23 January 2012 02:26 (five years ago) Permalink

The Animals- Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted

In a similar vein of album titles that trot out a familiar (hackneyed) phrase, try

Bloody Tourists - 10cc
Individually and Collectively - Steeleye Span
Indelibly Stamped - Supertramp

and so on...

Like Tom above I love puns MORE than the next man but... my all-time lame-pun album title (admittedly 80s) has to be Bankstatement by Tony Banks.

Daniel Giraffe, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 08:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:08 (five years ago) Permalink

^ Gilgamesh - Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:10 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess Regatta de Blanc by the Police counts here as well.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Robert Wyatt is probably the champion at this - Matching Mole, End of an Ear etc and *especially* Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:19 (five years ago) Permalink

So bad, and yet so good..

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Man, "Do You Like It Here, Are You Settling In?"

... what did these bands think they were achieving with these titles?

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh man, this one ticks every conceivable box:

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 10:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Haha, that looks like a still from Going Straight or something.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Norman Stanley Fletcher meets Hipgnosis

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:03 (five years ago) Permalink

One title I always thought was bad, was:

"The quality of mercy is not strnen" The Mekons.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:08 (five years 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (two days ago) Permalink

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

niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 09:40 (two days ago) Permalink

oh, sly

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niels, Saturday, 22 April 2017 17:15 (two days ago) Permalink

oh joan

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

she blames quaaludes in recent rs interview

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