A Rose By Any Other Name…

November 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

I was talking with a friend a few weeks back, and the subject of album titles came up. Quick as a rather slow flash, here’s a list of some of my favourite album titles.

1. Spacemen 3 – Taking Drugs to make Music to Take Drugs to

The demos from the first Spacemen 3 album. I almost went with “For all the Fucked-up children of the world, we give you Spacemen Three,” but this one narrowly beats it.

2. The Sex Pistols – Never mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols

I was a little too young to fully appreciate punk, and I wasn’t from one of the big cities. I probably didn’t buy the album until 1979. Still, I remember when the Sex Pistols did their thing. I remember the whispering about the album’s title and the thrill of listening to it, swear words and all. It’s still a thrill thirty years later.

3. The Heartbreakers – L.A.M.F.

A New York Street Legend: Like a mother fucker! Nuff said.

4. The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

Now given the Pogues’ name comes from a Gaelic phrase meaning kiss my arse, the title shouldn’t be a surprise, but the unofficial slogan of the British navy is curious. .

5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The First Born Son is Dead

Like many great rock acts, Nick Cave had a somewhat unhealthy Elvis fixation. Like many, he also made great music. First Born, including Elvis’s “In the Ghetto,” is brooding shambling mutant blues.

6. The Cockney Rejects – Greatest Hits Volume 1

Great joke naming your first record that. Unfortunately, when you tell the joke for the third time, the joke’s not so funny (especially when the third one was a live one). Still, it worked once.

7. Nick Lowe – Jesus of Cool (UK)/Pure Pop for Now People (US)

Nick Lowe’s first release for Stiff Records had a different title for the UK and the US release – apparently, the US wasn’t ready for the Jesus of Cool, but both titles are pretty amazing.

8. The Stranglers – No More Heroes

The perfect punk title. After all wasn’t it kill your heroes in 1977? Punk was year zero. Too bad the album didn’t entirely live up to the promise. It had moments sure, but it felt like hesitation sandwiched between Rattus Novegicus and Black and White.

9.  Social Distortion – White light, White Heat, White Trash

Recalling the Velvet’s album of almost the same name, Social Distortion add their own imprint in to their last truly great record.

10. Alex Chilton – Like Flies on Sherbert

A gloriously sloppy record. Check out “Alligator Man” which sounds as if each member of the band is playing a different song in different time. not entirely sure what that title means, but the image is great.

Any others? Another list later

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