The Ten Longest Album Titles Ever
Album titles can be the most annoying or marvelous aspect of an artist's work. Judging by Goo, Sonic Youth's 1990 major-label breakthrough, or Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon's 2007 retro-pop smash, titles can be as stupid as the music is sophisticated. But if the idea is to set the recording apart from all others, choosing a bizarre (but memorable) name like Zaireeka -- as the Flaming Lips did in 1997 -- isn't a bad strategy.
Upon hearing today's news that West Palm Beach experimental psychedelia outfit Weird Wives' full-length debut features a 29-word title, we got to thinking about other albums that are remembered best for being a mouthful of words. And there are plenty that zoom way past Modest Mouse's 1996 debut, This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, both in terms of length and syntax. We're talking album names that are so long that they piss off your iTunes library, they are certainly relinquished to a nickname of some sort, and they're probably complete nonsense.
Here are the ten longest album titles we could find -- each is 20 words or more, and we dare you to memorize any of them.
10. T. Rex - My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... but Now
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They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows (Regal Zonophone; 1968)
This title from the glam pioneers' debut album sounds like a limerick construction to these ears, and honestly it's one of the least strange of this list. We can't say the same for "Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)," the album's closing track, which features celebrated DJ John Peel reading a fairy tale penned by T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan.
9. Devendra Banhart - Oh Me Oh My... the Way the Day Goes by the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit (Young God; 2002)
Oh... brother. This weird folkster isn't fooling anyone with the title of his second album. Although he has never been shy to pick strange titling for his songs as well ("Tit Smoking in the Temple of Artesan Mimicry" succeeds in proving that point), many of his lo-fi tracks are completely serious and beautiful. The acoustic "Pumpkin Seed" from this collection is one of his finest. Whether it is a "lovesong of the Christmas spirit," we're not so sure.
8. Mew - No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry They Washed Away // No
More Stories, the World Is Grey, I'm Tired, Let's Wash Away (Sony; 2009)
The title comes from the lyrics for Danish rock group's song "Hawaii Dream." The piano-based ditty itself is only two minutes long, sweet and quiet, and arguably would have been a much more evocative name for their fifth album than what they settled on.
7. Youthmovie Soundtrack Strategies - Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One
Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will
Lead Us All to Happiness (Fierce Panda; 2004)
This English postrock act just seems to be pretty verbose all around. Look no further than "A Little Late He Staggered Through the Door and Into Her Eyes" from this collection. Clocking in at 6:08, it is the shortest song on the EP.
6. Cap'n Jazz - Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards in the Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana
Peels We've Slipped On and Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over (Man With
The album known to fans as Shmap'n Shmazz was the only full-length the influential Chicago emo act Cap'n Jazz ever released before it broke up. And really, how would you top this extended stream-of-consciousness? Dudes from the band went on to be in Promise Ring, Joan of Arc, Owls, and several other bands with much more reasonable titles.
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