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I always like taking note of song titles when checking out music and sometimes the song title can seem a bit crazy or intriguing even before hearing the song.

There are numerous examples so I'll just list a few to get started, and see how it goes...

Susan versus Youthclub - The FAll

Eat Y'self Fitter- The Fall

Prole Art Treat - The Fall

How I Wrote Elastic Man - The Fall

Bingo Masters Break Out - The Fall

Mad As Snow - Kitchens Of Distinction

Ice cream For Crow - Capt Beefheart

Shes Too Much For My Mirror- Capt Beefheart

Frownland - Capt Beefheart

24 Minutes From Tulse Hill - Carter USM

Pointless Walks To Dismal Places - Prolapse

Dickie Davis Eyes - Half Man Half Biscuit

Paintball's Coming Home - Half Man Half Biscuit

Trouble Over Brigwater/ Mathematically Safe - Half Man Half Biscuit

The Pot Head Pixies/ I Am Your  Pussy - Gong

The Taking Of Peckham 123 -Carter USM

A Bachelor For Baden Powell- Carter USM

Alternative Alf Garnett - Carter USM

The Birmingham School Of Business School - The Fall

Ten Houses Of Eve - The Fall

I'm Too Handsome To Be Homeless - Baby Bird

Sleepwalkers Woman - Scott Walker



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I always like taking note of song titles when checking out music and sometimes the song title can seem a bit crazy or intriguing even before hearing the song.

There are numerous examples so I'll just list a few to get started, and see how it goes...

 

Closer to home, 

 

Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)

 

Minus zero is err, zero confuse  Which isn't a Wind Chill factor at all.

 

 

 



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Maths was never my strong point, but  I suppose taking nothing from nothing leaves nothing. Have you ever tried your hand at Zen koans? eg The world is vast and wide, why do you put on your robes at the sound of a bell?



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Have you ever tried your hand at Zen koans?


No.  Never heard of them until now (and a quick google search).

As a computer geek, I am familiar with the concept of minus zero in one's complement arithmetic where when all the bits are set i.e. 11111111,  the value is considered to be minus zero.  http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/univac/minuszero.html

Thing is I was studying this sort of stuff about three years after surfacing, so originally minus zero didn't register (ho ho IT geek joke).

 

I suspect Geldof got the phrase off Dylan...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Minus_Zero/No_Limit



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24 Minutes (HOURS) From Tulse Hill (TULSA) - Carter USM

(BETTY) Dickie Davis Eyes - Half Man Half Biscuit

(FOOT) Paintball's Coming Home - Half Man Half Biscuit

(BRIDGE OVER...) Trouble Over Brigwater/ Mathematically Safe - Half Man Half Biscuit

The Taking Of Peckham (PELHAM) 123 -Carter USM


 The play on other titles ones are fairly obvious, but no less clever or amusing. Not heard of many from your list have to confess. Will have a think about others to add. Must be a few Carter to add (Only Living Boy in New Cross springs to mind immediately). Good topic!

 



-- Edited by suss on Tuesday 5th of July 2011 03:34:28 PM

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I Scrubbed the Crabs That Killed Sheffield - Jarvis C0cker

Thinking About the New Millennium Just Makes Me Wanna Come - Jarvis C0cker



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suss wrote:
noelindublin wrote:

24 Minutes (HOURS) From Tulse Hill (TULSA) - Carter USM

(BETTY) Dickie Davis Eyes - Half Man Half Biscuit

(FOOT) Paintball's Coming Home - Half Man Half Biscuit

(BRIDGE OVER...) Trouble Over Brigwater/ Mathematically Safe - Half Man Half Biscuit

The Taking Of Peckham (PELHAM) 123 -Carter USM


 The play on other titles ones are fairly obvious, but no less clever or amusing. Not heard of many from your list have to confess. Will have a think about others to add. Must be a few Carter to add (Only Living Boy in New Cross springs to mind immediately). Good topic!

 



-- Edited by suss on Tuesday 5th of July 2011 03:34:28 PM


 Well done for getting all the references. Another intriguing title is A Punch Up At A Wedding by Radiohead.

I think the Ten Houses Of Eve by The Fall is a  play on the horror movie from the fifties, The Three Faces of Eve starring Bette Davis.

Always liked Back In The DHSS, and Back In The DHSS again. That was a play on BACK In The USSR by Scouseres Half Man Half biscuit.

Lots of the stuff John Peel played in the eighties was by indie bands that often came up with good song titles especially The Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit or The Macc Lads. Another Carter USM London reference is in their compilation called Brixton Mortars.

I think US country music can come up with good song names- a famous example being All My Exes Live in Texas. but country music is not my scene.



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Agreed about HMHB. 'All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit' prob deserves to be on list. 

Splodge were a good bet for this sort of thing. Blown Away Like a Fart in a Thunderstorm, Michael Booth's Talking Bum,  and Anarchy Chaos Stanley Ogden are all contenders.

John Wayne is Big Leggy deserves mention I think. Need to go a long way to beat ArrGee's I Scrubbed... entry though. 



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I Scrubbed...  


For your pleasure... 

http://www.pulpwiki.net/Pulp/IScrubbedTheCrabsThatKilledSheffield

Early on a Saturday morning 
Sometime after eight o'clock 
I received a vile warning 
It all came on as a bit of a shock 
There were crabs all around me 
Hundred thousands; well quite a lot 
They'd been put in water; left them through the night 
Now that they'd died they had started to rot

Wooah-ooh-oh-ooh 
I scrubbed... 
I scrubbed the... 
Wooah-ooh-oh-ooh 
I scrubbed the crabs that killed Shef

The stenches were quite amazing 
Still I had a job to do 
Later on I heard some people complaining 
But the terrible smell just grew and grew 
Eventually they had finished boiling 
A crowd began to gather round 
Well, we took them out and put them under the counter 
And we sold them off; 28 pence a pound

Wooah-ooh-oh-ooh 
I scrubbed... 
I scrubbed the... 
Wooah-ooh-oh-ooh 
I scrubbed the crabs that killed Shef

I didn't mean to kill them 
Just did as I was told 
All those women and children DEAD 
Because of the crabs that we'd sold 
I'm not feeling cool in my head 
I can't believe there're so many dead 
(??) 
Aarrgghh!

Wooah-ooh-oh-ooh 
I scrubbed... 
I scrubbed the... 
Wooah-ooh-oh-ooh 
I scrubbed the crabs that killed Sheffield

I scrubbed the crabs that killed Sheffield

I scrubbed the crabs that killed Sheffield

I scrubbed the crabs that killed Sheffield

Notes

  • This song was inspired by an incident when Jarvis was working on a stall at Sheffield's fish market.

This explanation is from a History of Pulp (Disco-very, 1995):

One day the crabs were delivered early and left overnight in water. By the morning they'd already started rotting and everyone was complaining about the smell. A few had been sold before the health inspector condemned them all.


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Agreed about HMHB. 'All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit' prob deserves to be on list. 

Splodge were a good bet for this sort of thing. Blown Away Like a Fart in a Thunderstorm, Michael Booth's Talking Bum,  and Anarchy Chaos Stanley Ogden are all contenders.

John Wayne is Big Leggy deserves mention I think. Need to go a long way to beat ArrGee's I Scrubbed... entry though. 


 Why did I think that Pulp song was some sort of weird STD reference?

Another good Carter pun/title is their album 101 Damnations. Sheriff Fatman by Carter is partly based on the slum landlord from the 1960's Peter Rachman, and Nicholas Van Hoogstraten [Van Whatshisface].



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...the song title can seem a bit crazy or intriguing...

Why did I think that Pulp song was some sort of weird STD reference?


 smile  That's what I thought before I saw the lyrics. 

As an adjunct to this, there are songs that seem to have, ahem, some not particularly well hidden meaning.

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin would have made more sense had it been called Whole Lotta C0ck, and the end "I wanna be your backdoor man. Keep it coolin, baby." implies buggring around rather than an affair.



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