We all know those songs with names that don’t make sense to us at the time but after listening to them we think they totally freaking rock right? Well of course they exist. This is me exposing the truth on some of these more obscure song titles as they sit and wait for you to listen
10. Jets to Brazil – Your X-Rays Have Just Come Back from the Lab and We Think We Know What Your Problem Is
Jets to Brazil is a now defunct alt-rock group that recorded three albums. This song is one of the last songs on the second album entitled Four Cornered Night. The album dropped in 2000 after 1998’s semi-successful debut. In 2002 they released what is considered their best work (Perfecting Lonliness). Although JTB didn’t have the most normal song titles this one totally stands out in obscurity as it almost makes a complete sentence…
9. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (Part 1)
In 2002 the Flaming Lips embarked on an interesting journey. One entitled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. This would be their last album until 2006 with their follow up At War With the Mystics. These psychedelic rockers put out a song in which a young Asian woman works to defeat evil robots is trippy as well as fun. Recent Flaming Lips songs have surpassed their older more punk friendly catalog.
8. Say Hi To Your Mom – She Just Happens to Date the Prince of Darkeness
Not only is this band’s name strange and eccentric but this song title is as well. Wait there is a young girl who is willing to date Ozzy Osbourne? Nah, this song is featured on an album entitled Impeccable Blahs which is all about vampires and stuff. So this is pre-Twilight shit. Also this song comes in at 6 minutes of synthy friendliness.
7. Brand New – Jude Law and a Semester Abroad
This song has nothing to do with Jude Law. Absolutely nothing. But I applaud it’s balls. This song is radio rock pop waiting to burst at the seams. The Jersey band puts together a break up song here like none other and it fits, although I’m still trying to figure out what British actor Jude Law has to do with anything.
6. Bright Eyes – When the President Talks To God
When you open up playing this song live calling our president ignorant and other negative words you got balls. Plus the song is a giant bash on former President Bush. This song is totally different than other Bright Eyes songs, one who listens to Conor Oberst’s music knows that he normally stays away from subject matter such as this.
5. The Decemberists – For My Own True Love, Lost At Sea
The Decemberists are one of Portland’s finest. A folky band with some baroque pop elements. They put out an album called Picaresque several years ago and featured this song. This song is definitely deep and brooding with the bass drum going in the background every so often. Colin Meloy’s voice beckoning to the mailman for a letter. Eerie.
4. Death Cab For Cutie – Army Corps of Architects
An earlier track from my favorite band. They put out this song and it’s title is so odd. This song is just as mellow as their other songs but I’m still left wondering why they want an army of architects. If anyone knows this let me know it’s killing me!
3. Minus the Bear – Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
Masters of the strange titles MTB excels at making it work in their strange world. This song is strange for them as it takes a more mellow tone for them. I loved hearing this song live and it just blew me away at how they were able to extend an already long song into an even longer one.
2. The Smiths – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
When a band says please three times in the title it has to be for a reason. Brit rockers the Smiths were one of the best at tugging on your heart with emotional lyrics and soothing melodies. Similar to the Cure but not sure hard to actually hear. Shame Morrissey is a bit of a jerk and the band disbanded before the ’90s.
1. Los Campesinos! – This is How You Spell “Haha I Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a Generation of Faux-Romantics”
Wow say that song and it’s a mouthful. Hailing from Cardiff these rockers master the art of insane song titles but making it poppy and catchy, similar to Vegas’s own Panic at teh Disco but they do it so much better. Cardiff for life guys