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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Music
  • The score for Batman Begins is titled idiosyncratically: the first track, Vespertilio, is the Latin word for bat, and the other titles are all scientific names for different genera of bat. This is not the case for The Dark Knight's music; however, many of the track titles are either taken from lines of dialogue in the film, or a slight variation on them: I'm Not A Hero, Blood On My Hands, And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad, Like A Dog Chasing Cars; etc. However, it's noteworthy that the lines of dialogue spoken do not correspond to the scenes in which the music plays. For example, "Like A Dog Chasing Cars", an energetic treatment of one of the main themes, is not played over the scene where the line is spoken, which is a quiet conversation with the Joker. In fact, it's not even played over any of the scenes involving high-speed vehicular chases, which mostly go without score.
  • The band New Order frequently have song titles that do not appear in the lyrics and have nothing to do with the song such as "Temptation," "True Faith," "Blue Monday" or "Bizarre Love Triangle"
  • Michael Giacchino has a lot of fun with his track titles. Some examples:
  • Christopher Young's album of his score for Hush has the following tracklisting: "Hush," "Little Baby," "Don't Say A Word," "Mama's Gonna Buy," "You" and "A."
    • He also blazed a trail for Michael Giacchino in the Incredibly Lame Pun stakes. Observe:
      • "Grusin Twosome" (Bandits promo)
      • "Heist Society" (Entrapment)
      • "Music For Violence And Orchestra" (Swordfish promo)
      • "Jerry's Gold Myth" (The Power)
  • Danny Elfman has written a cue called "Weepy Donuts" for every Gus Van Sant film he's scored.
    • Also, many of his Batman-era scores (including Batman) have a track called "The Final Confrontation."
  • All the tracks for Jerry Goldsmith's Link have titles ending with "Link," e.g. "Main Link," "Swinging Link," "Mighty Link," and, of course, "End Link."
  • Each song on The Mountain Goats's 2009 album The Life of the World to Come is named after a Bible verse.
  • Between 1972 and 1977, the band America had seven consecutive album titles that started with the letter H. The group used used six more non-consecutive H titles since then.
  • Queen named two consecutive albums after Marx Brothers films: A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races.
  • Peter Gabriel initially wanted all of his solo albums to simply be named "Peter Gabriel," as if they were issues of a magazine. The label let him get away with that for three albums, but then they named his fourth album "Security" themselves and told Peter to knock it off.
    • Since then, most of his studio albums have featured two-letter words as their titles, and other releases such as Hit and OVO have been quite tersely named as well.
  • Extreme metal band Dimmu Borgir tend toward three-word album titles that are often quite nonsensical: Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, Godless Savage Garden, Spiritual Black Dimensions, Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia, Death Cult Armageddon.
  • Death metal band Morbid Angel consistently have their nth album staring with the nth letter of the alphabet. Straight from their first, Altars of Madness, to their ninth, Illud Divinum Insanus.
  • Progressive Doom Metal band, Madder Mortem, use their name as an acronym for the titles of their albums: M - Mercury, A - All Flesh is Grass, D - Deadlands, D - Desiderata...
  • ¡Forward, Russia! used to give all their songs numeric titles in order of writing. This ended after their album Give Me A Wall.
  • Most albums by Music.Chicago are called "Chicago" followed by the number of the album.
  • Asia's studio albums were all named with a word beginning and ending with "a" up until the eighth one, Rare.
  • British folk-rocker John Wesley Harding (aka Wesley Stace) named several of his albums after Frank Capra movies: It Happened One Night, Here Comes The Groom, Why We Fight. Another one, The Name Above The Title, was named after Capra's autobiography.
  • Progressive metal band Dream Theater named their sixth and eighth albums Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Octavarium, respectively. In addition, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence had six songs and Octavarium eight.
    • Some fans also think that Train of Thought contains a subtle nod to leetspeak (not surprising considering how warmly the band references things such as the John Petrucci Psycho Exercises dubs), as the letter T is usually represented by a 7. This was their seventh studio album and contains seven songs.
  • Boys Night Out's Trainwreck album had all its songs named (verb)-ing such as 'Dreaming', 'Waking', 'Medicating' etc.
  • Global Communication's magnum opus 76:14 had all its tracks named after the length of the song much like the album name itself (being 76minutes and 14seconds long. The reasoning is they didn't want to influence anyone's interpretation of the songs by naming them a certain way.
  • Aphex Twin's 'I Care Because You Do' features several anagrams of 'Aphex Twin', 'The Aphex Twin' and 'Richard David James'. Such as 'Wax the Nip' and 'The Waxen Pith'
    • Similarly, his Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 is named by pictures instead of words. The songs are based on lucid dreams and the pictures associated all tie into it. It's kinda unnerving but also really cool.
    • A good deal of the songs released in the Analord series of 12" singles are named after viruses or malicious software ("Backdoor.Ranky.S" for instance) - apparently something of a prank on those who would try to find them on filesharing programs.
  • KMFDM album titles have been five letters long since "UAIOE" up to "Hau Ruck" (originally FUBAR), which broke the chain. Hell, KMFDM even misspelled words to keep the chain moving (Attak, Xtort), and Tohuvabohu came close to resuming the tradition with five syllables, but it wasn't until Blitz when the tradition resumed.
  • All the song titles on German singer Annett Louisan's debut album Boheme follow the pattern (article/noun) - Das Spiel (the game), Das Gefühl (the feeling) etc., with the sole exception of Daddy.
  • Almost every release by The Jesus Lizard has a 4 letter, one syllable title, the exception being one self-titled EP. This naming practice was also used for two live albums (Show and Club) and even a forthcoming coffee table book (Book).
    • All releases by the Foetus moniker for JG Thirlwell, aka "That guy who does the music for The Venture Bros.," are titled the exact same way.
  • Of Montreal's demo collection The Early Four Track Recordings: Evidently none of the songs were given proper titles when they were recorded, so the track listing consists of non-appearing titles that form a surreal story about the misadventures of Dustin Hoffman ("Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation to Eat the Bathtub," "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Comes Home", "Dustin Hoffman's Wife Seems Suspicious About the Absent Bathtub", etc).
  • Parodied in A Mighty Wind with Kingston Trio/Weavers/Limeliters pastiche The Folksmen. Their first 5 albums all have single word gerund titles with a missing final "g", such as Pickin' and Wishin' . Their 6th album, Saying Something, breaks this trend (as well as using electric instruments for the first time); and is described (in a cut scene) by the band as the reason they lost their fanbase.
    • Perhaps they were inspired by Miles Davis' late-'50s quintet albums, which were titled Cookin' , Relaxin' , Steamin' , and Workin' .
  • Japanese Black Metal band Sigh do this with their major releases. Each one begins with one of the letters of the band's name, in order: Scorn Defeat, Infidel Art, Ghastly Funeral Theatre, Hail Horror Hail, Scenario IV: Dead Dreams, Imaginary Sonicscape, Gallows Gallery, Hangman's Hymn, Scenes from Hell.
  • All of Soul-Junk's releases are named after years. His first album was 1950; every subsequent album has counted up (1951, 1952, and so on) while his EP's have counted down (1949, 1948, etc).
  • On Gileah & the Ghost Train's self-titled album, all the track titles begin with "The"; eight of the ten song titles are, aside from the definite article, only one word long; and they're all arranged in alphabetical order.
  • blur's Britpop trilogy of albums began with Modern Life is Rubbish and Parklife; it was planned that the third album would also have "life" in the name, but this trope was averted when Alex James suggested The Great Escape instead.
  • The first three Coheed and Cambria albums' names corresponded to the album's place in the mythos: Second Stage Turbine Blade; In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3; Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. The fourth album's full name follows this trend (Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World for tomorrow), but the newest, Year of the Black Rainbow, (a prequel) Subverts this completely. It should be noted, however, that the first track on the album is entitled "One".
  • Anvil have so far given all thirteen of their studio albums a three-word title with alliteration on the first and third words, and the second word being something with one syllable. Examples include Forged in Fire and Plugged in Permanent.
  • J-Rock band Do As Infinity likes this. The first letter of every major release is always the same as the last letter of the previous album. So far, they have: Break of Dawn, New World, Deep Forest, True Song, Gates of Heaven, Need Your Love, Eternal Flame.
  • Not everyone does this, but this also happens with the sides of an album (in record and cassette media). While the majority of albums are labeled "Side 1/A" and "Side 2/B", a number of albums have gotten creative with this. (see also Distinct Double Album) Among many examples are:
    • The Don McLean album American Pie, which labels its sides as "One Side" and "Another Side".
    • Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite For Destruction with "Side G" and "Side R" (standing for "GNR", an acronym for the name of the band)
    • A number of R.E.M. albums. They also tended to turn the creativity Up to Eleven with their side names: Lifes Rich Pageant (1986), for example, had the "Dinner" and "Supper" sides, while Green (1988) — which was promoted by the band as an environmental message — had the "Air" and "Metal" sides (the oxygen in the air reacting with metal to make rust, of course). Sadly, this was abandoned with Up (1998).
    • Cheap Trick's debut had the sides labeled Side 1 and Side A, as a joke about there not being any "b material" on the album. This actually led to some confusion when it was first released on cd - though the initial cd release put the tracks in the order they were listed in on the record's back cover, it apparently started with what the band considered the second "side" of the album. A later reissue altered the running order accordingly.
    • The double album Double Nickels On The Dime by The Minutemen had Side D, Side Mike, Side George and Side Chaff: The first 3 sides were named after whatever member chose the tracklisting for that particular side, and the fourth was called "chaff" because it was all the remaining songs no one picked.
    • Blue Oyster Cult's Tyranny and Mutation contains the song "The Red and the Black". The sides were labeled "The Red" and "The Black". The "Red" side was labeled with CBS Records' usual red label with black lettering, but the "Black" side featured red lettering on a black background.
    • The Kentucky Headhunters labeled the two sides of their debut album Pickin' on Nashville "Over Here" and "Over Yonder" instead of 1/2 or A/B. Their next album, Electric Barnyard, had "Steppin' in It" and "Walkin' Through It".
    • The CD version of the double album The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails has a "Left" disc and a "Right" disc rather than disc one and disc two - the titles refer to where the each disc is oriented when you unfold the cardboard cd case.
    • One vinyl side of Wings's 1979 album Back To The Egg was subtitled "Sunny Side Up", the other being "Over Easy".
  • Thus far, Adele has a pattern of naming her albums after the age she was when she recorded them. Accordingly, her debut was called 19 and the followup was 21.
  • As the title implies, Mike Watt's album Hyphenated-Man has song titles that are all hyphenated phrases ending in the word man: "Belly-Stabbed-Man" and "Own-Horn-Blowing-Man" for instance. The song titles seem slightly less weird when you find out they're also all descriptions of figures in Hieronymus Bosch paintings.
  • Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling's songs are all titled after episodes of The Prisoner, preceded by an "episode number" (which corresponds to the order of episodes of the show, not the order of the songs): "Episode 1 - Arrival" for instance. This is unsurprising, since all of their songs are actually about The Prisoner. The only exception thus far is a cover of Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan".
  • Joe Walsh apparently used a "too lazy/stoned to come up with a decent title" theme for his albums. The apex of this would be You Bought It, You Name It, which was reportedly his response to a record company executive who asked what the album was called. However, he never sank to the level of Yes, who titled 90125 after its catalog number.
  • Almost all of Richard Hawley's studio albums are named after places in his hometown of Sheffield. The one that isn't, Late Night Final, still fits the general theme, since "Late night final" is something vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper would yell.
  • Every song title on I by The Magnetic Fields starts with the letter I, and the track list is also arranged in alphabetical order. Rather than having this concept in mind beforehand though, Stephen Merritt apparently just went through all the recent songs he had written and only picked the ones that started with "I" for the album.
  • Fittingly enough, Venetian Snares' Winnipeg Is A Frozen Shithole features song titles that all involve insults towards Winninpeg, Manitoba, usually of the profanity-laden variety. Aaron Funk is actually from Winnipeg, by the way.
  • E-Type's fourth album was titled Euro IV Ever.
  • All of the songs on Slint's Tweez are named after band members' parents, with the exception of "Rhoda", which is instead named after Britt Walford's dog.
  • Uk Subs albums follow an alphabetical pattern. Observe:
  • Nearly all of rapper Trick Daddy's albums contain the word "Thug" in the title.
  • R&B singer Jaheim's first three albums contain the word "Ghetto" in the title.
  • The track lists to The Polyphonic Spree's albums always include a "section" number before the song title, with each album picking up where the previous album left off. For example, the last track of The Beginning Stages Of... was "Section 10 (A Long Day)", so the first track of Together We're Heavy was "Section 11 (A Long Day Continues/We Sound Amazed)". It's debatable whether the "Section" parts are canonically part of the full title though; they tend to drop this idiosyncrasy when their songs appear on compilations or singles and just call them by their subtitles. Also, covers and non-album tracks don't count as "sections", nor did their soundtrack to the film Thumbsucker.
  • All of alternative rock band Kings of Leon's albums to date have had five syllables (being Youth and Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Because Of The Times, Only By The Night, Come Around Sundown, and Mechanical Bull).
  • Thus far power pop band The Cab has named them albums with names that have the first word related to sound and the seconf to warfare: "Whisper War" and "Symphony Soldier".
  • All of the songs on Whirlwind Heat's Do Rabbits Wonder? have non appearing titles and are named for colors (i.e. "Pink", "White", "Silver").
  • Sonic Youth's Silver Sessions For Jason Knuth EP - all of the titles fit the mad-lib pattern of "Silver (noun)".
  • Tim Fite has a trilogy of "ain't" album titles - Good Ain't Gone, Fair Ain't Fair, and Ain't Ain't Ain't.
  • All of the tracks on Miles Davis' album "Aura" (except for the first track, Intro) are named after colors: White, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, Blue, Electric Red, Indigo, and Violet.
  • The 1995 album Made In England by Elton John entirely contains songs with one-word titles, except for the title song. (Tracklisting: "Believe", "Made In England", "House", "Cold" "Pain", "Belfast", "Latitude", "Please", "Man", "Lies", "Blessed")
  • All of hip-hop duo EPMD's albums contain the word "Business". So far it's Strictly Business, Unfinished Business, Business as Usual, Business Never Personal, Back in Business, Out of Business, and We Mean Business.
  • Lo-fi eccentric cult artist Jandek started playing live concerts in 2004, 26 years and several dozen albums into his career. Since then he's released a bunch of live albums, and all of them use the strict titling convention of "name of the city where the show was" + "day of the week when it happened" (e.g. Glasgow Sunday, Manhattan Tuesday, Seattle Friday).
  • See if you can guess what links the following track titles (and all the other ones) on Christophe Beck's soundtrack for Red: "Rotating Enforcement Device," "Regular Easygoing Dudes," "Russian Embassy Divertimento," "Rehash Every Detail," "Ridiculously Extravagant Disguises," "Ruined Election Dinner" and "Relieved Embrace, Done."
  • Every song title on Ministry's Houses Of The Mole' starts with a "W", except, fittingly enough, "No W". Even its Hidden Track has the official title of "Walrus".
  • Sander van Doorn's Eleve11 is named after 2011, the year of its release.
  • blink 182 started to do this, but then stopped for some reason - Buddha, Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch, Enema Of The State.
  • Other Truths by Do Make Say Think consists of four Epic Rocking length tracks: "Do", "Make", "Say", and "Think".
  • When La-La Land released Star Trek: The Original Series: Soundtrack Collection, among its many pleasures were some of the cue titles like "Go For Baroque" (from "The Conscience Of The King") and "Navel Maneuvers" (written for, but not heard in, "Wolf In The Fold"). What Michael Giacchino would have come up with had he been working on the original show (and being the greatest musical prodigy ever in the process, since he was just over a year old when the last episode to be scorednote  premiered) we can only speculate.
  • Me First And The Gimme Gimmes give all of their albums and EP's Episode Finishes the Title names - Are A Drag or Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah for instance. They also have a tradition of releasing 7" singles where both sides are covers of the same artist and the title is the first or last name of said artist (or an abbreviation thereof), such as Bob or Cash.
  • All of "Weird Al" Yankovic's polka medleys have the word "Polka" as part of the title - usually a pun ("Now That's What I Call Polka!" "Polka Your Eyes Out") but sometimes describing the main inspiration ("Angry White Boy Polka", "Hot Rocks Polka", "The Alternative Polka").
  • Each EP by French Synthpop artist Danger is named after a date (e.g., 9/14/2007, 9/16/2007) and each track named after a specific time (e.g., 11h30, 07:46)
  • All of the songs on Wilderness by The Handsome Family have one word titles and are named after animals that appear in the songs' lyrics. For instance, the first three tracks are "Flies", "Frogs", and "Eels".
  • So far, all albums or EPs by Cotton Candy have been named with pairs of adjectives that are synonyms for "impressive": Top-Notch & First-Rate, Fantastic & Spectacular and Off-the-Hook & Out-of-Control.
  • The songs on Reggie & The Full Effect's Last Stop: Crappy Town are all named for Brooklyn's subway system, with every title being either the name of a subway line (e.g. "G") or a stop (e.g. "Smith & 9th"). Tying in with the Creator Breakdown theme of the album, the track-list was specifically meant to trace James Dewees' route to rehab.
  • For his first three albums, Pete Yorn used titles referring to a time of the day: Musicforthemorningafter, Day I Forgot, and Nightcrawler.
  • The first three Afro Celt Sound System album titles had their title preceded by a volume number, e.g. Volume 1: Sound Magic. They dropped the practice for their fourth album, Seed, as well as the remix album Pod, but it returned for Volume 5: Anatomic. note 
  • All of Sarah Records' compilation albums were named after locations in Bristol (UK), where the label was based.
  • Pet Shop Boys name all of their albums with just one word, and usually one with a possible double meaning. Most of their compilation albums are similarly terse (the only exception being the Japan-exclusive In Depth, and the numbered sequels to Disco). Only for their soundtrack albums have they used longer titles—because the movie or stage show wasn't theirs to name. Chris and Neil have stated that the pattern of one-word titles is deliberate.
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