Something Blues

Common method of naming things "The (Something) Blues". Very prevalent in Blues music, although there are also many, many non-blues songs with a title like this.

See also The Something Song and Ballad of X.


  • Cowboy Bebop:The episode title "Asteroid Blues," and the credits song, "The Real Folk Blues," named after the famous album series.
  • The Sailor Moon DiC North American dub had a large number of episodes titled "Something-or-other Blues".

Comic Books

  • Postman Blues
  • Habana Blues
  • Miami Blues
  • Varsity Blues
  • The French title of Analyze This was "Mafia Blues".
  • Undercover Blues
  • Biloxi Blues
  • There have been three movies called St. Louis Blues. The first was a jazz short in the 20's that depicted the only film footage of W.C. Handy (see the Music entry below). The next one was made in the 30's. It was a musical comedy starring Dorothy Lamour. The third was a musical bio-pic about W.C.Handy made in the 50's with Nat King Cole as the lead. Because of this last film, the aforementioned 1930's St. Louis Blues was retitled to Best of the Blues for television.
  • "The Weary Blues" from Summer Holiday.
  • Israeli film Metallic Blues (which is a Pun-Based Title on the color metallic blue).

  • Spaceman Blues: A Love Song
  • Clive Barker's Pig Blood Blues
  • Bizarro author Jordan Krall's Squid Pulp Blues
  • Derek Robinson did two, not related: Red Rag Blues and Kentucky Blues. Both could be puns, with "blues" in the first title contrasting with "reds" (i.e. Communists), and "blues" in the second one alluding to the American Civil War.
  • Richard Lupoff's novel Space War Blues.

Live-Action TV


  • One game in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue was to improvise a Blues song. The title would always be in this form (eg, "The Trichologist's Blues" or "The Kerry Packer Blues"). In one case the song was called "The West Indies Blues", but was sung as a calypso.

  • The Saint Louis Blues.

  • "Women's Club Blues" from Love Life.
  • "Homesick Blues" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
  • "The Red Blues" from Silk Stockings.
  • "Buddy's Blues" (also known as "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues") from Follies.
  • "L.A. Blues" from City of Angels.
  • "Papa's Blues" from Starlight Express.
  • "The Fatherhood Blues" from Baby.
  • "'The Half Of It, Dearie' Blues" from Lady, Be Good!.
  • "The Where-Has-My-Hubby-Gone Blues" from No No Nanette.

Video Games
  • Little unrelated, but Proto Man's japanese name is Blues.
  • The third Fallout: New Vegas DLC is Old World Blues. The DLC mentions it as an in-universe term for extreme, crippling nostalgia to the point that you can't really operate in the here-and-now — though a good karma ending has it evolve into a more positive term, with greater respect for the potential of Old World Blues to turn to New World Hope (an evil karma ending solidifies the old meaning and pairs it with New World Misery).
  • An Interactive Fiction game for ADRIFT called Cowboy Blues.
  • A series of hack-and-slash mods for Neverwinter Nights called Underdark Blues.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Metalocalypse pokes fun at this in one episode, with an old man telling bizarre circumstances in which various songs with these kind of title, which are often massively convoluted, were made, including one that a person apparently composed as they were being killed by a train.