Pun Based Title: Music

  • The Beatles, surely the most famous band with a pun-based name.
  • Led Zeppelin (kind of a pun on "lead" as in "you'll go down like a lead balloon", said by Keith Moon to Jimmy Page meaning It Will Never Catch On); actually it was changed to make the pronunciation unambiguous.
    • Their reggae parody "D'Yer Mak'er" is a pun on "Jamaica", but ultimately it's based on an old joke:
    My wife's gone to the West Indies.
    No, she went of her own accord.
    • And speaking of reggae, let's not forget the parody band Dread Zeppelin.
  • The rock group Slade has an album called Slayed?. This was a reference to their frequent use of misspelt titles, eg "Take Me Bak 'Ome" and "Gudbuy T'Jane".
  • System of a Down's hit single "Chop Suey!" (off of the album Toxicity) was originally called "Suicide". On the album version, you can even hear one of the members announcing "Rolling 'Suicide'" right before the song starts. However, they decided to change the title to make the single more radio-friendly, with "Suey!", of course, short for "Suicide".
  • The Nirvana records Hormoaning and Incesticide
    • Sonic Youth tried to out-pun them by calling an EP Whores Moaning.
  • Rasputina's "Dwarf Star" is a pun on the celestial body
    He said he was a dwarfstar
    'Cause he was small
    And he was... famous
  • Silverstein's song "My Heroine" refers to both the sarcastically named female, and the drug.
  • The Genesis albums Nursery Cryme and Selling England By The Pound.
    • One of Tony Banks' solo albums is called Bankstatement.
  • The Iron Maiden album Piece of Mind, and their song "Public Enema Number One". Also, the live albums Maiden England and Maiden Japan (also a pun on the Deep Purple live album Made in Japan).
  • The Megadeth album and song Rust in Peace.
  • The Rush album Moving Pictures might be considered one twice over, since on the surface one would think it refers to movies, but the cover shows people carrying paintings out of a museum, as well as people crying or appearing otherwise emotionally affected—that is, moving the pictures out of the building, and also moved by the pictures.
  • The VAGIANT (now Tijuana Sweetheart) album Public Display of Infection.
    • Their old name also qualifies, being a junction of "vagina" (it's an all-girl band) and "giant".
  • The Greg Kihn Band apparently really like making puns on Greg Kihn's last name. Their discography includes albums called Next of Kihn, Rockihnroll, Kihntinued, Kihnspiracy, Kihntagious and Citizen Kihn. Only three of their studio albums don't involve a freakihn' pun of some kind.
  • "Animal Nitrate" by Suede is a play on the drug amyl nitrate (and the animalistic nature of the protagonist's Bastard Boyfriend).
  • This Heat's album Made Available: It's a collection of sessions they recorded for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios. They also punned on their own band name by calling another album Deceit.
  • The one-hit wonder band Lipps Inc. of "Funky Town" has a slightly self deprecating punny name if said aloud.
  • Evile is a portmanteau of Evil and Vile.
  • The Cranberries were originally The Cranberry Saw Us (you know, like "the cranberry sauce"). Once vocalist Dolores O’Riordan joined, she convinced the others it was a particularly groanworthy pun and they shortened it to just The Cranberries.
  • David Bowie's album and song Aladdin Sane.
  • Jean-Michel Jarre's Les Chants Magnétiques: literal translation = "The Magnetic Songs", a pun on "champs magnétiques" = "magnetic fields". The album was released as Magnetic Fields in anglophone countries.
  • Kristin Hersh punned on her own name with the song title "Christian Hearse".
  • John Wilkes Booze, a pun on Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth. Better yet, they were originally called The John Wilkes Booze Explosion, a pun on both John Wilkes Booth and the name of another band, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
  • Neil Young's Le Noise, a pun on the album's producer, Daniel Lanois.
    • There's also the anti-GMO Protest Song "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop", playing off the phrase "rock star", Starbucks Coffee, and the verb "buck", meaning to resist.
  • Sting's Ten Summoner's Tales initially just seems like a reference to The Canterbury Tales, but it's also a pun on his real name, Gordon Sumner.
  • The Miller's Tale, a Tom Verlaine anthology, is based on the same pun as the Sting example.
  • Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins by Sparks.
  • The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste by Ministry. They're also fond of punning on classic rock album titles - see Rio Grande Blood, Houses of the Molé and Dark Side Of The Spoon. And they've even punned on their own album titles with a couple of remix albums: Rio Grande Dub Ya (referencing both the genre of dub and George W. Bush's nickname) and The Last Dubber (referencing their album The Last Sucker - already a pun on "the last supper" - and dub again)
    • Al Jourgensen is a fan of puns in general. Some of the tours he's done include the SphincTour, CliTourIs, FornicaTour, MasturBaTour, C-U-LaTour, LubricaTour, DefibrillaTour...
  • Kirsty MacColl's Electric Landlady, a pun on Jimi Hendrix's album Electric Ladyland. Amusingly enough, some misprinted early copies of Electric Ladyland actually did render the title as "Electric Landlady".
  • Dinosaur Jr.. have a song with the Non-Appearing Title "Lose" - the title does fit the tone of the lyrics, but it's probably also a nod to Lou Barlow getting to Step Up to the Microphone, since "Lose" is a homophone for "Lou's".
  • Satirical death metal band Faxed Head have a song called "Gore And Guts". Given the title and the genre, you'd expect a song involving gorn or a Shout-Out to the band Gorguts - it's actually about then-vice-president Al Gore ("Albert Gore has the guts / to lead this nation of god damn nuts!")
  • Alex Chilton's album Bach's Bottom puns on his old band The Box Tops.
  • Four Sail by Love. When you combine the album title with the band's name you get "love four sail", or "love for sale".
  • Road To Rouen by Supergrass, a pun on the expression "on the road to ruin" and Rouen, a city in France. It may also be a Shout-Out to the The Ramones' album Road To Ruin.
  • Hum's album Fillet Show - also sort of an Intentionally Awkward Title.
  • Local H's "Bryn Mawr Stomp", combining the Led Zeppelin song title "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" with women's liberal arts college Bryn Mawr.
  • Roy Zimmerman's song "Limbaugh (How Low Can You Go?)", referring to a) the limbo and b) Rush Limbaugh.
  • The Ned's Atomic Dustbin album God Fodder ("godfather"). Supposedly it was inspired by a pun made while the band were playing a round of Trivial Pursuit - one of the questions asked what "the food of the gods" was, and a member of the band jokingly gave the album title as their answer.
  • Parasites' debut album Pair Of Sides, playing off the band's name and the two "sides" of a record or cassette (the album was not initially released on CD, a format the pun wouldn't have worked for).
  • The Australian band X (not to be confused with the other X or X Japan) released an album called Aspirations... As in "Exasperations".
  • The Vampire Weekend song "Diane Young". (As in "Dying young".)
  • Belle and Sebastian member Stevie Jackson gave a solo album the near-eponymous title (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, playing on The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".
  • Hepa-Titus (whose name is already a pun on "hepatitis" and possibly the Roman Emperor Titus) have a single with the title Don't Half A Cow. Aside from the expression "don't have a cow", the title references the fact that the A-side features half of the original lineup of the band Cows - the band's bassist is former Cows member Kevin Rutmanis, while former Cows vocalist Shannon Selberg makes a guest appearance.
  • From Garth Brooks: Chris Gaines' fictional Fornucopia album, which is a portmanteau of "fornication" and "cornucopia".
  • So far, Weedeater have done this with three out of their four album titles: ...And Justice for Y'all is a parody of Metallica's ...And Justice for All. God Luck and Good Speed is sort of a Spoonerism for "Good Luck and Godspeed", and also a likely reference to "speed" as in amphetamine. Jason... The Dragon is another drug pun, referring to "chasing the dragon".
  • The title of Yes' 1978 Tormato album was a reference to Yes Tor, a Welsh geological formation where Hipgnosis shot the original album cover, and the tomato thrown by keyboardist Rick Wakeman at the picture when disappointed with the cover photo; the combined results made the final print.
  • The Happy Mondays album Uncle Dysfunktional. From that album, there's "Anti Warhole On The Dancefloor".
  • Madonna's The Immaculate Collection is a pun on The Immaculate Conception, the Catholic belief that the Virgin Mary was born sinless so that she could conceive Jesus.
  • Frank Zappa has a few of those too:
  • Michael Giacchino has a lot of fun with his track titles. Some examples:
  • Christopher Young blazed a trail for Michael Giacchino in the Incredibly Lame Pun stakes. Observe:
  • 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 scored ("Plato's Stepchildren," if you're wondering) premiered - we can only speculate.
  • Sixpence None The Richer pulled this on their CD Divine Discontent with the song Still Burning... which came right after Waiting On The Sun. (And since the song is actually Waiting on the Sunshine it's very much intentional).
  • Videodrone's "Ty Jonathan Down": Spoken aloud it sounds like an imperative sentence ("tie Jonathan down"), but it's also a reference to the two singers featured on the recording: Jonathan Davis makes a guest appearance alongside the group's normal lead vocalist, Ty Elam.
  • Give Me The Cure was a Cover Album featuring bands from Washington, D.C. covering The Cure, the proceeds of which went to benefit AIDS research. Aside from the general idea of covering songs by The Cure to help cure a disease, "Give Me The Cure" was also the title of a song by Fugazi, one of the most famous bands to come out of D.C.'s independent music scene.
  • Angry Snowmans are a band who perform Christmas/Holiday-themed song parodies of Punk Rock or Hardcore Punk songs: Their name is grammatically incorrect because it makes the pun on hardcore punk band Angry Samoans more obvious.
    • Somewhat similar is The Scrooges, a The Stooges cover band who perform in Santa suits and usually only get together around the holidays.
  • The IOSYS album Touhou Houmatsu Tengoku features the song Heartful Necromancer, a mix of Kaenbyou Rin's Leitmotif Be of Good Cheer and Michael Jackson's Thriller. In pronunciation and kana, however, the word is "neko Romancer," which also explains the lyrics.
  • "Sara Lee" by The Evens - the semi-title drop is "Not necessarily".
  • Kraftwerk's second electronic album is titled Radio-Activity, and indeed, it is not about radiation but about radio.
    • One of the songs on Radio-Activity is titled "Ohm Sweet Ohm".
    • Their debut album Kraftwerk has two songs named "Stratovarius" (a pun on Stradivarius violins) and "Megaherz" (a pun on megahertz that translates to "mega-heart").
  • Stephin Merritt's side project The Gothic Archies have a name that plays off Gothic architecture (as in "Gothic arches"), Goth Rock, and The Archies, the Fake Band associated with Archie Comics. The name fits with the music, which is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek cross between goth rock and bubblegum pop.
  • The band Joanna Gruesome named themselves as a pun on Joanna Newsom.
  • Lesbian punk band Tribe 8 have a name that plays off "tribade", which is an obsolete term for a lesbian, as well as tribadism, a specific lesbian sex act.