* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Obviously ''Aqualung'' and ''Thick as a Brick'', also ''A Passion Play'' and ''Songs from the Wood''.
** ''Heavy Horses'' and ''The Broadsword and the Beast'', and that's not even getting into individual songs.
** ''Minstrel in the Gallery'' too.
** The criminally under-rated ''Stormwatch''.
** Their later output isn't remembered quite as fondly, but it's still great, and includes such albums as ''Crest of a Knave''.
** Can't forget ''Stand Up'', one of Tull's earliest records and an excellent representation of their "blues rock" era.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "THIS is the story of the hare who lost his spectacles!"
* BrokenBase: The band's own website [[http://jethrotull.com/?portfolio=a-passion-play invokes this trope]] at the beginning of its history of ''A Passion Play'':
-->Tull fans are a rather cordial group but breech the topic of ''A Passion Play'' at your own peril. Many vehemently defend it as Tull's finest work others downright loath it.
* CoveredUp: "Bouree" by Bach.
* EarWorm: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0jMPI_pUec "Sitting on a park bench, eyeing little girls with bad intent..."]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjygHyVM28g "Can you guess my name? Can you guess my trade? I'm gonna catch you anyway!"]]
* EpicRiff: "Aqualung", "Locomotive Breath", several others.
** The opening riff to ''Thick as a Brick'' may be the band's most recognizable.
** "Sweet Dream" has a particularly notable riff.
** "Living in the Past" has to qualify. There aren't too many well-known riffs in [[UncommonTime 5/4]].
** You've also got the mighty riff of "Minstrel in the Gallery".
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Justified in a lot of songs (such as "A Passion Play") but also overdone in others. "Thick as a Brick" is basically {{troll}}ing people on the subject.
* FaceOfTheBand: To the point where people think Music/JethroTull is the guy's name. It's Ian Anderson. Jethro Tull ''is'' a person's name, but he's an historical figure known for inventing the seed drill. It's comparable to assuming that Music/FranzFerdinand is a solo artist.
* FandomRivalry: With Music/{{Metallica}}, due to their controversial Grammy win.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''A'' and especially ''Under Wraps''. Even ''The Very Best of'' [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores both albums]].
* GrowingTheBeard: The inclusion of guitarist Martin Barre (during ''Stand Up'') and keyboardist John Evan (during ''Benefit''), which greatly expanded and tightened the band's sound.
* HarsherInHindsight: ''Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die!'' marked the first appearance of Tull's third bassist, John Glascock. Three and a half years after that album, he passed away at age 28; not too old to rock 'n' roll, but certainly too young to die.
** Whether it's this or [[HilariousInHindsight hilarious]] (or both), Mick Abrahams wrote and sang the song "Move on Alone" for the band's first album. Abrahams would leave the band shortly after the album's release. Ian Anderson lampshades it in the linear notes for the release of ''This Was''.
* HeartwarmingMoments: On ''Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull'', Ian dedicates their performance of "Life Is a Long Song" to all musicians who have passed on, specifically mentioning [[Music/LedZeppelin John Bonham]], [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]], and Music/JimiHendrix.
* HoYay: For decades a live concert staple has involved Ian Anderson sticking his flute between Martin Barre's legs in a distinctly phallic manner, and fiddling with the protruding end of it for a while. Generally this ends with a disgusted look at the free hand, then wiping it as if now covered with something very sticky.
* IAmNotShazam: See FaceOfTheBand.
* NightmareFuel:
** The cover of ''[[http://www.progarchives.com/forum/uploads/16221/a_passion_play_small.jpg A Passion Play]]''. A dead ballerina with blood dripping from the side of her mouth, staring right at you. The high resolution image on the cover of the remixed edition is arguably worse.
** ''[[http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/418/cover_1740152292009.jpg Broadsword and the Beast]]'' is pretty creepy as well. Ian Anderson as some kind of fairy with a SlasherSmile and a {{BFS}} is not a comforting sight.
** "Left Right" begins with nearly a minute of horrible mewling noises, making it a First Note Nightmare as opposed to a LastNoteNightmare. Ugh.
** The sheer creepiness of "Watching You Watching Me".
** ''"Per errationes ad astra? Then dream, dream on. The dream is all. All good sense gone."'' The fact that it is the only sung line in a spoken word piece, and that Ian chants it like a monk with no backing instruments, is what makes this line NightmareFuel. Plus, the piece itself is meant to be an extra-terrestrial warning about mankind's potential to do harm to any worlds it encounters...
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Many of their songs are incredibly {{Anvilicious}}, but it doesn't take away from the music.
* SweetDreamsFuel: A surprising number of songs could qualify as this, including "Nursie", "Fire At Midnight", "One Brown Mouse" and "Moths". Most of the Christmas album as well.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: More of an issue during the band's more active years. Since Tull changed its sound every few albums, criticism was pretty inevitable.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] from their debut album's title, ''This Was''. By the time the album was released, Anderson's writing had already shifted to the folksier sounds of ''Stand Up'', and obviously wanted to let his audiences know ''this was'' Jethro Tull's sound and style at the time the album was being recorded. [[WordOfGod He's often stated in recent interviews]] that had he decided only to do what fans wanted him to do, Tull would have remained a blues band, and the likes of ''Aqualung'' and ''Thick As A Brick'' would have not come to be.
** ''Under Wraps'' is somewhat atypical of them (due to it featuring a very heavy focus on synthpop), and is often called their worst album because of it.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: There are websites dedicated to deciphering Ian Anderson's lyrics.
** [[http://www.cupofwonder.com/apassion4.html This site]] goes through ''A Passion Play'' line-by-line.
* ValuesDissonance: "Pied Piper" is not a song that Ian would write today. He explains this in the annotations for the remixed ''Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young to Die!'':
--> "Plainly, it's about an older man fancying younger girls. But then that's what we tended to expect from pop musicians, disc jockeys and other such people around at the time. We now know that it could actually be quite horrific rather than an innocent bit of fun. But at the time of my writing that song it was based on what we perceived as reality, but without the outcome, without the traumatic effect that it has on young people."
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Quite a few commentaries about the band's history like to imply that Anderson was on drugs of some kind. The fact is that Anderson doesn't do any drugs at all and only rarely drinks. In fact, he has claimed that his few experiments with drugs hindered his creative process.
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