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  • The Beatles, surely the most famous band with a pun-based name.
  • The Black Crowes' third album, Amorica. In case you're wondering, the formula is: America + amor ("love" in Spanish) = Amorica.
  • David Bowie's album and song Aladdin Sane.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evile is a portmanteau of Evil and Vile.
  • (G)I-DLE's song "$$$" (pronounced "Dollars) is a pun on the Korean word 달라 (dalla) meaning 'different. The song even samples a Google Translate reading of the English word.
  • The Genesis albums Nursery Cryme and Selling England by the Pound.
    • One of Tony Banks' solo albums (and the band name he issued it under) is called Bankstatement.
    • Steve Hackett has at least a couple of solo tracks that make puns on his last name; his album Highly Strung has a track called "Hackett to Pieces", and a track he wrote as a member of the supergroup GTR is called "Hackett to Bits" (and was actually inspired by the former song).
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  • Gnarls Barkley, the project fronted by Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse, is a pun on the name of basketball star Charles Barkley.
  • The The Happy Fits EP called "Awfully Apeelin'" has a banana on the cover.
  • Kristin Hersh punned on her own name with the song title "Christian Hearse".
  • The Iron Maiden album Piece of Mind (which in turn was promoted with the "World Piece Tour"), 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Megadeth album and song Rust in Peace.
  • The Nirvana records Hormoaning and Incesticide
    • Sonic Youth tried to out-pun them by calling an EP Whores Moaning.
  • Rasputina's "DwarfStar" is a pun on the celestial body
    He said he was a dwarfstar
    'Cause he was small
    And he was... famous
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The one-hit wonder band Lipps Inc. of "Funky Town" has a slightly self deprecating punny name if said aloud.
  • The Rush album Moving Pictures has lots of Visual Puns on its cover to 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.
  • Silverstein's song "My Heroine" refers to both the sarcastically named female, and the drug.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • "Animal Nitrate" by Suede is a play on the drug amyl nitrate (and the animalistic nature of the protagonist's Bastard Boyfriend).
  • 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 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".
  • Neil Young's Le Noise is an album produced by Daniel Lanois, where the distorted guitar tone on most of the songs could be described as "noisy". The pun only works in print, since Lanois' surname is pronounced "lan-WAH".
    • 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.
  • The Miller's Tale, a Tom Verlaine anthology, is based on the same pun as the Sting example.
  • Sparks:
    • Kimono My House is a pun on the title of the traditional pop song "Come on-a My House".
    • Angst in My Pants is a pun on "ants in my pants".
    • Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins is a play on "gratuitous sex and senseless violence". The individual songs "Gratuitous Sax" and "Senseless Violins" play the phrases literally.
  • The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste by Ministrynote . 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".
  • Frank Zappa has a few of those too:
  • Sufjan Stevens:
    • "Come on Feel the Illinoise!" is a riff on the title of a Slade song, the word "noise", and the way "Illinois" is commonly mispronounced.
    • "The Seer's Tower" (referring to the Willis Tower, once known as the Sears Tower).
    • "Get Behind Me Santa", which is a riff of "Get Behind Me Satan" (both a phrase from the Bible and the title of a The White Stripes album).
  • Let's face it: If your work is being scored by Michael Giacchino, he's bound to pepper the score's tracks with puns. Examples include:
  • 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.
  • Alan Silvestri is not immune to this trope:
  • 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. The group's name is a play on Videodrome.
  • 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 improperly pluralized 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.
  • Ty Segall's Ty Rex is a cover EP of T. Rex songs.
    • Segall Smeagol is a Harry Nilsson cover EP, referencing both Nilsson Schmilsson and The Lord of the Rings (Smeagol being Gollum's original name before he was corrupted by the One Ring)
  • The Christmas benefit album Maybe This Christmas was followed by Maybe This Christmas Too? and Maybe This Christmas Tree. The latter is a labored enough pun that it doesn't make a lot of sense if you don't know it's the third in a series.
  • Indie rock group Hippo Campus: The hippocampus is a part of the brain found in humans and other vertebrates; separating it into two words that way also brings to mind hippopotamuses and college campuses, which is likely intentional.
  • Daniel Amos: The song "Youth with a Machine" (from Doppelgänger) is a pun on the real-life group Youth With A Mission.
  • Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" (which eventually became the album title), because it's one letter away from "Heir of the Dog", i.e. "son of a bitch" - a phrase proeminently featured in the chorus, but the label wouldn't allow such an Intentionally Awkward Title.
  • When Brazilian band Ratos de Porão did a Cover Album, they named it with a pun on Guns N' Roses' fellow tribute album "The Spaghetti Incident?": Feijoada Acidente?
    • Also from that country, the band RPM, "Revolutions Per Minute" - meaning revolts instead of rotations (the latter is even the word that acronym has in Portuguese).
  • Among the compositions Benny Goodman and his Orchestra recorded was a tune called "Six Flats Unfurnished", written in G-flat. That key has six flats, from which the title creates a pun with the "apartment building" definition of "flat".
  • Brian McNeill's second solo album Unstrung Hero (musical strings + "unsung hero").
  • They Might Be Giants' Back To Skull EP, playing off the phrase "back to school": The EP was a companion piece to the album John Henry, which featured imagery of a human skull in its artwork (as does the EP itself), and it was released in mid-August, when stores tend to have their "back to school" promotions.
  • Avenged Sevenfold has the song "Sunny Disposition" on The Stage, which doesn't refer to a bright mood but to radiation poisoning after a nuclear war.
  • The Preston School Of Industry's debut album All This Sounds Gas is a play on George Harrison's first post-Beatles solo album All Things Must Pass. Singer/guitarist Scott Kannberg might have been making a tongue-in-cheek comparison between Harrison and himself with that title: Kannberg typically only got to Step Up to the Microphone on one or two songs per Pavement album, much like most albums by The Beatles were dominated by Lennon/McCartney compositions.
  • The Bouncing Souls, playing off the trademark "bouncing soles" of Dr. Martens boots.
  • Pantera's Reinventing The Steel, playing off the expression "reinventing the wheel" and Judas Priest's British Steel.
  • Numerous releases by Cex: The first album was titled Cells, as in "Sex sells", and there's also Shamaneater, Tall, Dark and Handcuffed, Role Playa note , Bataille Royale note , and Maryland Mansions note 
  • Dischord Records, a Washington, D.C.-based independent label known for Hardcore Punk and later Post-Hardcore: A junction of "discord" (musical or otherwise) and "chord".
  • Tendon Levey is noticeably fond of these. Examples include: "Kingdom Coma", "Romeo and Oubliette", "Vespal Virgin", "A Sucker is Gored Every Minute", "Carpe Demon", "Hive Sweet Hive", "A Throat By Any Other Name", "The Perfect Swarm", "Glitch Doctor", "Hard of Healing", "Life After Daath", and many others.
  • Four Tet followed up the album Pause with a remix EP called Paws: The two titles are of course homonyms.
  • The Turtles' much-sampled "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're The Royal Macadamia Nuts)" has a punny title as a way of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
  • Aural Exciters' "Emile (Night Rate)" is a drug song.
  • Jimmie's Chicken Shack's album Pushing The Salmanila Envelope, playing off manila envelopes, salmonella, and the expression "pushing the envelope" - It loosely relates to the band name because consuming raw or under-cooked poultry can be a cause of salmonella. The album artwork features a drawing of lead singer Jimi Haha opening a small manila envelope full of chicken feathers.
  • The charity fundraising collective Band Aid is a deliberate pun on the adhesive bandages. It was done without seeking permission, but the manufacturers didn't mind too much, given that the publicity was so positive.
  • Ninja Sex Party have two cover albums (with a third in the works) with the fan-suggested title of "Under the Covers". The cover art for Volume 1 emphasizes the pun by showing Danny and Brian sitting on top of a large bed with satin sheets. (Though that would technically make them ABOVE the covers...)
  • The bagpipe-centered band Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
  • Joanna Newsom released an EP called Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band - the EP was recorded with the backing band that toured with her in support of the album Ys (pronounced similarly to "ease"), and it's also a reference to Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band.


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