Top 10 Great Album Names for Bad Albums


10. Songs about Fucking – Big Black
  Honestly, I have no idea what this band sounds like, but you just gotta love the honesty of the title.
9. Eat ’em and Smile – David Lee Roth
8. All the Best Cowbows Have Chinese Eyes – Pete Townshend
7. Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors – Fish
  Not that bad an album, but not nearly as good as his stuff with Marillion.
6. The Spaghetti Incident? – Guns ‘n Roses
  After Appetite for Destruction and the Use Your Illusions, this one was a bit of a downer.
5. Counterparts – Rush
  Not a great album, as Rush albums go, but the album art plays on the word “Counterparts” very well, listing a bunch of words that go together, as well as pictures of things that go together, and other things like a blueprint of a kitchen sink and parts of a clock (get it? Counter parts?).
4. Happiness Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch – Our Lady Peace
3. Badmotorfinger – Soundgarden
  I loved Superunknown, and had heard lots of good things about this one, so I bought it. It’s OK, but Superunknown blows it away.
2. Sailing the Seas of Cheese – Primus
  Tommy the Cat and Jerry was a Race Car Driver are both good, but the rest was rather forgettable. Frizzle Fry is a much better Primus album.
1. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence – Dream Theater
  Again, not a bad album, but not as good as other Dream Theater albums. Awesomely cool album title though. This one gave me the idea for this list.

Update: Honorable mention to The Worst of Jefferson Airplane by (who else?) Jefferson Airplane. This one’s good not only because of the good name, but because (I believe) it was their debut album.

Maybe next I’ll list the worst album titles for great albums — pretty much any self-titled album (that’s not a debut album) or numbered album (Chicago II, Chicago III, Chicago IV, …, Chicago XVII, …) would count here.

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