March 14, 2012 10:14 AM | By Emma Jones
The inspiration behind intriguing album titles

The crazy stories behind music's most baffling album titles

Posed portrait of Fiona Apple on rooftop at Gramercy Park (© David Corio/Redferns)
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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but Fiona Apple's discography is not far off. The 90-word mouthful/poem that was her second studio LP, When The Pawn. . ., currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest album title. And now Apple is at it again, dabbling with impossibly long titles for her long-awaited fourth studio album.

The upcoming record -- slated for a June release -- will be called The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. Yes, it's 23 words long, and yes, it's another poem, this time laced with random noun capitalization. We may not love it, but at least Apple gets creative with her titles, which is more than what we can say for some artists. Flip through to read about the inspiration (or lack of) behind the most intriguing album titles.


Mar 15, 2012 8:53AM
Either the Guinness World Record or the writer of this article are wrong. Chumbawamba one upped Fiona in 2008 with their album "

The Boy Bands Have Won, and All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to Be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or From Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother's Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where It Becomes Your Own. But Don't Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to 'Guard' Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It's Over, Then It's Done, and the Boy Bands Have Won."

 Chumbawamba's opus isn't an album title, it's an essay. Fiona Apple created a sentence that holds together as one concept.
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