Saturday, September 8, 2007

And Then There's ELO's "No Answer"

While we're listing album titles, at the suggestion of OPC reader JL, let's take a look at some answer titles, where one album title is in direct response to another. We already mentioned, in our list of the greatest album titles ever, the chain from the Beatles' Let It Be to the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed to the Replacements' Let It Be. I once read that Paul Westerberg wanted to call the Mats' next record Let It Bleed, but for some reason they didn't. More's the pity.

Some other entries:

Norah Jones' Come Away With Me was answered by Nellie McKay's Get Away From Me

The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat was answered by Social Distortion's White Light, White Heat, White Trash

Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream and Other Delights was answered by Soul Asylum's Clam Dip and Other Delights

Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti was answered by the Dead Milkmen's Metaphysical Graffiti

Guns n' Roses Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II were answered by the Leaving Trains' Loser Illusion Pt. 0

David Bowie's Low was answered by Nick Lowe's EP Bowi

Similarly, R.E.M.'s Green was answered by my friend Ken Kurson and his band Green, who put out an EP called R.E.M.

I'm sure I'm missing a few. Additions graciously welcomed.

1 comment:

Ken said...

Actually, Kurt Loder did a little segment on this name-for-a-name phenomenom for MTV news ( group Big Daddy called its album "John Cougar Mellencamp" and Gang Green did I81B4U after Van Halen's OU812. It was electrifying for me to see Green on MTV in any format.
-Ken Kurson