Here’s something random to distract you on your next coffee break. As many people are no doubt familiar, when you play a song on an iPod it displays the following information arranged in three lines:

Title of song
Title of album

On the way to work this morning with my colleague Dave, I noticed that his iPod was displaying

The Hand That Feeds
Nine Inch Nails
With Teeth

and after briefly wondering whether those nine inch nails had teeth or were being fed them, I set off thinking about other songs which spelled out phrases and sentences in the same way. They seem surprisingly uncommon – besides a few dubious constructions (“I Do Edie Brickell And The New Bohemians Shooting Rubber Bands At The Stars”) the only good one I could come up with was “In A Graveyard Rufus Wainwright Poses”.

Any others? Three million bonus points if you can find one that fits 5-7-5 syllable haiku form.

3 Responses to “Songtitleisms”

  1. rho says:

    The best that I came up with:

    Pet Shop Boys’

    (sneaky added apostrophe there)

    Nellie Mckay,
    Get Away From Me

    (and a sneaky comma)

    Look Sharp!

    (without any added punctuation)

    Boys and Girls

    (OK, that’s slightly dodgy)


    (Apparently I like U2 less than Nellie Mckay)

  2. icabod says:

    I tried to think up a few, but my music collection doesn’t help much…

    Outside the machine,
    Returning Jesus

    (coulda gone with “Close your eyes” as the track title).

    As We Go Along
    The Monkees

    (kinda works).

  3. robin says:

    Cool idea. I have not one or two, but eighteen examples at The Theatre Of Noise. And for the three million bonus points try this:

    You Are My Sister
    Antony and the Johnsons
    I Am a Bird Now

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