Our Weekly Ten: 10 Weird Song Titles

21/01/2013 21:20

We live in a strange world. We have the best technology to check out countless pictures of cats on internet. Some people name their children Fifi Trixibelle or Apple, some bands choose crazy names like “The Swedish Suburban Kids with Biblical Names” and some bands go all the way down to Awkwardville to choose a name for their song. Dive into our music pool of weird tunes and maybe you’ll come across something you like.


10 We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives by Los Campesinos

(Still better than a party where people throw knives, huh?) Combine xylophone, a lovely girl’s voice and funny lyrics (“it’s your party but I’ll die if I want to”). Plus an animated video about a war that turns into a party. Plus they’re keeping it short – under three minutes. These are just a few reasons why I’m giving this Cardiff set a go.

Los Campesinos


9 Careful With That Axe, Eugene by Pink Floyd

Words like genius and fantastic were invented for bands like Pink Floyd. If you don’t know any of their songs besides Another Brick In The Wall, shame on you! Luckily, they made it to our list with this instrumental number that sets the mood somewhere between being stoned and being torn apart by a crazy dinosaur.


8 Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken by Camera Obscura

What a joyful song with a retro vibe and prominent strings! The Scottish band released it in response to Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' song "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" That said, the title does not seem so weird at all, but it is at least, erhm, different.

Camera Obscura


7 You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me by Arctic Monkeys

Long before (and some time after) Arctic Monkeys there were EMO pop bands with special love for extremely long song titles. But these boys from Sheffield dropped the tragic tone and spiced up their song titles with puns – a way to go. And so they gave us jewels like “Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...”, “Fluorescent Adolescent” or “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala”.


6 Satan Gave Me a Taco by Beck

This one is not loveable and nothing you’d listen to more than twice in your life. Think folk (banjo alert!) and in terms of being original and creative and indie... in its true, “independent” sense. Allegedly, Allen Ginsberg listed this song among his most favourite examples of pop poetry.


5 Shoplifters Of The World Unite by The Smiths

And the award for the best pelvic move before Ricky Martin’s goes to Morrissey! It starts off slow until you get the full-scale 80s feel, but that’s long after your heart has melted upon hearing the leader’s unmistakable croon.

The Smiths


4 Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa by Vampire Weekend

Just so you know, Kwassa Kwassa is a dance rhythm from the Congo. The best thing about this song is not the innocence and African impression it leaves, but the fact that Peter Gabriel - mentioned in the lyrics - covered it.


3 Fall Is Just Something That Grownups Invented by The Hives

This may not be the most profound and complicated song ever, nevertheless it is pure fun. You can sing and play it with your friends either at bar after your fifth beer or on the first school day. By the way, I feel like this pretty much all the time.


2 I Love You, I'm Going To Blow Up Your School by Mogwai

Another instrumental piece. Don’t get scared by the title, it might be gloomy, but it is still a chill out song. Actually, this is one of three Glasgow bands that made it to this list – three out of ten from Scotland: just a weird coincidence? I don’t think so.


1 Got Ma Nuts From A Hippy by The Fratellis

You know the background guitar that you hear in all those Britpop songs and it gets quite boring? Yeah, you’ll hear it in this one too, but it’s utterly contagious. And you just CANNOT not love a song with this title.

The Fratellis


First of all, kudos Britain! Your bands’ weirdness vs. the rest of the world: 7 to 3. Second of all, you have no idea how hard it is to choose the best ones from songs like “MTV makes me wanna smoke crack”, “Death is not a parallel move” and “Tastes Like Kevin Bacon”  or “Disintegrating Parachutist Woman“ (oh, metal bands; they always know how to shock). A little advice: please don’t go and write a paper for school after listening to these songs because it might turn out to be something... weird.


Kristína Škovierová


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