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post Dec 5 2016, 08:13 PM
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If you know your title and know yourself, you need not fear the reception of a thousand creative works. If you know yourself but not your title, for each push forward you make your lack of focus will drive you back. If you know neither your title nor yourself you will succumb to writer's block ~ someone who's definitely not Sun Tzu

Oh, what the heck, I mentioned it to Mattias, might as well start this and see where it goes. Ironically, the hardest part of making this thread is finding the right title. So I settled on parodying one of the greatest military minds in history to reflect the trouble I always have when coming up with titles for stuff. And also because parody titles are glorious, if only because they're drawn from a pool of familiarity.

ANYWAY, what are your favourite titles from the world of entertainment? Titles, not favourite songs or TV shows or whatever, the tagline itself. Especially TV episode titles if you have any, I always love looking at lists of those because those so often have beautiful references - of course it helps if the TV show itself has an interesting or not entirely descriptive title (i.e. Breaking Bad, Your Lie In April). And what makes a good title for you?
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post Dec 5 2016, 08:20 PM
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I wonder if anyone confuses the new UK 'Meet The Parents' gameshow on their TV set listings (at the bottom of the screen for the channel) for a showing of the film if they switch it on during an advert break? ohmy.gif

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post Dec 5 2016, 08:23 PM
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Another gentle reminder that I really need to watch that anime and find out what exact lie was told in April. Thanks!

I don't have a favourite title per sť, but the best ones would be ones that are very visual, and roll off the tongue beautifully. In terms of albums, "Red Earth & Pouring Rain" is a great recent title, as it conjours up a vivid visual image, and it is very satisfying to say.

Also, a good title that features either/or a pun, or some clever alliteration is also welcome.
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post Dec 5 2016, 08:26 PM
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"Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued"
"Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends"
"I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me"

by Fall Out Boy
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post Dec 5 2016, 08:38 PM
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Yes, Fall Out Boy I had in mind - they had a very post-ironic phase with lots of those. Though I think my favourite is '7 Minutes In Heaven (Atavan Halan)' because it feels rather allusionary.

Personally, I find myself drawn to bands and TV shows and their songs and episodes partly because of the names that they give those works. Music aside, I feel so much more fulfilled that I'm listening to (as an example that's always at the forefront of my mind) Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People than <Firstname> <Lastname> - Home, or worse, Ghost. Which ultimately means nothing.

Or like when I look at a TV show I'm watching, I'm always more hyped for episodes with good names, whether that's because they draw from literary tradition (Trek has a couple of great ones, like this pair of episodes made awesome by Dante, In Purgatory's Shadow/By Inferno's Light that in just three words each indicates some serious happenings are going to go down) or are punning off some already excellent title from another work e.g. I think it's Fringe that has an episode called Do Shapeshifters Dream Of Electric Sheep that's obviously riffing off Philip K Dick's famous novel but it just sticks in your mind anyway.
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post Dec 5 2016, 09:38 PM
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QUOTE(SᴀɴᴛᴀsL&# @ Dec 5 2016, 08:26 PM) *
"Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued"
"Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends"
"I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me"

by Fall Out Boy


Those are all pretty good but early Panic/! at the Disco is pretty much the master of this style of title. Such as;

"The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage"
"Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"
"There's a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet"
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post Dec 5 2016, 09:46 PM
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I love album titles that are a play on words, but that wordplay becomes a meaning that works for what the album is. For example, Faithless has an album called Outrospective, as opposed to introspective, which was followed by a remix album of tracks from that album called Reperspective biggrin.gif Makes sense right!

One of Fiona Apple's albums has the full-length title of 'When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right' mellow.gif
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post Dec 5 2016, 10:02 PM
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Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse
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post Dec 5 2016, 10:17 PM
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QUOTE(Christmattias :/ @ Dec 5 2016, 09:46 PM) *
One of Fiona Apple's albums has the full-length title of 'When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right' mellow.gif


I raise you Chumbawumba's 13th studio 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

Spill that truth tea *.*

Always love a weird or interesting title (unless it seems purposefully made to be stupidly pretentious), I agree with pretty much everything Iz said - song wise, the recent UP winner - Let's Eat Grandma - Eat Shiitake Mushrooms, that instantly sticks in the mind and in some cases it can make me pay more attention to the song and indeed it was a rewarding listen!

Same with films/TV shows, one of my favourite film titles (and films in general!) is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and given that's primarily a genre I don't have a lot of time for, that's one way to get me interested in it!
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post Dec 5 2016, 10:35 PM
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I used to live for Hannah Montana episode titles incorporating songs.

- 'You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Zit is About You'
- 'Lilly's Mom Has Got It Goin' On'
- 'Hannah in the Streets with Diamonds'
- 'Knock Knock Knockin' on Jackson's Head'

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But yes, my favourite titles are usually ones that roll nicely off the tongue or are interesting/clever. Pretentiousness and dumbing down/bad grammar are a no, though. 'The Way I Are' only gets away with it 'cause it's such a good song.
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post Dec 5 2016, 11:36 PM
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Has to be Owl City's metaphorical titles for me *.* Too many to name ofc but Strawberry Avalanche and Ocean Eyes OTTOMH although they basically describe the lyrics of the songs tongue.gif

Just interesting/thought provoking/funny ones are my fave
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post Dec 7 2016, 01:44 AM
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Owl City is a good one Adam, especially looking at ATBAB tracks. "If My Heart Was A House" tho. wub.gif

Death Cab For Cutie's lyrics are particularly amazing (Ben Gibbard is an amazing lyricist and songwriter) but titles such as "The Photo Album" (album- that one's just mildly amusing to me), "Death Of An Interior Decorator", "We Looked Like Giants", "Tiny Vessels", "Transatlanticism", "Brothers On A Hotel Bed", "I Will Possess Your Heart" (stalker song x), "Grapevine Fires", "You Are A Tourist" and even "I Will Follow You Into The Dark", are all leave you wanting to know more (or at least does with me) because just looking at the titles they seem meaningless but with context from the lyrics they make perfect sense.

Relient K are also pretty amazing with titles. Just a few examples: "Devastation And Reform", "Crayons Can Melt On Us For All I Care", "The Only Thing Worse Than Bearing A Dead Horse Is Betting On One", "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been", "I Don't Need A Soul (To Hold)", "Apathetic Way To Be" and their fabulous album titles "Two Lefts Don't Make A Right... But Three Do", "The Bird And The Bee Sides" "Is For Karaoke" (let's see who gets that) and Christmas album "Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer".

Kinda hoping the titles will speak for themselves but my favourite titles tend to have a hidden meanings, make puns or are just frickin awesome. I know I've steered towards music only but eh, priorities.
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post Dec 7 2016, 01:51 AM
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I can't believe we're all glossing over Majela's discography tbh like this and this
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post Dec 7 2016, 11:49 PM
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QUOTE(CodySleighBell-y @ Dec 7 2016, 01:51 AM) *
I can't believe we're all glossing over Majela's discography tbh like this and this

I can't believe I sent Majela to the BJSC 10 year anniversary contest mellow.gif
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post Dec 8 2016, 12:07 AM
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post Dec 8 2016, 12:17 AM
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QUOTE(jakewild @ Dec 8 2016, 12:07 AM) *
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