If there’s anything more enjoyable than listening to some great music for the first — or 40th — time, it’s also enjoying the album’s witty approach to titles, song titles, or cover art.
Plenty of musicians (or their producers) have used puns or other plays on words to make an album stand out, and these are just three among the hundreds — if not thousands — that have managed to pull it off successfully over the years.
If you’re lucky enough to have a good record player in your home, then you’ll not only get to enjoy the music contained within, but also these albums’ cool cover art. So here they are: 3 vinyl record titles with the best puns or wordplay.
David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane”
When it comes to artful titles — and music, and cover art, and makeup — you really can’t get any more epic than British star David Bowie. In homage to the prolific musician, (who even managed to produce a posthumous album) “Aladdin Sane” has to be on this list. When said out loud, the album’s title sounds like “A Lad Insane.” Produced in 1973, many of his fans agree that this album was Bowie at the height of his creativity.
Megadeth’s “Rust in Peace”
This heavy metal album was produced in 1990, when the genre was still well-loved by even the more conservative music lovers among us. As with most of Megadeth’s albums, “Rust in Peace” was a criticism of society’s ills, as well as containing that play on words that makes it so easy to remember. Put it on your record player and let the hard sound fill your living room!
Australian Crawl’s “Sons of Beaches”
It might be the least-known of the albums mentioned here, but Australian Crawl’s brilliant play on words is still worth a mention. Produced in 1982, the “beaches” part pays heed to the fact that Australians are known for being beach lovers. At the same time, the entire phrase “Sons of Beaches” has a hard “F*ck you” kind of attitude to it.
While all of these albums can stand on their own — and would probably be remembered even without a gimmicky title, adding a pun or a play on words certainly doesn’t hurt in having the albums remembered throughout the ages.
Do you have vinyl albums which have puns or witty wordplay in their titles? Let me know what they are in the comments section here.