Best and Worst 311 Song Titles

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  1. Juan Gris

    Juan Gris Well-Known Member

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    Take whether you enjoy or loathe the song entirely out of the equation. Which song title is the best and which is a bag of dicks?

    My nominees:

    Best: Existential Hero (Honorable Mention: Inner Light Spectrum)

    Worst: Hey Yo (Honorable Mention: Frolic Room)
     
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    Best: From Chaos
    (Honorable mentions: Wildfire, Freeze Time, Transistor, Eons)

    Worst: My Heart Sings
    (Dishonorable mentions: Getting Through to Her, Thank Your Lucky Stars, 'Til the City's on Fire, Sometimes Jacks Rule the Realm, Guns (Are for Pussies))

    Edit: My Heart Sings takes over the worst song title.
     
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    I won't rank this bottom, because I actually had kind of high hopes. Singing about starting fires is almost always awesome:

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    (also Billy Joel)

    But then I realized that "Until the City's On Fire" is awesome. "'Til The City's On Fire" - way less so.
     
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    Juan Gris Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. I considered selecting all 3 of your dishonorable mentions but nearly made your overall worst my best title. "Sometimes Jacks Rule The Realm" is (probably?) their longest song title to date and, before hearing the song after I had the CD in hand on release day, gave me an expectation of excellence. I like the song just fine but... could be better.

    GDI, robb. This is already a hard enough task, don't bring Billy Joel into your struggle.
     
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    Best: Face In The Wind, Syntax Error, Soulsucker, Let The Cards Fall, Bomb the Town

    Worst: Nix Hex, Large In The Margin, Livin' & Rockin', My Heart Sings, Boom Shanka, Too Much To Think, Juan Bond

    The Worst But Also Kind Of The Best : Fuck The Bullshit
     
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    Listen, you jerk - I spent my first 30 years on Long Island. I didn't particularly care about Billy Joel that much, but I am granted birthright expertise on him. I also don't know if I agree or disagree with you.

    I strolled the discography and what I found - it was SO MUCH easier to find stuff to put in "worst" than "best".

    There are a hundred titles that are fine, serviceable, or almost cool. That's what song titles usually are if you aren't Morrissey. So there are far fewer home runs, than there are strikeouts where you spin around twice on the third strike and fall down.

    What is interesting (?) is that clearly the song title doesn't mean the song will be good or not good. Plenty of awesome stuff with a bad name, and plenty of meh stuff with a cool name.
     
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    Best: Syntax Error

    Worst: Juan Bond
     
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    Thank Your Lucky Stars kind of bothers me. I hate the phrase in general, and it's even worse as a song title. Offbeat Bareass is pretty terrible, too. It just feels weird, and gross, to say. "Hey honey, check out this song, it's called Offbeat Bareass. After this, we can listen to Rhythmic NudeSchlong."

    Best: Light Years, Solar Flare, Wildfire, From Chaos, Transistor...so many. I like short, punchy titles.
     
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    Thank Your Lucky Stars was my runner up for worst. I agree, it's a stupid expression.
     
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    Absolutely my choice for worst, and HeyYou might be my runner-up.
     
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    Best: Use of Time

    Worst: Daisy Cutter
     
  12. Juan Gris

    Juan Gris Well-Known Member

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    Taking the face farting out of the discussion, had you never heard of 311 and were given a list of all of their song titles, wouldn't "Offbeat Bareass" intrigue you? The title feels weird to you now because you know it's about Chad spray farting into SA's face.
     
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    This is definitely not removing the song quality from the title quality - Daisy Cutters are bad ass.

    When I saw that song title I was expecting an absolute rager of a song. We... didn't get that.
     
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    I have to agree. Use of Time, in and of itself, is not a bad title but it doesn't elicit much titular response.

    Was that the correct usage of the word "titular"?

    Titular
     
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    Any use of the word titular is the correct usage.
     
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    Titularobb
     
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    I heard the b-side to the single "The Gene" is going to be "Rhythmic NudeSchlong".
     
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    Actually was gonna say the same thing about thank your lucky stars. It's clumsy as a song title.

    My picks:

    Best: Idk, there are a lot of good ones.

    Worst: Hey Yo, There's Always an Excuse, Thank Your Lucky Stars

    The Nadir: Wild Nights and Sunset in July. Painfully on the nose. I wish Scotch had been there to provide some quality control.
     
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    Best: Offbeat Bareass

    Worst: Rock On. I feel like they meant for it to be tongue in cheek but it's a really weird song title nonetheless.
     
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    Bes:
    Existential Hero
    Stealing Happy Hours
    Great Divide
    Face in the Wind
    The Quickening
    123
    Strong All Along
    Hive

    Wors:
    Rock On
    Wild Nights
    The Night is Young
    Boom Shanka
    Hey Yo
    Get Down
    Loco
     
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