Post by giannirubino on Aug 5, 2016 20:31:43 GMT -5
Woolebull listing fave #2 hits got me to thinking ...
I bet that Culture Club had to name their song "Time" as "Time (Clock Of The Heart)" in order to distinguish itself from the Summer 1981 #15 hit by The Alan Parsons Project, "Time" ... you know, for publishing reasons. However, I have often thought it should have been called something else, like maybe "In Time" or "Time (Won't Give Me Time)" or "(Nothin' But) Time."
Maybe they were deliberate in choosing a weird phrase not near the real title, just to be annoying, and, therefore, memorable? I have no idea.
Oy. Don't get me started on Kim Carnes' 1985 #15 song "Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes.)" The BAA is not required at all, is it? If they HAD to put extra words to distinguish itself from another CITN, shouldn't it have been "(I'm Going) Crazy In The Night?"
If given the chance, would you have changed any song titles?
How about "Hearts On Fire" - both Randy Meisner and Bryan Adams. Based on the context in which they use the first word in the title, it should be "Heart's On Fire".
Also, two songs called "Runaway" from late 1995. It should be "Run Away", just like Real McCoy's song from earlier that year. (Of course, maybe both the Corrs and Janet decided to combine the two words so as not to confuse their with the Real McCoy song - only to find out they got the same idea).
Post by 80sat40fan on Sept 30, 2016 16:32:56 GMT -5
In addition to mga707's Robert Plant pick above, two other Led Zeppelin songs come to mind... "Trampled Under Foot" from '75 (why not "Talkin' 'Bout Love"?) or "Fool In The Rain" from '80 (why not "Light Of The Love That I Found"?). I have to think that their oddly chosen titles may have caused them to peak lower than they should have.
A couple of songs from Chicago would work here... "Dialogue (Parts 1 & 2)" and "Questions 67 & 68"... although for the second song, there may not be an obvious title.
Also, for Zeppelin, there was "Black Dog", which doesn't appear in the song but I like it better than "Hey Hey Mama".
"D'yer Maker" is the "You Don't Have To Go" song. The title is supposed to be pronounced '"Ja' Maker"--i.e. Jamaicar, an allusion to its reggae beat and feel. But I've heard several AT40s in which Casey mispronounced it as "Dyer" or "Derr", removing its (subtle) meaning.
While there are songs like John Denver's "Annie's Song" which went to #1, there are others which possibly could have benefitted from a different title: * "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Blue Monday" by New Order * "Hair Of The Dog" by Nazareth * "Life During Wartime" by The Talking Heads * "Lithium" by Nirvana * "Pop Song '89" by REM
Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin and Panic At The Disco had their share of song titles never sung in the song.