Have you ever wondered what the working titles for your favorite albums were?
Well a list from Ultimate Classic Rock has revealed the original names of 10 legendary albums – these were:
•The Beatles’ Revolver (1966)
Working titles: Abracadabra; Four Sides Of The Eternal Triangle; Magic Circles; and Beatles On Safari
•The Who’s Tommy (1969)
Working Title: The Deaf, Dumb & Blind Boy
•The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. (1972)
Working Title: Tropical Disease
•Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
Working Title: Eclipse
•David Bowie’s Young Americans (1975)
Working Title: Shilling The Rubes — the working title got its name from an LP outtake.
•Led Zeppelin’s Presence (1976)
Working Title: Obelisk — the “Obelisk” was the name for the unidentifiable object in the center of the dinner table.
•Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces (1979)
Working Title: Emotional Fascism
•The Clash’s London Calling (1979)
Working Title: The Last Testament
•The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead (1986)
Working Title: Margaret On The Guillotine — which Morrissey later used as the title of the final song on his 1988 solo debut, Viva Hate.
•Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill (1986)
Working Title: Don’t Be A F****t
Also… Paul McCartney has explained how he comes up with his album names – particularly 2005’s “Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard”… He said:
I was looking around once we’d finished the album, and ‘Promise To You Girl’ says, ‘Looking through the backyard of my life.’ So I thought, ‘Backyard’ — that might be kinda good.’ In ‘Fine Line,’ it says, ‘There’s a long way between chaos and creation,’ but it sounded a little bit too monumental. So then I thought ‘. . . in the backyard,’ so I just stuck those too little quotes together, and that kind of stopped it being too sort of pretentious.