Hoo boy, I didn’t realize how much I loved titles. I’d have to say Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices does a pretty amazing job at giving GBV songs and albums obscure but extremely good titles, like ‘The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory’, ‘Blimps Go Ninety’, ‘Under The Bushes, Under The Stars’, ‘Isolation Drills’. By far my favorite titling story of his is the song ‘Best of Jill Hives’, which the entire basis of was him mishearing ‘Best Years of Our Lives’ at an auto-shop.
For long titles, much of the songs in Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois’ get pretty absurd, but ‘The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out To Get Us!’ sounds adventurous in the way the song is, and ‘Come On! Feel the Illinoise! (Part I: The World’s Columbian Exposition – Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me in a Dream)’ sounds real grand, which is appropriate considering that song runs for like eight minutes and talks about a lot of things.
As for others, the first three Superdrag albums (‘Regretfully Yours’, ‘Head Trip In Every Key’ and ‘In The Valley of Dying Stars’), New Order’s ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’, ‘Keep It Like A Secret’ by Built to Spill and Fazerdaze’s ‘Morningside’. I’ve gone on too long.