Have you ever wondered what the working titles for your favorite albums were? Although some of the Beatles' temporary titles are legendary -- "The White Album" started life as A Doll's House and Abbey Road was briefly to be called Everest -- many classic albums had uniquely different titles.
Paul McCartney has always had a blast coming up with his album titles -- and has chosen some pretty off the wall names, including, Ram, Red Rose Speedway, Venus And Mars, Back To The Egg -- and the critically acclaimed 2005 set, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard. He explained to us how he stumbled upon the enigmatic -- yet surprisingly catchy -- title: "I was looking around once we'd finished the album, and 'Promise To You Girl' says, (sings) '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."
Ultimate Classic Rock listed 10 legendary albums with their original names:
- 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
INTERNET COMMENTS at UltimateClassicRock.com -- agree or not?
Jacob Brashears wrote: "'Dark Side of the Moon' & 'Tommy' are brilliant titles ... thank god they replaced the original names."
Nick Panoutsos wrote: "'Eclipse' and 'Abracadabra' definitely would've been a bummer, but for some reason, I would be okay with 'Obelisk' instead of Presence haha.
Rick Vendl II wrote: Electric Light Orchestra, 'The Lost Planet' now known as 'Electric Light Orchestra II'. . . Electric Light Orchestra, "Out Of This World" now known as 'Out Of The Blue'"
Greg Caz wrote: "ELO's first album was released as 'No Answer' in the US only, even though those words appear nowhere in the album's lyrics. This was because a secretary at United Artists in New York was given the task of contacting Harvest Records in London to confirm the title of the album, or lack thereof. It was 1972, and a transatlantic phone call was a much bigger hassle than now, and she couldn't get through. When her boss asked what she had found out, she replied 'no answer' -- which promptly became the album's title in the States!"
Matt St Louis wrote: "Cheap Trick's 'Heaven Tonight' was originally to be 'American Standard,' which is why they're shown in a bathroom on the cover.
Tom Tobin wrote: "Kiss' 1974 album 'Hotter That Hell' was supposed to be called 'They Harder They Come' but the record company (Casablanca) changed it because they liked the song 'Hotter Than Hell.'"
Carolina Moraga wrote: "Another one: The original title for the Floyd's first LP was 'Projection' before Syd changed it to 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.'
Brian Stanczyk wrote: "the beatles suck."
CHECK IT OUT: Led Zeppelin's "Royal Orleans" from 1976's Presence:
Paul McCartney Says He Had A Hard Time Coming Up With The Album Title 'Chaos And Creation In The Backyard'
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