Super-long album and song titles from the Believer

by Josh Kimball

The internet and I agree on nearly all things, but one thing we have particularly divergent views on is the super-long title. I love them; the internet, for the most part, hates them. This month’s Believer features some long titles from literature, cinema and music. A few of the musical-related highlights:

Two songs:
“The Black Hawk War, or, How to Demolish an Entire Civilization and Still Feel Good about Yourself in the Morning, or, We Apologize for the Inconvenience but You’re Going to Have to Leave Now, or, I Have Fought the Big Knives and Will Continue to Fight Them until They Are off Our Lands!” – Sufjan Stevens, Illinois, 53 words

“Someday, In the Event That Mankind Actually Figures Out What It Is That This World Revolves Around, Thousands of People Are Going To Be Shocked And Perplexed To Find Out It Was Not Them. This Includes Me.” – The Chariot, Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead and Nothing Is Breathing, 38 words

Also in the September issue: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy interviews Mike Scott of the band The Waterboys.