Trivial frustrations aside, novel-length titles were a pretty defining characteristic of 2000s alternative music… Even if their general misalignment with actual lyrical content made them incredibly hard to keep straight.
How well do you remember the ultra-long song titles of the 2000s? Take the quiz below to find out!
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The 2000s were a decade of experimentation within the alternative music scene. Amid a shift toward the mainstream, pop-punk and emo bands especially were looking for novel ways to set themselves apart from the crowd.
The divergences weren’t limited to pushing the sonic boundaries of the genre, however. Many artists adopted a very punk attitude toward the technical aspects of writing music, violating long-accepted standards. Case in point: Lengthy song titles that didn’t relate at all to their lyrics.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find any artist from the time who didn’t engage in the trend to some extent. Bands from every corner of the scene, from Hellogoodbye to Chiodos, have provided notable examples over their tenures. But ask any
former scene kid and they’ll likely tell you that Fall Out Boy served as the ultimate paradigm.
The band’s utilization of the approach can be traced back to their debut album, Take This To Your Grave. However, it’s best exemplified on From Under The Cork Tree, which has an average length of almost 50 characters per song. For perspective, Paramore‘s Riot! comes in at about 15.
As we know, though, all good things must come to an end. Fall Out Boy‘s song titles decreased considerably in length with the release of Folie À Deux in 2008. Though there was still some obscurity relative to lyrics on that album, the band adopted more of a pop approach with future releases.
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