"What's so great about the great depression/Is it a blast for you?/Because it's blas-phe-my", sings Robbie Williams on 'Blasphemy', a Guy Chambers-penned track on his new record, demonstrating a fundamental rule of pop: puns are never, ever a good idea.
Tragically, it's a lesson musicians seldom heed. Snoop Dogg has called his latest album 'Malice In Wonderland'. You can listen to it here, if you like. It's all right. But… malice in wonderland? What does that even mean? Is Snoop a closet Lewis Carroll fan? Or did he just think it sounded vaguely clever, in a 'Fuck it, that'll do' kind of way?
Inspired by these pointless little acts of wordplay, we thought we'd name and shame the worst punning album titles. Here are a few that came up:
Public Enemy, ‘Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age’. That's a pun on 'music and our message', in case you were wondering.
Salt N Pepa, 'A Salt With A Deadly Pepa'. I'm sorry, whichever way you pronounce it, pepper just doesn't rhyme with weapon.
Butthole Surfers, 'Hairway To Steven'. A pun's that's both desperate and completely meaningless: a double-whammy of lameness.
REO Speedwagon, ‘You Can Tune a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish’. Again, completely pointless.
Westlife, 'Allow Us To Be Frank'. Yes, this was an album of Sinatra covers.
Wet Wet Wet, 'Popped In , Souled Out'. This was the first album I ever bought. Even as a seven-year-old, I knew that was a weak pun.
Any other suggestions?