The Rejected Titles of Famous Rock Records

For us here at Popradio77, we like to talk about what could have been in pop music just as much as what had occurred. Over the years there have been many ideas, songs and collaborations that have been lost over time causing us to wonder what could have been.

This week’s blog explores alternative titles to popular albums and why they were dropped in favor of the more well-known title.

  1. The Smiths Declare That The Queen is Dead

For The Smiths Morrissey, he is as openly political as they come. For the groups record The Queen is Dead, Morrissey originally wanted the record to be called “Margaret and The Guillotine”, named after his staunch distaste for Margarete Thatcher, whom he once called “barbaric”. The record even had a song of the same name that was dropped for the record so it would be less divisive amongst fans. The song that replaced it instead was “Viva Hate”.




  1. The Beatles Fire Blanks With Revolver

For the Beatles, they were struggling to come up with the title to the follow up record to Rubber Soul. The rejected titles were suggested by members of the band. John Lennon had the preposterous title of “Four Sides of the Eternal Triangle”. It doesn’t have the catchiness to it that Revolver did. Ringo Starr suggested “After Geography” a play on the Rolling Stone Aftermath record. “Abracadabra” was also suggested as a title, but the real magic came when the title Revolver came to the group. It was a play on how LP records revolve at 33 and a third revolutions per minute.




  1. The Doctor Almost Wasn’t In On Doolittle

For the Pixies, the record Doolittle was almost named “whore” after lyrics from a song called “Hey”. The group decided to change the name to Doolittle to give the record a more radio friendly title. Despite the raunchy lyrics, “Hey’ ended up as one of the more popular songs off that record.





  1. Never Mind the Bollocks Of Choosing Album Titles

For the Sex Pistols, they are blessed with a perfect album title. However, Never Mind the Bollocks was almost never meant to be. The record was originally going to be called “God Save The Sex Pistols” after their song “God Save The Queen”. The album’s title was changed in the middle of 1977 based on a phrase from guitar player Steve Jones. The title stuck and the rest they say is history.




  1. The Rumours about Fleetwood Mac

For the members of Fleetwood Mac, the recording process of Rumours was a tumultuous nightmare. The members Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks had broken up, and other relationships were on the outs. Christine and Jon McVies relationship was looking over as well. The original title for the record was going to be “Yesterdays Gone” after a lyric from their song “Don’t Stop”. Though in the end the group settled on Rumours as it accurately described the drama and turmoil each member faced when making the record.



  1. The Automatic Changer That Inspired Let It Bleed

For the Rolling Stones, they were originally going to call their 10th LP, Automatic Changer, after the album cover. The cover featured a cake made with a tire, a clock face, a film canister, and a pizza covered in frosting. The cake was made by Delia Smith who was hired by the albums cover designer Robert Brownjohn. To Delia, the cake was just another job to do and thought nothing of it at the time. The album title changed later to Let It Bleed but Keith Richards liked the cake so much that it was kept on the cover.





  1. The Return of the Thin White Duke Was Cut Short

For David Bowie, he liked either “Golden Years” or “The Return of the Thin White Duke” as the title to the follow up to “Young Americans”. David Bowie instead went with Station to Station after one of the tracks on the record as the title.







  1. The Talking Heads Remain In Light

For David Byrne and the Talking Heads, the group was set on the title “Melody Attack” for their fourth album. It wasn’t until the group sat around during downtime and watched a Japanese game show, where the title Remain in Light came from.




  1. Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues

For Bob Dylan, Bring It All Back Home was originally going to be title “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. This was after the classic track of the same name. However, the alternate title still stuck when Dylan’s record company released the record in the Netherlands.





  1. Green Day Are Immature

For Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dint, and Tre Cool, the members of Green Day had an even more gross title for their hit record Dookie. The record was originally Liquid Dookie, though their label, Warner Brothers deemed it to be “too gross” a title.






  1. Pink Floyd Eclipses Medicine Head

For Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and the rest of the band, they were set on calling The Dark Side of the Moon, “Eclipse”. The reason for this was that an American band named Medicine Head released an album called Dark Side of the Moon a year prior. However, Medicine Heads record went nowhere in America. The members Pink Floyd figured no one would even remember the record and decided to go with their original title, The Dark Side of the Moon. The rest they say is history.



  1. Michael Jackson’s Thriller Shines Just as Bright as “Starlight”

For the King of Pop, Michael Jacksons best-selling LP was originally going to be titled Starlight. It was the working title he used when recording the record. However, Rod Temperton, Jacksons song writer changed the title to Thriller. He did this because he thought the record had marketing potential. Temperton was right as the record became the biggest selling LP of all time with over 49.2 million sales as of today.





  1. U2’s Tale of Two Americas

For Bono and company, despite recording the record in Joshua Tree, the group had alternative titles in mind. The group originally had “The Two America’s” and “The Desert Songs” as alternatives. The initial album art featured imagery depicting where the desert met civilization. The groups photographer, Anton Corbjin told them of the Joshua trees. Bono liked how the trees were named after the prophet Joshua from the Old Testament. With this information, Bono decided that the record would be named Joshua Tree.





  1. Led Zeppelin’s Thanksgiving

Despite being one of Led Zeppelins least famous albums, the records Prescence was almost never felt. The record was made during a trying time for the band. Robert Plant was involved in a car accident the year before amongst other internal problems amongst members. Jimmy Page had suggested the title of “Thanksgiving” for the record due to it being completed before Thanksgiving. The record was named Presence after the black object the family looks at on the album cover.



  1. Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy Doesn’t Make for a Good Album Name

For the Who, their rock opera Tommy was originally going to be called “Deaf Dumb and Blind Boy”. The record had this title because of the characteristics the rock operas lead character Tommy. Instead, the record was simply named Tommy.


Aged Like a Fine Wine: Rock Stars Who Dabble in Making Wine

For rock stars, life is all about what happens when the lights go on and they hit the stage. Though what happens when those lights dim, and those legends must return home? Some continuously write songs; others live a normal life. However, for a select few being home can cause immense boredom. The only way they pass the time is to start a hobby. One of the more popular hobbies amongst rock and roll legends is dabbling in making wine. In this blog we will see who has the best wine of the rock legends.


Cliff Richard: Mistletoe and Wine

For Cliff Richard, he was one of the first rock stars to dabble in the world of wine. Richard owns his own vineyard called Vida Nova. Richard had sampled his own wine in a blind taste test with Gordon Ramsey. Not knowing it was his own, Richard called the wine “a bit harsh” following the tasting. Despite Richard’s own review, the wine has gone on to receive multiple positive reviews from critics. Cliff Richard’s wine currently boasts a 5-star review on Amazon.




Mick Fleetwood’s Seven Wonders Include Wine Making

Alongside being a gifted songwriter, world class drummer, and humble human being, Mick Fleetwood also makes his own wine. Mick Fleetwood does not own his own winery or vineyard; he instead works with different winemakers on the east and west coast. He produces several varietals and distributes them on his own label, Mick Fleetwood’s Private Cellar. One of his wines includes a Cabernet Sauvignon rated 4.4 stars out of five on

Wine’s Made by Mick Fleetwood


Maynard James Keenan’s Living “Vicariously” as a Wine Maker

Despite being in several hard rock bands, Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan has a soft spot for wine. After he moved to Arizona in the mid-nineties, Maynard opted to start his own winery. He opened the Caduceus Cellars and Tasting Room in 2009. The first of his wines were released in 2004 and his vineyard has appeared recently on “Sammy Hagar’s Rock and Roll Road Trip” series on AXS TV. Keenan’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a rating of 4.2 stars on


Jon Bon Jovi’s Runaway with Wine

In 2016, Jon Bon Jovi and his son teamed up for the ultimate father son project, to create a special kind of rose. The wine was created a year later, originally titled Hampton Water, and was reported to have been sold out prior to its release. The wine making bonding session paid off as the wine had been on Wine Spectator Magazines list of the best of 2018. has the Jovi families wine ranked at a 4 out of 5-star rating.


Sting’s Message In a (Wine) Bottle

Aside from making millions off of both Police and solo records, Sting has created some wine of his own. Putting his own money towards a vineyard in Florence, Italy, Sting released four bottles of wine named after his own songs. One of which includes a red wine called Message in a Bottle. This wine is made up of a complex aroma of cherries wild blackberries and spices. The wine was rated negatively amongst tasters on giving Stings wine a 3.8 out of 5-star rating.



AC/DC Wants You to Have a Drink on Them

The members of AC/DC collaborate with various winemakers to make their own mark in the world of wine. The classic hard rockers have a Cabernet Sauvignon called “Highway to Hell”, “Hell’s Bells” a Sauvignon Blanc, “Back in Black” a Shiraz, and “You Shook Me All Night Long” an orange blossom Moscato. Despite being one of the most critically acclaimed bands in the world, their wine fails to live up to the same reputation. Vivino has their wine reviews average at 3.1 out of 5-star rating, making them the lowest rated wine from rock stars on this blog.


With the weekend coming and you wish to sample some wine, feel free to check out these hand-crafted wines by your favorite rock stars. Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite of the six if you have tried them. If you recommend another that was not listed, put your suggestion of wine made by rock stars in the comment section below.

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