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Postby grodney » Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:49 am

Straddling the line between trivia and minutia, what is the longest band name to have had a US Top 40 hit?

My best effort is 8 words 39 characters (if I counted correctly). From what I can tell, they had exactly 2 Top 40 hits, each of which has a 1-word title.

Can you name my group and their hit songs?

Can you find a longer Top 40 band name?

We *might* have to impose rules, like do "and the" or "with" or "featuring" band names count? My example doesn't use any of those possible cheats.
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Postby RingoOSU » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:25 am

The answer to your question is:






In white:

The Presidents of the United States of America
The hits were Lump and Peaches.
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Postby econgator » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:26 am

Longest one I can come up with off the top of my head is Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark. Not bad, but still about 10 short of yours.

and now seeing the answer, I never would have gotten it as I have never even heard of the band. :)
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Postby RingoOSU » Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:28 am

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead has less characters but more words... and no top 40 hits.
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Postby dmmx3 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:03 am

How about:

Route 66

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=am ... fixqehldhe

or

Twelve Thousand Days
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=am ... frxqwkld6e

those are both pretty long.
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Postby econgator » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:50 am

Or we could just use Miles Davis.
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Postby billiej » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:09 am

RingoOSU wrote:The answer to your question is:






In white:

The Presidents of the United States of America
The hits were Lump and Peaches.


Just the title of the thread immediately brought this band to my mind, but I only knew the one song.
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Postby rockgolf » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:40 am

How about the full name of the band that hit #11 US, #1 UK with a bagpipe version of "Amazing Grace" in 1972? Usually shortened to "The Royal Scots", the official name was The Pipes and Drums and Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

When spelled out Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band becomes pretty long too - 12 words when spelled out as "one hundred and third". They hit the top 20 with "Do Your Thing" in 1969, and both "Express Yourself" & "Love Land" in 1970.

A disco version of "Baby Face" that reached #14 in 1976 was credited to The Wing And A Prayer Fife & Drum Corps.

And I've always liked the name (and for that matter, the music) of a minor British act from the 80s: We've Got A Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It, usually shortened to "Fuzzbox".
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Postby rkd » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:12 pm

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How about ... George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic? That's not quite 39 letters, but it's a lot of letter for just 5 words.
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Postby rockgolf » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:19 pm

Sorry, I gotta turn this mother out. I can't recall any time where a track was credited to both Parliament & Funkadelic, nor to George Clinton as anything other than solo. Clinton has maintained the fiction that they are separate acts. (Like the fiction that Pussycat Dolls are a group rather than Nicole Schrezinger with back-up dancers who contributed nothing to recording the album.)

They may tour that way, but I doubt they've charted with that name.
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Long titles...

Postby Attilio5 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:34 pm

I'm having issues with this one as I immediately thought of the longest "song title" ever (I think). And I think it was Top 40.

49 letters, 11 words ---> Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand

And then I thought of the longest "movie title" that's ever hit my brain.

47 letters, 12 words ---> The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

So I can't get those out of my brain.
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Postby rockgolf » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:00 pm

Did you know there are two songs titled "Standing Outside...."? The original was an album track by Canadian folkie Bruce Cockburn, and was "borrowed" by Primitive Radio Gods.

Longest single title on a Hot 100 song is "Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills" by Ray Stevens. Longest #1 title is the full version of the Stars On 45 medley from 1981, which is even longer.

Longest legitimate movie title released by Hollywood studio that I can think of is Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? - 14 words, 75 characters, including spaces.
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Re: Long titles...

Postby econgator » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:01 pm

Attilio5 wrote:And then I thought of the longest "movie title" that's ever hit my brain.

47 letters, 12 words ---> The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain


A really good movie, actually.

Just this past year there was The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford -- which is 49 letters.
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Re: Long titles...

Postby ArtVark » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:03 pm

Attilio5 wrote:I'm having issues with this one as I immediately thought of the longest "song title" ever (I think). And I think it was Top 40.

49 letters, 11 words ---> Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand

And then I thought of the longest "movie title" that's ever hit my brain.

47 letters, 12 words ---> The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

So I can't get those out of my brain.


Song: (72 letters, 19 words)
Fifty men in this whole damn town would lay half a grand in silver just to follow me around.

Movie: (60 letters, 11 words)
Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
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Re: Long titles...

Postby bradfweir » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:04 pm

Attilio5 wrote:I'm having issues with this one as I immediately thought of the longest "song title" ever (I think). And I think it was Top 40.

49 letters, 11 words ---> Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand

And then I thought of the longest "movie title" that's ever hit my brain.

47 letters, 12 words ---> The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

So I can't get those out of my brain.


then there's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 13 words, 54 letters
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Postby skullturfq » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:07 pm

I've never seen this movie, but I've been fascinated with it ever since seeing the title when I was young:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057181/

The icing on the cake is the two exclamation marks and the question mark at the end of the title.
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Postby rockgolf » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:13 pm

Longest song title on the British chart, by The Faces: "You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)"
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Postby Attilio5 » Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:15 pm

skullturfq wrote:I've never seen this movie, but I've been fascinated with it ever since seeing the title when I was young:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057181/

The icing on the cake is the two exclamation marks and the question mark at the end of the title.


Wow... I've got nothing on that one. Well done. And yes, completely unnecessary punctuation.
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Postby Sequin » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:46 am

The longest title of a British hit is Rod Stewart & The Faces ""You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)" - 115 characters , followed by Meatloaf with "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" - 52 characters
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Postby Sequin » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:48 am

A favourite movie title of mine is:

"The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"
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Postby IndySOG03 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:22 am

Movie title - 58 letters, 14 words.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116126/
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Postby geniusonwheels » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:39 am

The longest song on MY iPod is 10 words, 49 letters.

Anyone care to guess what it is?
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Postby grodney » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:54 am

geniusonwheels wrote:The longest song on MY iPod is 10 words, 49 letters.

Anyone care to guess what it is?


I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got - Sinead O'Connor
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Postby geniusonwheels » Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:59 am

grodney wrote:
geniusonwheels wrote:The longest song on MY iPod is 10 words, 49 letters.

Anyone care to guess what it is?


I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got - Sinead O'Connor


That song is 10 words, 37 letters.
And isn't the one on my iPod.
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Postby Sequin » Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:03 am

I have one on my mp3 player which is 13 words (if you count words like "she's" as two - it doesn't contain that example though) and 46 characters (including two apostrophes, but not including spaces) - by a late, much lamented, english female singer
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