Eponymous #1

When I last could be arsed to write The Chain, I mentioned that I sensed a new series of posts coming, based on a suggestion by George.

The source record was a track from what is commonly known as The Beatles’ White Album, but which is actually called “The Beatles”.

George pointed out that this was one of those rare things: an eponymous album which wasn’t the artiste’s debut album.

I gave another couple of examples (by the usual bed-fellows, ABBA and Metallica, in case you didn’t read it) and it got me thinking.

But thinking isn’t something I’m all that good at, so I decided to look at eponymous albums, irrespective of whether or not they were the first album or not.

(Props at this point to Alex G, who also mentioned in passing that the track was from an eponymous album, but didn’t point out the oddity of it not being their first album.)

To compound my laziness, to kick things off I’m going to cheat and look at an album that isn’t named after the artiste providing the tunes at all. My blog, my rules. La La La La La can’t hear you.

I’ve talked before about how when an established artiste first piqued my interest, I would generally buy a “Best Of…” compilation to see what else I liked by them and what I should next buy by them.

Today’s choice source sort of fits that mould, but is a little different, in that by the time I bought this album, I already had their “Document” and “Green” albums safely tucked away on my racks (“Green” actually came out shortly after “Eponymous”, but it took a little while for today’s compilation to make it’s way to Rainbow Records in Pontypridd…).

To be honest, I could happily post every song from this album, but some self control is called for. So, as you will see from my selection errs towards their earlier material, which, back in 1988, with a Smiths-shaped void needing to replaced, I became borderline obsessed with. And with good reason:


R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe (Original Hib-Tone Version)

R.E.M. – Gardening at Night (Different Vocal Mix)

R.E.M. – Romance

R.E.M. – Fall On Me

And finally, of all the R.E.M. songs which I adore, this is the one that means the most to me, for reasons that I may explain sometime:

R.E.M. – (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville

More soon.

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10 thoughts on “Eponymous #1”

  1. I also get annoyed if an eponymous album is not the artist 1st
    In Ryan Adams case it was something like number 14!

  2. You may or may not know this, but apparently the “Original Hib-Tone Version” of RFE is not actually the original Hib-Tone 7″ version at all. The band were, apparently, unhappy with the mix of the single but the label owner overruled them. Ever since, the band has issued the mix they preferred and dubbed it the Hib-Tone version. In a way it is – they are the same recording – but this one is not the one that ended up on the 7″.

  3. Any chance you could also move on to eponymous records: i.e. songs with the same title as the artist singing them? (You don’t have to start with Living In A Box by Living In A Box.) I only ask because it’s a series I’ve been intending to do for ages but never really could be arsed enough, and if you did it it’d save me the job.

  4. I saw an episode of Pointless the other day (it didn’t go out the other day, but I’m a bit behind) with a round on eponymous albums, and quite a few were not the act’s debut. Can’t actually remember most of them, one was Blur, though. The Charlatans had one that wasn’t their debut, didn’t they? Um, I’m stuck now…

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