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How Albums Got Their Names (Discuss!)

Jason English

As the story goes, Out of Time got its name when R.E.M. ran out of time trying to come up with something better. According to Marcus Gray's It Crawled From the South: An R.E.M. Companion, other names considered include Fiction (Michael Stipe said he "wanted to make it very clear these songs aren't about me"), The Return of Mumbles ("because there are songs on it that are less understandable than the ones on Document or Green"), and Cat Butt.

Let me throw this one out there to the group. Know any good stories behind album names?