Fiona Apple Is Back: Tour Starts, Album Drops June 19

Fiona Apple Is Back: Tour Starts, Album Drops June 19

Fiona Apple returns to the spotlight with a new album—it’s her first since 2004’s Extraordinary Machine—and a new tour.

The fresh studio opus is titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do and it drops June 19. That’s the same day she launches a 27-date trek of the U.S. and Canada.

Her concert schedule includes stops in New York City (June 24), Boston (June 30), and Chicago (July 10). Twice she’ll visit the Great White North and oddly enough she’ll perform there on July 4. The evening before, she’ll be in Montreal for a concert at the Olympia Theatre. On the night of America’s birthday she has a gig in Toronto at the Sound Academy.

The last show on Fiona’s docket is set for July 29 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Since the sultry and sexy songstress has been away for quite a while her upcoming concerts are likely to be some of the most anticipated events of 2012.

Fans should look for the first single from The Idler Wheel, “Every Single Night,” to be on iTunes come April 24.

If you think The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do is a long title then you haven’t checked out Fiona’s 1999 album title which is usually truncated to “When The Pawn.” When it was released, the work captured the world record for the longest album title of all-time.

Here’s the full title, and as you might imagine, it filled the entire album cover:

When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king
What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight
And he’ll win the whole thing ‘fore he enters the ring
There’s no body to batter when your mind is your might
So when you go solo, you hold your own hand
And remember that depth is the greatest of heights
And if you know where you stand, then you know where to land
And if you fall it won’t matter, cause you’ll know that you’re right

Fiona held the record for longest album title until 2007. She was bested by a two-CD set from Soulwax affectionately known as “Most of the Remixes.”

The full title is as follows:

Most of the remixes we’ve made for other people over the years except for the one for Einstürzende Neubauten because we lost it and a few we didn’t think sounded good enough or just didn’t fit in length-wise, but including some that are hard to find because either people forgot about them or simply because they haven’t been released yet, a few we really love, one we think is just ok, some we did for free, some we did for money, some for ourselves without permission and some for friends

They both have the same amount of words but Soulwax’s title has 51 more characters. Both were surpassed in words and characters by Chumbawamba’s 2008 release, commonly shortened to “The Boy Bands Have Won.” The title contains 865 characters.

Here it is in full:

The Boy Bands Have Won, and All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to Be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or From Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother’s Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where It Becomes Your Own. But Don’t Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to ‘Guard’ Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It’s Over, Then It’s Done, and the Boy Bands Have Won.

Additional Lengthy Album Titles

  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie (1973)
  • Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) – Happy Mondays (1987)
  • The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg – The Priest Driven Ambulance Album, Demos and Outtakes – The Flaming Lips (1989)
  • Astro Creep: 2000 — Songs of Love, Destruction, and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head – White Zombie (1995)
  • This Is a Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About – Modest Mouse (1996)
  • Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International – Rob Zombie (1998)
  • A Collection of Songs Representing an Enthusiasm for Recording… by Amateurs – The Flaming Lips (1999)
  • He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms – Silver Mount Zion (2000)
  • Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant – Belle & Sebastian (2000)
  • Oh Me Oh My The Way The Day Goes By The Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs Of The Christmas Spirit – Devendra Banhart (2002)
  • Lifted Or The Story Is in the Soil Keep Your Ear to the Ground – Bright Eyes (2005)
  • The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple (2012)

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