Thursday, June 10, 2010

Punctuation Dreamin' on Such a Winter's Day

I was watching a show about the Ed Sullivan Show last night on PBS, and this Mamas and Papas album flashed on the screen:

"Were those apostrophes?!?" I exclaimed, but the person whose house I was at doesn't have DVR, so we couldn't rewind to confirm. I researched the issue and discovered that If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears does, in fact, feature two apostrophe catastrophes in the cover. And at the time, the toilet in the photo was considered shocking! Oh, what would people in the '60s have thought about Lady Gaga?

It is actually pretty gloomy in Boston today, so "California Dreamin'" is apt. Need. More. Coffee.


Anonymous said...

I put forth that, this being their first album, and that visual designers employed by major labels aren't slack, the band may have intentioned that this actually be their name when they first started out. The meaning behind it being that which is a possession of the Mama and the Papa. It actually makes for a cooler name than their moniker forward from this debut, which is direct and shallower in some way...

Becky said...

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "possession of the Mama and the Papa."