Why was the title “Tin Drum” chosen when there is no track by that name? I know it’s mentioned in “Cantonese Boy”, but why not the title of one of the tracks? Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good title.

It was thought to work nicely as an album title, that originated from a book, that was made into a film in 1979,  and which has absolutely nothing to do with the far east.

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7 thoughts on “Why was the title “Tin Drum” chosen when there is no track by that name? I know it’s mentioned in “Cantonese Boy”, but why not the title of one of the tracks? Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good title.

  1. Well this is interesting
    Back then I was obsessed with anything Japan ( band )
    Im buying the book
    Why from that book ? Anything in relation ?

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      1. Very well put victoriaclowes – it’s about a boy who was (in his opinion) born with a fully developed mind/brain like a grown up and decides at the age of 3 not to grow anymore. He uses a tin drum to communicate. Interesting but weird story … I never thought the album title was actually related to the book/film. So I really wonder as well what the connection was and if any of the band members had actually seen the film or read the book. Maybe Steve can explain 🙂 I always thought the title was just referring to the musical instrument …

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        1. As I said, it was considered a nice title but there is no correlation between the record and the book. Obviously the album title wasn’t plucked out of thin air when you consider we’d seen a film of the same name released during that period. And I guess you could draw upon a few associations if you switch a Cantonese Boy with a German boy banging his tin drum, which he uses to communicate (Talking Drum).

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          1. Steve, I have a vinyl pressing of ‘Tin Drum’ for French markets, catalogue # 204169 where, on each label, the album is titled, ‘The Art of Parties’. Did the band or management, at one point consider calling the album, ‘The Art of Parties’?

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