The British publication NME (New Musical Express) ranked REO Speedwagon’s seventh album, “You Can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tuna Fish”, as having the worst album title ever. Seriously? I personally thought it was a pretty cool name. Maybe they felt it shouldn’t have been named that because the album is not piano centric. I don’t know. REO Speedwagon is absolutely a guitar oriented band; Gary rich wrath is one of the most underrated guitar players ever. Then again, Neal Doughty does play some jamming keys here as well, and his piano is definitely in tune
Good title or bad title aside, it can’t be denied that “You Can Tune a Piano but You Can’t Tuna Fish” is a great rock and roll record. It sold over two million copies and spawned two hit singles for REO, “Roll With the Changes” and “Time For Me to Fly”. Two of my personal favorites on the album are the instrumental “The Unidentified Flying Tun Trot” ( which i have to wonder if NME thought was the worst song title ever) and “Say You Love Me or Say Goodnight” which close out the album. The latter of which showcases both Richrath’s guitar and Doughtey’s keys.