And the award for the best album title of the year … Aimee Mann’s slight to all the happy people is titled @#%&*! Smilers.
Mann admits that the title has its roots in irritation.
“It was derived from a newsgroup my friend and I used to read … [in which] people would discuss how bitter they were, which we thought was so funny,” she chuckles. “And one of the threads was called ‘F—– smilers,’ with these people at their wit’s end with strangers who would come up to them and tell them to smile.”
I like the title. It makes me smile.