Mar 11, 2009

Album Cover Game

Someone posted a fun game/challenge for designer nerds on a forum i go to. Here's the rules..

1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random”
or click
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it.

I've been getting a kick (and wasting time) playing along. Here's my submissions.
Some of us have started putting little descriptions with the images too.

James Street is a rap-rock group from the suburbs.

Montana Bulgaria is a throwback to Violent Femmes and Dead Milkmen but not as good. Their song Fences climbed to # 8 on the charts in 2000 thanks to a catchy hook and a clever video.
Demopolis Historic Business District is a High School Gore-Grind Death Metal band from Demopolis, Idaho. So, its not just a clever name. This CD was self-made and more or less unheard by anyone other than their 7 fans. They broke up after 3 shows. Garret and Mike reformed later under the name Squrrelicide and had moderate success in the greater Demopolis area.

Guardromon was a European electro-pop outfit that no one outside of Europe ever heard. They had one song that got popular in Belgium but that was about it. Jan, the singer produces records still but the rest of the band faded into blue collar obscurity.

Waiting For You was a DuranDuran rip off band. They totally sucked but got a record deal because the drummers step brother was in Kajagoogoo and helped them out. Nick from Kajagoogoo sings the chorus vocals on the title track "to acquire it"

LIST OF PRISONS IN FUJUAN PROVINCE. what a name! they put out 2 experimental records in 1995 that challenged the definition of what "music" is. "Plenty of work to do" was an hour and a half of banging, screaming and insects. Their sophomore release entitled "pneumatics" was released on LP, side one was hissing sounds accompanied by distorted recordings of college lectures. side 2 was amplified sounds of bodies slapping together while having intercourse.

Central High School - Future Without Fear. what a piece of shit cd this was. This is basically a demo recorded in a top-notch studio with the best gear and an almost unlimited budget, but with the worst fucking band ever. Rich kids with instruments trying to be Staind or Godsmack. no thanks!

Vertou was a German pop group with a really hot female singer who later released a few European hits as a solo artist. In 2004 she went to Hollywood to try acting. She was on an episode of Gray's Anatomy once. "a manner of traveling" is their big 2009 comeback album. with all original members except for sean the keyboard player who was working in the World Trade Center on 9-11. There's a really lame dedication to him and 9-11 on the inside cover.

Ron is one of those crazy do whatever he wants extreme types of guys. In the early 90's on his 48th birthday he decided to try music. He put this CD out on his own. It's mostly cheesy guitar jams with horrible lyrics, he wrote, about his adventures. He sings ok for never have sung before.

MOTH RULES!! They're a speed metal band-turned death metal. They came out toward the end of the 90's thrash movement and no one noticed so they got a little faster and more demented. I think "more often than not, unconsidered" is their best CD so far.

Mischliffen is Belgium's answer to Evanescence. The singer is equally attractive and the band equally sucks.

Kimsey. Named after the lead vocalist Veronica Kimsey is a reggae inspired R&B group from Texas. They made one album on Capitol records but it didnt do much. I heard they're doing pretty well on the Austin college bar scene.

Lionel Edwards has a PHD in physics at MIT and a passion for music, His style could best be described as folky rock but the song arrangments and lyrics were very complicated. People who were drawn to this album based on its overall vibe eventually couldnt handle all the off time signatures and lyrics about quanum mechanics and outrageuos political theories. Sandpiper records eventually dropped him when he got into contract disputes. The rumor is he wanted a clause for distribution of his album on other planets.

These guys are a trip. It's an all Samoan country western ska band with a ukulele player. It actually kind of works.

This group consists of three 15 year old sisters and an 18 year old girl cousin who sings. It's disney channel over produced teen angst crap. I hear they're getting a TV show on the Disney Channel. I cant wait!

Hippie Jam band from Eugene Oregon.

Resurrection is one of those misleading band names. To them, in the basement at Lance's house on a friday night sounded cool, but to me, I want them to be heavy metal. Anyway, they're a mid 80's pop/rock Huey Lewis inspired band that got big in the California Central Valley area and landed a small indie record deal.

Indian Folk music. I found this CD at this Indian Bazzar store that's near my girlfriends dentist office. I was brousing around and found this. It's cool if your into trancey tabla music. They have some crazy spices there too.

Apeejay Noida is a female solo vocalist with an interesting voice. She pulls influences from 60's R&B and her Indian heritage. It's uplifting, happy, girl music.

Contemporary, classical and original offerings from a warm hearted Slovenian immigrant grandfather. His son helped him make the cover and recorded it with some Mac software.

Worth Mcdougald is an animator for Dreamworks but his passion has always been in music. His debut album is a fun time. It's all self produced and he plays all the instruments. Best classified as indie, college, experimental, humor, rock, electronica and dance.

Wasting Time is a complicated post-prog-math-core metal trio from Arkansas. Their guitarist, Seth is working on a phd in music and their drummer, Jay won the fastest blast beat competition at Guitar Center in 2007. This album pretty much just shreds. they're opening for Dillinger Escape Plan in South America next summer.

Jazz sax legend Rupert Randolph and Punk pioneer Eric Wabash joined forces on this instrumental modern and aggressive jazz/fusion masterpiece for Cutter Records in 1979. If you find this on Ebay.. get it!!!! its rare.

that's all for now. I'd post the link so you can see all the others' submissions but you have to register to see it. here's some of tom's


Anonymous said...

This post is awesome!!

Anonymous said...

It amazes me that you don't smoke.. amazes me.
This really touched my soul...and you're crazy!