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Wikipedia Names Your Band. (flickr pool)

For reference:

1. Your band's name is the first random article from Wikipedia
2. Your album's title is the last few words of the last random quotation from QuotationsPage.
3. Your album's cover is the third image on Flickr's Explore the Last Seven Days.
4. Photoshop and mix to your taste.
posted by flatluigi (101 comments total) 59 users marked this as a favorite

 
I thought this would be silly, but then first try I got: Hagarism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
posted by Mach5 at 8:22 AM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Is this something I'd have to have a band to understand?
posted by schyler523 at 8:25 AM on February 22, 2009


This is pretty much awesome.
posted by dunkadunc at 8:25 AM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Correctional Training Facility: Love you anyway.

i'm not sure what genre that would be, but it looks like it would kick ass.
posted by metastability at 8:33 AM on February 22, 2009


5. Songsmith
6. ???
7. Profit!
posted by Rhomboid at 8:33 AM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


My attempts
posted by quarsan at 8:35 AM on February 22, 2009 [4 favorites]




Actually what would be really fun would be a site that presents an album cover and makes the visitor guess whether it was one of these randomly generated ones or a real one (from a pool of obscure crappy unknown bands obviously) in the kittenwar/hotornot/guessmyage style.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:37 AM on February 22, 2009 [5 favorites]


1. Band: Chilli veinal mottle virus
2. Album: A good man and a good citizen
3. Album cover.
posted by zouhair at 8:38 AM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


List of Mammals from Guyana will always be remembered for their pioneering video-based album cover, subtly entitled "ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER".
posted by Rhaomi at 8:47 AM on February 22, 2009 [2 favorites]




I don't really know why, but this is the only dumb meme thing I've done in years, and it works terrifically and it's a blast. I think maybe because I never have an excuse to just make something fun, anymore. (Nicola Canali - Education, then a dog (I kind of cheated with the huge colour block, but my picture was really small))
posted by Super Hans at 8:48 AM on February 22, 2009


Yeah, I did this yesterday, and ended up with a defiant little girl's portrait on the cover of Don't Break the Heart that Loves You's new album Then You Counterattack. So I'm pretty emo.
posted by Bookhouse at 8:50 AM on February 22, 2009 [2 favorites]


Also, you people who aren't actually making album covers, and just linking to pictures: you're doing it wrong. Make a goddamn album cover. If you don't have Photoshop, use this. It doesn't bite.
posted by Super Hans at 8:50 AM on February 22, 2009 [4 favorites]


I didn't have time for this, but couldn't stop myself. It's amazing how many look really good, and sound so meaningful.
Here's mine.
posted by cccorlew at 8:56 AM on February 22, 2009 [2 favorites]


Man, this really is a great idea. Check out the hot new release from my unter-project Tigard High School, Paddle like the devil underneath.

Obvious bonus challenge: actually record a song by your fake band.
posted by cortex at 8:59 AM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


In which email/MySpace/Facebook forwards/bulletins/notes come to MetaFilter.
posted by m0nm0n at 9:02 AM on February 22, 2009


I did this meme a year or so ago when it was floating around LiveJournal. It was so much fun I did it twice. I'd complain about MeFi recycling ages-old LJ memes, except that this one is actually genuinely kind of fun.

yes I have a livejournal because I am secretly a goth emo fanfic-writing preeteen cosplay girl. The grumpy software developer I portray here is just a kaycee-style front I haven't figured out how to monetize yet.
posted by ook at 9:04 AM on February 22, 2009


29 Cancri - Women is Something Masculine
posted by reishus at 9:07 AM on February 22, 2009


I gave it a shot this morning. Interesting results.
posted by Shepherd at 9:12 AM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


A Tear And A Smile - Pretty soon it adds up to real money

Kevan Davis made a generator that does virtually the same thing a year or so back, which is fairly awesome.
posted by flashboy at 9:12 AM on February 22, 2009


Blue Mountain Vireo: Not holding a charge.
posted by starman at 9:15 AM on February 22, 2009


One more fanciful-sounding notion of William S. Burroughs come to fruition.
posted by Tube at 9:17 AM on February 22, 2009


Also, you people who aren't actually making album covers, and just linking to pictures: you're doing it wrong. Make a goddamn album cover. If you don't have Photoshop, use this. It doesn't bite.

Wouldn't that be using someone else's material without their permission?

Anyways, imagine if you dare the album cover for:
Max Headroom - Makes It Easier To Connect
posted by hillabeans at 9:40 AM on February 22, 2009


Right, this is the first one of these idiocies I tried to partake in, and the random Wikipedia link for the band name is a band already. I give up.
posted by phax at 9:44 AM on February 22, 2009






I'm none too good, but it is fun.
posted by Fruny at 10:16 AM on February 22, 2009


Funny, a friend got me to do this earlier on Facebook.
Result: Send A Cow - accuse her of being too mannish.
posted by ClarissaWAM at 10:22 AM on February 22, 2009






It's kind of frightening just how well it works.

Consider Castel di Casio's fantastic debut, Standing in the Corners of Our Rooms.
posted by jokeefe at 10:32 AM on February 22, 2009


There is, of course, a Facebook group for this.

I lucked out. Band name: Pocket Rocker. Album: For All The Wrong Reasons. Link goes to cutout bin.
posted by Cookiebastard at 10:33 AM on February 22, 2009




This got forwarded to me a month ago on Facebook. I made my first attempt then I have to say that an album called Drawing the Line Someplace by Doomsday List actually does sound much better than a couple of albums I have played on.

And rhomboid speaks sooth here:

Actually what would be really fun would be a site that presents an album cover and makes the visitor guess whether it was one of these randomly generated ones or a real one (from a pool of obscure crappy unknown bands obviously) in the kittenwar/hotornot/guessmyage style.


I would dig that.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:46 AM on February 22, 2009




quarsan, the pithy critical histories of your album covers are fucking hilarious. Thanks for making me laugh this morning.
posted by jokeefe at 10:47 AM on February 22, 2009




Mid Worcestershire
posted by gallois at 11:03 AM on February 22, 2009


Mandsaur bring you "Messenger Boys."

It's the prequel to their difficult second album, "Let Yourself Be Tamed."
posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:08 AM on February 22, 2009


Fake album #4
Fake album #5
Fake album #6

Okay, I need to stop.
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 11:09 AM on February 22, 2009


Yabea - convince them, confuse them

(this is far too much fun. I even went and found a suitably glam font for the band name)
posted by ClarissaWAM at 11:11 AM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


It totally works.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:24 AM on February 22, 2009


Hm, I like this. Here's mine:
Shrunken Heads: Chiefly because she wasn't boring
posted by desjardins at 11:28 AM on February 22, 2009


jokeefe, thanks for the compliment, but you should check out my Belgian News Feed - Shameful, gratuitous self link.
posted by quarsan at 11:29 AM on February 22, 2009


Mine is extra bland. Plus I had to use MsPaint. Its like the perfect storm of mediocrity.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:32 AM on February 22, 2009


Edward M. House - Eating Frozen Radio Dinners
Sub title (from flickr): "When you run out of things to take pictures of just shoot the bathroom sink"
posted by bruzie at 11:42 AM on February 22, 2009


"You Move a Body" by Magadh Division sounds like it could be OK.
posted by WPW at 11:52 AM on February 22, 2009


I really enjoy this meme. I find it adds a bit more fun (For me at least) to try to write a fake review / blurb on the album, placing it in music history.
posted by synecdoche at 11:57 AM on February 22, 2009


First try:
tamachi station - something he can understand
posted by sharpener at 12:07 PM on February 22, 2009


I can see this as a future mefi project, where someone parses flickr, wikipedia, and wikiquote to generate them at random.
posted by hellojed at 12:08 PM on February 22, 2009


My random Wikipedia article was The Bevis Frond. Can I sue them to make them change their name to The Bevis Frond U.K.?
posted by LinnTate at 12:10 PM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh man, I'm glad this showed up. It's awesome seeing everyone's attempts.
Here's mine from last June.
posted by xorry at 12:24 PM on February 22, 2009


Edward Stickles: Not a Drain, with a picture of the Burning Man.
Man, what a fun idea!
posted by gemmy at 12:31 PM on February 22, 2009


Today's attempt:
Van Bergen's Regiment of Militia - We Must Never Ever Be Boring
posted by xorry at 12:39 PM on February 22, 2009




The cover that came up for Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research's debut album Guided Missiles and Misguided Men was excellent, a sultry woman looking into the camera, but unfortunately not CC-licensed.
posted by hattifattener at 1:42 PM on February 22, 2009


Pretty happy about how these turned out. Less happy about having to finally relent and open up a flickr account, but c'ext la vie.

#1.
#2.
#3.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:43 PM on February 22, 2009


Shit! That should be...

#1.
#2.
#3.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:45 PM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]




I got one a while back that was awesome: cheqiddout.



also: gb2/b/
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 1:57 PM on February 22, 2009


My band is "Peter Oakley" and our first album is "We become disguised to ourselves."

Awesome.
posted by arcticwoman at 2:08 PM on February 22, 2009


OK, this is too addicting.

#2. Neutral Party presents "Sacrifice my wife's brother."
#3. Southeastern Correctional Institution presents "Instant gratification takes too long."
posted by AstroGuy at 2:50 PM on February 22, 2009


fachhallenhaus: "breadth of love's reach"

I want to hear every single one of these albums.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:59 PM on February 22, 2009


Wiki

Quote

Flickr

Fuck. Seriously?

Just my luck that I'd have to go start a fucking easy-listening carribean trip-hop trio.
posted by tehloki at 3:02 PM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


Just wondering, what are the odds of getting an existing recording artist, a quote containing the name of their album, and a picture of their album cover?
posted by tehloki at 3:03 PM on February 22, 2009






This is incredibly satisfying. Thank you Internet.
posted by plexi at 3:45 PM on February 22, 2009


As the comment says, I really want to listen to this album now.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:46 PM on February 22, 2009 [3 favorites]


My band name is pretty great
posted by shii at 4:00 PM on February 22, 2009 [3 favorites]


Lots of fun on facebook too.
posted by sconbie at 4:16 PM on February 22, 2009


I Can Blink - Imaginings of a Mere Mortal.

Sounds like a all-metal Morrissey cover band.
posted by moonbird at 4:59 PM on February 22, 2009


Band: Amphoe Mae La Noi
Album: Not Previously Aware Of
Cover.
posted by crossoverman at 5:32 PM on February 22, 2009


I couldn't resist a few more.

Fake album #7
Fake album #8
Fake album #9
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 5:44 PM on February 22, 2009


This is what I got...Digitonin: Strive for excellence, not perfection.
posted by schyler523 at 6:50 PM on February 22, 2009


Man, this is the bestest thing.

Debut album
posted by hippugeek at 7:47 PM on February 22, 2009 [2 favorites]


This is so much fun, that I just _had_ to do it now. :-)

Presenting, Camptogramma - Some in Storm Camptogramma is a genus of a moth family, the album title is from a quote from an American novelist and a well-taken picture of homeliness. I'm thinking the genre is post-industrial rock, interspersing African sounds and a sprinkling of French lyrics with a rock bass.

Some in storm.... I really should write this song.
posted by the cydonian at 8:00 PM on February 22, 2009


Smart Wheelchair: the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.

(ok, I cheated with the picture, but I don't like the "interesting" flickr pics)
posted by kolophon at 8:41 PM on February 22, 2009


I did this last year when it showed up on Metachat. The original pool is here.
posted by deborah at 8:45 PM on February 22, 2009


Backstitch - Warmblooded Furniture
posted by Liver at 9:09 PM on February 22, 2009


Dammit, I could have used this at the beginning of the month.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:55 PM on February 22, 2009




Oh what the hell, one more:

#4.

posted by Navelgazer at 10:25 PM on February 22, 2009 [1 favorite]




hippugeek I used to know the Capenwray lot, which makes your cover trouser wettingly funny for me.
posted by quarsan at 12:58 AM on February 23, 2009


I clicked on the Flickr explore link for a preview, and the third photo was the one of the worst overdone, gaudy, ugly HDRs I've ever seen (and I've seen lots of stinkers). Now I'm a little afraid to do the whole thing for real.
posted by statolith at 8:34 AM on February 23, 2009


My band is named "Galactic Wrestling: Featuring Ultimate Muscle". My album is called "Doubt those Who Find It".

WIN
posted by mcstayinskool at 9:41 AM on February 23, 2009




Utah Task Force One - The Future Is Ours To Win or To Lose
(cover art pending, since picnik seems to be hanging)
posted by joe lisboa at 10:50 AM on February 23, 2009


Barrow-in-Furness Council will perform thier hit "Solve the Problems Of the Human Race" tonight on Conan.

I'm seeing a glittery-glam rock band with lots of lush arrangement and a hard guitar. It goes without saying that they're Scottish.
posted by The Whelk at 11:10 AM on February 23, 2009


The Whelk, you'd have to live in Cumbria to realise how tragically funny that concept it. Barrow was once described as ' the longest cul-de-sac in the world' and they're so backward, they're still paying Danegeld.

Its the home of Vickers who build nuclear submarines. I knew a guy there, who told me about one of the Trident subs they were building. It wans't going well at all and all the hull panels needed a lot of fining work to make them fit. Eventually someone realised....

The plans were upside down.

This is how the UK makes nuclear submarines.
posted by quarsan at 12:30 PM on February 23, 2009




Quarsan:

I smell a concept album! If only I had an once of musical talent!
posted by The Whelk at 1:10 PM on February 23, 2009


As fun as it is, it really bugs me that the meme as spreading completely ignores copyright -- there's a _lot_ of really creative work being done that gives no credit to the photographers whose images are being appropriated.


When I did mine a year ago on the first incarnation, I tweaked the rules a bit to search through Creative Commons licensed photos. Unfortunately, my 'net presence isn't big enough to have influenced more than two or three people.
posted by djwudi at 1:41 PM on February 23, 2009


I love this. Here's mine:

Tom Cheek: Stay up and fight it
posted by bristolcat at 1:48 PM on February 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whee

Dobre Delo's second album, "Paradise Is Paradise Lost", is a massive step sideways from the synthetic aggression of the band's first album, which should delight new listeners and dismay the loyalists. On the title track, Eduard K. and his quartet produce a richer, more orchestral representation of his repentalist style than can be found anywhere else in the genre. Some might yearn for the less refined tones of Eduard's earlier works; "Paradise" is a sign that they will not soon be returning.
posted by fleacircus at 1:54 PM on February 23, 2009


wow. mefi becomes the LJ/Facebook/Friendster of 3 years ago. well done!
posted by blackfly at 3:37 PM on February 23, 2009


wow. mefi becomes the LJ/Facebook/Friendster of 3 years ago. well done!

oh come on, the band name thing is timeless. if they made an icanhascheezburger version of this i would check it every day. keep em coming people.
posted by metastability at 6:59 PM on February 23, 2009


wow. mefi becomes the LJ/Facebook/Friendster of 3 years ago. well done!

Aw, c'mere, you. Let me lay a little goopy alt folk-pop on ya.

No? How about some atmospheric experimental something-or-other from German expats in Japan?

Austin post-college post-punk?

This obviously epic EP?

Geez, you're hard to please. Here's a lady in fishnets.
posted by hippugeek at 7:32 PM on February 23, 2009


Efua Dorkenoo - Your health. It'll go away.

On the first try and everything!
posted by Kattullus at 4:37 AM on February 24, 2009


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