Monday, June 29, 2009

For mentally disturbed teachers

Retro-rock is in, and Atlanta's Albinus jump on this with their debut album, For mentally disturbed teachers. Sceptics may point to a 35 minutes total playing time, but personally I prefer this over including fillers. Twelve hard hitting songs, soaring guitars, manic drums, and a hammond organ that must have taken some time to dust off. The lyrics are simple but that is fitting with their style. The album's closer, and their first single, is an intriguing cover of the Alice Cooper classic School's out. Give them a spin.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Albinus.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Woody Allen: My education was dismal. I went to a series of schools for mentally disturbed teachers.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Heads Up, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Frosty 45 Black and BadaBoomBB 60 White, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.