Sunday, August 16, 2009

Some good, some bad

Obscure but fascinating Krautrock. Oberuckersee were a five man band from Dortmund, who recorded four albums in the years 1972-1977. Although they hardly made the radio waves - except for a 1974 single Spritzer that made no impact on the charts - they had a loyal fan base and their concerts were always sold out. Not suprisingly, the record company could not be bothered to transfer their albums on CD, but the four surviving band members have persuaded them to go for a one disc compilation, endeeringly titled Some good, some bad. A must hear compilation if you like this style of music.

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 Oberuckersee.
[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 Henry Bromel: We all carry around so much pain in our hearts. Love and pain and beauty. They all seem to go together like one little tidy confusing package. It's a messy business, life. It's hard to figure--full of surprises. Some good. Some bad.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Laundry wall, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Croobie 45 GoldMetallic and Showcard Gothic 40 White/Black, 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.