Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Some reason in madness

Tribute bands are generally very successful on the road, especially if the original band no longer performs, but records tend to do less well. Somehow the situation is reversed for the Liverpool band Shut up! Named after a single of their heroes, those late seventies and early eighties' chart huggers Madness, they have not succeeded to get a large following in their concerts so far, but their first album entered the charts last week at #42. Sixteen of Madness' greatest hits, including Grey day, Baggie trousers, and One step beyond, sung in a style that is astonishingly close to the original versions, be it with superior recording quality. Still, it beats me why buyers would select this over the original. To which the band would undoubtedly reply: Shut up!

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 Shut up!.
[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 Friedrich Nietzsche: There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Textures and structures 2, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Dragonfly MF 50 Black and Samarkan Normal 85 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.