Friday, October 23, 2009

A fairly good time

The latest greatest band from China. Pink-In, a trio from Shenyang, won the very first Chinese National TV Pop Idols conquest and are ready to conquer the world with their first album in English, with the delightful title A fairly good time - makes you wonder whether someone botched a translation there. The album itself is a pleasant surprise. Make no mistake, these girls can really sing and have decent pop material to work with. Especially Nanjing nights and Love me forever are strong tunes that should get a lot of air play here as well. Not essential, but good pop 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 Pink-In.
[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 Edith Wharton: There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there's only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there's no reason why you shouldn't have a fairly good time.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Say cheese, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were CrazyHarold 85 Pink and Fortuna Dot 45 Pink, 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.