Monday, February 22, 2010

Art for Art's sake

A fascinating experiment. Delgado, a successful progressive rock band from Bilbao, Spain, have released a concept album unlike any other for their fifth studio CD. They have taken seven UK chart hits from the seventies, made by artists who flirted with prog but never fully got there, and gave these songs a full-blown prog rock treatment - none of these covers last under 10 minutes. And no matter which one you try, you have to admire their musicality and good taste - and enjoy the result. On this album you will find their versions of 10CC's Art for art's sake, Bowie's Heroes, ELO's Rockaria!, Queen's Somebody to love, Supertramp's Dreamer, Roxy Music's Angel eyes, and Alan Parsons Project's Lucifer. My favourite record of recent months.

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 Delgado.
[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 E.M. Forster: Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake . (I could not believe my eyes that this one actually came up).
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, China Now 5, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Backhand brush 50 White and Subway 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.