Friday, September 03, 2010

Actually I'm a giraffe

One of the most hilarious CD's of the year. A quintet from Guildford (UK) have taken (in)famous quotes from famous people and turned them into fun pop songs. The title song is courtecy of Richard Gere, other gems include two by George W. Bush (Is our children learning?, We agree - the past is over), two by Dan Quayle (I have made good judgements in the Future, I stand by all the misstatements that I've made), one by Thai Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-archa (Long live Queen Elizabeth Taylor) and a sprinkling of others. The music is always pop-oriented, but still varies with reaggae and ska influences on one song, folk on another and even disco on a number of occasions. To my taste better than the famous Weird Al Yankovich.

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 After Shave.
[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 Richard Gere: I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I'd think, no, actually I'm a giraffe.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Moooh, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Burnt MF 50 white and BeetleJ 60 Red, 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.