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The CD cover meme

Okay, here’s a web meme I can really get behind…. I’ve never been tempted to try one of those long list affairs filled with questions such as “what was your favourite breakfast cereal when you were a child?” The CD cover meme is more my kind of thing and it goes like this:

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

2. www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

3. www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4: Combine all three elements in your photo editing software.

5: Share

Et voila! Without further ado I give Someone or Something Else by Tolnaftate, that well-known Berlin Techno outfit.


Someone or Something Else by Tolnaftate, Feuilleton Records, 2008.

For the record (as it were), Tolnaftate is “a synthetic over-the-counter anti-fungal agent. It may come as a cream, powder, spray, or liquid aerosol, and is used to treat jock itch, athlete’s foot and ringworm”, and the quote, I’m pleased to say, was from HL Mencken, “All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.” The pylons were unwittingly supplied by this Flickr user. Flickr has a pool devoted to this meme and they encourage you to add your own creations.

Via Sleevage which features some choice examples.

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8 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Martin Jones


    The cover was a bleak lake, and I’m really looking forward to purchasing ‘Vulgar and Often Convincing’ by mysterious instrumental outfit Order of The iron Helmet…

  2. #2 posted by Travis

  3. #3 posted by John


    Nice one, Travis. Many of these work so well because real albums now frequently seem this random when removed from their context.

  4. #4 posted by Thombeau


    Here‘s mine. I’m actually curious to hear it!

  5. #5 posted by John


    Ah yes, Superabsorbent Polymer, I’m sure I saw someone wearing one of their t-shirts recently.

    The irony with all this is that I’ve been designing some more CDs recently (soon to be unveiled here) and one of them isn’t far removed from these vague designs. But that’s what the people involved wanted.

  6. #6 posted by mark valentine


    Hmm, spooky. My band name was “MESS” which if it hasn’t been used certainly should be, and the album title “A Cosmic Cheshire Cat”. The picture was then a full face lion, which seemed strangely appropriate.

    Great game, thanks John.


  7. #7 posted by John


    Hi Mark. According to Discogs.com there’s been several artists named Mess all of whom seem rather unproductive. If you reversed yours and had Mess by A Cosmic Cheshire Cat, you’d have a potential psychedelic single from 1967.

  8. #8 posted by James


    Name: Freudenthal Suspension Theorem

    Title: A Mark of Prudence

    Cover: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rageforst/2430265153/

    I’m afraid I might have become part of the Oi! movement because of this meme.






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