Many user submissions and where to find a ton more examples on facebook, etc.
The latest facebook internet meme is this little gem (thanks to commenter omnibolg for sending me the full version):
1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random... Read More”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.
Feel free to adjust the rules for maximum fun (I would recommend being a bit more selective with the photo, but still stick to the Flickr page you end up landing on), and please link your results in the comments and I'll add photos below.
A few favorites from the facebook Album Covers Group, which has a ton of entries. Also, check our the facebook Album Cover Aficionados Group and the Flickr Group. Also, check out the Boston Phoenix picks for the top 10 (so far), with insightful reviews. More to come, I'm sure.
Because this game is so fun, I made three more album covers: a twee 4AD sort of band; a mid-90s electro-dance thing that would have been celebrated by the NME; and a brilliantly random combination of a bad horror movie, a Will Rogers quote, and a safari photo that makes for a politically infused angry hardcore band.
Roy Rosenthal, "CMJ award winner for best new band".
Daniel Koning, " I might have to record a song from this album."
Bob Cobbings' Kitchen Prosthetics, "Exciting new Anti-Con label band mixing dub-step, folk and Oulipo-inspired rap."
Theo, "I would not listen to this crap, even if it was my own."
Joshua K, "This is either some really cool post-punk band or easy listening world music..."
Brian C, "Mine is kind of conceptual. Could be an emo band." The Nice Price tag is an inspired touch!
Michael, "Nordic prankster Jan Balstad returns from a six-year prison sentence with his most irreverent collection of static-strewn ephemera yet. The foiled blimp-jacking scheme which landed him in a dank cell for the better part of a decade is outlined in these bite-sized songs, thirteen deranged parables of prepared piano, Inuit throat singing, and pornographic field recordings. "This Isn't Even Wrong!" proves that Norway's answer to Mark Hosler wasn't rehabilitated in the least."
Michael (#2), "The aural equivalent of curling up by the fire with some chamomile and Proust."
Mr. D, "A mid west US alt folk band. Most often compared to Bright Eyes but not as edgy."
and...bonus points for context.
Greg from Detroit, "Private press record of glee club spring concert 1974. Mix of predictable covers and a few surprising originals, including the devastating title track."
JoyGrenade, "The bittersweet summer romance of Lisa Germano and Harmony Korine."