The Fake Album Cover Game (also known as the Random Album Cover Game) is a graphic design exercise that incorporates digital art, remix culture, and memetics. Originating in a (now defunct) Flickr group called "CD Cover Meme,"¹ it quickly grew in popularity, eventually crossing over into other social media networks such as Facebook.
The concept of the game is simple - from a randomly generated Wikipedia article, a randomly generated quote, and a randomly generated image, a potential album designer is given all the base elements to create a compelling album cover.²
Over the years, elements have changed, but the game itself has endured. While not quite reaching the viral popularity of other pop culture memes, there is a timelessness to the game in which it sees continued appreciation. Today, one of the largest Fake Album Cover communities is /r/FakeAlbumCovers on Reddit, with over 40,000 users.
Always wanted to be in a rock band?
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*according to the Flickr group "CD Cover Meme" via Archive.org
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