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.

  1. ^Kim, Brad; Mercer, Alex (2009) "Make Your Own Album Cover". Know Your Meme. Web. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^Glenn, Joshua (2008) "CD Cover Meme". Brainiac. The Boston Globe. Archive. Retrieved 20 January 2017.


The Original* Rules

Always wanted to be in a rock band?

Well, here's your chance...sort of. Make your own CD Cover with the following steps and rocket yourself to mulit-platinum status and start fending off the groupies.

  1. wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
  2. quotationspage.com/random.php3 The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
  3. flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/ The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
  4. ???
  5. Profit

*according to the Flickr group "CD Cover Meme" via Archive.org



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Lomond Princess - Glasgow
Fokou - Pulse
carnivore - cotton
Fozzie Bear - Bad Blood
Sounds of the Supermarket
No Maps - Yawning
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Cannon - Discovery
Yung Vinci - Self Portrait
Dubai - Time Travel
Thomas Burnett - All This &Everything in Between
J-Welz - Faded