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My New Band — And Album

If I had a band, it would be called "Lionel Blue." If we had an album, it would be called "Reward Of Its Operation." David Gura/NPR, with help from Diego Cupulo hide caption

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David Gura/NPR, with help from Diego Cupulo

In college, I played in — and with — a few bands. In those four years, we probably had fifteen different names, none of which were really great.

As every musician knows, coming up with the name for a band is hard work. It usually involves hours and hours of time, a lot of beer, and a long list of bad ideas. Although I never gained enough notoriety — or enough funding — to make an album, I can imagine that it would be as difficult, if not harder, to title a CD.

The Guardian reports on a new game, making the rounds across the Facebook universe, called the "Make Your Own Album Cover" game. (They've reserved all of their creativity for the game, clearly; not for naming it.)

Here's how it works:

1. You use this tool to take you to a randomly-generated Wikipedia article. (Mine was "Lionel Blue," "a British Reform rabbi, journalist and broadcaster." Good enough.)

2. Now, for the album title... This site takes you to a page of random quotations. Take "the last four or five words from the last quote" on the page. (My album title: Reward Of Its Operation. I can see it on the Billboard charts now.)

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3. You've got a band name and an album title. What's next? Cover art. So, to Flickr, of course! And to this random image generator — of pictures without copyright restrictions.

And there you have it. All that's left? Finding band mates and money for a recording... Sigh. I'm taking it one step at a time.