Saturday, August 23, 2008

It's Totally an '80s Music Quiz!

Hi gang! I've been promising another quiz so, whether you want it or not, here it is!

I was originally going to do an '80s quiz including music, movies and TV trivia. However, I just spent an extra hour retyping this entire music quiz because some dumb-ass button that I pushed in Blogger's "compose" mode caused the entire post to self-destruct. Therefore, I'm too tired and annoyed to finish the other parts of the quiz. I'll just post separate movie and TV quizzes at some point in the near future. And don't worry, '80s haters. I'll try to get to the '70s and '90s at some point too.

This quiz is broken up into three sections: lyric ID, video ID and general trivia. I tried to set each section up so the questions would get progressively harder, but you never can tell who knows what, so "degree of difficulty" is a bit subjective.

I only ask two things: (1) Please don't cheat and look any answers up on the Interwebs. Pretend it's 1984 and you don't have that luxury. (2) Don't leave your answers in the comments section. This way, everyone gets a chance to play. Send all answers to me via email.

Good luck!

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Part I: Lyrics - Identify the song title and artist for each set of lyrics.
(2 pts each)

1. Babe you know you're growing up so fast/And mama's worrying that you won't last to say let's play

2. Oh, sugar where you been/Hangin' out with your male friends/Listen, somebody's going to hurt you/The way you love to keep hurting me

3. 'Cause when I see you dancing with your friends/I can't help wondering where I stand

4. But just like the wounded and when it's too late/They'll remember, they'll surrender/Never a care for that people who hate/Underestimate me now

5. Can you imagine when this race is won/Turn our golden faces into the sun/Praising our leaders, we're getting in tune/The music's played by the madman

Part II: Videos

Identify the song title and artist that corresponds to each video still.

(2 pts each)

*Click pictures to enlarge.

Part III: General Trivia
(1 pt each, unless otherwise noted)

1. What bespectacled new waver's birth name is Declan McManus?

2. What British band took their name from an unemployment benefits form?

3. In 1988, she became the youngest female artist to write, produce, and perform a #1 hit. Who is she? (Bonus point: name the hit.)

4. Belinda Carlisle's video for "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" was directed by which Academy Award winning actress?

5. Name the successful solo artists who started out with the following bands:

a. Generation X
b. Blue Angel
c. Shalamar
d. Zoot
e. Piper
(1 pt each, 5 pts total)

6. This mustachioed artist co-wrote and sang backup on Icehouse's 1987 hit, "Electric Blue." Who is he?

7. Corey Glover of the band Living Colour had a small role in this 1986 movie that also featured a very young Johnny Depp. Name it.

8. This songwriter co-wrote some of the biggest and baddest hits of the decade for artists like Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, KISS, Joan Jett, and, most notably, Bon Jovi, with whom he co-wrote the ultimate '80s anthem, "Livin' on a Prayer." Unfortunately, he's also partially responsible for late '90s crap like Ricky Martin's "Shake Your Bon Bon" and Sisqo's "Thong Song." Who is this guy and (no points for this part, sorry) what the hell is he thinking?

9. Robert Palmer originally wanted his 1986 smash, "Addicted to Love," to be a duet with a well-known female singer. Although Palmer did record the song with her, his label demanded that he re-record her parts and release a solo version. That same year, she recorded a different duet that was not only a huge hit, but took home the 1987 Record of the Year Grammy - beating out fellow nominee "Addicted to Love!" Who is this female artist? (Bonus point: name the Grammy-winning song and duet partner. If you get the main question correct, there's no way you could miss the bonus!)

10. Although Sandy Stewart plays keyboards on Stevie Nicks' single "Stand Back," the synth line was created and originally recorded by another musical icon. Who is he? (Bonus point: which of this icon's own hit songs inspired "Stand Back?")

Answers will be posted on Friday.

Total possible points = 37


SkylersDad said...

I shall not be sending you an email with my lame guesses, because at some point it would become publicly available for people to mock my lack of cool with.

cube said...

Let me say upfront... I flunked your test. I'm musically-challenged remember? Oh, when will you give a science quiz?

I know this is OT, but my daughter got free (yes, FREE) tickets to the American Idol show & the only idol they got to see up close was David Archuleta. Guess what, his father was signing stuff for the fans WITH HIS OWN NAME! The people were telling him, "We want David's autograph, not yours!"

What a doofus. Anyway, I thought you'd appreciate this bit of dish.

BTW my daughter also tells me that Michael's ass looked really big in person...

Dale said...

I'm giving myself 2 points and staying out of the rest of this. I suck! I knew the Elvis C. and UB40 questions. I'm also wondering why after recording 'If It Happens Again I'm Leaving' about Margaret Thatcher winning another election, UB40 didn't leave. Liars.

Moxie said...

I'm going to email the answers I got right now, then I'm gonna look up the answers for the ones I couldn't figure out. There were a lot of those.

Angie said...

I'm gonna do the quiz, but first, you must go read my latest blog post. You won't be sorry. :)

genn6 said...

I know my music, I swear I do, and I barely had half the answers...
Please don't tell anyone. ;(

Heather said...

This tells you what I listened to in the 80's. I know #1 and #5 under the lyrics - vaguely recall #2 and have never heard #3 or 4.

Plus, we couldn't get MTV when I was growing up so I have no video knowledge whatsoever. I think I will take my 2 points and go outside and play.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Damn you for making me think! I shall give it a whirl, but the 80s were sort of a fuzzy blur.

Falwless said...

hahahahaha @ Who is this guy and (no points for this part, sorry) what the hell is he thinking?

God I love you. If you were a guy I'd fellate you. Seriously.

CDP said...

Very challenging quiz!

Mama Pajama said...

Even though I only got a few of these, I'm going to submit my answers. Great quiz!

Candy Minx said...

Oh no...I think I only know the answer to Section 2 question 1. I am so curious who the female singer was on Robert Palmer song...very interesting fact!!!

Thembi said...

This is too rich for my blood, but I can't wait to see the answers!

Editor said...

and i thought my trivia was hard...


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