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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #28

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison, Notorious B.I.G., Amy Winehouse, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Gorillaz, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Cheap Trick, Can, Kanye West, Fleetwood Mac, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Black Sabbath, Tina Turner, Jeff Buckley, The Monkees, Fiona Apple, Kiss, Dr. Dre, Ella Fitzgerald, Pixies, Supertramp, The Strokes

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The Strokes last week.

The results after 27 weeks (as of Thursday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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Ready for Quiz #28?

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #28
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American rapper/actor/writer/philanthropist, born in Chicago in 1972 (birth name Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn), his album, Like Water for Chocolate, is on the 1001 list

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400 points……………….His collaboration with John Legend, Glory (the theme song from the film Selma), won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song

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300 points……………….To solve the fraction problem below, you would multiply all terms by the Lowest __________ Denominator (in this case, 6)*

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200 points………………..An antonym for unusual or rare (or the repeating lyric in Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast at Tiffany‘s, “You say that we’ve got nothing in _________, no _________ ground to start from”)

 

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100 points………………..The artist is C__________

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Answer: الكومنولث دون ثروة

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

1. I had to do a bit of fun problem solving with the google translate today – ironically, his stage name wasn’t a routine/ordinary translation

2. *When you hear someone complaining about having to learn fractions (“when are we ever going to need this?”), tell them it just might come in handy on a 300 point clue some day!

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The Boo Radleys – Giant Steps (1993)

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July Series: Why I’m (still) a “total man of the ’90s”

1. I miss what I never had
2. Efficiency + Effectiveness
3. I’m hooked early & often

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[Album 649/1001]

Do you have a favourite film-opening credits sequence?

The ’90s had a bunch of gems, perhaps none finer than the first few minutes of So I Married An Axe Murderer.

Through this cleverly filmed opening sequence, it quickly became clear:

a) that I was going to be a fan of the film

b) that I was going to be a fan of The Boo Radleys

In their solid cover of The La’s There She Goes, the horns were a nice touch, the increased tempo was also a good call.

But it was the James Hetfield-esque “There She Goes-ahh, There She Goes Again-ahh” (around 1:30 in the clip below) that sealed the deal for me!

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With their originals on Giant Steps, The Boo Radleys continue to demonstrate an ability to earn my attention early & often.

Within the first minute of each of the following tunes, plenty of positive associations come to mind:

The opener, I Hang Suspended, feels like a blueprint for future Shotter’s Nation Babyshambles tracks.

Ditto the blueprint vibe with Wish I Was Skinny, though this time venturing more in The Weakerthans A New Name for Everything direction.220px-Giant_Steps_boo_radleys (1)

Thinking of Ways (my personal favourite from the album) blends The Beach Boys & Badly Drawn Boy in the best possible way

The acoustic strumming to kick off Barney (…And Me) draws a smile, as anything that brings to mind The Cure’s In Between Days surely would…

…and the list could easily go on.

Which is not to say that The Boo Radleys are either overly derivative or unbelievably influential.

Instead, through those immediately favourable reference points, it quickly became clear:

a) that I was going to be a fan of Giant Steps

b) that eventually/inevitably, I’ll be exploring more by The Boo Radleys

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Verbalize the Positive

The So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack would be in my Top 5 Soundtracks!

Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes (1995)

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July Series: Why I’m (still) a “total man of the ’90s”

1. I miss what I never had
2. Efficiency + Effectiveness

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[Album 648/1001]

Is it possible to be both Efficient AND Effective?

I believe Guided By Voices has pulled it off.

Musically, they have succeeded where 3 fictional characters have failed.

Well done, Guided By Voices!

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1. Inefficient + Ineffective = Michael Scott (The Office, US)
Inefficient because…He rambles
Ineffective because…He rambles incoherently

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2. Inefficient + Effective = Treebeard (The Lord of The Rings)
Effective because…what he says is worth saying
Inefficient because…it takes a long time to say!

 

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3. Efficient + Ineffective = Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
Efficient because…he gets the job done fast
Ineffective because…he considers fast & right to be mutually exclusive!

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4. Efficient + Effective = Guided By Voices, Alien Lanes
Efficient because…In terms of quantity, Guided By Voices is in good company with Frank Black’s Teenager of the Year (22 tracks in 63 minutes) & Sloan’s Never Hear the End of It (30 tracks in 77 minutes). Alien Lanes includes an astonishing 28 tracks in 41 minutes.

Effective because…in terms of quality, Guided By Voices might just be in good company with Frank Black & Sloan as well.

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Verbalize the Positive

Though I haven’t heard everything they’ve ever done, like Jen from the IT Crowd, I too am now a bit of a fan!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #27

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison, Notorious B.I.G., Amy Winehouse, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Gorillaz, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Cheap Trick, Can, Kanye West, Fleetwood Mac, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Black Sabbath, Tina Turner, Jeff Buckley, The Monkees, Fiona Apple, Kiss, Dr. Dre, Ella Fitzgerald, Pixies, Supertramp

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Supertramp last week.

The results after 26 weeks (as of Wednesday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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after 26 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #27?

Take it or Leave it!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #27
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..New York City rock band, whose song about New York City Cops was eventually removed from their debut CD running order after September 11th, 2001 (the band name was also featured on Shia Laboeuf’s t-shirt in the 2007 film, Transformers)

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400 points……………….that 2001 debut album, Is this it?, is on the 1001 list…and its popular single, Last Nite, is a great example of how to play a ‘C Octave’ repeatedly on a guitar!

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300 points……………….The band name is a synonym for ‘shots’ in golf (or used to describe different types of competitive swimming styles)

 

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200 points………………..On a more serious note, the acronym FAST is used to help determine if someone may be having this:

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100 points………………..The artist is The S_______s

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Answer: السكتات الدماغية

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I quite like Last Nite‘s simple yet effective layered intro!

Screaming Trees – Dust (1996)

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July Series: Why I’m (still) a “total man of the ’90s”

1. I miss what I never had

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[Album 647/1001]

“They say you can’t miss something you’ve never had
So tell me why, Why I could feel so bad”
– Gin Blossoms, Cajun Song

The Gin Blossoms may have a point.

I never owned Dust.

Before this year, I wouldn’t have been able to name any of the songs.

And yet, I miss Screaming Trees.

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Dust is one of those albums where everything reminds me of something, yet nothing feels like (to borrow a BNL tune) it’s all been done.

The opener Halo of Ashes? Somewhere between Our Lady Peace’s Birdman & Starseed.

Look At You? Gently evokes Pavement’s Here.

Dying Days? Opens like Cracker, drifts into Alice In Chains territory, ends in a Pearl Jam manner. I later learned Mike McCready plays a solo on the track, perhaps that explains it!

But such reference points do not detract from the listening experience; instead, they remind me of why I’m so fond of the decade.Screaming_Trees-Dust_(album_cover)

And though I wasn’t aware of them at the time, due to its instant familiarity & general right-up-my-street-ness, Dust is starting to feel like an album from my personal teenage years.

I haven’t quite got to the point of revising my personal history (convincing myself that I was always a fan / fabricating memories of listening to Screaming Trees / reminiscing about those non-existent times)…but I could see how that might start to happen someday.

That tends to happen when people miss things.

Even the things they never had.

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Verbalize the Positive

My wonderful wife & I went to see the new Spiderman yesterday – fun!

“Geoff’s a total man of the ’90s”

Truer words were never spoken!

I found this edition of Sound Choice Magazine (the monthly mailing from BMG Music Service, one of the ‘buy 10 CDs for 1¢’ music clubs from the ’90s) in our basement.

Back in the day, I participated in the “club classix” contest & somewhere in the ballpark of 1996, my selections ended up on the back page of the issue.

That kid had some decent taste!

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This basement discovery got me thinking, now that school’s officially out for summer, it’s time to get back on track with the 1001 albums project.

And being a total man of the 90s, I think I’ll spend the month of July listening to albums from my personal favourite musical decade.

Happy Summer!

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Verbalize the Positive

I’m delighted that from my teenage list of BMG Music Service Recommendations, The Bends is still in my all-time top 5 & Everclear’s Heartspark Dollarsign/IME’s Another Sunday are still among my all-time favourite singles!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #26

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Exceptional Artist of the Week III Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2019 Artists of the Week (so far): George Harrison, Notorious B.I.G., Amy Winehouse, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Gorillaz, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Cheap Trick, Can, Kanye West, Fleetwood Mac, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Black Sabbath, Tina Turner, Jeff Buckley, The Monkees, Fiona Apple, Kiss, Dr. Dre, Ella Fitzgerald, Pixies

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Pixies last week.

The results after 25 weeks (as of Friday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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Ready for Quiz #26?

Sounds good!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #26
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..When I reviewed this English band’s 1974 album, Crime of the Century,  I included the following chart…as much to my pleasant surprise, despite not being too enthused about their radio hits (like this album’s Dreamer), I did like the album tracks

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400 points……………….that being said, their big singles are quite enjoyable when remixed by Michael Scott!

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300 points……………….Other big hits by this group include The Logical Song and Take the Long Way Home (from their quadruple platinum album, Breakfast in America)

 

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200 points………………..The band name is a compound word:

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100 points………………..The artist is S______t_____

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Answer: سوبر ترامب

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Happy Summer!