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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #20

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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

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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 Jeff Buckley last week.

The results after 19 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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Ready for Quiz #20?

Spectacular!

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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 #20
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Though derided by many as being merely a manufactured copycat pop band, this American group’s 1967 album, Headquarters, is on the 1001 list

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400 points………………..This intentionally misspelled animal group/TV show was name-checked by Ozzy Osbourne in the 1995 film, The Jerky Boys, in his inimitable Ozzy fashion, “The (curse word) _____________???!!!”

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300 points……………….When Jimi Hendrix opened for this group, concert attendees changed the lyrics from Foxy Lady to Foxy Davy (as a tip of the hat to this group’s Davy Jones)

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200 points………………..Hey Hey! We’re (this week’s artist)

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100 points………………..The artist is The M___________s

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Answer:  القرود

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Headquarters is a good one – I’m pleased to have the LP in the collection!

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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #19

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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

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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 Tina Turner last week.

The results after 18 weeks (as of Saturday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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Ready for Quiz #19?

Hallelujah!

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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 #19
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Born in 1966, raised as ‘Scott Moorhead,’ and drowned in 1997, this late American Artist’s lone studio album, Grace, is on the 1001 list…

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400 points………………..and his biological father, Tim, has a trio of albums on the 1001 list as well (Goodbye and Hello, Happy Sad, and Greetings from L.A.)

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300 points……………….Although countless have covered Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, his version was the one that appeared in the Season 1 finale of The O.C. (and, perhaps almost as significantly, his version was also inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry)

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200 points………………..His first name is the same as this quiz-maker (though with the alternate/no “o” in the middle spelling), his second name is the same as a popular cough syrup with the tagline, “it tastes awful…and it works”

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100 points………………..The artist is J_____ B___________

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Answer:  جيف باكلي

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

The 6/8 title track from his only studio album = easily in my all time Top 25!

Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible (1994)

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Manic Street Preachers are terrible for my critical thinking skills.

An actual street preacher? If it’s someone shouting into a megaphone about the Holy Bible, I’m not going to be easily convinced, regardless of how effective their argument may be.

Because of the delivery, I just can’t bring myself to listen.Manic_Street_Preachers-The_Holy_Bible_album_cover

However, the Welsh band, Manic Street Preachers? It appears after my experience with their album, The Holy Bible, regardless of how effective the album actually is, I’m very easily convinced!

There’s something about vocalist/guitarist James Dean Bradfield’s delivery that instantly wins me over as a listener.

Because of his delivery, I can’t stop listening.

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Verbalize the Positive

This is one of those “can’t believe I didn’t know about them until recently” groups for me.

If I’d known about them in the mid-90s, I would have absolutely adored them in high school – they sound like they could be Age of Electric’s talented Welsh cousins!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #18

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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

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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 Black Sabbath last week.

The results after 17 weeks (as of Wednesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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Ready for Quiz #18?

There ain’t no use pretendin’!

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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 #18
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939, among her many career accomplishments, she provided powerful vocals in her 1984 duet with Bryan Adams, It’s Only Love 

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400 points………………..Also from 1984, her album, Private Dancer, is on the 1001 list

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300 points……………….In the 1993 biopic, What’s Love Got to Do With it, she was played by Angela Bassett

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200 points………………..She shares a first name with the SNL/30 Rock comedienne Fey; her last name is the same as the middle part of the Canadian rock band BTO

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100 points………………..The artist is T_____ T________

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Answer:  تينا تيرنر

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Whenever I do some sort of activity where I ask students to choose the “Best” ______ (website, app, etc.), I’m always happy to play this artist’s Simply the Best as the song of the day.

And I’m even happier when they correctly identify her as the singer!

System of a Down – System of a Down (1998)

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“He wanted someone young and idealistic to expand his fortune. And I used to be both.”
– Rafe Spall’s character in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

My communications technology students are currently pitching me their ideas for ‘The Next Social Platform.’

The project premise is that I’m an investor & they have to convince me to invest in their idea.

Even if I’m not the target audience, make sure I can see the value that your platform might add for other users.

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Based on the pitches I’ve heard so far, there are some investment-worthy social media platforms in development!

I’ve been particularly impressed with the pitches that, rather than following current trends, are anticipating a pendulum swing in the opposite direction.

And occasionally, the strongest selling points weren’t about the features that were included; instead, the focus was on what wasn’t there.

For example, one student proposed a photo-sharing platform with no ‘upload/edit’ capability.

But how is offering less somehow more?

This way, photos could only be shared as they happened, how they were originally captured. That way, instead of being polished beyond recognition, the actual meaning of the photos would be reclaimed.

Are the students young & idealistic? I used to be both myself.

And if I had a fortune to expand, I would certainly help finance some of their visions!

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“How do I feel? What do I say?”
– System of a Down, Sugar

In 1998, music was trending in a practically perfect pop direction.

The biggest singles of the year belonged to artists like Celine Dion, Cher, and Shania Twain.

Observing the success of groups like the Backstreet Boys & Spice Girls, various replicas & reasonable facsimiles also joined the market share battle.

So if somebody had pitched me the idea of a girl/boy band in 1998, it would have seemed like a relevant investment option.

But what if someone had pitched me the idea of System of a Down?

To put it mildly, they’d be somewhat incongruous with the artists listed above!

Which is why I imagine they were the right act at the right time.220px-System_of_a_down

Take the song, Sugar.

Though the song length may have been late-90s radio-friendly, the unconventional structure & multiple tempo changes would have been less so.

The singer, Serj Tankian, wanders all of over the map vocally, sometimes growling, sometimes chatting, sometimes singing, always seemingly all-in.

It’s exhausting…and at the time, for many, it was probably just what the doctor ordered.

When the masses were moving toward smooth & accessible, there was going to be an appetite for the antidote.

How do I feel?

Somewhat old, as I still would have been the same age as or older than my current students when this came out in 1998.

What do I say?

If I’d had a fortune that I was attempting to expand in 1998, I would have invested in this group for sure!

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Verbalize the Positive

They seem like a group that is doing ‘their thing’ – they seem to be uniquely System of a Down!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #17

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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

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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 Franz Ferdinand last week.

The results after 16 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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16 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #17?

On the 7th day of the week no less!

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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 #17
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..In perhaps the finest example of musical brand consistency, on their 1970 debut album, this Birmingham band’s name = the album name = the opening track name

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400 points………………..Over the next 5 decades, Tony Iommi would be the group’s only constant member*

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300 points……………….They have a trio of albums on the 1001 list: the eponymous debut, Paranoid, and Vol. 4

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200 points………………..Curiously, both the band and its usual lead singer are known mononymously (the band is typically shortened to its ‘day of rest’ second word & adding ‘Osbourne’ following the singer’s first name feels superfluous)

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100 points………………..The artist is B________ S____________

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Answer:  سبت أسود

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

*I have no shortage of admiration for the person/team that put together the wikipedia graphical timeline for this group’s band member history, it is something else!

Laura Nyro – Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968)

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Have you heard the new Morrissey track, Wedding Bell Blues?

I reckon that even those who suffer from life threatening allergies to his voice on/off stage would have to concede: it’s simply irresistible!

The seemingly effortless vocals (featuring Billie Joe from Green Day), the bop-along piano chords, a tremendous tune originally written & recorded in 1966.

As originally written & recorded by which songwriter/singer/pianist?

An 18-year old named Laura Nyro.

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While none of the songs on Eli and the Thirteenth Confession may be as instantly sing-a-long-able, that’s far from a criticism.

If this is ‘pop’ music, it’s my favourite kind.220px-Laura_nyro_eli

Toe-tapping, sure.

But of equal, if not greater importance, Eli also features a baker’s dozen of sophisticated arrangements.

Her vocals are all over the map (in the best of ways) and new instrumental layers are revealed upon each listen.

Overall, Eli is the sound of the ideal triple threat (singer/songwriter/pianist) balance.

Rather than accusing Laura of ‘wearing too many hats’ or having one skill outshine the others, her compositions & vocal/piano performances never feel like they’re competing for listener attention or respect.

Perhaps it doesn’t hurt that her skills in all three areas are top notch.

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Verbalize the Positive

I enjoyed my several listens via Apple Music & I’ll now be on the lookout for this record in the wild.

From what I understand, like Reese Witherspoon’s resume in Legally Blonde, the lyric sheet included in this LP was scented.

How fantastic would it be to find a copy with the scented lyric sheet?

A little something extra indeed!