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Artist of the Week II – Quiz #3

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Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis, 50 Cent

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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 50 Cent last week.

The results after 2 weeks (as of Wednesday):

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Ready for Quiz #3?

Third time’s the charm!

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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 #3
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Lead vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King have been with this American group since its formation in 1981

 

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400 points………………This mononymous metal band shares its name with the last word in the title of a 1992 Kristy Swanson/Luke Perry film…

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300 points………………….and also the last word in the 1997-2003 Sarah Michelle Gellar TV series (of the same name)

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200 points……………They are part of the “big 4” of thrash metal, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax

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100 points………………..The artist is S__________

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Answer: القاتل

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

In a somewhat surprise example of ‘you never know who you’re going to influence,” Rivers Cuomo has (favourably) name-checked these guys in a couple of weezer tunes!

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The Rolling Stones – Aftermath (1966)

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[Album 590/1001]

“In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Why were the Beatles so successful?

In Gladwell’s book, an argument is made that it was the thousands of hours spent playing marathon gigs in Hamburg that helped The Beatles develop their world-class talent.

But this post is about the other group in the ___ OR ____ debate, The Rolling Stones.220px-RSAftermathUK

What made The Stones successful?

I suppose one could make valid arguments about songwriting, talent, showmanship, longevity…but those would all be too logical.

As an alternative theory, I believe Gladwell’s time-frame of 10,000 hours helps explain some of the varying quality of their musical output.

However, with The Stones, instead of requiring 10,000 hours of Practice, they were at their best when they demonstrated at least 10,000 hours of Patience.

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It’s not a new observation to suggest The Stones would often follow the example set by The Beatles (Rob Sheffield’s ‘Dreaming The Beatles’ has a particularly brilliant/eloquent chapter on the subject); do as the Beatles did, but with more swagger, and depending on whom you ask, more skill.

Even the most ardent Stones fan will likely concede this release pattern, while  vehemently (and likely, correctly) denying any direct musical copycat tendencies.

So if there was an inevitable time delay between a certain type of Beatles release & the response from The Stones, what was the optimal delay?

We’ll look at 3 Stones response scenarios:

  1. Waiting less than 10,000 hours
  2. Waiting approximately 10,000 hours
  3. Waiting well beyond the requisite 10,000 hours

 

And *spoiler alert* the longer the wait, the better the record!

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Cheers to the world wide web for having free Date & Hour calculators!

Steve Earle – Guitar Town (1986)

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When I saw this Steve Earle album title, I initially thought of Guitar Town as a destination.

How wrong I was.

For after listening, I’ve learned it’s more of a gateway.

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a) A gateway to rock (from country) or to country (from rock)

This, perhaps, shouldn’t have been entirely unexpected.

Given the album cover photograph (Canadian tuxedo, 5 o’clock shadow, unsmiling yet not frowning), at first glance, Steve shouldn’t cause offense to either the rock or country crowd.

By choosing the universally appreciated acoustic guitar as the instrument to sling over his back, rather than a more genre-specific instrument, such as a BC Rich Warlock or a Fender pedal steel (which might not be a terribly ergonomic thing to sling), again, he shouldn’t be ruled out by either crowd.

And if there’s such thing as a country rock continuum (which for the visual purposes of this post, there will be), some songs would fall under rock, others under country, and the rest in between.

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b) The missing link between Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams

I chose to include my rough sketch of the country-rock continuum because of my daughter’s hand-written question, “what does this mean?”

And I’m thrilled that I left my graph unattended on the kitchen counter because her written question led me to a delightfully surprising answer.

It appears that Steve Earle is the missing link between Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams.

Good Ol’ Boy (Gettin’ Tough) has all the hallmarks of a Bryan Adams tune, circa 1991.

The dropped ‘G’s (and parentheses) in the song name.

The song structure.Guitartown

I reckon if Mutt Lange got his paws on this tune and changed the setting on the drum track to ‘arena’, it would fit seamlessly into Waking Up The Neighbours

As for Ryan Adams?

A few of the Side B songs here, such as Someday and Fearless Heart, sound like early blueprints for a few of the tracks on Ryan’s 2001 album Gold.

Heck, that Ryan Adams album even a song named Somehow, Someday!

Though that album did not contain a song named Fearless Heart, I gather over his career, Ryan has written songs named Easy Hearts, Two Hearts, and She Wants to Play Hearts, in addition to the album Heartbreaker…so, close enough for jazz?

In any event, it looks like if you’re travelling along the Hillbilly Highway, and arrive in Guitar Town, there’s a fork in the road that I didn’t anticipate.

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Cheers to artists like Steve Earle that can bridge the gaps between genres & introduce fans to artists that they otherwise might have overlooked!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #2

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis

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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 Genesis last week.

The results after 1 week (as of Thursday):

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Ready for Quiz #2

To quote the Gin Blossoms, let’s play two!

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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 #2
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Born in 1975, this American rapper’s birth name is Curtis James Jackson III

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400 points……………….He has one album on the 1001 list, Get Rich or Die Tryin’

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300 points…………………If you are uncertain of where exactly to locate him, he claims you can find him In Da Club

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200 points…………………His stage name is the monetary equivalent of a quarter, a dime, two nickels, and five pennies

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100 points………………..The artist is 5_ C____

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Answer: خمسون سنتا

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I quite like the simple yet effective intro hook from In Da Club!

Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill (1986)

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[Album 588/1001]

When I listen to the Beastie Boys, I enjoy keeping track of:

a) Their similes (comparisons using ‘like’ or ‘as’)

On their debut album, they had a few good ones, including, “that girl is crafty like ice is cold,” and, “like the bun to the burger, like the burger to the bun.”

b) Their namechecks

Though they would reach greater musical heights on later albums (such as Paul’s Boutique & Ill Communication), the frequency of band member namechecks may have peaked on Licensed to Ill.

My findings are below, enjoy!

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Thank you to azlyrics.com for providing the lyrics, organized by album no less!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #1

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

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“We’re doing a sequel…And everybody knows, The sequel’s never quite as good”
– The Muppets, We’re Doing a Sequel

With the weekly quizzes, it’s true, the Sunday quizzes will be back for a sequel.

And in terms of my questions, chances are that the above statement will also be true & my quiz questions will be somewhat inferior this year.

However, the above statement could not be more false with regard to the new logo by Sarca.

Her logo from last year was exemplary, this year her logo is equally exemplary!!

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Ready for Quiz #1

To quote OK GO, here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again!

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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 #1
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..In The Beginning, this British band was fronted by Peter Gabriel…

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400 points……………….and by 1975, drummer Phil Collins became the lead vocalist

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300 points…………………They have a pair of (somewhat chattily titled) albums on the 1001 list, Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

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200 points…………………Their 1986 synth-dominated hit, Invisible Touch, was polarizing: for every listener that it reached in & grabbed right hold of their heart, there was another for whom the song slowly tore them apart

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100 points………………..The artist is G___________

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Answer: منشأ

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Welcome to new participants & welcome back to old friends!

Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

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[Album 587/1001]

Have you gone ‘off’ Coldplay?

Admittedly, I haven’t bought any of the last three albums.

But I have a feeling I’ll be investing in the next one.

Because if my calculations are correct, the tracklist for A Rush of Blood to the Head is a microcosm of Coldplay’s entire discography.

The obligatory graphs to explain:

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Note how Politik gets my attention immediately; my enthusiasm dwindles slightly (yet does not plummet) for In My Place, before rebounding with a pair of gems in God Put a Smile Upon Your Face and The Scientist.

However, my enthusiasm wanes on tracks 5,6, and 7, slipping below the “play” line, meaning they are tracks that I’m more likely to skip.

They bounce back nicely with Warning Sign, throw out a couple more skippable tracks, and finally finish really strong with the closer Amsterdam.

And it appears that this pattern is identical (so far) with their albums!

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Note how Parachutes reeled me in right off the bat; my enthusiasm dwindled slightly (yet did not fall too far) with A Rush of Blood to the Head, before rebounding with a pair of gems in X & Y and Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

However, my enthusiasm for the band diminished on albums 5,6,7, slipping below the “buy” line, meaning I have yet to invest in any of these albums.Coldplay_-_A_Rush_of_Blood_to_the_Head (1)

But will I invest in Coldplay’s next album, whenever it arrives?

Well, if the above graphs are any indication, Coldplay album 8 should be a return to form, or at least a return to an album that I purchase.

I might end up passing on the future albums 9 & 10, for similarly graphical reasons.

And if the band stays together to release an eventual (and perhaps final?) 11th album, it looks like that one might end up being one of their best yet.

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Verbalize the Positive

Coldplay’s July 2, 2005 show in Glasgow (later on the same day as their appearance at Live 8 in London) would easily be in my Top 5 shows ever, what a performance!