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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #38

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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, Common, Pearl Jam, TLC, The Who, Tom Petty, Justin Timberlake, T. Rex, Kid Rock, Duran Duran, The Kinks

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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 Kinks last week.

The results after 37 weeks (as of Saturday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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Ready for Quiz #38?

Lucky!

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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 #38
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

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500 points………………..American artist, whose 1999 debut album is on the 1001 list, was born in Mississippi on December 2, 1981 (and raised in Louisiana). When asked my age, I like to tell my students I’m 1 day older than her – and we’ve had slightly different career trajectories!

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400 points……………….For example, her debut album [featuring the singles Sometimes & (You Drive Me) Crazy] sold 25 million copies…

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300 points……………………and when I make a mistake (for the second time) in a lesson, I will inevitably say, Oops!…I Did it Again 

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200 points………………..”Oh Baby Baby, How was I supposed to know?”

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100 points………………..If you thought this quiz was BS, in a way, you’re right!

The artist is B________ S______.

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Answer: برتني سبيرز

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Credit where credit is due, ...Baby One More Time has a terrific chord progression!

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Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die (1970)

[Album 672/1001]

Question: during the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, who was in the band?

Let’s see, there was Prince of course.

And Tom Petty sang.

Then there was George Harrison’s son & Jeff Lynne from ELO.

I think that’s…oh, and the video title says Steve Winwood is up there too? Is that him, maybe playing the organ?

Though he’s listed third in the video title, I don’t seem to notice him during the performance. Yet if his organ part was actually missing, there would be a glaring hole in the song.

Perhaps I got distracted by everything else going on (just where did Prince’s guitar go?!)…or perhaps Winwood’s lack of front & centre visibility may be evidence of his greatness.

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There’s a chance Steve Winwood is the Niklas Lidström of the music business.

You’d be forgiven for not being familiar with Lidström as outside of the world of hockey, he’s hardly a household name. Throughout his 20 years of service in the NHL, you could even argue he was barely noticeable on the ice.

Though not because of any skill deficiency; on the contrary, he was so sound positionally, always making the right play from the right place at the right time, that his flashier teammates would be the ones featured on highlight reels.

Sometimes the greats have a knack for sharing the spotlight. Even though he served as the Captain & undisputed defensive leader of the team, his contributions made those around him better.

Unsurprisingly, with such a talented leader at the helm, the team enjoyed unparalleled success, qualifying for the playoffs every year of his career.

However, since his retirement, his absence has been painfully visible in Detroit. Without him, the team has tumbled to the bottom of the league standings.

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Does John Barleycorn Must Die support or disprove the Winwood = Lidström theory?

Although my theory is beyond under-researched (at least for the Winwood part of the equation), I’d say the Traffic album doesn’t completely disprove the notion. Not immediately, at least!

Although Winwood wrote/co-wrote or arranged each of the tracks, he doesn’t necessarily give himself all of the flashiest parts.220px-Traffic-John_Barleycorn_Must_Die_(album_cover)

I found that on the first two tracks, rather than noticing Steve Winwood, I was captivated by the Woodwin(d) player.

Like Niklas, Steve wasn’t completely invisible of course. From time to time, you can’t help but notice his versatile playing, with his acoustic guitar work on the title track being a particularly noteworthy/noticeable performance.

Overall, based on this extremely small/almost certainly unrepresentative sample size, I’m pleased my theory (that great musicians can be more effective by being noticed less) isn’t entirely invalid just yet!

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Verbalize the Positive

For my school’s Girls Ice Hockey Team, we give out a Nicklas Lidström award (for best decision-making/quiet leadership/positional play) at the year end lunch party – it’s likely my favourite award, as those types of players are so valuable & typically so underappreciated!

The Young Gods – L’eau rouge (1989)

[Album 671/1001]

How much French do you remember from school?

Or if you didn’t study French in school, how much do you remember from The Flight of the Conchords tune, Foux du FaFa?

As L’eau rouge (par les jeunes Dieus?) is in French, I thought I’d review it en Français aussi.

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Est-ce que L’eau rouge est le meilleur album du 1001? Probablement pas.

Est-ce que l’album est un désastre? Non, mais ce n’est pas ma tasse de thé.220px-The_Young_Gods_L'Eau_Rouge

J’aime les groupes/artistes qui aiment ‘the Young Gods’ (comme Econoline Crush, David Bowie).

Je crois que le dernier chanson décris l’album dans une manière efficace : Pas Mal.

Pas magnifique, Pas terrible non plus.

Pas pour moi peut-être, mais Pas Mal.

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Verbalize the Positive

At the time of clicking ‘Publish,’ the YouTube Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down tally was universally positive at 65:0!

 

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #37

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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, Common, Pearl Jam, TLC, The Who, Tom Petty, Justin Timberlake, T. Rex, Kid Rock, Duran Duran

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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 Duran Duran last week.

The results after 36 weeks (as of Wednesday night – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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after 36 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #37?

Yes sir, No sir!

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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 #37
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English band, formed in 1964 by the Davies brothers, they have a quartet of quality albums on the 1001 list (and they really are Something Else)

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400 points……………….Their ’60s albums include plenty of great original tunes that were also covered effectively by other artists, such as Stop Your Sobbing (The Pretenders), David Watts (The Jam), and You Really Got Me (Van Halen)

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300 points……………………Looking for a baby name? This group may be able to help, with their songs like Victoria, Arthur, Mister Pleasant…or perhaps, Lola 

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200 points………………..When a garden hose is tangled, it has a _____ in the hose

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100 points………………..The artist is The K_____s

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Answer: شبك

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

a) Love She’s Got a Hat like Princess Marina!

b) It was four years ago today (September 15th) that a community of bloggers compiled “Top 15 on the 15th” lists – likely my favourite individual day of blogging thus far!

The Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight (1980)

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The other day, I saw a great shirt at our local playground.

A young man was sporting a T-shirt (I believe made by Threadless) with the text, “Positive Vibes Only.”

As taking a photo of an unknown playground child (and subsequently posting it online without their expressed written consent) felt ill-advised, here’s a photo of a similar design!

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The third tune on Underwater Moonlight, Positive Vibrations, is more than worthy of its title.

Supergrass-y tempo/tune?

Vocals (especially the mid-song breakdown) like the non-screaming tracks by The Vines?

Surprise sitar feature?

The listener vibes ’round here could not be more positive!

And I’m not sure if an internationally recognized ‘Listener Vibration Measurement Scale’ exists…but it’s safe to say, when listening to the rest of Underwater Moonlight, such a scale would have remained firmly in the non-negative region for me.

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Heavy Metal Overload (HMO) recently posed an intriguing question: what are your favourite vocal middle eights?

Although it’s not completely A Cappella, the vocal harmonies around 2:20 of Positive Vibrations would be on my Top 5 list!

the Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (1999)

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Did you see the Vulture article where Bill Wyman ranked all 213 Beatles songs?

It’s an exercise that is equal parts fun (as who doesn’t like an oversized music list), fantastic (Penny Lane @ #3, me too!), and flabbergasting (Rocky Raccoon @ #166?! inexcusable!).

So I thought I’d try my hand at a ranking of the 69 love songs found on 69 Love Songs.

Enjoy!

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69. Fido, Your Leash is Too Long – I struggle with unfulfilled potential. Here, a promising song keeps getting interrupted by an obnoxious sound effect. It’s sort of like the record scratches in Baby Got Back. But less scratchy & more annoying-y.

68. Punk Love – the middle section of volume 1 truly is the best of times/the blurst of times!

67. Experimental Music Love – well, it was a short experiment?

66. I Shatter – The lead vocal is almost inaudibly low-pitched.

65. Strange Eyes – aye, ’tis strange.

64. Two Kinds of People – I’m pleased to have learned what the phrase ‘ever twain shall be’ means.

63. Love in the Shadows – I prefer Jemaine Clement & co.’s, What We Do In The Shadows

62. Roses – I do like seeing the verb ‘woo’ appear in a lyric sheet.

61. How Fucking Romantic – I like the a Capella idea. There are just 60 songs that I like more.

60. You’re My Only Home – if it’s synth you seek, seek and ye shall find it here

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59. It’s a Crime – not really my cuppa, but no musical crimes committed.

58. Boa Constrictor – 58-second track, seems about the right ranking.

57. Xylophone Track – 12-bar blues, if that’s what you’re into.

56. Blue You – I certainly don’t mind a good whistle, this one reminds me of Billy Joel’s The Stranger.

55. Queen of the Savages – Pleasing ukulele chords.

54. Zebra – unorthodox album closer. Though I suppose a 3-hour, triple album adventure is somewhat unorthodox too!

53. Parades Go By – sounds like a didgeridoo in the background?

52. Promises of Eternity – a bit sound effect heavy for me, but to each his/her/their own.

51. Acoustic Guitar – good Steve Earle name-check.

50. I Think I Need a New Heart – like Brown Eyed Girl, but instead of reminiscing fondly, more about managing expectations for future disappointment

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49. When My Boy Walks Down the Street – good vocal section around 1:40.

48. My Only Friend – that is some quick & high-pitched piano work.

47. My Sentimental Melody – the accordion is a nice touch.

46. The Sun Goes Down and the World Goes Dancing – I like that the old floor is described as ‘rickety.’

45. Grand Canyon – Pleasant trumpet line.

44. The Things We Did and Didn’t Do – neat line with “all the things…that you told me just to tell me later that you told me so.”

43. Abigail, Belle of Kilronan – Maybe the second best song about an Abigail (behind Abigail, by Arkells).

42. Bitter Tears – nice & steady kick drum.

41. The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side – simple, yet effective tune.

40. I’m Sorry I Love You – no apologies needed for this one.

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39. Kiss Me Like You Mean It – If one wishes to be kissed, doing so with meaning doesn’t seem like an unreasonable request.

38. If You Don’t Cry – strong chorus, “If you don’t cry, it isn’t love.”

37. Wi’ Nae Wee Bairn Ye’ll Me Beget – I like the octave gap in between the vocals.

36. The Way You Say Good-Night – There’s a bit of an Airborne Toxic Event vibe to the vocal melody & that’s fine by me.

35. Long-Forgotten Fairytale – the classic middle-of-the-pack / median tune!

34. Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing – Always had a soft spot for songs about losing oneself while dancing (Fred Astaire’s Cheek to Cheek / Danny Kaye The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing).

33. Reno Dakota – top marks for the rhyming scheme of Dakota / iota / quota!

32. How to Say Goodbye – like listening to Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way, I find I’m drawn to the drums.

31. Come Back from San Francisco – clean lead guitar part & fine female vocal.

30. No One Will Ever Love You – Though I don’t care for unkept promises, I tend to like songs with lyrics about over-promising / under-delivering (“Where is the madness that you promised me?”)

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29. The Cactus Where Your Heart Should Be – nice details with the dinner bell and different L/R audio.

28. (Crazy for You) But Not That Crazy – what can I say, perhaps the reason I like the That Thing You Do theme song so much, I’m a sucker for a double snare hit!

27. Asleep and Dreaming – Maybe deserves to be higher, but in the volume 2 running order, it has the relative misfortune of following a pair of my favourites.

26. All My Little Words – banjo takes the lead, no complaints here.

25. World Music – some good problem solving demonstrated in the lyrics, “even I know the solution, love, music, wine and revolution.”

24. Very Funny – nice soaring notes, vocals sound an awful lot like a Corey Hart ballad.

23. Busby Berkeley Dreams – “outrageously beautiful” piano-driven tune.

22. A Pretty Girl Is Like… – “A Pretty Girl is Like…A Pretty Girl” Indeed.

21. Love is Like Jazz – after the first listen, this might have been #69. But after a few listens, it’s so strange, it works!

20. Absolutely Cuckoo – good choice for the volume 1 opener, irresistible ukulele.

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19. Washington, D.C. – 1999 was a good year for cheerleader intros, like this one’s, “W.a.s.h.i.n.g.t.o.n. baby, D.C.!  or Matthew Good Band’s “k.i.c.k.a.s.s. that’s the way we spell success!”

18. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! – yeah! punctuation!

17. I Don’t Believe in the Sun – when people look back from the future on 1999 music, they may wonder why singers complained about being specifically targeted by the weather. Like Travis’ Why Does It Always Rain on Me, was that part of the whole Y2K craze?

16. The Death Of Ferdinand De Saussure – I’m pleased he didn’t sing lead on all 69 songs, but I find I really look forward to the Stephin Merritt vocal tracks.

15. The Book of Love – Not dissimilar to Sting’s Fields of Gold, not too shabby in my books.

14. Meaningless – songs about kicking in teeth have rarely sounded so agreeable!

13. Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits – the background sound effects are a bit overpowering but the Beach Boys-esque melody still cuts through nicely.

12. For We Are the King of the Boudoir – fabulous harpsichord & use of the term, ‘prowesslessnesslessness.’

11. A Chicken with Its Head Cut Off – bonus marks for the “whoa Nelly” after the first chorus!

10. I Can’t Touch You Anymore – Evokes Fastball’s The Way – yay!

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9. The Night You Can’t Remember – I will surely remember this track.

8. Underwear – Perhaps my 2nd favourite tune named Underwear (behind Pulp’s Underwear), in pretty good company!

7. I Don’t Want to Get Over You – Mellencamp-y, in a very good way.220px-The_Magnetic_Fields_-_69_Love_Songs (1)

6. Time Enough for Rocking When We’re Old – Perhaps the sort of thing Kurt Cobain was referring to when he sang, “Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld.”

5. Epitaph for My Heart – like a blueprint for Ryan AdamsWhen Stars Go Blue, a song I really like. It’s possible I like this one even more.

4. Sweet-Lovin’ Man – A dropped ‘g’, cowbell, a ‘what a feelin‘-ish big chorus, what’s not to like!

3. Love is Like a Bottle of Gin – the triple album’s lyrical high point.

2. Papa Was a Rodeo – really nice understated drums & cut outs, even nicer vocal delivery.

1. The One You Really Love – great lyric twist in the final chorus. Much like the Sixth Sense twist, very 1999!

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Verbalize the Positive

This is a perfect album for driving from Kingston to Toronto. If the album ends before you get there, the traffic was not so good. If you get there before the end of the album, you made good time!

The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)

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The obligatory High Fidelity introduction…

Barry: Every other Echo and the Bunnymen album
Customer : Yeah I have all the other ones.
Barry : Oh, you do? Well, how about the Jesus and Mary Chain?
Customer : They always seemed –
Barry : They always seemed what? They always seemed really great is what they always seemed. They picked up where your precious Echo left off and you’re sitting around complaining about no more Echo albums. I can’t believe you don’t own this fucking record.

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To Barry (Jack Black’s character)’s dismay, I do not own Psychocandy on vinyl.

But I do have the (curse word) tape!

And last week, I thoroughly enjoyed Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ocean Rain, their most recent album on the 1001 list.

So naturally, in lieu of sitting around complaining about no more Echo albums, I thought I’d fact-check Barry’s advice.

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Seeing as Psychocandy was released the year after Ocean Rain, he’s irrefutably correct in at least one respect; chronologically, this is picking up where my precious Echo left off.

The bigger question is, are they really great?220px-Psychocandy

Or do they just seem that way?

And the answer…depends on if great is the peak, or merely a stepping stone to even greater greatness.

The strongest song here, Sowing Seeds, provides a convenient metaphor.

As I understand it, when you sow a seed, you are starting from scratch (as opposed to the act of planting, which is where you would place an existing flower/plant in the soil).

Seeing as the term & genre of ‘shoegazing’ wouldn’t become commonplace for a few years, Barry’s character makes a valid point: this debut album / eventual genre-inspiring recording would seem great in 1985.

There’s something special about the albums that set the bar, that pave the way, that sow the seeds for the acts that follow. Or closer to home for The Jesus & Mary Chain, for their own albums that followed.

Darklands is also on the 1001 list (and I also have it on cassette, no biggie!) and I’d argue it’s even stronger than Psychocandy.

Which isn’t to say that Psychocandy isn’t great, as it really seems to me (and Barry) like it is.

It’s just that there were even greater days ahead.

JAMC

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Also from the High Fidelity scene, thanks to my dad, fortunately I have a copy of Blonde on Blonde!