Skip to content

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #46

Artistoftheweekyear2

Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard, Björk, Ryan Adams, Elvis Presley, The Police, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Snoop Dogg, ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Duke Ellington, Meat Loaf, Sheryl Crow, Boston, Queen, Buddy Holly, Outkast, Motörhead, Rod Stewart, k.d. Lang, The White Stripes

.

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

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The White Stripes last week.

The results after 45 weeks (as of Wednesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

.

after 45

.

Ready for Quiz #46?

Magnificent!

.

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!

.

Artist of the Week #46
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist, born in Georgia in 1930, he has a pair of albums on the 1001 list: one proclaiming his “Genius” as a vocalist/pianist…

.

.

.

.

.

400 points………………..and another that is credited with breaking down barriers in popular music, 1962’s Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

.

.

.

.

.

300 points……………….In a 2004 biopic, he was portrayed by Jamie Foxx

.

.

.

.

.

200 points………………He shares a first name with the Madonna album, _____ of light; his second name is the same as the heir apparent to the British throne

.

.

.

.

.

100 points………………..The artist is R____ C________

.

.

.

.

.

Answer: راي تشارلز

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

…..

Verbalize the Positive

There’s a lemonheads tune, Bit Part, with the line “I want a bit part in your life”

I appreciate you folks letting me have a bit part in your lives with these Sunday quizzes!

Advertisements

The Specials – More Specials (1980)

[Album 619/1001]

Almost six years ago, I reviewed the self-titled debut album by The Specials.

Since then, I’ve been curious about their other 1001-listed album, named More Specials.

How is it “more” special?

In quantity?

In quality?

Well, I spared no expense (borrowed 2 CDs) in my quest for answers.

The results are below:

.

Slide1

.

Slide2

.

Slide3

.

Slide4

.

Slide5

.

Slide6

.

Slide7

.

Verbalize the Positive

Cheers Jeff for sharing your Specials CDs!

Sugar – Copper Blue (1992)

[Album 618/1001]

It may have been intentional, it may have been inadvertent.

Either way, I believe these lads have successfully demonstrated the 3 essential ingredients of Alternative Rock:

1. Sugar – Melodies matter, hooks certainly help

2. Copper – But the songs also need some edge, some distortion

3. Blue – And the best ones have some emotional depth

Individually, it doesn’t work.

Even with 2 outta 3, it may not be ‘bad’ per se, but it’s not the ideal mix.

However, when all 3 ingredients are combined (in varying proportions, depending on the tune), good alternative rock things happen:

.

Slide1

.

And there is no shortage of good alternative happenings here (often reminding me of eventual Collective Soul/Matthew Sweet/Goo Goo Dolls recordings).

That optimal Sugar + Copper + Blue combo can be observed, perhaps most visibly during:

The Act We Act‘s chorusSugar_-_Copper_Blue

A Good Idea‘s outro + abrupt ending

Changes lyrics (“I’m accustomed to your deception, Comes the rule with no exception”)

The Helpless intro…and there’s likely a feature in each track that combines all 3 ingredients without over-mixing.

And those features sound deelish to me!

…..

Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to J for reminding me about this group!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #45

Artistoftheweekyear2

Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard, Björk, Ryan Adams, Elvis Presley, The Police, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Snoop Dogg, ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Duke Ellington, Meat Loaf, Sheryl Crow, Boston, Queen, Buddy Holly, Outkast, Motörhead, Rod Stewart, k.d. Lang

.

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

Congrats to all those who correctly identified k.d. Lang last week.

The results after 44 weeks (as of Tuesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

.

after 44

.

Ready for Quiz #45?

Wonderful!

.

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!

.

Artist of the Week #45
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..This American artist’s 2001 song, We’re Going to Be Friends, was used in the opening credits of the film, Napoleon Dynamite

.

.

.

.

.

400 points………………..If you were learning to play the bass guitar in 2003, chances are, you attempted to learn this artist’s song, Seven Nation Army (and the city of Wichita likely saw a tourism spike that year as well)…

.

.

.

.

.

300 points……………….though ironically, this female/male duo doesn’t have a bass player (and instead of a bass, the famous riff was played on a six-string guitar, using an effects pedal to drop it down an octave)

.

.

.

.

.

200 points………………One way of describing a zebra’s colours? Black, with _____ _____.

.

.

.

.

.

100 points………………..The artist is The W______ S________

.

.

.

.

.

Answer: الخطوط البيضاء

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

…..

Verbalize the Positive

Several years ago, the National Ballet of Canada had a performance set to the music of this artist – it was terrific!

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man (1988)

[Album 617/1001]

Have you read/seen Michael Pollan’s, In Defense of Food?

He gives away his thesis on the book cover: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Though it didn’t feel like a spoiler, as it’s well worth reading &/or watching to see how he arrives at that conclusion.

And after reading/seeing all the evidence, it’s a pretty compelling argument.

Recommended!

.

.

Whereas Michael Pollan needed 7 words, Leonard’s thesis required but 3.

I’m Your Man.

As with Pollan’s book, you know how the Cohen verses/choruses/stanzas are going to end before they begin.

For example, the opening track, First We Take Manhattan.

As the listener, you know a given section’s closing line will have the words, “First We Take Manhattan.”

This pattern continues throughout the album, 100% of the tracks, 100% of the time.

And yet, that doesn’t diminish the enjoyment whatsoever.220px-I'm_Your_Man_-_Leonard_Cohen

On the contrary, that advanced knowledge of the ending actually enhanced my listening experience.

Much like with Pollan’s In Defense of Food, knowing the thesis ahead of time allowed me to focus on the journey, rather than the destination.

With Cohen, I really enjoyed hearing how he arrived at the closing statement each time, trying to anticipate what rhyming schemes he’d use along the way.

Quite frankly, over the course of the record, he puts together a pretty solid case to support his “I’m your man” thesis.

But is he my man?

.

Slide1

.

Gord Downie, Stephen Malkmus, Leonard Cohen.

If we’re talking about the men whose lyrics inevitably receive my undivided attention, those would be my top 3.

So if I had to put his album title (I’m Your Man) through a rigorous fact-checking process, technically, he’s not my top man.

But he’s on the podium (in some spectacular company) and so I’d say there’s a lot of truth in his thesis statement.

…..

Verbalize the Positive

This is a fabulous album to use as a soundtrack when running.

His low register vocals kept me from going out too fast & his well-written words kept me delightfully distracted!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #44

Artistoftheweekyear2

Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard, Björk, Ryan Adams, Elvis Presley, The Police, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Snoop Dogg, ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Duke Ellington, Meat Loaf, Sheryl Crow, Boston, Queen, Buddy Holly, Outkast, Motörhead, Rod Stewart

.

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

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Rod Stewart last week.

The results after 43 weeks (as of Friday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

.

after 43

.

Ready for Quiz #44?

It’s time!

.

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!

.

Artist of the Week #44
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Canadian (CanCon!) artist, born in 1961, with 2 albums on the 1001 list: 1988’s Shadowland

.

.

.

.

.

400 points………………..and her 1992 album, Ingénue (which, in addition to featuring an accent aigus in the album title, also featured the accordion-driven hit, Constant Craving)

.

.

.

.

.

300 points……………….Her powerful mezzo-soprano voice has worked well in many genres (country, pop, jazz), when performing originals or covers, such as her 2010 Vancouver Olympics version of Hallelujah

.

.

.

.

.

200 points………………She goes by her first 2 initials (also the nickname of the product that the Barenaked Ladies would not have to eat if they had $1,000,000)

.

.

.

.

.

100 points………………..The artist is:   (11th letter of the alphabet). (4th letter of the alphabet). L______

.

.

.

.

.

Answer: كاي دي لانج

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

…..

Verbalize the Positive

What a voice!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #43

Artistoftheweekyear2

Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard, Björk, Ryan Adams, Elvis Presley, The Police, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Snoop Dogg, ZZ Top, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Joel, Duke Ellington, Meat Loaf, Sheryl Crow, Boston, Queen, Buddy Holly, Outkast, Motörhead

.

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

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Motörhead last week.

The results after 42 weeks (as of Friday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

.

after 42

.

Ready for Quiz #43?

Grand!

.

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!

.

Artist of the Week #43
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..British artist, born in 1945, he provided vocals for The Jeff Beck Group, Faces…

.

.

.

.

.

400 points………………..and he has also had a very successful solo career over the past several decades (it appears that some guys really do have all the luck) ♪

.

.

.

.

300 points……………….In arguably the raspiest trio ever, he joined Bryan Adams & Sting to perform the song, All For Love, for 1993’s The Three Musketeers

.

.

.

.

.

200 points………………His first name is the same as a pole used for fishing; his surname is the same as the formal name of the baby on Family Guy

.

.

.

.

.

100 points………………..The artist is:   (Sir) R____ S________

.

.

.

.

.

Answer: قضيب ستيوارت

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

…..

Verbalize the Positive

Faces have been a really nice new-to-me discovery from the 1001 list!