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Artist of the Week II – Quiz #37

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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

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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 Meat Loaf last week.

The results after 36 weeks (as of Tuesday morning – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 36

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Ready for Quiz #37?

Superb!

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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)

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500 points………………..American artist, she performed the theme song to the 1997 Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies (and considering her 50+ million albums sold so far, her career went Anything But Down from there)

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400 points………………..See multiple choice question & answer below:

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300 points……………….The question above references her single, All I Wanna Do, from her 1993 album, Tuesday Night Music Club (which also featured the singles Run Baby Run, Leaving Las Vegas, and Strong Enough)
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200 points…………………She shares a first name with the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook (also the author of ‘Lean In’); she shares her last name with a type of black bird (whose plural is a ‘murder’)

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100 points………………..The artist is:   S________ C_____

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Answer: شيريل كرو

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I heard her tune Strong Enough recently – excellent track!

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Cocteau Twins – Treasure (1984)

[Album 616/1001]

Multiple choice time.

Pencils ready?

Go!

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I found myself in this situation with Cocteau Twins.

Earlier this summer, I purchased my first Cocteau Twins album (Heaven or Las Vegas).

And I liked it.

Though I wasn’t sure what the appropriate waiting period would be before exploring Treasure.

As it’s on the 1001 list, I couldn’t choose option c).

Which left a) or b): listen right away or put it off?

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In this case, I chose a).

My reasons were two-fold:

1. When I’ve been really excited about a new-to-me artist, as with Fairport Convention, I have intentionally put off listening to another of their albums.

The rationale being, the infatuation stage of any relationship is finite.

If I instantly become smitten with an album, as I did with Liege & Lief, it’s unfair to expect another album to immediately have the same impact (or greater).

Because a follow-up album wouldn’t have the ‘gateway’ benefit, it may seem inferior as a result.

Now, it’s possible that Unhalfbricking is even better than Liege & Lief; I just chose to wait until I was less of a smitten kitten before exploring.

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2. I liked Heaven or Las Vegas.

As I wasn’t head over heels, I didn’t think my spectacles were too rose-coloured to 220px-Treasure_coversignificantly impact my experience here.

Since, most of the time, I don’t have the foggiest idea what vocalist Elizabeth Fraser is singing about, I wasn’t concerned about allowing enough time to fully process the lyrics.

After a few seconds of listening to the Treasure opener, Ivo, I was pleased to be back so soon.

6/8 time signature? Propelled by an acoustic guitar? Gorgeous voice hitting notes octaves beyond my range?

Without hesitation, I’ll answer, “yes, please” to all of the above.

And I don’t see myself waiting too long before my next Cocteau Twins exploration.

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Verbalize the Positive

I was thrilled to learn some new vocabulary today to describe Elizabeth Fraser’s singing.

Though I gather she is sometimes singing in English, she also sometimes sings in “puirt à beul” (mouth music).

At other times, she sings somewhere in between, as a somewhat understandable language, or “idioglossia!”

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #36

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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

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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 Duke Ellington last week.

The results after 35 weeks (as of Tuesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 35

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Ready for Quiz #36?

It’s go time!

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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 #36
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist, born Marvin Lee Aday in 1947, he was the bouncer at The Gasworks in Wayne’s World

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400 points………………..As the protagonist in his epic 1977 duet with Ellen Foley, he learned the perils of over-promising through song (and has been “praying for the end of time”) ever since

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300 points…………………By 1993, this artist started to qualify his grand romantic gestures, somewhat:

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200 points…………………He shares his stage name with a non-vegetarian-friendly dinner option (typically made with ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, etc. and pressed into a 9x5x3 inch pan)

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100 points………………..The artist is:   M____L____

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Answer: رغيف لحم

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to my friend Dave for suggesting the ‘Would do/Won’t do’ visual!

Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)

[Album 615/1001]

So, you’ve recorded a 17+ minute track.

Now what do you do with it?

It feels ill-advised to include another track on the same LP side; it just wouldn’t be balanced.

Which leaves a few options, as shown below:

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By making it the side one, there’s the argument of leading with strength.

But does the entire side two then feel like a denouement?

Then again, if you save the epic track for side two, will the listener just skip side one, treating it as a perceived inferior opening act before the main event?

In any case, both Rush & Iron Butterfly were likely wise to name their respective albums after the marathon tracks.220px-In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Ironically, my favourite track (Flowers and Beads) on this Iron Butterfly record is also one of its shortest, clocking in at a relatively brief 3:05.

The other side A tunes aren’t entirely forgettable, they’re certainly of their time.

As with 2112, I imagine most listeners will likely come for the title track, and possibly decide to stay for the rest.

Although perhaps The Allman Brothers have the optimal solution: mitigate the risk of listeners favouring a single 17+ minute track by recording a pair of side-length tunes!

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Verbalize the Positive

“And now, please rise for our opening hymn: In The Garden of Eden by I-Ron Butterfly”
– Reverend Lovejoy

I can’t help but sing “In The Garden of Eden” when I hear side two – it does indeed sound like Rock &/or Roll!

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Grateful Dead – American Beauty (1970)

[Album 614/1001]

Ye olde Enjoyment/Appreciation Matrix:

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While numerous other records from the list have populated the first 3 categories, it’s possible American Beauty is the first member of the elusive 4th quadrant.

I really enjoyed it…but I don’t really get it.

Why was my enjoyment so high?

Despite some swift snare work by Bill Kreutzmann, the band never seems to be in a hurry to get anywhere.

Vocal harmonies abound and the whole record feels somewhat under-cooked, as in not overthought/overwrought, in the best possible way.220px-Grateful_Dead_-_American_Beauty.jpg

On my personal favourite track here, Ripple, they also seemed to anticipate my weakness for a well-placed (and well-played) mandolin; naturally I couldn’t help but enjoy American Beauty.

Yet, despite my considerable enjoyment, I feel like I don’t fully appreciate the group & their overall significance.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve never experienced them live?

So even if I won’t get to physically see them in person, a live Grateful Dead album is also on the 1001 list, appropriately titled Live/Dead.

As I gather the record does a fine job of capturing the live experience, I imagine my Grateful Dead appreciation will start to climb upon listening.

Can one still be a ‘DeadHead’ if their appreciation of the band hasn’t caught up to their enjoyment of the music?

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Verbalize the Positive

For the first September in years, I’m not quite yet back to school – I’m currently thoroughly enjoying & appreciating a brief paternity leave!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #35

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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

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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 Billy Joel last week.

The results after 34 weeks (as of Friday morning – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 34 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #35?

Swell!

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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 #35
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..This American artist’s tune, Jeep’s Blues, was featured prominently in the film, American Hustle (and in that scene, his moustached face was also featured prominently on a bracelet worn by Amy Adams)

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400 points………………..Born in 1899 in Washington D.C., this band leader/composer/pianist’s 1956 live jazz album, At Newport, is on the 1001 list

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300 points…………………Though his birth name was Edward, based on his more regal stage name, his royal title ranking would put him above a Count but below a Prince, as shown in the diagram below:

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200 points……………….2-word stage name: The first name is a North Carolina University (whose basketball team is coached by “Coach K”) and if you drop the “w,” he shares his second name with a type of tall, rubber boot

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100 points………………..The artist is:   D_____ E___________

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Answer: دوق ايلنجتون

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I love when good songs (like Jeep’s Blues) are discussed by good actors (Amy Adams & Christian Bale) in good movies (like American Hustle)!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #34

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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

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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 Smashing Pumpkins last week.

The results after 33 weeks (as of Wednesday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 33 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #34?

The time to hesitate is through!

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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 #34
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..In 1980, This American solo artist gave the following financial advice through song (alas, the graph was not included in the album’s liner notes!)

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400 points………………..Earlier this summer, he played his 100th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City

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300 points…………………His 1977 album, The Stranger, whose side A sounds like a greatest hits (Movin’ Out, title track, Just the Way You Are, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant) is on the 1001 list
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200 points……………….He’s The Piano Man

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100 points………………..The artist is:   B_____ J____

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Answer: بيلي جويل

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Glass Houses is one of my all-time Top 15 albums!