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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #44

November 3, 2019


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, Britney Spears, The Offspring, Peter Frampton, Rush, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd


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

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Lynyrd Skynyrd last week.

The results after 43 weeks (as of Wednesday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):


after 43 weeks


Ready for Quiz #44?

That’s What I Think!


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)


500 points………………..American artist, born in NYC in 1953, her 1983 debut album, She’s So Unusual, is on the 1001 list






400 points……………….She is one Oscar away from joining the EGOT club, after winning an Emmy (as a guest actress on Mad About You), two Grammys, and a Tony award (for Kinky Boots)…it appears she’s been overlooked by the Academy again and again, time after time






300 points……………………You know you’ve made it when you have a Weird Al parody: in this case, Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch






200 points………………..She shares a first name (though different spelling) with the American model/actress Crawford. In a slightly more obscure reference, she shares her last name with the nickname of the murderer in Seinfeld’s Frogger episode!






100 points………………..The artist is C_____ L________.





Answer: سيندي لوبر

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!


Verbalize the Positive

I quite enjoyed She’s So Unusual!

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  1. Harrison permalink

    100 please

  2. A stunning 300 points.

  3. 400! I saw half of one of her live sets once (a long story!)… This quiz has been a nice respite from my study for my final senior year exams — which start tomorrow!

    • Glad to help with the studying – good luck tomorrow, Adela!

      • Thanks Stephen, your well wishes are much appreciated! I think my music theory exam went quite well. Unfortunately my state’s examination board decided to include a section on the analysis of the worst EDM rap remix I’ve ever heard (not in the curriculum!), and omitted most of the advanced classical and jazz theory we’d all been studying… But I still got to apply all of the general ideas, so fingers crossed, and it was a brand new subject so some weirdness was to be expected! I have English Literature on Thursday, and then Physics and Psychology early next week — and then I shall be a high school graduate! University offers in Australia come out in late December (the academic year starts in March), so it will be an anxious month-long wait!

      • I believe it was Tom Petty that said, the waiting is the hardest part!
        That’s very exciting that the graduation is on the horizon – good luck on the english/physics/psychology trio!

      • Thank you so much for your well-wishes as well! I’m so pleased that the trio is now down — all three were much better and more predictable than the Music examination! Physics was very hard — but English had some wonderful short texts that we had to analyse, so I actually kind of enjoyed it! This was also the first year that my state carried out English and Psychology as electronic exams (two of the three first electronic exams they’re offering), which offered some technical mishaps but was otherwise a good system!

        I very much relate to that Tom Petty quote right now! I might have talked about this before (apologies if so!), but in Australia, university admissions are solely based on your percentile rank in your state’s student cohort for your academic performance across Year 12 (your ATAR score) — and, one’s final exams make up about 30% of your final grades in each subject! So, we have to wait for a bit over a month after now to get our ATARS, and about a week on top of that to get university offers! I’m hoping to get 95 out of a possible 99.95 to get into an Advanced Arts/Music degree, so it’ll be a nervous wait — fingers crossed!

        I’ve always been very curious about the American/Canadian system of college/university admissions… Is all the things in the movies true — you get university admissions partway through Year 12, and it’s based on other factors than just academic performance? (Apologies for the long comment, by the way!)

      • In this case, the films can be true – our school year goes from September – June. University applications (at least in my province, Ontario) are due in January and some early acceptances start happening in March or so. There’s usually an academic average cut-off to be considered (say, 85% for a particular program) and then there may be a leadership/essay/extracurricular component on different applications as well.
        And no need to apologize for a multi-paragraph comment, Adela!

      • Thank thee — this is most interesting! It is nice to know that the movies are right about something! University offers 3/4’s of the way through the year…that is a nice thought!

      • Though some students forget that they are *conditional offers (meaning they have to keep an average above a certain percentage) – it’s tough to stay focused once the acceptance letter arrives!

      • Oh yes, some unis in Australia have conditional offers too — not any in my state, but the National University (in the country capital of Canberra) have recently changed their admissions system to give conditional offers, as has the University of Sydney! I would imagine that it would be very hard indeed to stay focussed! Whilst the Australian Year 12/admissions system puts far too much concentrated pressure on students across one year, one plus is that we have to stay focussed for the whole year, as our final end-of-year exams count for a significant portion (30% in my state, but is 50% elsewhere — it used to be 70%!) for our ability to enter uni…

  4. Grahams just want to score 500.

  5. 500 each for me and Mika.

  6. 300 please Geoff

  7. 300 this week, Geoff.

  8. I’m out of shape on this. 300 please Sir.

  9. Zack permalink

    400. I can’t believe she’s that old.

  10. 500 as some dudes wanna have fun!
    This album was everywhere that year and I bought it for my sister on cassette that year (83) She was turning 8! I was already 16 so I had to get her some kind of music! This album was perfect for her as it still occasionally comes up in conversation!

    • That’s an excellent gift choice Deke – and now I know where your daughters inherited their terrific music gift giving ability!

      • Thanks Geoff and thats very true about the girls music gift giving!
        You would have thought I had a pla all along but I didn’t but in the end it did work out! haha

  11. 500 for me. She is awesome!

  12. jprobichaud permalink

    500 and that’s good enough for me.

  13. Easy peasy 500 for an old school WWF fan like me!

  14. 500. Have you seen the dance sequence to “Time after Time” in Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion? It’s so good. Great film too.

    • I have seen the film – but it’s probably been 20 years so I’m due for a rewatch!

      • I feel obliged to make you watch the dance sequence again! I think it was some sort of anniversary last week for She’s So Unusual.

  15. Good one Stephen! 300 points please!

  16. I’ll take 300, knowing more about Weird Al than the artist in question.

  17. Happy with 400 this time… not really in my wheelhouse of steel.

  18. 500! I spun She’s So Unusual along with MJ’s Thriller and Huey’s Sports religiously in the early ’80s. I still have all three LPs.

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