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Artist of the Week – Quiz #22

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J, The Dictators

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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 Dictators last week.

Here are the results after 21 quizzes:

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Ready for Quiz #22?

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Quiz Rules/Format
(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 #22
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969, fittingly gained international attention for their 1980 album named after a variation of metal produced in the UK!

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400 points………………..Name-checked in Sum 41’s Fat Lip, “Heavy Metal and mullets is how we were raised, Maiden and ________ were the Gods that we praised”

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300 points…………………The story of this band (a tribute singer becoming lead singer of his favourite band) provided the basis for the 2001 Mark Wahlberg film, Rock Star

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200 points………………….Their album on the 1001 list is named British Steel

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100 points………………..The artist is J______ P_________

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Answer: الكاهن يهوذا
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Metal friends – I’m finally reviewing a metal album, thanks for your patience!

The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy! (1975)

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[Album 539/1001]

“I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so scared”
– Jessie Spano on Saved by the Bell
(original episode here & Jimmy Fallon reunion here)

Switch the order the slightly, and the Saved by the Bell quote above conveniently summarizes my emotional rollercoaster with Go Girl Crazy!

Quite frankly, I’ve never been more excited about a record, then more frightened about a record, and then more excited about a record again.

The obligatory charts & graphs to explain:

1. I’m so excited…to see the delightful front cover

I_m so excited,

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2. I’m so scared…that the lyrics will be like the racist phone-in callers from Public Enemy’s Incident at 66.6 FM

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3. I’m so excited…that my fears were unfounded and I couldn’t wait to re-listen to the album repeatedly!

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The Dictators remind me a lot of The Darkness.

Not necessarily musically, but more in terms of their creative branding and the immediate buy-in they received from me.

The aforementioned front cover redefines sore thumb marketing – how could I possibly NOT invest in this CD?

Prior to the opening track, when the lead singer, the sequin-jacket & unitard-sporting Handsome Dick Manitoba, informs the listener, “I didn’t have to show up here, with my vast financial holdings…” – how could I possibly NOT give him my instant & undivided attention?

Not to mention the closing Beach Boys pastiche, (I Live For) Cars and Girls, with the not-so-expletive-laden chorus, “there’s nothing else in this gosh darn world, except for cars and girls” – how could I possibly NOT sing this ad nauseam ever since? (sorry family & friends 🙂 )

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It’s possible that this Dictators album was a right place/right time album for me; that being said, I don’t see my enthusiasm level dipping any time soon.220px-TheDictatorsGoGirlCrazy

If The Dictators have as much in common with The Darkness as I believe they do, they’ll be sticking around the listening rotation indefinitely.

Finally, I quite admired their special thanks from the CD liner notes, “Special Thanks to Epic Records who obviously know a contender when they see one.”

While it’s still way too soon to say, Go Girl Crazy! could end up being my favourite new-to-me album of the 1001 project.

Or at the very least, I’d like to think I know a contender when I see one.

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to HMO for writing about this album recently, I think I found the CD later that week/month as it was in my top-of-the-mind awareness after his post.

I intentionally didn’t re-read his review before posting, but I’m off to do it now – please join me!

 

LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)

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[Album 538/1001]

“I’ve got seven women on my mind,
Four that wanna own me,
Two that wanna stone me,
One says she’s a friend of mine”
– The Eagles, Take it Easy

Ladies Love Cool James.

But do they?

Is he really universally loved by ladies?220px-Mama_Said_Knock_You_Out_(LL_Cool_J_album_-_cover_art)

Or is it a scenario like the Eagles track, where given a group of seven women/ladies, four are fans, two most definitely are not, and one just wants to be friends?

This week, I turned to Facebook in search of answers.

Conveniently, seven of my female Facebook friends participated in this week’s LL Cool J quiz, and so I asked them to be a part of a focus group.

The results are below (thanks ladies, sorry LL Cool J), enjoy!

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Verbalize the Positive

Though they may not all appreciate the apparent Coolness of James, I thoroughly appreciate that Emily, Jenn, Katie, Kristin, Maressa, Steacy, and Wendy all participated in my first-ever 1001albumsin10years focus group!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #21

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s, LL Cool J

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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 LL Cool J last week.

Here are the results after 20 quizzes:

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Ready for Quiz #21?

I’m not sure how many will know this group, but hopefully many points can still be distributed regardless!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(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 #21
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..This American Punk Band from the 1970s shares a name with the plural form of a Sacha Baron Cohen movie from 2012 (and it’s neither Borat nor Brüno)

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400 points………………..Their debut album from 1975 features a specatacularly sequined jacket, emblazoned with the name “Handsome Dick Manitoba”

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300 points…………………The aforementioned album, the enthusiastically-named Go Girl Crazy!, is more than deserving of its spot on the 1001 list

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200 points………………….The band name is also a term used to describe a political leader that has absolute power

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100 points………………..The artist is The D___________s

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Answer: الدكتاتوريين
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I haven’t been this excited about an album in a long time.

It’s still too early to say of course, but their debut album may be a serious contender for favourite new-to-me album from the 1001 list!

Top 5 Cool &/or Ice Stage Names

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“What’s cooler than bein’ cool? Ice Cold!”
– Outkast, Hey Ya!

I couldn’t think of 5 “Cool” stage names to properly celebrate LL Cool J week.

Nor could I think of 5 “Ice” names.

But put ’em together, we’ll see if “Ice” is in fact, cooler than bein’ “Cool!”

 

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5. Vanilla Ice
Apparently coming to Kingston this fall, I might have to go!

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4. Ice T
The guy who sang Cop Killer has spent the last 17 years playing an NYPD officer on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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3. Ice Cube
Bonus marks for a stage name that lends itself nicely to a word puzzle (Ice to the exponent 3)

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2. LL Cool J
Although I usually applaud modesty, having “Ladies Love” as a permanent part of a stage name is audacious enough to work…


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1. Tré Cool
…but nothing works better than an accent aigus.

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Verbalize the Positive

When I attempted to add a tag of “Tré Cool” to this post, it kept autocorrecting to “Very cool.”

Which can only confirm Tré Cool’s status as #1 on this list!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #20

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s

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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 B-52s last week.

Here are the results after 19 quizzes:

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Ready for Quiz #20?

If you liked the first 19, this one should be moderately enjoyable as well!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(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 #20
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..The real name of this American Male Solo Artist is James Smith (and it’s not Jimmy Smith, THE Hammond Organ Player)

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400 points………………..He is now an actor in one of those Crime Investigation shows (and he doesn’t have “Ice” as a part of his stage name)

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300 points…………………The title track of his album on the 1001 list is about advice he received from his mother (and it’s not Lenny Kravitz nor the advice that his mother gave)

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200 points………………….The only word in his stage name is the opposite of warm, the other parts of his stage name are letters

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100 points………………..The artist is _ _ _____ _

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Answer: السيدات الحب بارد جيمس
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Happy Victoria Day Weekend to all!

Top 5 ‘Shack’ Tracks

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Did you ever play that game ‘MASH’ as a youth?

Where you counted around a square to see if you were going to live in a Mansion, Apartment, Shack, or House?

We shan’t play it here today, but in honour of The B-52s during their residency as Artist of the Week, I give you the Top 5 ‘Shack’ tracks.

Enjoy the list & good luck in your next MASH game!

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5. Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Sugar Shack
Incidentally, splendid backup band name.

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4. The B-52s, Love Shack
The musical equivalent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa perhaps, but both draw crowds regardless.

 

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3. The Temptations, Psychedelic Snack
If the song is to be believed, this is where it’s at.

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2 New Order, Rock the Shack
Maybe the most rockin’ New Order track I’ve heard.


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1. Weezer, Back to the Shack
I’ll happily rock out like it’s ’94 any day.

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Verbalize the Positive

It’s been really nice biking to work this week!