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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #9

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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 WinehouseVan Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Gorillaz

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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 Gorillaz last week.

The results after 8 weeks (as of Friday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 8 weeks 2019

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Ready for Quiz #9?

That’s the Way!

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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 #9
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English band, formed in London in 1968, critically acclaimed, though apparently not for all tastes…

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400 points………………..5 of their first 6 studio albums are on the 1001 albums list (curiously, their 1973 effort, Houses of the Holy, did not make the cut)

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300 points……………….On most ‘Best Guitarist Ever’ lists, chances are, Jimi Hendrix and this band’s Jimmy will be battling it out near/at the top

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200 points………………..Their frequently-school-dance-ending, 8-minute epic was also referenced in the 1992 film pictured above , “No Stairway, denied!”

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100 points………………..The artist is L____ Z____________

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Answer:  منطاد يؤدى

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

One of those artists where my favourite album of theirs can change by the day, a nice problem to have!

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Artist of the Week III – Quiz #8

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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 WinehouseVan Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Elton John

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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 Elton John last week.

The results after 7 weeks (as of Friday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 7 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #8?

To quote Dirty Harry, you got to ask yourself one question!

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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 #8
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English virtual band, their eponymous 2001 debut is on the 1001 albums list…

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400 points………………..That debut album features the lead single, Clint Eastwood: a master class in the juxtaposition of bleak instrumentation/sad vocal delivery, offset by seemingly joyful lyrics, as shown in the slide below…

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300 points……………….This Feel Good Inc. group features 2 permanent members, illustrator Jamie Hewlett & vocalist Damon Albarn

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200 points………………..Sigourney Weaver starred in the 1988 film, _____________ in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (the American Primatologist and Conservationist)

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100 points………………..The artist is G__________z

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Answer: الغوريلا

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

a) Clint Eastwood is easily one of my favourite singles from the 2000s

b) It’s a physical impossibility for me to reference Clint Eastwood without linking to Back to the Future III!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #7

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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

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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 Mariah Carey last week.

The results after 6 weeks (as of Wednesday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 6 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #7?

Be Prepared!

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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 #7
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English Artist, one of his tunes is described below:

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400 points………………..Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight (and officially a ‘Sir’ added after being Knighted in 1998), he has collaborated with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967…

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300 points……………….and in the mid-90s, this talented singer/pianist/composer worked with lyricist Tim Rice on the Academy Award winning soundtrack to the Lion King

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200 points………………..He composed a threnody (a song in memory of a deceased person) in 1973 for Marilyn Monroe; the lyrics were revised in 1997 as a tribute to the Princess of Wales

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100 points………………..The artist is Sir E______ J_____

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Answer: إلتون جون

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

a) His run of albums in the early/mid-70s is one for the books!

b) His performance on The Simpsons is too!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #6

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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

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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 Red Hot Chili Peppers last week.

The results after 5 weeks (as of Tuesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 5 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #6?

Why wait!

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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 #6
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American singer (who, according to wikipedia, was born on March 27th in either 1969 or 1970), her album, Butterfly, is on the 1001 albums list

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400 points………………..Known for her 5-octave vocal range, her mid-90s collaboration with Boyz II Men, One Sweet Day, was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-setting 16 weeks

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300 points……………….She claims to not want a great deal for Christmas, acknowledging (through song ♪) that there is just one thing she needs

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200 points…………….Her first name rhymes with a word for a social outcast/persona non grata; she shares a surname with the Ace Ventura actor Jim (though with one less ‘r’ in the spelling)

 

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

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Answer: ماريا كاري

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I’ll always have a soft spot for her version of I’ll Be There!

Throbbing Gristle – D.O.A. The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle (1978)

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My wonderful wife and I have been enjoying watching Jeopardy on Netflix.

One recent category: “The T is Silent”

Its $400 answer: “Cartilage on a Plate”

The question (as correctly posed by a pair of viewers at home): What is Gristle?

That’ll be 400 please, Alex!

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How do you feel about Revolution 9, the 8+ minute sound collage by The Beatles?

Did you ever wish it was 5 times longer?

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With a running time of 42:37, D.o.A: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle should have sufficient tape loops & noises for even the most avant garde of fans.

It’s difficult to imagine any listeners complaining, “you know, this was all a bit too mainstream for my tastes.”

Ironically, in the otherwise bleakly industrial running order, the most accessible tune here (AB/7A) is the track that seems to come out of left field.

But I must admit, I appreciate this type of recording where audience indifference is not an option.

Those who love it, live for it.

For those who, even 40+ years after its release, still aren’t quite ready for D.o.A. yet?

I suppose one could watch almost 2 full episodes of Jeopardy during that time instead.

And in the meantime, file away this ‘industrial music by group with a silent T’ for future reference, for when it inevitably resurfaces as a Jeopardy clue.

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Verbalize the Positive

I’m continually amazed at how much Jeopardy contestants know about topics such as 19th Century Opera!

Artist of the Week III – Quiz #5

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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

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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 Van Halen last week.

The results after 4 weeks (as of Tuesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 4 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #5?

It’s 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 #5
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American band, formed in 1983, still active today; its bassist (birth name Michael Peter Balzary) is also an actor, perhaps most prominently in his role as the peer pressuring “Needles” in Back to the Future II & III….

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400 points………………..though this band’s funky bassist tends to go by his small-flightless-insect stage name (and this band’s drummer bears an uncanny resemblance to the actor Will Ferrell)

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300 points……………….Even if it may seem like singer Anthony Kiedis name-checks his home state in every song, on their 1999 album, Californication, somewhat surprisingly, the prefix “Californi-” only appears in 4 tracks

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200 points…………….My attempt at recreating this spicy-sounding band’s logo (and By The Way, My Friends, this art is free, I Give it Away!):

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100 points………………..The artist is R___ H___ C______ P________

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Answer: الفلفل الاحمر الحار

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

The intro to Soul to Squeeze is among my all-time favourite guitar intros!

Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade (1978)

[Album 633/1001]

“Now only two things are better than milkshakes and malts”
– Joe Ely, West Texas Waltz

According to Joe Ely, one of those two things is “dancin’ like the dickens to the West Texas Waltz.”

But lyrically, he leaves the second superior thing up to the listener.

For that other thing, is it possible that he was somehow anticipating this extraordinary Simpsons scene referencing Pulp Fiction?

Conveniently also referencing milkshakes?!

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Chief Wiggum: “Quarter Pounder” with cheese? Well, I can see the cheese but…do they have Krusty’s “Partially Gelatinated, Non-Dairy, Gum-Based Beverages”?

Lou: Mmm hmm, they call them “shakes.”

Eddie: “Shakes.” You don’t know what you’re gettin’.

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The ‘Masquerade‘ part of this Joe Ely album title may not be indicative of the ingredients within.

But as for the other two words?ely-honky_tonk_masquerade

Unlike the oversimplified ‘Shakes’ from the clip above, with ‘Honky Tonk’ literally front & center in the three-word sequence (and omnipresently on the album), You do know what you’re gettin’.

And if there was insufficient Honky &/or Tonk in the album title, the title track opens side two and a Hank Williams cover (Honky Tonkin’) brings the Masquerade to a close.

Musically, some of the album is reminiscent of The Stones’ acoustic-based Country Honk, the majority is likely closer to their more electric-driven Honky Tonk Women.

Either way, for me as the listener, when the mood strikes for some classic country-rock tunes & scrumptious steel guitar tones, gimme, gimme, gimme, the Honky Tonk Joe Ely album.

Oh, and sign me up for a Partially Gelatinated, Non-Dairy, Gum-Based Beverage to go with it, please.

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to my esteemed colleague Jim Tallon for confirming that I used ‘literally’ in the appropriate manner!