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Trivia Q & A # 10 – 2020

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Q. In 1982, what inspired Prince to write the hit song '1999'? A. Prince gave a rare interview in 1999 when he spoke with Larry King on CNN. More surprisingly, he explained the meaning behind this song. Said Prince: "We were sitting around watching a special (Nostrodamus: Man Who Saw Tomorrow) about 1999, and a lot of people were talking about the year and speculating on what was going to happen. And I just found it real ironic how everyone that was around me whom I thought to be very optimistic people were dreading those days, and I always knew I'd be cool. I never felt like this was going to be a rough time for me. I knew that there were going to be rough times for the Earth because of this system is based in entropy, and it's pretty much headed in a certain direction. So I ...

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Trivia # 9 – 2020

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Trivia # 9 – 2020

Q. What song was Def Leppard's only #1 hit. A. "Photograph" was the first single from Pyromania, and it had all the makings of a crossover hit: slick production, lively background vocals, a passionate, lovelorn lyric. Impelled by this hit, the band set themselves apart from contemporary rockers like Judas Priest and Queensrÿche by appealing to a wide swath of women. It helped that the band was extremely photogenic and also very young: every member was in his early 20s when the song was released, except for drummer Rick Allen, who was 19. The band would sometimes dedicate this song to Marilyn Monroe when they performed it live, and the video featured a Monroe look-a-like. This drew many listeners to the conclusion that the song is about the actress, but the Monroe association was constructed for the sake of a good story. The band didn't have a specific inspiration for ...

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Trivia Q & A # 8 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 8 –...

Q. What actress is Toto's hit song "Rosanna" named for? A. "Rosanna" by Toto got its name from the actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro - sort of. Porcaro didn't write the song - it was written by Toto leader David Paich, who was always looking for good ideas for lyrics. In an interview with Paich, he explained: "'Rosanna' was about a high school love, one of my first loves, but I just tagged another Rosanna's name on there because she was going at the time with Steve Porcaro, my best friend. He had just met her and was looking to title a song with her name, and it just fit perfectly for that song right there. So it's got her name on it, but it's really about another high school sweetheart, which is how songs happen sometimes." Steve Porcaro and Rosanna Arquette ...

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Trivia Q & A # 7 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 7 –...

Q. What raunchy comedian is sampled in the song "Unbelievable" by EMF? A. "Unbelievable" samples Andrew "Dice" Clay saying "Oh," followed on the album version by "What the f--k was that!" Clay also appears twice in the song saying, "It's unbelievable." These samples were taken from bits on his 1989 album Dice. This song is about a girl who is "unbelievable" in the sense that she is very demanding and offers nothing in return - the singer feels he can do nothing right when he's around her. Tom Jones played this at some of his live shows, to the delight of the band. Jones performed the song with EMF on a British TV show where he told them about how he sang it in Vegas. According to the band, Jones got them really drunk that night. This was used on the soundtrack to the movie Coyote Ugly.

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Trivia Q & A # 6 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 6 –...

Q. Who was the singer that in 1995 started the new genre of 'neo soul'? A. Before D'Angelo, no one ever heard of "neo soul," a genre that blends R&B and traditional soul music with elements of jazz, funk, pop, hip hop and African music. His 1995 album, Brown Sugar, has been hailed by music critics as the birth of the new style, whose purveyors would include Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell and, later, John Legend. D'Angelo was born Michael Eugene Archer in Richmond, Virginia, to a father who was a Pentecostal preacher. His parents divorced while he was young, and he lived with his mother. At 12 years old, D'Angelo's biggest influence was Prince, and he studied his songs diligently. "Everything he did was the bomb," he said. "And, he could do it all himself. I was one of those kids reading the album credits. I knew back then that ...

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Trivia Q & A # 5 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 5 –...

Q. In Paul Simon's hit song of 1976 how many ways did he sing to leave your lover? A. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. Paul Simon may have sung that there were 50 ways to leave your lover, but he only listed five, which are: 1) Slip out the back, Jack 2) Make a new plan, Stan 3) You don't need to be coy, Roy, just set yourself free 4) Hop on the bus, Gus 5) Drop of the key, Lee, and get yourself free According to Simon's younger brother Eddie, Paul made this song up while teaching his son how to rhyme. Even though he didn't take the lyrics too seriously, it's an interesting song, particularly for those who feel trapped in bad relationships.

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Trivia Q & A # 4 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 4 –...

Q. What song became a big hit AGAIN thanks to a bunch of raisins? A. I Heard It Through The Grape Vine In 1987, this song got new life when it was used in commercials for California Raisins, with claymation raisins performing the song. In addition to boosting raisin sales, the California Raisins became an '80s fad and were the most popular Halloween costume that year. Buddy Miles – known as the founding member of The Electric Flag and as a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys – was the group's lead singer. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were the first to record the song, but their version wasn't released until years later on an album called Special Occasion. The Isley Brothers then took a crack at it, but their version wasn't released. Whitfield and Strong then had Marvin Gaye record the song but still no luck. ...

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Trivia Q & A # 3 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 3 –...

Q. What British band is named after the man who invented the seed drill? A.. The answer is Jethro Tull (1674-1741), whose invention revolutionized farming. But why is he the name of a flute-heavy prog-rock band known for their hits "Aqualung" and "Cross-Eyed Mary"? When the first iteration of the group formed in 1963, they were The Blades. They cycled through a series of names over the next few years because they weren't very good, and it was easier to get re-booked at clubs if they pretended to be a different band (this according to their frontman, Ian Anderson). But in 1968 when they got a regular gig at the Marquee Club in London, they had to settle on a name. Their agent, a history buff, suggested Jethro Tull, so they went with it. When they released their first single, "Sunshine Day," later that year, the label was misprinted "Jethro Toe." Video ...

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Trivia Q & A # 2 – 2020

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Q. Who's book is the Duran Duran song "Wild Boys" based on? A. This song is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by William Burroughs. In the book, packs of adolescent humanoids ravage the civilized nations of the Earth. When wholesale slaughter erupts, the battle continues underground where the survivors evolve into The Wild Boys. Duran Duran recorded the song because Russell Mulcahy, who directed their videos, bought the movie rights to the book and planned to make it into a film. The band wrote the song for the movie, which was never made. At the time, this was the most expensive video ever made. Nile Rodgers produced this song. He was a leader of the '70s disco group Chic.

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Trivia Q & A 2020 – # 1

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Q. What innovative guitar player was banned from BBC TV in 1969? A. Jimi Hendrix was banned from the BBC after going off-script when he and his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, appear on the show Happening for Lulu, hosted by the "To Sir With Love" singer Lulu. The band play "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" as scheduled, but then veer from the plan during their second number, which is supposed to be a performance of "Hey Joe," with Lulu joining them near the end of the song and then signing off. After getting about halfway though "Hey Joe," Hendrix stops the music and declares, "We'd like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to the Cream, regardless of what kind of group they may be in. We dedicate this to Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce." The group then launches into "Sunshine Of Your Love" to the dismay of ...

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