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Trivia Q & A # 17 -2020

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Trivia Q & A # 17 -2020

Q. What is the name of the spinoff band created by 2 members of the Talking Heads. A. Tom Tom Club was a side project he and his wife, bassist Tina Weymouth, came up with during an indefinite early hiatus, when lead singer David Byrne got a gig scoring the Twyla Tharp dance project, The Catherine Wheel. At first Chris and Tina weren't interested in having a side project, even when the fourth member of the group, guitarist and keyboard player Jerry Harrison, announced he was doing a solo album. It was actually their accountant who convinced them. He said, 'Yes, you're doing well, but you just did this big tour of the world with an eight piece band and you've only got about $2,000 in the bank. So you'd better do something.' Taking advantage of the early '80s hip hop/dance era, they concocted the Tom Tom Club, whose first ...

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Trivia Q & A # 16 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 16 –...

Q. What 1973 movie is credited with bringing awareness of reggae music to the world? A. In April 1973 Bob Marley and the Wailers brought reggae off the island with their international breakthrough album, Catch A Fire - but they weren't the first to do it. Two months earlier, the Jamaican movie The Harder They Come debuted in the US with an innovative soundtrack of reggae music led by the film's star, Jimmy Cliff. Directed by Perry Henzell, the movie follows a young musician's descent into a life of crime after being manipulated by a crooked record producer. It was the first Jamaican-produced feature film and was a big hit on the island for its authentic portrayal of the experience of black Jamaicans. For those same reasons, it took a while to gain traction in America, where it was shown with subtitles even though the dialogue is in English. Roger Ebert ...

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Trivia Q & A # 15 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 15 –...

Q. What do the Eagles say the song Hotel California is about? A. Written by Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley, this song is about materialism and excess. California is used as the setting, but it could relate to anywhere in America. Don Henley in the London Daily Mail November 9, 2007 said: "Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce." On November 25, 2007 Henley appeared on the TV news show 60 Minutes, where he was told, "everyone wants to know what this song means." Henley replied: "I know, it's so boring. It's a song about the dark underbelly of the American Dream, and about excess in America which was something we knew about." He offered yet another interpretation in the ...

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Trivia Q & A # 14 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 14 –...

Q. What song has been played at such diverse events as celebration of upcoming Presidential Inaugurations, protest marches and hurricane relief concerts. A. Lean On Me. Mary J. Blige performed this on January 18, 2009 at a concert in Washington, DC to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America. On June 3, 2020, days into a peaceful protest near the White House in Washington, DC, the crowd sang this in a refection of solidarity and spirit of bonhomie that got picked up by the news media and went viral. The protesters were seeking justice for George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer a week earlier. Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Urban performed a downbeat, emotional version of this song on the charity telethon, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, which was held ...

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Trivia Q & A # 13 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 13 –...

Q. Who wrote out the lyric cards for Bob Dylan's video of Subterranean Homesick Blues? A. The promotional clip for this song is arguably one of the most famous music videos of all time. Shot in 1965 as part of the documentary Don't Look Back (chronicling his tour of England), it features Dylan standing in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London. He is holding cue cards, which he flips through as the song progresses. On the cards are select phrases from the song's lyrics, often with purposeful misspellings. These cue cards were written by Dylan along with the folk singer Donovan, the musician Bob Neuwirthand, and the beat poet Allen Ginsberg (these latter two can be seen in the actual video, standing just behind Dylan). This video has been spoofed countless times - notable parodies include Weird Al Yankovic's video for the song "BOB," INXS' "Mediate," and Les ...

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Trivia Q & A # 12 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 12 –...

Q. Which rapper sampled the song 'Thank You' by Dido A. Eminem sampled this on his 2000 song "Stan." Dido appears in the video as Stan's wife, and sang this with Eminem on some of his tour dates. This became a hit in the US after it was sampled by Eminem. The album, which is her first, had been out for a year and a half by then. It was released as a single after it gained popularity from "Stan." It was Dido's 3rd single, after "Here With Me" and "No Angel." Eminem did not ask permission to use this on "Stan" until after the song was produced. Dido loved it agreed to let him use it. She recalled to Billboard magazine in a 2013 interview: "I just got a letter saying, 'We heard your track. We love it. We'd like to use it for this track "Stan." Can you take ...

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Trivia Q & A # 11 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 11 –...

Q. What was the first hit song written for a TV commercial? A. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing by The New Seekers for a Coca Cola commercial. At first, The New Seekers balked at recording the full version of the song, so Billy Davis put together a group of studio singers to record it and called them "The Hillside Singers." This version was released as a single and picked up steam, convincing The New Seekers to get in on the action. Their version was released a short time later - both renditions climbed the chart simultaneously, with The Hillside Singers version peaking at #13 the same week The New Seekers made it to #7. By the time this was released as a full song, the melody was very much associated with Coke, so it amounted to free advertising. Most of the commercial is about honey bees, turtle doves ...

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Trivia Q & A # 10 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 10 –...

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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