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Trivia Q & A # 44 – 2019

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Q. What famous Canadian singer/poet inspired Bob Seger's hit song "Beautiful Loser" A. This song is about people who set their goals so low, they never achieve anything. It is not about Seger personally. He told Creem magazine in a 1986 interview: "A lot of people think I wrote 'Beautiful Loser' about myself. I got the idea for that song from a book of Leonard Cohen poetry by the same name. The song was about underachievers in general. I very rarely write about myself that much. I draw on my own experiences like anyone else, but I'm not what you'd call auteuristic. I'm not like my songs at all. I'm a lot more up person than what I write." Seger took almost a year to write this. He played around with many different arrangements of the song until he got it right. In a 1994 interview with Music Connection, he ...

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Trivia Q & A # 43 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 43 –...

Q. How did Macklemore and Ryan Lewis meet? A. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is an American hip hop duo, formed in 2008, from Seattle, Washington. The duo is composed of Ben Haggerty, a rapper who goes by the stage name of Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis, a record producer, DJ, and professional photographer, who met the former at a photo shoot and they have significantly collaborated ever since. Lewis started working as Macklemore's photographer, but it wasn't long before they started making music together, with Lewis taking on the producing, mixing, and engineering responsibilities. Ben Haggerty made his debut as Professor Macklemore in 2000 with the EP Open Your Eyes but would later drop the "Professor" in time for his full-length debut with The Language of My World in 2005. The duo's claim to fame was the surprise chart-topping hit "Thrift Shop," the fifth single from their debut album, The Heist ...

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Trivia Q & A # 41 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 41 –...

Q. Who is the David Gilmour song "A Boat Lies Waiting" a tribute to? A. The lyrics are a tribute to Gilmour's Pink Floyd bandmate and keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. "(My wife) Polly (Samson) wrote those words which sort of bring Rick to mind really," said Gilmour. This features backing vocals by both Graham Nash and David Crosby. The CSN legends also sang on the title track of Gilmour's previous album 2006's On An Island. The song opens with a recording of Rick Wright talking about death: It's like going into the sea There's nothing Gilmour told Mojo magazine: "The rolling piano was a bit like waves, and Rick's big thing was sailing. He practically lived on his boat, sailing across the Atlantic. He was an old salt by nature."

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Trivia Q & A # 40 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 40 –...

Q.  What band did comedian Soupy Sales two sons play in? A. Tin Machine were a British-American hard rock supergroup formed in 1988, notable for being fronted by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The band consisted of Bowie on lead vocals, sax, and guitar; Reeves Gabrels on guitar and vocals; Tony Fox Sales on bass and vocals; and Hunt Sales on drums and vocals. Tony and Hunt are the sons of American comedian Soupy Sales. Drummer Hunt Sales said that the band's name "reflects the sound of the band," and Bowie stated that he and his band members joined up "to make the kind of music that we enjoyed listening to" and to rejuvenate himself artistically. The band recorded two studio albums and one live album before dissolving in 1992, after which Bowie returned to his solo career. By the end of 2012, they had reportedly sold two million albums.[3] Bowie would ...

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Trivia Q & A # 39 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 39 –...

Q. How did the Swedish band Roxette become popular in North America? A. Roxette became international superstars when their single "The Look" gained traction on US radio where it became their first #1 hit. An American exchange student from Minneapolis brought the song back home to his local radio station. The program director had a hunch the song would blow up and started sending copies of the tape to stations across the country. Known for their #1 hits "The Look," "Joyride," "It Must Have Been Love," and "Listen To Your Heart," Roxette is one of the most successful Swedish acts of all time, second only to ABBA. Since their inception in 1986, the duo has sold over 60 million records worldwide. Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle were already established performers in their native Sweden by the time they formed Roxette. Gessle was the lead singer of the popular band Gyllene Tider ...

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Trivia Q & A # 38 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 38 –...

Q. What movie inspired Bill Withers to write "Ain't No Sunshine" A. Days of Wine And Roses - In an interview, Bill Withers explained how "Ain't No Sunshine" came about: "I was watching a movie called Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) with Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon. They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. It's like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you. It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of." This was Withers' first hit. After spending nine years in the US Navy, he had a job at a factory making parts for airplanes when he was introduced to Booker T. Jones from Booker T. & the MG's. Booker was an elite session musician with Stax Records, where Otis ...

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Trivia Q & A # 37 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 37 –...

Q. What was the first song Paul McCartney wrote? A. "I Lost My Little Girl" is the first song Paul McCartney ever wrote. He was 14 years old when he penned it, and the year was 1956. He wrote it using a Framus Zenith model 17 acoustic guitar that he kept throughout his life. The song wasn't officially released until 1991, after McCartney performed it for MTV Unplugged. There's also a rehearsal version of it sung by John Lennon during the Beatles Get Back Sessions.

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Trivia Q & A # 36 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 36 –...

Q. What song came to be after wearing yellow suits for Magic! A. DANCE MONKEY. Magic! frontman Nasri Atweh admitted to Rolling Stone that after "Rude" became a hit, he grew tired of singing it. "I started to feel like a dancing monkey," he said. "I'm definitely a good sport. I had fun singing 'Rude' every time. But when you do it so many times in a row every day you start to feel that way. Especially as creative beings." Combined with wearing a yellow suit when they performing on Dick Clark's Rocking New Years Eve show. The experience ended up inspiring "Dance Monkey."

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Trivia Q & A # 35 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 35 –...

A. How did the Nirvana song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" come to be? Q. Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the group Bikini Kill, gave Cobain the idea for the title when she spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his bedroom wall after a night of drinking and spraying graffiti around the Seattle area. In his pre-Courtney Love days, Cobain went out with Bikini Kill lead singer Tobi Vail, but she dumped him. Vail wore Teen Spirit deodorant, and Hanna was implying that Cobain was marked with her scent. Cobain didn't know it when he wrote the song, but Teen Spirit is a brand of deodorant marketed to young girls. Kurt thought Hanna was complimenting him on his rebellious spirit, as someone who could inspire youth. Sales of Teen Spirit deodorant shot up when this became a hit, even though it is never mentioned in the lyrics.

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Trivia Q & A # 34 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 34 –...

Q. What was the inspiration for the Johnny Cash hit "A Boy Named Sue"? A. This was written by the multi-talented Shel Silverstein, who later wrote several hits for Dr. Hook, including "Sylvia's Mother" and "Cover Of The Rolling Stone." Silverstein also wrote several popular children's books. He got the idea for the song from his friend Jean Shepherd - a guy who had to deal with a girly name. Shepherd was a writer/humorist like Silverstein; he narrated the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, which is based on his writings. Shel sang his song 'Boy Named Sue,' and Johnny's wife June Carter thought it was a great song for Johnny Cash to perform. And not too long after that they were headed off to San Quentin to record a record - Live At San Quentin - and June said, 'Why don't you bring that Shel song with you.' And so ...

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