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Trivia Q & A # 22 – 2020

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Q. What 2014 movie revived an interest in 1970's music? A. From website songfacts.com... The movie Guardians of the Galaxy opens in America, reviving '70s favorites like "Hooked On A Feeling" and "Come And Get Your Love." In the film, Chris Pratt plays a human who totes a Walkman with a tape his mother gave him: the Awesome Mix Vol. 1. As he goes on galactic adventures, he plays songs from the tape, jamming out to "Go All The Way" on his ship and playing "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" for a romantic interlude. The tracks are not what you'd expect to hear in a superhero film, as the film's target audience was born decades later. But director James Gunn sees them as key to the development of Pratt's character, who loves these songs even if they aren't cool anymore. They also jibe with the quirky nature of the film, ...

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Q & A # 21 – 2020

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Q & A # 21 – 2020

Q. Why did 1000 musicians simultaniously play Foo Fighters 'Learn To Fly'? A. In July 2015 in a field just outside of Cesena, Italy, 1000 musicians and singers play Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly" simultaneously with the dream of attracting the band to play a show in their city for the first time in nearly 20 years. Rockin' 1000, the group behind the idea, led by Fabrio Zaffanini, assemble hundreds of volunteers and a video crew to orchestrate the epic video shoot of the performance with the intention of getting Dave Grohl, frontman of Foo Fighters, to see it, and respond. After a full day of shooting, and few more for editing, the video includes a plea for the band to play in the city of less than 100,000 people. Within hours of the video being uploaded to YouTube, it goes viral, garnering over 10 million views, and is shared ...

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Trivia Q & A # 20 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 20 –...

Q. According to Jason Bonham, what is the hardest Led Zeppelin song to play on drums? A. Rock and Roll. Since the death of his father, Jason Bonham has filled in behind the drum set for various Led Zeppelin reunion gigs. He told American Songwriter this is the hardest Zeppelin song to play as, "a lot of people out there try and play it, and really it's a two-handed shuffle all the way through, playing the sixteenth notes, it's not just boom bap-boom-bap-boom- bap, it's boom-boom-bap-bap-boom-boom-bap-bap on the snare and the hi-hat. It's a hard one to play properly." This song came about when the band was working on "Four Sticks" at the Headley Grange mansion they had rented in Hampshire, England to record the album. With a pretty much unplayable drum pattern, John Bonham got frustrated with the session, and tensions rose. In a pique of anger, he ...

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Trivia Q & A # 19 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 19 –...

Q. What 1865 novel inspired the Jefferson Airplane song 'White Rabbit"? A. It doesn't seem likely that a children's novel from 1865 would find its way into a psychedelic hit from the '60s. That is, until you take a closer look at Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the story of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of talking animals and shape-shifting substances. Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane thought the whole thing sounded like an LSD trip and borrowed pieces of the plot for the band's 1967 hit "White Rabbit," named for the novel's humanlike hare.

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Trivia Q & A # 18 – 2020

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Trivia Q & A # 18 –...

Q. What song did David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust persona, perform on TV show Top Of The Pop's that catapulted him to stardom. A. Starman - In 1972, Bowie performed this song on the British TV show, Top of the Pops. Bowie appeared as the flame-haired Ziggy Stardust dressed in a multicolored jump suit. Bowie strummed a blue guitar while he moved flirtatiously alongside his guitarist, Mick Ronson. It was the first time many had seen Bowie and people were fascinated by his stage presence. This performance would catapult Bowie to stardom and prove wildly influential on the next generation of English rockers. Among the many who have cited this specific appearance as a transformative moment is Lol Tolhurst of The Cure, who writes in his memoir, "I remember sitting on my couch at home with my mother, watching this spectacle unfold, and at the point where Bowie sang ...

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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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