Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Colour Me Quizzical



Shamelessly ripping off ToffeeBoy, here's a minor variation:










Reddy, Steady, Go! 

48 comments:

nilpferd said...

Brilliant, this is getting better all the time-
I'll chip in with Blue in Green... your playlists always save the best 'til last Blimpy...;-)
I can't pick anything else though..

Blimpy said...

Correct! A double whammy of two colours for the price of one!

My jazz is limited, I do like it, but I only really have a bit of Miles, and a bit of Charlie Parker, and a bit of Dave Brubeck - any recommendations for if I was to get a fourth jazz LP?

nilpferd said...

I started in a similar place, with Kind of Blue and Time Out. There are so many directions to try. Even just Miles' group post Kind of Blue covered a lot of ground- Cannonball Adderley developed soul jazz, John Coltrane went on to more intimate spiritual expression, Bill Evans refined the stillness of "blue in green", Miles himself went on to exhaust the possibilities of post-bop before going electric.

Disc No. 4 might be one of these 60's trend setters:
Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage"- combines the "chamber" feel of Kind of Blue with a more agitated, up-tempo groove. Typical of the "blue note" sound and a brilliant "concept" album.

John Coltrane's "My favourite things"- the start of his journey into abstract expressionism, surprisingly accessible and addictive once you get hooked by his hypnotic, breathless cascades and the powerhouse rhythm section.

Mnemonic said...

If you like the more melodic aspects of Kind of Blue, you could try Gerry Mulligan, who plays baritone sax.

Then there's Roland Kirk, hugely inventive, on three saxes and a nose flute, all at once.

On the slightly more "out there" note, you could try Charles Mingus. Start with "Mingus Ah Um", still spectacular more than 40 years after it was recorded. Let us know which you like (or not) and then we can expand the suggestions.

FP said...

Oh that's HARD!! I'm hearing the Velvets in at the beginning there.

steenbeck said...

Venus in Furs?

Blimpy said...

Correct! It's The Velvets announcing the different colours quiz, with a wee snippet of Venus In Furs!

steenbeck said...

They're so short!! That's not pretty in Pink is it?

ejaydee said...

I heard Black Mirror by Arcade Fire

ejaydee said...

There's some VU in there, could it be Black Angel's Death Song?

ejaydee said...

No it's Venus In Furs

ejaydee said...

True Blue by Madonna!!

ejaydee said...

You're all mad, I was thinking of f how to put my quiz together, but you've already upgraded to 2.0, I'm not at that level yet!

Blimpy said...

Correct on True Blue (Madonna) and Black Mirror (Arcade Fire)

Pink is not, however, Pretty In Pink!

Blimpy said...

Thanks to all for the jazzy recomendationings, I had to work thru lunch today, hopefully tomorrow I can get to the record shop!

DarceysDad said...

The whole thng's too bloody quick for me but one of the missing ones is a Counting Crows song - Perfect Blue Buildings, probably?

Anonymous said...

Blimpy, is that a stock photo or one of your own? It dunn'arf look like the view of part of Dalbeattie Golf course in one of my old albums!!!

DsD

goneforeign said...

El Blimpo: You could do much worse than having another listen to 'Boss of the Blues' over there and discovering that there's a place called Kansas city, which is quite distinct from New Orleans, Chicago, New York or the West coast, it's the perfect spot to start discovering the joys of jazz. Just ask google or wiki for a list of the superstars of jazz who started out there, the list is endless. And then pick one of them.

Mr DNA said...

Sheesh, that's muy tough.

'Grey' sounds like Nirvana, so I'm thinking: Pearl Jam?

'Purple' sounds like the B52s so I'm thinking: They Might Be Giants?

'Silver' sounds like the Human League so I'm thinking: LCD Soundsystem?

nilpferd said...

Seeing as I can't get any more colours, I might as well add that my early jazz listening was influenced by a single LP lent to my dad by a friend:- Jazz Poll Winners 1960, sort of a best-of compilation of all the winners of Downbeat magazine's polls that year. It included most of the artists mentioned above in perhaps Jazz's premium year.

saneshane said...

Pixies 'into the white' maybe
not so certain this time!

Blimpy said...

Silver is indeed LCD Soundsystem! Nice work, Mr DNA!

All other guesses are incorrect, so I'll give clues for the remaining songs:

Blue: is by a band who have already featured in one of our intro quizzes

Grey: is really quite obscure, but I will say that it's the title track off thier 1st album, and I have blogged about them on the Spill previously. And they're Scots.

Purple: think brothels!

Green: is a very recent cover version of a song that was originally released on November 28th 1980, side one, track one of the LP

Pink: think shapes!

White: also in the name of the band

(DsD- i googled the word rainbow and that was the first image result)

Blimpy said...

I'd like to retract my blue clue, it's for a song i didn't actaully put in in the end. oops!

Mr DNA said...

Ahhh…

I think the 'green' referred to in the Green song is pound notes.

Did fruit machines and jukeboxes take pound notes in 1980?

You'd think they'd get jammed …

Blimpy said...

You would wouldn't you, especially a whole pocket of the stuff.

Mr DNA has truffled out the truth again!!

Blimpy said...

The fisrt "White" is from the band from the other quiz, from a song that features another colour twice in the chorus.

The second white is from the band with the colour name.

(i've managed to confuse myself with this quiz, this is what happens when you decide to make a quiz at midnight, after having lots of Vouvray)

steenbeck said...

I'm going to guess white stripes for something. And I'll have some vouvray, please.

glasshalfempty said...

Yeah, I don't think it's Average White Band! My guess would be 'White moon', but I can't marry up the track with the teeny clip...

Blimpy said...

White Stripes is right! Vouvray all round!

Mr DNA said...

Ahhh again …

Purple – I worked out what you were getting at with your brothel clue; then I just had to Gogle it …

Blimpy said...

Tee hee.

el derino said...

Grey I'm guessing must be Frightened Rabbit (though I have to confess I'm struggling to pick it out of the clip...). Am quite liking them - hadn't come across them until you posted some of their stuff here. Must try and get to one of their gigs sometime.

Blimpy said...

hi el derino, you are correct!

More and more of their stuff has appeared online from their new album, and it's very good indeed (try hype machine for a listen)
especially their song The Modern Leper, which is the best thing I;ve heard in ages.

I'm going to see them play in Glasgow on the 26th with Mogwai, Malcom Middleton, Clinic and a few more. That'll be an awesome gig.

nilpferd said...

BTW, EJ please post your quiz as is, we'll all be ready for a bit of retro-style quizzing at this rate- and I MIGHT BE ABLE TO GUESS A FEW OF THEM...
(delivers ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE WINK, hands brown paper package over under table, finishes with matey slap-on-the-back and conspiratorial leer)

ejaydee said...

Hehe, I had thought of some that you would be the first to recognize, but not the only one. It should be up tonight.

Blimpy said...

Hooray, i love quizzes! an;t wait for yours ejaydee!"

treefrogdemon said...

Could some Audacity user please help me? I've worked out how to isolate a piece of music (as it might be an intro), but how do you put them all together on one track?

glasshalfempty said...

I love quizzes too, but I just know I won't get ANY of EJDs.
I've got a quiz ready for those of us still in reception class - which I'll post once we reach the doldrums after Monday noon.

Blimpy said...

anyone care for some answers, or shall i wait a bit?

Blimpy said...

_tfg; i wish i could help!

Blimpy said...

Answer time!

1. Venus in Furs -Velvet Undergound
2. Black Mirror - Arcade Fire
3. The Blues are still Blue - Belle and Sebatian
4. Sings The Greys - Frightened Rabbit
5. Start Wearing Purple - Gogol Bordello
6. Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
7. True Blue - Madonna
8. Pretty Green - Mark Ronson feat. Santogold
9. Pink Triangle - Weezer
10. Icky Thump - White Stripes
11. Blue In Green - Miles

Well done everyone!

Blimpy said...

Lunchtime;

I'm off to find either Hancock, Coltrane or Mingus LPs.

Wish me luck!

nilpferd said...

Have fun!

(and Guten appetit!)

Blimpy said...

No luck, boo hiss. I'm empty handed.

nilpferd said...

sorry to hear it.
No likee, or no findee?

Blimpy said...

No findee, they had records by Coltrane and Hancock, but not the ones mentioned above.

glasshalfempty said...

@tfd: are you Mac or PC? I can't get on with Audacity. Blimp uses Garageband, but I found iMovie dead easy for doing mine (will post it next week when the current 'twist' frenzy dies down...)

treefrogdemon said...

I'm PC, that's the problem...