Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Musical Connections Quiz!


If any of you are readers of the AV Club (and if not, you should be) you might have seen this already, but it was quite a fun quiz so I thought I'd engage in a bit of shameless plagiarism and post it over here (they can't complain since they took it out of a book anyway...).
I managed a fairly pathetic two fully correct and two half right - I'm expecting a much better performance from the rest of you...

What Do These Sets Of Bands Have In Common?

1. The Bee Gees, The Breeders, Nelson, The Proclaimers

2. Alphaville, Bad Company, Fine Young Cannibals, 10,000 Maniacs

3. a-ha, Duran Duran, Garbage, Paul McCartney & Wings

4. Badfinger, The Band, Joy Division, Nirvana

5. Blind Faith, Cream, Derek & The Dominoes, The Yardbirds

6. The Carpenters, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Genesis, Rare Earth

7. Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Simple Minds, Travis

8. Bad Company, Iron Maiden, Kool & the Gang, New Kids On The Block, Train

9. The Charlatans, Dinosaur Jr., Green Jelly, Suede

10. Air Supply, Steely Dan, T-Rex, The White Stripes

11. The Byrds, Destiny’s Child, ‘N Sync, The Ohio Express

12. Death Cab For Cutie, Judas Priest, Radiohead, Shakespear’s Sister

13. Five For Fighting, The Flaming Lips, The Kinks, R.E.M.

14. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, It’s A Beautiful Day, They Might Be Giants, Yo La Tengo

15. INXS, Jethro Tull, Magnetic Fields, My Morning Jacket

25 comments:

saneshane said...

12 all named after others song titles.
14 newspaper headlines

is 7 Scottish too simple?
that's my lot were do I go to cheat

Tim (Kalyr) said...

5 is easy. They all had Eric Clapton (most overrated guitar player of all time) in the lineup.

el derino said...

5 and 12 are right. You're halfway there on 7, and 14 is close but not quite there. The answers are all in the comments here.

http://www.avclub.com/content/blog/what_do_the_byrds_and_destinys

darceysdad said...

I knew No.5, correctly guessed No.12 (before looking at these commentss), and had EXACTLY the same thought as Shane re No.7.

Similar thought re No.1 - Is 'siblings' too simple, or did you start us with an easy one?

steenbeck said...

Is 7 Glasgow, specifically?

el derino said...

Got it steenbeck. 1 - again you're halfway right.

saneshane said...

1 twins?? but not identical

el derino said...

Yay! A few clues: you were right about 14 in that you can get it from the band names alone - you don't need to know anything about them. 4 shouldn't be too hard to guess. For 9, The Verve would also fit.

TonNL said...

3. James Bond
4. suicide
13 Superman

TonNL said...

8. Talk Talk would also fit....

TonNL said...

9. the Charlatans UK, Dinosaur, Green Jello, London Suede
...and, like you said, Verve would also fit....
Of course, all bands who had to change their names because of legal (registered trademark) reasons...

ejaydee said...

Did you put that picture up on purpose? The ex-guru did that.

CaroleBristol said...

1 is twins
4 is suicide
5 is Clapton
7 is Scottish

I think others have got there first though.

6 is singing drummers

TracyK said...

2 are all named after films, non?

el derino said...

Good work all round - correct answers for 2, 3, 4, 6 and 13. I think 8 is another half-right tonnl - Talk Talk would only fit one part of the answer.

ejaydee - I was wondering if anyone would remember that. I've actually got the poster of the map up in my flat.

TonNL said...

10. duos

and re 8: bandname = song-title

ejaydee said...

Me too! Well I did in London at least.

ShivSidecar said...

No.11 - not twins, but triplets!

You could multiply the words "Turn", "No", "Bye" and "Yummy" x 3 for some well-known song-titles.

Or you could stand on your head in the corner in a bucket of tripe. In my day we made our own entertainment.

ShivSidecar said...

Hmm... no.15.

Do the letters "X" "A" "i" and "Z" have any relevance here?

Blimpy said...

I've not looked at the other comms yet promise! so here goes!!

1. Siblings
2. Elvis? Lots of ex-members?
3. They all did Bond themes
4. Suicide
5. Eric Clapton
6. Singing drummers?
7. Fae the Weedge
8. Eponymity
9. Forced to amend their names
10. Duos?
11. Singers and their solo careers?
12. Named after lyrics
13. Songs about Superman
14. Their names make sense when written out of context
15. Stumped!!!

Phew, that was fun, Mrs McFlah helped too!!

Marconius7 said...

If 13 is indeed that they did songs about Superman, then it could include Crash Test Dummies.

Marconius7 said...

If 13 is indeed that they did songs about Superman, then it could include Crash Test Dummies.

el derino said...

Top performance from Team McFlah!
Just a few corrections:
1 - specifically twins
2 - named after films
7 - would also have accepted "soapdodgers"
8 - needs to be more specific
11 & 15 - shivsidecar got these just above: song titles with the same word repeated 3 times; and album titles consisting of a single letter.

So I think 8 is the only one not answered so far - anyone?

And any Glasgwegians feel free to give some abuse of Edinbuggers in return...

Anonymous said...

all bands listed for #8 have eponymous LPs whcih contain within them eponymous songs!!

Blimpopants.

el derino said...

Yay! All done.