Thursday, January 8, 2009

It's a Mythtery




Belated New Year Greetings, Spillers. It wouldn't be New Year without a quiz. Well it would, but that won't stop me.

Simply identify the album covers or parts thereof inspired by myths or legends. It's certainly not all prog and folk. I decided to exclude werewolves and vampires because that's one I can do for hallowe'en. Just noticed there are quite a lot of mythological birds in here. 'I am a Roc'? Sorry.
Come on folks, there must be some mythunderstanding...










Drat. Just realised this made the list.












24 comments:

Mnemonic said...

I can spot Ry Cooder - The Long Riders and Nick Cave - The Lyre of Orpheus.

ejaydee said...

There's definitely Roxy Music in there, no?

Proudfoot said...

Blimey, you two are quick. I don't usually expect answers until evening. Yes, the legendary James/ Keach bros et al. (There's room for a Walter Hill season at the BFI- they've surely done Peckinpah to death?) Nick Cave's double (I'm still delving into this one- not an easy listen IMHO) and the Roxy album, title track of which made Maddy's 10.
How was Tuesday's hook up?

alimunday said...

The first one is Argus, by Wishbone Ash - one of my favourites even now. The last one is probably Gryphon but I don't know which album. beyond that, I'm stumped.

GarethI said...

I believe the bird is The Raven, which would be The Stranglers.

Proudfoot said...

The Raven and the Gryphon albums correct. (Myth de-bunked?)

DarceysDad said...

Upward from next to bottom:

Queen's A Day At The Races
Yngwie Malmsteen ??
Thin Lizzy's Black Rose

The blossom looks familiar butI can't place it, and the sword in the stone is a Rick Wakeman cover, I think.

CaroleBristol said...

I got Wishbone Ash - Argus, Roxy Music - Avalon, Ry Cooder - The Long Riders and The Stranglers - The Raven.

One of them is a Queen album, A Night At The Opera? Not sure because I don't actually like Queen.

Shoey said...

Proudfoot, are you Speng?

TracyK said...

Don't tell me none of you recognise Micahel Praed as Robin of Sherwood? Liars! Anway, it's Clannad. Lady Marion still gives me shivers.

FP said...

OOh I used to fancy Michael Praed rotten! Very dishy Robbin. With me TracyK? Otherwise I would just have recognised the Queen album.

TracyK said...

Oh gawd, yes! Though, bizarrely, I had a far bigger crush on Ray Winstone as Will Scarlett...

FP said...

Well, you prefer 'em mean and macho as opposed to pale and poetic? Nowt wrong wi' that...Worryingly, I liked Christian Slater's Will Scarlett in Price of Thieves. And we ALL fancied Alan Rickman's Sherrif... didn't we?????? He acted the codpiece off Kevin mullet man.

Abahachi said...

Nah, has to be Will Scarlett O'Hara in Robin Hood Men In Tights.

ShoeyofSherwood said...

Liked the Michael Praed series until that wet Jason Connery took over. How can macho Sean have such a wimpy son? That Kevin Costner version was a mess - couldn't these so called actors even attempt an English accent? Also loved the 5 minute stroll from the White Cliffs to Sherwood. Don't get me started on the latest lame series.

Mnemonic said...

I had a theory that the largely English crew and cast of Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves had made an early assessment of Kevin Costner as a humourless twat with a monumental ego and spent the entire time filming taking the piss and wondering just how they could go before he'd realise. Watched in that light, it's a very amusing film.

Tim (Kalyr) said...

Four is Rick Wakeman's "Myths and Legends of King Arthur", as performed on ice. One of the great legendary moments of prog. The title track is inextricably linked in my mind to Peter Snow's swingometer going off the end of the scale on election night in 1997.

Proudfoot said...

Um. Kalyr is going to have to explain the Wakeman / Snow link. I was abroad at the time. Are you saying It's the Prog wot won it for New Labour?
Jason Connery? I'm with you there Shoeyofsherwood. Sorry FP, Slater was rubbish IMHO. Not that the film was any cop. Nonetheless, if I was Maid Marian I would have preferred conjugal rights with Alan Rickman any day. I watched 'Snow Cake' t'other day. Can't say Sigourney Weaver blew me away with her take on autism but Rickman, as always, was superb.

Connery Snr in 'Robin & Marian', slugging it out with Robert Shaw? Now that's more like it. What ever happened to Jason anyway? Sons of 60's film stars....
I think Jared Harris, son of Richard, is worth watching. Did Ollie Reed have children? Where are they?

The Jazz album cover was Medeski, Martin and (Sher)Wood, with an album called 'The Dropper'. Doing this quiz forced me to listen to it (an unsolicited gift, still in cellophane wrapper) The jury's out, but Much the Miller's Son is still sentenced to death-by-hanging for hunting the King's venison. Snivelling little peasant.

@Mnemonic. My memory of Patrick Bergin film is that it came out about 5 minutes after Costner's effort. It is tempting to think they'd seen the rushes/preview. Just remembered thst Marian was Uma Thurman. Next time it's on I'll watch it in the spirit you suggested.

The winner is Shoey for being equally annoyed about Kent to Nottinghamshire stroll. It took me forty minutes!

Mnemonic said...

On my first viewing, someone in the audience yelled out "Possibly not, multiple pile-up on the M6 this morning" and from then on, blooper after blooper got whistled at, cheered, blown raspberries and so forth. So we all really enjoyed it!

Tim (Kalyr) said...

The BBC used to use "Arthur" as the theme tune for Election Night Special; and they kept playing the main theme at regular intervals throughout the night.

Still think that tune is a classic example of 70's pomp; unfortunately the rest of the album hasn't really stood the test of time even if you're a prog-rock fan.

Proudfoot said...

I'm sure it'll come back one day, or be sampled. I recently read a glowing review of a re-issue of Tales from Topographic Oceans, which used to be considered the epitome of overblown prog and universally derided.
My 'guilty pleasure' is Genesis's 'Seconds Out', which:
Has 2 drummers! And drum solos!
Features Phil Collins not Peter Gabriel!
Is a Double Live Album!
So wrong but yet...

Tim (Kalyr) said...

I find "Tales from Topographic Oceans" to be patchy at best; their ambitions got the better of them on that one, and it's far from being their best album.

"Seconds Out" is a classic live album, though, even if Steve Hackett is criminally low in the mix.

Proudfoot said...

You're right, he IS low in the mix. Apparently he fell out with Gabriel during 'Lamb..' because his instrumental guitar passages were mixed-down and sung over.
Can't say I followed his caqreer much after 'Spectral Mornings'.

Proudfoot said...

caqreer? Well it wasn.t all caq I hope...