I give in: a music quiz

Hi all,

As many of you know, I’m not a huge fan of the fill out the bulletin and pass it on thingies, but a friend passed this one along knowing I’m a music geek, so I finally succumbed. Blame him!

Anyway, please give this a shot (do the whole answer-and-repost to your bulletin thing), it’s kind of cool to think ever so briefly about the questions asked. Plus, I’d love to see the variety of answers out there, and I loved reading previous music stories.

Humor my sorry ass, will ya?

Thanks, sweet boys and girls!




Muse-ick quiz
Body: List 10 musical artists/bands you like:

1. The Stooges
2. Queens of the Stone Age
3. Elvis Costello
4. Dean Martin
5. The Clash
6. Otis Redding
7. Neil Young
8. X
9. Crowded House/Split Enz (tie)
10. Cheap Trick

(Note: many of these will likely change the minute I click ‘post bulletin’, but these are my picks at this particular moment.)

What was the first song you ever heard by 6? (Otis Redding)
“Dock of the Bay” – yeah, boring, but true.

What is your favourite album of 8? (X)
I have to choose one? Just one? Under The Big Black Sun.

What is your favorite lyric of 5? (The Clash)
“Let fury have the hour/Anger can be power”

How many times have you seen each of your ten bands live?:

1. The Stooges (not born for the original appearances; the reformed group 3x)
2. Queens of the Stone Age (lord…guessing 19 or 20 times, likely more)
3. Elvis Costello (12?)
4. Dean Martin (tragically, never)
5. The Clash (alas, never)
6. Otis Redding (gone before my time, so no)
7. Neil Young (19)
8. X (9)
9. Crowded House/Split Enz (nope, though am hoping they bring the Split Enz reunion stateside this year)
10. Cheap Trick (14)

What is your favorite song by 7? (Neil Young)
Oh man, there’s no way I’m picking one. I mean, come ON. Umm, “Ambulance Blues”, or “Stupid Girl”…or “Bandit”….christ. There’s too many. I give up. Name one, and it’s my favorite. There. Happy?

Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad? (Elvis Costello)
Many, actually. “New Amsterdam”, “Hope You’re Happy Now”, “All the Rage”, “I Want You”…

What is your favorite song by 2? (Queens of the Stone Age)
Hmmmm…probably “Mexicola”. It’s just one of those songs where the music pushes you, always makes you feel alive in an increasingly numb world. It may be my favorite driving song ever.

What is your favorite song by 9? (Crowded House/Split Enz)
“Don’t Dream It’s Over”/”I See Red” or “Stuff and Nonsense” “Don’t Dream It’s Over” was the first song that really grabbed me that had absolutely nothing to do with metal or punk. From there, I just started digging to find everything I could about these unique thinkers, and fell in love with the quirky brashness of the Split Enz as a result.

What is your favorite album by 1? (The Stooges)
Again I say..one? Well, the self titled The Stooges I guess, because it came first, was the first of theirs that I heard, and it crystallizes everything I love about music. Nothing else in the world but The Stooges sound makes my blood chug through my veins in the same way, period.

How did you get into 3? (Elvis Costello)
Lord, I can’t remember. I listened casually, liking singles over the years. When Brutal Youth was released, it just sounded so good that I went back and started at the beginning. Luckily, this was pretty easy to do since I was living in London at the time; not ’til I returned to the States did I discover how much harder it was to find everything here. Thank god for those Rhino reissues!

What is your favorite song by 4? (Mr. Dean Martin)
Again, many. “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”, “I Don’t Know Why”, his version of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”, and of course, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

Who is your favorite band member in 9? (Crowded House/Split Enz)
Neil Finn and Paul Hester, bless his soul.

Which of the 10 has influenced you the most?:
The Stooges. If you know me, you know that.

What is a good memory concerning 2? (Queens of the Stone Age)
A lot of those. Getting the chance to pass along a bootleg of a Stooges show a few years ago at the Showbox (thanks to Hil) or getting to watch my friends discover them during the NIN tour this last year. It’s like these guys speak my language, and it’s just a good feeling to know that someone else out there thinks and feels similarly. Dork, but hey, that’s me.

Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad? (X)
“Dancing With Tears in My Eyes” and “Come Back to Me”. The cold realities of real life informed these both, and you feel it in every single note.

What is your favorite song of 1? (The Stooges)
“Tight Pants”. It’s an early demo version of “Shake Appeal” and the sound of it is like diesel fuel alight pushing through my veins. As close to perfection as you can get.

How did you become a fan of 10? (Cheap Trick)
I was but a young lass, and was visiting my cousin in Rockford, Illinois. She was a high schooler into lots of heavier music (thank god), who introduced me to Rush (which I still can’t enjoy, though I appreciate the musicianship) and AC/DC (classic), and of course, her favorite hometown boys, Cheap Trick. We’re both still fans to this day, and her daughter’s caught the bug, as well.


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