Musical Pursuit, world’s greatest music trivia night, rests in peace

Last night after four years and 42 quizzes, we held our last ever Musical Pursuit quiz.  It’s been a total blast and it’s also one of the main reasons I started this blog.  Putting it together is/was so much work that I really just wanted there to be somewhere online for folks to check out or even steal (take it, trivia hosts! but crediting is nice….).  I’ll post last night’s quiz and some older ones from time to time…

Almost ten years ago, Paul O’Bierne (aka Apollo9 from Rocket From The Crypt) was hosting an occasional music trivia quiz at the Livewire in San Diego, based in part on a popular Philadelphia quiz night.  I was recruited by music brainiac David Stampone to play, who put a lot of thought into assembling a well-rounded team.  It worked.  We won. It was a ton of fun being in a room full of musicgeeks nerding out and not being able to name a Dave Matthews album (still my fave question EVER).  Then we won again.  People booed that time.  Then Paul retired.  I’d already been inspired by Paul’s quiz to write down questions and, years later, as part of the short lived Cover Me Monthly series at the San Diego Sports Club, we debuted Musical Pursuit. About 120 of San Diego’s biggest music nerds, musicians, record store employees, writers & drunks showed up to the first edition.  Then they went away.  A few came back but after four years of fun, not so many did. Retirement feels fine.

One of the best parts of Musical Pursuit was that I got a really great group of music folks to  perform songs for a live Name-That-Tune section.  Every single one was unique and a joy to watch.  I felt worse about the time they spent learning 20 songs to play for just a few teams (on a slow night) than I did about the hours I put into putting the quiz together.  Thanks to everyone who played: The Barnacles, Shannon Bates (all saxaphone), Billy Midnight, Blasphemous Guitars, Bobby Fantasy, Wally Bunting (world’s foremost talk singer), Rob Crow (who debuted Devfits that night), Dancing Killer Queen Bitches Of The Stone Age Is Dead (our winningest team became a band to celebrate),. DJ Claire, DJ Dividedbyzach, Sven Erik-Seaholm, Allison Gill, the Go Duo, Marie Haddad, Pea Hix (w/me singing), Scott Hoover (Name That Drum Intro), Kipper Forgets The Lyrics (check the hilarious video links), Laura Jane, Rick Lyon, Dallas McLaughlin & Matthew Gorney, Pandemonium, Pants karaoke, Rookie Card (me & Dylan), Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra (click to see an online version of one of their amazing trivia sets), the Shambles, Tan Sister Radio, Uber Monk and one man new wave machine Raven White. I wish I had video of all of their sets.

Congrats to the top three teams at the last quiz!
1. WHICH DOOBIE YOU BE? 87/100
2. SHITTY FAT TITS 82
3. DANCING KILLER QUEEN BITCHES OF THE STONE AGE IS DEAD 76

COVER ME BADD
Musical Pursuit #42
JANUARY 30, 2012 A.D.

FIRST HALF:
60 QUESTIONS, 1 POINT EACH
APPROX 45 MINUTES
**=STUMPER (yes, I know YOU would’ve got it)

SECTION ONE: FINAL JEOPARDY (10 POINTS)
Form your answers in the form of a question.
1. This band began their career as the Detours and High Numbers before changing their name in 1964.
2. This song gained new popularity in 1999 when it was used over the closing credits of the movie Fight Club.
3. This debut Annie Lennox single was a #5 UK hit and #34 in America.
4. This celebrity Jeopardy show creator also wrote the famous 30 second theme song.
**BONUS: What is the actual one word name of the theme song?
5. This song was covered by the band Love Spit Love as the theme song for the television show Charmed.
6. This Rihanna single is the last question titled song to hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (in November 2010).
7. This singer had a 1983 #81 US Billboard single with “I Lost On Jeopardy”.
8. These garage rockers had 60’s hits with “96 Tears” and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby”.
These two 1986 Depeche Mode singles both have the word “question” in them:
9.
10.

SECTION TWO: ROCK & ROLL RESUME (10 POINTS)
Now that I’m not doing trivia or karaoke, I have nothing but time on my hands so I updated my rock & roll resume.
**11. After high school, I interned at 91X-FM in the department that makes commercials and in-between song spots. What is the name of this department?
12. When I started college, I continued doing this work at SDSU’s radio station and became the youngest manager of the department in its history. What are the call letters for the station?
13. In considering being a film major, I interned for a couple of film producers, Gruskoff-Levy, who had just put out Prelude To A Kiss and Article 99. One of them had produced Young Frankenstein and accidentally had an original copy of the script mixed in with the dozens of new scripts I was in charge of organizing. Shoulda swiped it.What famous old-timey number (that was also a hit in the 1980’s by Taco) does the monster in Young Frankenstein sing?
14. I was going to spend the summer in LA after my sophomore year and work for a post-production sound place that was in charge of disguising the cussing on Cops. After one fun afternoon of watching them censor a London episode with traffic noises and boat horns, I decided to go home for the summer instead. What reggae band does the “Bad Boys” themesong from Cops?
15. I didn’t get the “alternative” internship I interviewed for at BMG Music but they liked me and I agreed to work in the urban department, which meant feeling whiter than white putting up displays in record stores in the recently rioting Watts, LBC & Compton. Our biggest seller was the biggest selling soundtrack of all-time (44 million copies). Name it.
16. I found a summer job working for Delilah Films, a company that made famous full-length music films, including a 1982 Beatles movie that, until Anthology was released, was considered the definitive Beatles documentary. Name it.
17. CD-Roms were just starting to come out and Delilah started Crunch Media in the same office. They were working on an interactive tour of Elvis Presley’s house and it was my job some days to watch never-before-seen home movies and log everything on them. What is the famous house’s name?
18. In my last semester of school, I worked for a radio trade magazine called Hits Magazine, entering radio stations’ top 40 playlists each week that they would fax in. The post modern column was written by Karen Glauber who wrote under the name Ivana B. Adored, a reference to what recently reunited group?
19. After moving to the Bay Area, I came back to LA to work for Direct Management. They also handled B-52’s, OMD and Sam Phillips. Their biggest act was a Bay Area band who I’d just seen open for Big Star at the Fillmore in SF under a pseudonym (the Shatners) because they wanted to be on the bill but didn’t want their fans to sell the show out. They’d just sold out four shows there and the posters were framed on the office wall. I asked if I could call the Fillmore and see if they’d made a poster for the Big Star show and got sent a stack of them. Rough gig! Well, the band’s singer also being named Adam was a little confusing, so I went by Max while I worked there. Name the band.
**20. After not doing any music business stuff for years, I spent a couple of months (weeks?) at a local San Diego startup called mTraks that was trying to be like eMusic (see the clever capitalization?). It was run by a strange guy who was so manic that he could barely complete a sentence, but somehow convinced investors to give him thousands of dollars. He’d once managed what San Diego band consisting of Ian Flannon Taylor, Brian Kelsey Bunn, Didier Alan Suarez & Jamie “Angel” Garza, that won Best Local Recording at the 1997 San Diego Music Awards for What’s Become of the Baby? He fired me by text one morning. Class.

SECTION THREE : TV’S GREATEST HITS (10 POINTS)
Name the ten biggest television themesong Billboard hits of all-time. Found this list with (too) long descriptions and mostly just deleted the names of the shows…
21. #10 Steve Carlisle. Hot 100 Peak: No. 65, 1981. The 70s may have been over when the theme hit the charts, but the the 70s’ love affair with mellow rock carried into 1981 for this super laid back ditty about the staff of a midwestern, middle-of-the-road rock radio station staff “living on the air”.
22. #9 Bill Conti. Hot 100 Peak: No. 52, 1982. It’s not every week that a soaring instrumental orchestral number breaks into the Hot 100, but when you’ve got most of America glued to the set to watch the huge-shoulder-pad and diamond-encrusted foibles of the nasty rich folks on this night time soap it’s not so surprising that Bill Conti’s theme song would provoke a pavlovian response equating the swelling strings with blingy wealth that would help catapult it onto the charts.
23. #8 Mike Post. Hot 100 Peak: No. 25, 1982 The brassy theme, with it’s disco-rock guitars provided an apt soundtrack to mustachioed 80s hunk Tom Selleck speeding around Hawaii as a lady-killer private eye. The song, written by TV-theme vet Mike Post, got a slight update for a popular Maybelline mascara commercial in 2010.
24. #7 Al Jarreau. Hot 100 Peak: No. 23, 1987 Accomplished jazz veteran Al Jarreau’s smooth vocals were the perfect compliment to the neo-noir opening titles of the Bruce Willis/Cybil Shepherd 80s drama/comedy about a pair of mismatched detectives — she prissy and precise, he disheveled and mischievous — that managed to solve crimes and eventually fall in love none the less. “…strangers who just met on the way,” as Jarreau sings.
25. #6 Waylon Jennings. Hot 100 Peak: No. 21, 1980. The song became Jennings ‘ biggest Hot 100 hit and his 12th of 16 Country #1’s. “They called me and asked me to do that song. So, I wrote (it) and sent it out and they called me back and said, ‘We need something in there about bein’ modern-day Robin Hoods and fightin’ the system.’ ” The show ran on CBS from 1979 to 1985.
26. #5 The Rembrandts. Hot 100 Peak: No. 17, 1995. This sunny 90s pop-rock gem, complete with handclaps and lyrics about the pitfalls of pre-millennial young adulthood (“Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA”), was the perfect sonic alert that another 22-minutes of comedy was afoot. It’s no surprise the song was the Rembrandts biggest hit: after all, the show was easily one of the most popular TV shows of the 90s.
27. #4 Mike Post feat. Larry Carlton. Hot 100 Peak: No. 10, 1981. It’s not often a that TV theme becomes so big that it inspires reference in song by a legendary rock band, but that’s exactly what happened with Mike Post’s downbeat theme. The critically-acclaimed cop drama got a big nod nearly 20 years after it ended when the Who released an ode to its writer in 2006, titled “Mike Post Theme.” Post, who collaborated with guitarist Larry Carlton on this piano-driven theme, also wrote the theme songs for other big-name cop shows including “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order.”
28. #3 Joey Scarbury. Hot 100 Peak: No. 2, 1981. Perhaps ahead of its time, ABC’s show poked ironic fun at the superhero genre, starring William Katt as an unlikely – and bumbling (but good-natured) – possessor of superhuman abilities who stumbled upon “the suit” brought to earth on a UFO. (He promptly lost a would-be helpful instruction booklet). While sung by Scarbury, the theme song was co-written by the composer responsible for the Nos. 8 and 4 titles on this list, Mike Post.
29. #2 Jan Hammer. Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 (one week), 1985. Czech pianist/composer Jan Hammer had a promising career that included a handful of albums with Jeff Beck before he ever fired up the ol’ keytar for the instantly recognizable synth driven track that introduced pastel-clad exploits every week. But this theme was his hugest hit — it was the last instrumental to top the Hot 100 and one of the most successful TV soundtracks ever.
30. #1 (sorry, no name spoilers) Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 (two weeks), 1992. And you thought Fox TV began assaulting Billboard charts with “American Idol” and “Glee.” In August 1992, the network briefly aired this Aaron Spelling’s series about a band of the same name. The series received poor ratings and Fox cancelled it that November, but its opening (if not the rest of each weekly episode) was a smash: the theme, sung by lead vocalist Jamie Walters, topped the Hot 100 less than a week after the series was cancelled. One of the series’ cast members, notably, resurfaced in “Glee”: 17 years after playing Hope Linden, Charlotte Ross is now better known, among her other career roles, as Judy Fabray – aka Quinn’s mom.

SECTION FOUR: LEFTOVER IDEARS
Time to clean house! Here are a bunch of random questions and half-done categories.
31. What famous American drummer was brought in just to play high-hat on Peter Gabriel’s “Red Rain”?
**32. It probably would’ve been too hard for Name-That-Tune but I wanted to play a 1989 medley of bits of songs with the word “rock” in it called “Cool Breeze (On The Rocks)” by what rap act?
FAMOUS MISHEARD LYRICS Name the SONGS.
33. “Wrecked up like a douche another runner in the night.” Name the song.
34. “There’s a bathroom on the right.”
NOT SO FAMOUS MISHEARD LYRICS Name the SONGS.
35. “…on my legs and my arms from you. Band of Jews Band of Jews Band of Jews Band of Jews.” (it actually sounds more like “bag of jizz” but I wouldn’t actually mention it)
36. “I have to celebrate you, baby. I’ve got to praise you like a sheep.”
NAME THE SONG THESE SINGERS DUETED ON:
37. Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks
38. Kenny Loggins & Steve Perry
39. Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
**40. Morrissey & Siouxsie Sioux
41. What band had a hit in 1966 with the Burt Bacharach song “Little Red Book”?
42. What is Patricia Mae Andrzejewski’s stage name?
43. Who had an MTV Buzz Bin hit in 1996 with the song “Sucked Out”?
44. What singer was in both the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite?
45. Who was the lead guitarist for Foreigner?
46. What 1981 coversong is greeted with chants of “Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked” in between lines when played live or at clubs?
TWO SONGS LEFT OFF OF THE MEGA COVER ME BADD COVERLIST QUIZ Name the acts:
47. “Take Me Out” (2004)
“Careless Whisper” (released by whAt two acts in 1984?)
48.
49.
50. In a recent Portlandia episode, Carrie has a hard time when she starts dating a guy with a tattoo of what singer on his arm who actually appears later in the sketch?
51. What famous musician mortgaged his house and put up four million dollars to finance Monty Python’s The Life of Brian (1979) because “he wanted to see the film”. According to Monty Python member Eric Idle, this remains “the most money anyone ever paid to see a movie.”
52. What group had to back out of headlining Coachella 2012 after one of its members was diagnosed with cancer?
53. Who sang “At Last” at Etta James’ funeral?
54. What famous singer who has not played with his band in San Diego since 1980 (not counting a 1992 solo show) just announced dates for his 2012 Wrecking Ball tour that so far only include LA Sports Arena and San Jose stops?
55. What legendary wrestler recently told NME that he was actually asked to play bass for Metallica early on…..and that he was excited the Stone Roses were reuniting?
56. Singer Lizzie Grant rechristened herself with what stage name and scored huge internet hits with “Video Game” and “Born To Die”?

SECTION FIVE: COVER ME BADD CALENDAR
Aka Self-promotion.com
56. SatFeb11 THIS ONE GOES 2/11: TWELVE (Blasphemous Guitars as Spinal Tap) Farewell Show at Bar Pink Torpedo. What was the name of Spinal Tap’s 1992 comeback album?
57. WedFeb29 ROOKIE CARD 2/29 Leap Year set at Riviera Supper Club. What title musical character of a famous musical is known to exclaim “Leapin lizards!”
58. FriMar09 GEEZER, Jane’s Diction & The Pixies CoverbandTM at Ruby Room. Perry Farrell said he first wanted to create Lollapalooza watching the Pixies play what opening Doolittle track at Reading Festival?
59. SunApr01 GEEZER at Mission Valley Craft Brew Festival. What was the name of Frank Zappa’s daughter who did most of the talking on his hit “Valley Girl”?
60. SatApr14 ROOKIE CARD reunion show w/Billy Midnight at Ruby Room. What American singer went to Jamaica in 1972 to record the single “Mother & Child Reunion” with singer Jimmy Cliff’s backing group and Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy?

Soundtrack of our Lives: Dan, Jenne, Celeste & me take pics in my backyard before prom

SECOND HALF
60 POINTS (& 10 POSSIBLE BONUS POINTS)
NAME THAT TUNE & two bonus questions (Sections 6-8)
APPROX 30 MINUTES

SECTION SIX: NAME THAT TUNE
1989 PROM LIMO MIXTAPE
Name the original song & artist performed.
1 POINT FOR SONG, 1 POINT FOR ARTIST
The tape I wanted to use went missing but I found this gem on a 120 minute cassette. Was so weird fast forwarding through the songs to play clips. Remember using the counter to guess how long before the song you were looking for?! Unreal. You kinda had to be there but see if you can figure out what songs got played by how many letters in each word of the title. If I ever find that tape, I’ll…..DO ANOTHER QUIZ!

1. — ——- —- by The Cure
2. —-‘- —- by Devo
3. —- — —– —– by The Clash
4. —- — — by INXS
5. —‘- — — — by Stan Ridgway & Stewart Copeland
6. -=— by Big Audio Dynamite
7. —– —— — — by Modern English
8. — — —– by OMD
9. (—– —) ——- — – —— by Icicle Works
10. —‘- —– —- by The Beach Boys
11. —- — —- by Wall Of Voodoo
12. —— by Them
13. – ——- by English Beat
14. —- — — —– by The Doors
15. — —— —- — — by U2
16. —- —– by X
17. —- — — — —- by Rolling Stones
18. —– —- by Art Of Noise w/Duane Eddy
19. —– — —– — by the Church
20. —‘- —– — —– — — by the Police

Several hours later, administering the heimlich maneuver. Still no one has told me my tie is crooked.

SECTION SEVEN:
YOU’LL NEVER CURE CANCER WITH USELESS CRAP LIKE THIS TAKING UP SPACE IN YOUR BRAIN (5 bonus points)

Fitting for the last quiz….
What farewell song won the Oscar & Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 1978?

BONUS BONUS QUESTION:
What was voted the most popular song by 91X listeners in 1985? Urban legend has it that the station decided to switch the number two song for the top spot and played “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” as #1 to end their annual countdown. What song was supposed to be number one?

SECTION EIGHT: BEST IN THE ROOM (5 bonus points)
Listen at the beginning of the second half for this category and whatever team can name the most gets five bonus points. In case of a tie, both teams get the 5 points. Use a separate piece of paper for your answers.
SPIN MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 GREATEST BANDS OF ALL-TIME (2002)
According to their Wikipedia page, name all members of the band. Number of correct answers are given but you can write more.
1. THE BEATLES (6)
2. THE RAMONES (8)
3. LED ZEPPELIN (4)
4. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (18)
5. NIRVANA (11)
6. PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC (15 “KEY” MEMBERS)
7. THE CLASH (10)
8. PUBLIC ENEMY (7, one is the name of their dancers)
9. ROLLING STONES (10)
10. BEASTIE BOYS (9)
(the winning team got the five bonus points for this by naming 51 out of 98 and ended up winning by exactly five points)

CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWERS
Sorry, believe it or not, I’ve done most of these quizzes off the top of my head so I didn’t have too many answers typed up. Let me know if there’s something you can’t find.

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