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Quiz 2020

No 31

Popular Music


Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Which band was formed by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in 1994 after the death of Kurt Cobain? It derives its name from UFOs and various phenomena reported by Allied aircraft pilots during WWII.   

Foo Fighters 

2/ At the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the couple shared their first dance to Ellie Goulding's 'Your Song'. Which artiste had composed and released the original version of this song more than 40 years ago, in 1970?  

Elton John

3/  Which '80s band new-wave band, one of the leaders of the 'Second British Invasion' into the US, derived its name from the villain in the 1968 French-Italian science-fiction film `Barbarella', because they had played gigs at Birmingham's Barbarella nightclub?  

Duran Duran

4/ In 2004, which Sheffield band released 'Beneath the Boardwalk' (a collection of their demo recordings) for free? Fronted by Alex Turner, their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' is the fastest-selling debut album by a band in British chart history.  

Arctic Monkeys

5/ A 1984 hit single from Madonna, a 1983 song from Cyndi Lauper, and another 1983 single from Billy Joel—all have which common word (in singular or plural) in their titles?  

Girl/ Girls (‘Material Girl’/ ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’/ ‘Uptown Girl’)  

6/ Released in 2010 and featuring hit singles such as 'California Gurls', `Firework' and E.T.', which artiste's third studio album 'Teenage Dream' is only the second album in history to produce five No.1s on the Billboard Hot 100 from a single album (the first being Michael Jackson's `Bad')?  

Katy Perry

7/ Consisting of Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, which French electronic music duo have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most of their performances since 2011? Their album 'Random Access Memories' won 5 Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year.  

Daft Punk

8/  The R&B girl band Cleopatra, the soul, funk & pop group DeBarge, the pop duo Hue & Cry and the British pop group Five Star — all share what common characteristic?  

They are all made up of siblings  

9/ Premiering on Broadway in 1996, which musical by Jonathan Larsson, loosely based on Puccini's `La boheme', tells the story of impoverished artists living in New York City's East Village during the AIDS crisis of the 1990s? It includes songs like 'Seasons of Love', 'La Vie Boheme' and 'Take Me or Leave Me'.


10/ Which song, nominated by 'Rolling Stone' magazine as No.58 in its list of `500 Greatest Songs of All Time', was apparently inspired by a real life event in which a female fan claimed that the artiste (or one of his brothers) had fathered one of her twins, and even sent him a parcel containing her photograph and a gun?  

‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson  

11/ The bands Heaven 17, Campag VelocetMoloko and Korova Milk Bar all derive their names from which zoth-century work of literature?  

‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess  

 12/  (a) 'Spare a little candle, save some light for me. Figures up ahead, moving in the trees.'   

  (b) 'I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don't know where it goes, but it's home to me and I walk alone.'   

  (c) 'There is freedom within, there is freedom without. Try to catch a deluge in a paper cup.'   

These three songs (whose opening lines are shown) all share what common word in their titles?  

Dream’ – ‘These Dreams’ by Heart,

‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ by Green Day,

Don’t Dream It’s Over’ by Crowded House  

 13/ Used in movie soundtracks such as Bernard Hermann's The Day The Earth Stood Still', which electronic music instrument was developed by and named after the young Russian physicist who invented it in 1920? It consists of two antennae that senses the relative positions of the player's hands.  


14/ The hit singles 'Danger Zone' by Kenny Loggins and 'Take My Breath Away' by Berlin both appear on the movie soundtrack of which film?  

'Top Gun'

15/  Which British singer-songwriter, born 1991, used mathematical symbols as the title for his first two studio albums : '+' in 2011 and 'x' in 2014? The single `Sing' from his second album became his first UK No.1 , followed by `Thinking Out Loud' which also reached No.1 in November 2014.  

Ed Sheeran  

16/  Which word is shared by the titles of these three songs, of which a portion of the lyrics is shown here?   

(1) 'But I can see you/ Your brown skin shining in the sun/ You got your hair combed back/ And your sunglasses on, baby'   


(2) Now I'm back to what I knew before you/ Somehow the city doesn't look the same/ I'd give my life for one more night/ Of having you here to hold me tight'   


(3) And now the times are changin’/ Look at everything that's come and gone/ Sometimes when I play that old six-string/ I think of you, wonder what went wrong'   


‘Boys of Summer’ by Don Henley

‘Endless Summer Nights’ by Richard Marx

‘Summer of ‘69’ by Bryan Adams  

17/ Unveiled in December 1982 and located in Stanley Street, Liverpool, this statue was designed and made by the rock and roll star Tommy Steele. Dedicated to 'all the lonely people', what is the name of this statue, inspired by a 1966 song?

‘Eleanor Rigby’  

18/Performed by the Canadian rapping star Drake, the hit single 'One Dance' topped the UK singles chart for a total of fifteen weeks from April to July 2016, tying the record set by Wet Wet Wet's 'Love Is All Around'. Which 1991 song (a movie theme song) currently holds the record of the most number of consecutive weeks spent at Nat (sixteen weeks)? 

‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ by  Bryan Adams  

19/  The name of which band comes from a 1963 paperback published by journalist Michael Leigh that investigated aberrant sexual behavior in consenting adults? The group thought this name was appropriate since one of their songs 'Venus In Furs' included themes of sadomasochism and bondage.   

The Velvet Underground

20/ The theme from Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' famously featured on the soundtrack of which horror movie?  

‘The Exorcist’ 

21/ Based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Macguire, the musical 'Wicked : The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz', is a 2003 musical with music and lyrics by which composer? He also wrote earlier hits such as `Godspell' (1971) and `Pippin' (1972).  

Stephen Schwartz 

22/ `Definitely Maybe' (1994) and '(What's the Story) Morning Glory' (1995) were the first two studio albums of which band from Manchester? All seven of their albums topped the UK albums chart.   


23/ Formed in 1973 by John Woloschuk and Dee Long, which enigmatic Canadian rock group named themselves after the humanoid extraterrestrial alien from the 1951 sci-fi film 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'?  


24/ Included in her second studio album 'One of the Boys', which song became Katy Perry's first No.' single when it was released in April 2008? Perry described the lyrics as 'about the magical beauty of a woman'.  

‘I Kissed A Girl’ 

25/ Written by the group members with Matt Rowe & Richard Stannard and released in July 1996, which debut single by the Spice Girls had topped the pop charts in 37 countries by March the following year? It is also their only song to reach No.1 on the US Billboard chart.  



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