Special Sub-Topic: Do the Chicken!
|There are lots of songs about particular chickens, but the chicken in general is also quite popular. All of the artists below recorded a song called "Chicken", except three. Which ones?|
Killdozer, The Reverend Horton Heat, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Of course it wasn't the group of artists that included Buckethead. This all-round guitar hero, weirdo and former Guns 'N Roses axeman, constantly wears a KFC bucket on his head. It would've been weird for him not to once mention chickens in a song.
|Which reggae artist was also known as 'the Best Dressed Chicken in Town'?|
Dr. Alimantado. Dr. Alimantado's debut album was called "Best Dressed Chicken in Town" and released in 1978, on the Greensleeves label. Now I'm not the biggest reggae fan, but this particular record is sheer genius. One of Dr. Alimantado's biggest supporters was one John Lydon, aka. Johnny Rotten. Alimantado was a welcome guest at the legendary parties Lydon used to throw in his house at 45 Gunter Grove, in London, in the early days of Public Image Ltd. PiL never recorded any chicken related songs though.
|Then there's this demented Rock & Roller who's so obsessed with chickens he's even recorded an entire album's worth of chicken songs, called "Poultry in Motion". Who is this legendary one man band?|
Hasil Adkins. "Poultry In Motion - The Hasil Adkins Chicken Collection 1955 - 1999" was released in 2000, by Norton Records. Hasil Adkins is often called "a true rock & roll primitive". He doesn't know how to play his guitar well, but he sure knows how to make an effective and energetic racket as a backing to his manic yelps, howls and moans about decapitation, eating and a freaky dance called 'The Hunch'. An enormous influence on The Cramps. Check out his collection "Out To Hunch" (1986) or his country album "Achy Breaky Ha Ha Ha" (1994). Hasil Adkins passed away on April 26, 2005; three days before he would have celebrated his 68th birthday. He'll be sorely missed.
|"Dixie Chicken" was the name of a song and an album by which 70s Southern Rock band?|
Little Feat. Little Feat's founding members Lowell George (vocals, guitar, slide guitar) and Roy Estrada (bass) used to be in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Hence Little Feat wasn't your typical run-of-the-mill bluesrock band. In fact, they were a bit weird. The funky "Dixie Chicken", released in 1973, is generally considered to be their best album.
|A pre-punk legend once recorded a song about something chickens produce, which isn't eggs. Who used to play in a very influential New York band, wasn't American and once butchered a chicken live on stage?|
John Cale. Indeed, the Welshman John Cale sang about chicken's biggest by-product which isn't eggs on the EP "Animal Justice" (1977). Though it wasn't actually about chicken manure, but about cowardice. That same year Cale and his band played a gig in Croydon, England, when he cut up a dead chicken during a rendition of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" and threw the severed parts into the audience. The pogoing punks at the front stopped dead in their tracks and Cale's vegetarian drummer (Joe Stefko) and bass player (Mike Viseglia) walked off. The song about chicken manure was a reaction to their desertion.
|"It's the time of year. Now that Spring is in the air. When those two wet gits with their girly curly hair. Make another song for moronic holidays. That nauseate-ate-ate. In a million different ways. From the shores of Spain. To the coast of Southern France. No matter where you hide. You just can't escape this dance ..." It was 1986. There was no escaping this song. Who sang it?|
Spitting Image. Spitting Image was a British satirical television programme, where celebrities, politicians and royalty were ruthlessly mocked, using rubber dolls. They also released a couple of albums and the single "The Chicken song" was a huge hit in Europe. The b-side was however even better. It was a world music parody called "I Never Met A Nice South African". Quite brilliant.
|Which of the following song titles is an actual Dead Kennedys' song?|
"Chicken Farm". "Chicken Farm" was on the 1985 album "Frankenchrist"; probably their finest artistic achievement. There should be one in every household.
|Which humorous country project released a song called "Chicken Drop"?|
Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper. "Chicken Drop" was on the album "Root Hog Or Die" (1989), which also included the cult hit "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child". In 1994 Mojo Nixon released a satirical country album with former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra, called "Prairie Home Invasion" (referencing Ice T's album "Home Invasion"). It contained songs like "Will The Fetus Be Aborted", a brilliant take on the traditional "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". After the release of the album Biafra was accosted by a bunch of drunken moronic punks who accused him of 'selling out' by making a country album and in the ensuing scuffle both his knees were broken. Luckily he fully recovered.
|A whole different species of chicken is the chickenhawk, which can be defined as "having the shriek of a hawk but the backbone of a chicken". It's a term that's often used in relation to politicians who don't practice what they preach. Which sexually liberated band recorded a real funny song called "Chickenhawk"?|
CWA. This particular CWA has nothing to do with Steve Rachelle's C.W.A. (aka. Cheeseheads With Attitude) who released two EP's in celebration of Wisconsin's Green Bay Packers football team. No, this particular CWA only recorded one song, as far as I know, which appeared on the "Outpunk Dance Party" compilation, released by the Outpunk label in 1995. They used the term "Chickenhawk" for its lesbian underground connotation.
|"Do The Chicken", as the title says. This song was re-recorded by Ike & Tina Turner, but written by somebody else. Who was first, the egg or one of the following four bluesmen?|
Billy "The Kid" Emerson. Born on December 21, 1925 in Tarpon Springs, Florida, blues piano player Billy Emerson got his nickname while playing in a club in St. Petersburg, Florida. The club owner liked to dress his musicians in cowboy clothes, hence Billy got called "Billy The Kid". And the name stuck.
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