Special Sub-Topic: Guess the Gary: Musicians called Gary
|What is the full name of the Gary whose album "The Pleasure Principle" boasted the track "Cars"?|
Gary Numan. Gary Numan comes from London and formed Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard.
Tubeway Army didn't get much mainstream attention until 1979's "Are Friends Electric?" from their album "Replicas". Numan was the main impetus behind the band and they dropped the Tubeway Army moniker and carried on under his name. The next album was "The Pleasure Principle" which heralded the single "Cars", the song Numan is most widely associated with.
Numan is unmistakable in rock and he is an icon of his era. His sci-fi influenced persona who is distanced, cold and lacking emotion, has been ahead of the game since the late 1970s.
He's been in and out of fashion like a yo-yo, but has continuously tried to broaden his music, has embraced technology and attempted to grasp the zeitgeist throughout his distinguished career.
|Guitarist Gary Moore was a close associate of Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy. What was the name of the last single they appeared on together (1985)?|
Out In The Fields. Gary Moore met Phil Lynott when he joined Skid Row in 1968. Lynott was sacked and eventually formed Thin Lizzy.
Moore's solo debut was called "Grinding Stone" (1973), after which he joined Thin Lizzy. His next solo outing wasn't until 1978 when he released "Back On The Streets". In 1979 he had his biggest hit single, "Parisienne Walkways", which featured Lynott.
"Out In The Fields" was about the so-called "troubles" in Northern Ireland, where Moore was originally from. It did well in the UK, and Ireland. It's a catchy song, and much heavier than Moore's usual bluesy stuff. It was the last recording made by Lynott before his death in 1986.
Gary Moore died of a heart attack in 2011.
|Gary Holton is remembered by most for his acting role as Wayne in "Auf Wiedershen, Pet", but he'd had a career in music beforehand. What was the name of the band he sang in?|
Heavy Metal Kids. The Heavy Metal Kids formed in 1972 and were "discovered" by Dave Dee from Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich who signed the band, then produced their eponymous debut album. This was followed by "Anvil Chorus", another slice of cheeky, cheerful London glam rock.
Gary Holton had wanted a career in acting, in fact he was a great showman, full of charisma and witty charm. He had a few acting roles, but nothing really big before landing the role of Wayne in hugely popular British series "Auf Wiedershen, Pet". He never really left the Heavy Metal Kids, but the band wasn't hugely productive either.
Holton died from an overdose of morphine combined with alcohol in 1985. The Heavy Metal Kids were put on ice following Holton's death until 2002, when they made a come-back. In 2010, Holton's old friend John Altman, who played Nick Cotton in Eastenders, joined the band on vocals.
|Gary Stephen Anderson is more widely known as Angry Anderson. He is famed as singer of _____________ whose song "Nice Boys" was covered by superstars Guns N' Roses. Fill in the blank.|
Rose Tattoo. Rose Tattoo formed in 1976 in Sydney, Australia. They are still at it today, still led by Angry Anderson. Although their brand of hard-hitting bluesy rock n roll isn't particularly original, the aggressive edge they give it has made them popular with rockers, punks and metal fans alike.
The debut album "Rock N Roll Outlaw" took a while to filter through to Europe, but when it did, it garnered enough interest for them to travel over to tour. By the time the follow-up album "Assault And Battery" had come out in 1983, the band were already established on the European gig circuit.
They didn't have such an impact in the USA, although they gathered a loyal underground fan base that revealed itself later when glam/hair metal came out of the closet in the mid-1980s. They split up in 1987. Around 1990, Anderson was hanging out with people like Guns N' Roses, who hero-worshiped him, and he decided to get the band back together. Unfortunately, drummer "Digger" Royall died of cancer after kicking his heroin habit, and the regrouping was put on hold. They did reform in 1993 to support Guns N' Roses, split again, and eventually got back together in 1998.
Angry Anderson had a solo career, and also got into acting, playing Ironbar Bassey in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome".
|Gary Burger was singer in the Monks, who released one album, in 1966. Where were the Monks formed?|
Germany. All the members of the Monks were American soldiers posted in Germany in the early 1960s. They started playing together around 1964. By the time they were discharged from the army, they had got their style sorted, and that doesn't just mean the music. They went for the wacky get-up of wearing monks cassocks and shaving their heads like monks. They also wore ropes like nooses around their necks. This wasn't the summer of love.
They released the seminal album "Black Monk Time" in 1966, and it continues to be re-released and influential. British band The Fall have covered at least three Monks' songs. Other artists like The White Stripes, Beastie Boys, and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have expressed their love for the band.
The Monks got back together in 1999 for some live performances.
Gary Burger became mayor of Turtle River, Minnesota in 2006.
|Gary Powell played drums in Dirty Pretty Things alongside Carl Barāt. They'd both been members of a much higher profile band beforehand. What was the name of that band?|
The Libertines. Barāt and Peter Doherty formed The Libertines in 1997 and Gary Powell joined on drums. The line-up was completed by John Hassall on bass. They released two excellent albums, "Up The Bracket" and "The Libertines". The band were plagued by internal conflicts, partly due to Doherty's drug habit, partly due to the two front-men having huge egos. Dirty Pretty Things came into being while the Libertines were still "together", as did Doherty's side-project, Babyshambles. The Libertines have never really been put to bed and will undoubtedly rise again.
Although the main focus of The Libertines has always been Barāt and Doherty, Powell's prowess as a drummer has its place in the band's sound. He's also worked with Eddy Grant, and joined The New York Dolls on their reunion in 2004.
Extra trivia! Powell's sister, Hope Powell, has been head coach of the England Women's national football team since 1998. She was capped for England 66 times and scored 35 goals.
|This Gary played was a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and survived the plane crash that killed other members of the band. Which Gary is he?|
Gary Rossington. Gary Rossington plays lead and rhythm guitar in Lynyrd Skynyrd. He's the only original member left. He reformed the band in 1987. When Skynyrd fell apart after the plane crash in 1977, Gary formed The Rossington Collins Band with fellow Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins in 1979. They put out a couple of albums, and split.
The plane crash killed his school friend and band member Ronnie Van Zant, and others, but Gary "got away with" broken arms, legs and other injuries. Amazingly, he recovered enough to be able to play again.
The brilliantly named Artimus Pyle joined Skynyrd on drums in the mid-1970s, and again briefly in 1991.
|Gary Young was a rather eccentric member of Pavement. He only lasted one full album, their debut, on which he played drums. What was it called?|
Slanted And Enchanted. Gary Young had a studio where the fledgling Pavement recorded. He was kicked out, reinstated, and then kicked out again. In his stint with the band a second percussionist was employed as it was thought that he came from the Ringo Starr school of drumming (i.e. he couldn't keep time).
The album itself is as good as left-field rock gets, with its awkwardness, and the feeling that everything might fall apart at any moment. Although Pavement recorded more timeless music in their "mature" period (the last album "Terror Twilight" has to be amongst the finest albums of the 1990s), the zeitgeist of this album is unsurpassed by any artist of the time, to my mind.
Young was permanently ousted in 1993. His madcap wacky jinx of handing out cabbages on the door at gigs, and leaving his post behind the kit to run around the stage during the set had just got too much as the band veered more towards a mainstream approach that was revealed on second album "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain".
Despite his short tenure with the band, who went on to be one of the most influential bands of their times, Gary Young definitely won himself a place in the hearts of lovers of rock loons.
|Gary Holt is the longest serving member in an American thrash metal band whose debut "Bonded By Blood" is a classic of the genre. What's the name of the band?|
Exodus. Despite Gary Holt not being a founding member of Exodus, he has long been their driving force.
Exodus formed in 1980, and one founding member was Kirk Hammett, who went on to stardom with Metallica. Hammett had already left by the time they recorded benchmark album "Bonded By Blood" in 1984. It's often mentioned alongside classic thrash albums by Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth, but Exodus didn't quite make the big-time as their contemporaries did. This might be due to the lack of a stable line-up, record label changes and eventually the death of vocalist Paul Baloff.
Exodus have split and regrouped several times and always deliver the goods, gaining them the utmost respect from heavy metal fans worldwide.
|Drummer Gary Leeds joined The Walker Brothers, for whom he changed his surname to Walker. The band relocated in 1965 in search of fame, which they found. Where did they relocate? |
London, England. Gary Walker was in The Standells before The Walker Brothers, although he isn't on their classic recordings.
The Walker Brothers relocated to the UK in 1965 and were huge for a very short period before breaking up. They are mostly remembered for the singles "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)". After the break-up it was Scott Walker who had the most successful career, which continues to today.
Gary has also had a decent solo career, but has never hit the heights he did with The Walker Brothers. He remained in the UK and appears at golden oldies nostalgia events.
The Walker Brothers reformed in the mid-1970s and released three albums, one of which was "Night Flights". The album has garnered a cult following as it shows the "classic" original trio delving into the weird experimental territory that Scott Walker still inhabits today.
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