Special Sub-Topic: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs (376-400)
|Kicking things off at number 400 on our list is the song "Kicks". The song was released in March of 1966 on Columbia. Which band was responsible for this number four hit?|
Paul Revere and the Raiders. The band was from the northwest US city of Portland, Oregon. The band had four huge years from 1966-1969 where only The Bealtes and The Rolling Stones outsold them in singles and had better radio airplay. The song was the band's public service announcement against drug use.
|The song "Enter Sandman", by Metallica, is in on the chart at number 399. Many fans mark this song as either the emergence of the band into the mainstream, or as the demise of the heavy metal gods that recorded such albums as "Kill 'Em All", "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets". Regardless of your view of the song, who was the principle producer on this song? |
Bob Rock. Bob Rocks credits include producing albums by Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Cher, Veruca Salt and Skid Row to name a few.
Martin Birch produced the classic Iron Maiden release "Piece of Mind".
Ted Templeman produced all of the Van Halen releases featuring David Lee Roth.
Terry Brown is most associated with the Canadian band Rush. He was producer on their breakthrough album "Moving Pictures" as well as others.
|The song "Sweet Home Alabama", by Lynyrd Skynyrd, appeared on the "Second Helping" album of 1974 and was the answer to another singer's song which was less than complimentary to the southern United States. Which artist was responsible for the line: "Southern Man don't need him around anyhow"?|
Neil Young. Although the two songs have been classified as rivalrous, the Lynyrd Skynyrd members and Neil Young celebrated a tremendous respect for one another. Ronnie Van Zant even wore a Neil Young shirt on his last recording with the band, "Street Survivors" and has been rumored to even be buried in it.
|The song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was named the best single of 1976 by critics at "Rolling Stone" magazine. The band Blue Oyster Cult enjoyed chart success with the song, taking it all the way to number 12 on the charts. Where in the world were Blue Oyster Cult from anyway?|
Long Island, New York. American rockers, Blue Oyster Cult, had nearly cult-like following in the 1970s. Fans of "Saturday Night Live" may remember a skit with Christopher Walken demanding that he "needed more cowbell" during the recording of this song.
Thin Lizzy is a band from Dublin, Ireland.
Aerosmith is a band from Boston, Massachusetts.
Deep Purple was formed in Hertford, England way back in 1968.
|The American band Big Star released a song in 1972 that was about the relationships that two teens had, not only with one another, but with their love of the rock and roll music of their time. The song never charted, nor has it ever received much radio airplay. Can you name the song?|
Thirteen. The song writing team of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell never achieved accolades in the form of hit singles or radio airplay, but critically, they are well repsected as one of the better song writing duos of the 1970s. Big Star were formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1971 and called it a day in 1975.
|Aerosmith covered the song "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)" and released it on their "Night in the Ruts" album. Long before they recorded the song, another group released the song in 1964, taking it to number five on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. Which Queens, New York based group originally recorded this tune, the version that is at number 393?|
The Shangri-Las. According to "Rolling Stone" magazine, there is a music legend that a young 15 year old Billy Joel played piano on the track. The song was written by George "Shadow" Morton specifically for The Shangri-Las.
|I would suspect that many of the quiz takers out there are at least familiar with the artist at number 394 on our chart. Elvis Presley had a huge number one hit in 1961 with the song "Can't Help Falling in Love", a song he recorded for one of his popular movies. Do you remember which one?|
Blue Hawaii. Elvis Presley plays Chad Gates, a recent veteran from the Army looking for fun and excitement on the shores of Hawaii. The film cast Angela Lansbury as Elvis' mother with an unexpected southern-belle accent.
|The anticipation of the warm summer months has always gotten the creative juices flowing for many artists over the years. Which of these "summer" songs was released by The Lovin' Spoonful in 1966?|
Summer in the City. New York rockers, The Lovin' Spoonful, took the hit "Summer in the City" to number one on the Billboard Pop Singles charts. That would be their only number one hit, although they did crack the top ten five other times.
|The Five Stairsteps, the four brother/one sister quintet, from Chicago had a series of pop hits from 1966-1972. Only one, however, reached the top ten on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. Can you name their highest charting single?|
O-o-h Child. The Five Stairsteps were formed in Chicago in 1965 by their police officer father and their mother. The group's name was derived because when the children stood in order of age, their height resembled a staircase. The group originally proclaimed themselves as "The First Family of Soul" well before The Jackson 5 did.
|When Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland left Motown to form Invictus Records, they had a song in mind to be their first single, but had nobody to sing it. They found their answer with Detroit sensation, Freda Payne. Payne found chart success by taking the tune to number three on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1970. What was the name of the tune?|
Band of Gold. Freda Payne was the sister of Scherrie Payne, who performed with the Supremes in their latter years. Freda was a very versatile performer who could sing, act and even had her own television talk show.
The song "B-A-B-Y" was recorded by Carla Thomas, "Just One Look" was by Doris Troy and "A Fool In Love" was by Ike and Tina Turner.
|One of the many Holland-Dozier-Holland songs featured in this series of quizzes is "Baby I Need Your Loving" and was released in July of 1964 on Motown. Which band recorded this song, making it their first hit single on the famed record label.|
The Four Tops. One of the most remarkable things about The Four Tops is that they performed for over four decades with the same line-up. In a genre of music that has seen many groups come and go, change their line-up, break up and reform, it's incredible the longevity that this group from Chicago had. It seems that only the passing away of group member Lawrence Payton in 1997 could alter the group line-up. With much soul searching the group hired a replacement so touring could continue, marking the only time that the group toured without the original members.
|The story of The Temptations was mired in controversy, altercation and tragedy. It seemed that for every positive the group faced, there were two negatives to detract from it. One of their last hit songs was released in 1971 and featured Eddie Kendricks on lead vocals. The song was also covered by The Rolling Stones on their "Some Girls" album. What song am I describing? |
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me). The Temptations were formed in Detroit in 1960 when two vocal groups consolidated into one. The groups, The Primes and The Distants, were appearing seperately in the Detroit area in the early 1960s. When The Primes disbanded, Otis Williams, who was performing as part of the The Distants, encouraged his group to recruit Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams into their group. The rest is music history.
|The song "Roxanne", by The Police, is in at number 388 on our list. Which album did the song originally appear on?|
Outlandos d'Amour. The song was written by Sting as he strolled through Paris wondering what it would be like to be in love with a prostitute. If you have never seen Eddie Murphy's rendition of the song in the movie "48 Hours", then you're missing something quite funny.
|The song "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John featured a very unlikely virtuoso on the organ. Who was it?|
Rick Wakeman. Rick Wakeman, of Yes fame, was recruited to perform the organ tracks on the song. The song was prominently featured in the great rock and roll movie, "Almost Famous".
|The song "I Know You Got Soul" was released in July of 1987 by which rap legends?|
Eric B. and Rakim. Eric B. (nee Eric Barrier) and Rakim (nee William Griffin Jr.) partnered together in New York City to become on of the most repsected MC/DJ combinations in the history of hip-hop music. James Brown should owe a debt of great gratitude to Eric B. for providing samples from his catalog to many hip-hop artists over the years.
|The song "Ohio" was written by Neil Young to protest the killing of four students at an Ohio university on May 4th, 1970. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young released the song in early June, 1970, marking one of the quickest turnarounds from the writing process to the release date in history. Which Ohio university was the site of this tragedy?|
Kent State University. On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard was attempting to control a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US led troops. The National Guard members had little training in crowd control and soon found themselves backed into a corner. Shooting began, causes that led to the beginning of the shooting are still unknown, and nine second later between 61 and 67 shots had been fired, killing four students. Of the four killed, only one was attending the rally, the others were innocent bystanders. Allison Krause, Jeffrey Glen Miller, Sandra Lee Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder all lost their life that day. Nine other students were wounded.
|From which Beatles' movie would you find the song "Ticket to Ride", number 384 on the list?|
Help. This song appeared on The Beatles' fifth album, "Help!". The B-side of "Ticket To Ride" was the previously unreleased "Yes It Is". Of particular to many fans of heavy metal is John Lennon's claim that he and Paul had written one of the first heavy metal records ever. In 1970, John stated: "That was one of the earliest heavy-metal records made. Paul's contribution was the way Ringo played the drums.". Many people would disagree that their song was even remotely related to heavy metal, but at the time, the relentless percussion and off-tempo melodies did have a certain difference that many metal acts have borrowed over the years.
|The song at number 383 was one of The Allman Brothers Band's greatest accomplishments. The song appeared on their debut album, and an extended "jam" version appeared on the live "At Filmore East" album. The song lyrics were written on an ironing board by Duane Allman with burnt matches, as he could not find a pen nor paper at the time. What is the name of this classic song?|
Whipping Post. This song featured one of the most recognized bass lines of all times. The band's bassist, Berry Oakley sadly died in the same fashion as the band's founding member and guitar player, Duane Allman, a tragic motorcycle accident. He died roughly 13 months after Duane, just three blocks from the site that claimed Duane's life.
|The song "Bitter Sweet Symphony", by The Verve, is credited to which song writing duo?|
Mick Jagger-Keith Richards. There is an obscure album of reworked Rolling Stones songs titled "The Rolling Stones Songbook". The album featured Rolling Stones songs that were recorded, in no manner as the original, by a symphony. When Richard Ashcroft, lead singer of The Verve, had listened to the album, he was intrigued by the string arrangements on one of the songs titled "The Last Time". The band incorporated that arrangement, but did not sample it, into the song. The copyright holders of the song contacted The Verve and said they would not issue clearance to use the arrangement unless The Rolling Stones received 100% of the songs royalties and were given primary songwriting credits. The Verve had no choice but to consent. The song became one of the most profitable songs for The Rolling Stones in 20 years.
|The song "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Nevile reached number one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1967.|
f. The song only reached number two on that chart, although it did reach number one on the Billbaord Black Singles chart that same year.
Aaron Neville is the New Orleans, Louisiana based singer who found fame, with his brothers, in the Neville Brothers.
|The song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", from the album of the same name was a number two single on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1973. The album fared better, reaching number one of the Billboard Pop Albums chart the same year. How many weeks did the album remain at number one? |
8. Elton John changed his name from Reginald Kenneth Dwight to Elton John in 1966. His name came from two musicians that he played with in an early band called Bluesology, sax player Elton Dean, and vocalist Long John Baldry.
|"Radio Free Europe", the classic lead-in track from R.E.M.'s 1983 album, "Murmur", helped introduce the world to the social and political themed music that R.E.M. would create for over the next two decades. But what in the world is "Radio Free Europe"?|
A radio broadcast to "iron curtain" countries meant to promote democratic ideals to the Communist. Radio Free Europe was established, and paid for, by the US Congress to transmit propoganda into Communist bloc countries. The service was originally transmitted via short wave radio. The service started in 1950. Now, the service is distributed through AM/FM signals as well as satellite and internet. There is a website for Radio Free Europe at http://www.rferl.org/.
|U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)" was their first US top 40 hit, released in October of 1984. In the song's credits, one Mrs. Christine Kerr is given backing vocal credits. Who in the world is Christine Kerr?|
Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. Chrissie Hynde, born in Dayton, OH, personally witnessed the shootings at Kent State University. Hynde is very active with PETA and is an advocate for ending animal cruelty.
|Ray Charles won 12 Grammy awards during his lifetime. Which song, at number 377 on our list, did he win the Best R&B Recording - Best Rhythm & Blues Performance Grammy for in 1961?|
Hit The Road Jack. Charles won his last Grammy in 1993. He won the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male award for the song "A Song For You". In addition, he has won Grammy's for the songs "Georgia on my Mind", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Busted", "Crying Time", "Living for the City" and "I'll Be Good to You".
|From which album would you find Radiohead's song "Fake Plastic Trees"?|
The Bends. "Fake Plastic Trees" is from the band's second album "The Bends". Radiohead was formed in Oxford, England in 1989. The band has won two Grammy awards, both Best Alternative Music Performance awards for the "OK Computer" and "Kid A" albums.
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