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Gilbert O'Sullivan: Alone Again (Cup of Tea)
"Born in Ireland - Raised in England - With Cole Porter and Charlie Chaplin as his heroes - Gilbert O'Sullivan is a mixed-up, creative, reclusive, song-writing genius - And did I mention that he loves tea and can't stop writing about it in his songs?"
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Gilbert's name is designed to bring to mind the Victorian comic opera writing partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan but how much of it was he given at birth?
All of it
None of it
The Christian name
In which period did Gilbert's biggest hits come?
When Gilbert first hit the big time he chose a distinctive dress style of flat cap, pudding basin haircut and shorts. How did the media describe this "look", taking the name from a UK TV commercial?
The Bisto Kid look
The Jolly Green Giant look
The Captain Birdseye look
The Milky Bar Kid look
"Alone Again (Naturally)", as well as being parodied in the title of this quiz, was also Gilbert's breakthrough hit in America. What was the controversial subject of the song?
The Catholic priesthood
"Alone Again (Naturally)" has found its way into many TV and movie soundtracks. Which of these, perhaps surprisingly, is NOT one of them?
Stuart Little 2
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
And "Alone Again (Naturally)" was also the subject of a 1991 ground-breaking US legal suit. What did the ruling in this case establish?
That referring to the Sons of Liberty as "tea terrorists" is not treason
That a song cannot be sampled without the permission of the original artist
That a non-American artist is not due royalties on sales within America
That drummers play no creative part in a band and do not deserve a share of royalties
The quintessentially English humor in Gilbert's lyrics is sometimes lost on an American audience. According to an interview with "Rolling Stone", which song prompted a Los Angeles DJ to say, "Now Gilbert likes little girls!"?
Mr Moody's Garden
To Each His Own
Underneath the Blanket Go
Why did Gilbert release no new material between 1982 and 1987?
His contract was on hold while he sued his manager
He was in a coma
He was a house husband and his wife supported him financially
He became a Benedictine monk
Autobiographical detail lies behind many of Gilbert's album titles. Which of these statements about him is NOT correct?
"I'm a Writer not a Fighter" - He spent six years in the British army
"Frobisher Drive" - This was his family home in Swindon, England
"Irlish" - He thinks of himself as part-English and part-Irish
"Southpaw" - He was an amateur boxer whilst at school
Gilbert's songs are laced with references to tea but in which song did he admit that he "drank a little wine" and was "as happy as could be"?
What's in a Kiss?
All They Wanted To Say
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Compiled Jun 28 12