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1. In 1989 the artist (that's a clue) behind this record put together samples from about seven of his other tracks and came up with a soundtrack song for a film starring Michael Keaton; it reached number one in the US and number two in the UK. The artist appears as a character called "Gemini" in the music video, which ends with him detonating an electric chair. What's the title of this song?
2. Written in 1946 by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, this song sold over two million copies when recorded in 1950 by Patti Page. It tells the sad story of a man who introduces his girl to a friend who then dances away with her. It's an official song of a US state - but what is its title?
3. This 1961 record by Chubby Checker was just one of a number of songs at that time in pop history that advocated particular dances, some of them a bit peculiar. This particular record was enlivened by the addition of the sound of an electric razor, which was meant to refer to the dance. What was the title of this song?
4. This song was composed in 1935 by Cole Porter but it wasn't until 1938 when it was recorded by Artie Shaw that it attracted any interest, reaching number three in the US charts. Subsequently it became a jazz standard: all the big bands covered it, and Julio Iglesias' 1981 recording reached number one in the UK charts. So - let's begin by giving the title of this song.
5. This song was written in 1913 by Jim Burris and Chris Smith to introduce the dance of the same name which dated to around 1909 and resembled the Shimmy. Its name is said to come from driving a railway locomotive at high speed, but I think it could well be a euphemism for something a bit more...carnal? Judy Garland and Gene Kelly gave a great performance of it in the 1942 film "For Me and My Gal". What's its title?
6. This sensational dance song was released in 2017 by Lambchop, a loose conglomeration of musicians surrounding Kurt Wagner. Over 18 minutes of solid groove, it was the first single taken from the 2016 album "FLOTUS". Careful, it could be confused with a 1975 song by Van McCoy and Soul City Symphony, so what is its title?
7. The early 1960s were enlivened by dance crazes, one of the most popular of which was inspired by African Tutsi dancers. The Orlons took advantage of this by releasing this record in 1962, explaining that the dance was "made-a for romance". It reached number two in the US charts. What's the title of this song?
8. This dance is fictional, but we were advised to do it in 1973 by a band who were pioneers of Art/Glam Rock. Named after a main London thoroughfare, it wasn't released as a single but remains one of the band's most popular songs. Its title should be plain (clue!) by now, so what is it?
9. This musician who composed this song was a founder member of The Move in 1967 and was famous for his extravagant use of make-up, costume and wild hair. He then joined ELO but left after their first album and formed his own magical group in 1972. In 1973 this new band released a single that hit the number one spot in the UK charts and sold over a million copies. What was its title?
10. I love early Tamla Motown, especially the group that recorded this single: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. This 1963 record got to number eight in the US charts, selling a million copies in the process, and it tells us that "this cat named xxxxxx came from out of town, yeah, he was spreading a new dance all around". What's the title of this song?
11. This Goffin & King dance song has been a massive seller from its first release in 1962 up to the present day. Three separate versions have appeared in the top three of the US charts, and two of these versions have placed highly in the UK charts. If you can't think of the answer straight away then perhaps you'll have to train a bit harder! What's the title of this song?
12. Dublin-born musician Imelda May moved to the UK to kick-start her career, settling in a run-down area of North London. Her fifth single was originally recorded in mid-2010, but an American record producer sent a copy to Lou Reed who invited May to the US to re-record the song. Taking its title from the area of London in which she was living, it describes her struggle to live there and to live with her husband. What's the title of this song?
13. A certain singer-songwriter from Pinner recorded a double album in France in 1973 that has so far sold in the region of 20 million copies. One of the stand-out tracks on the album referred to somebody not being very good at a certain dance - what's the title of this song?
14. For the past 50+ years the legendary musician Tom Waits has enthralled his small-but-loyal coterie of fans. "Rain Dogs", his ninth studio album partly recorded with Keith Richards and released in 1985, was loosely based on the concept of the urban poor in New York and included street noise and other ambient noise. One track referred to Cubans dancing in a club - and the title of this song is what the Cubans do. What is the title of this song?
15. This lyric-less dance tune was written in about 1858 by Jacques Offenbach as the climax to Act 2 of his opera "Orpheus in the Underworld". At that time it was titled "The Infernal Galop", but it was adopted by dancers in Paris for their routines and became more commonly known as the name of a risqué dance - which is what?
Source: Author Southendboy
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