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  The National Lyrics    
Match Quiz
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Driven by vocalist Matt Berninger's baritone, poetic lyrics, and often-glum indie-alternative stylings, The National have a vast discography of solid tracks. In this quiz, match the lyrics with some of their most popular songs. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Feb 12 24
kyleisalive editor
Feb 12 24
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  A Quiz of National Interest    
Multiple Choice
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The National are a beloved alternative rock band from the USA. Starting as no-names, their career trajectory saw a steady uphill rise as their albums and shows achieved growing critical acclaim.
Average, 10 Qns, Daaanieeel, Oct 05 20
Oct 05 20
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  The National    
Multiple Choice
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This is the first quiz about The National, a brilliant US indie band.
Average, 10 Qns, lebelle, Oct 05 20
Oct 05 20
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The National Trivia Questions

1. The National released their self-titled debut in 2001. According to the lyrics and title of a song in this album, for how long did frontman Matt Berninger "miss" and "dream about" the subject of said song before he saw them?

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A Quiz of National Interest

Answer: 29 Years

"You know I dreamed about you For 29 years before I saw you You know I dreamed about you I missed you for 29 years." These lyrics and the accompanying melody were later revisited in a song called "Slow Show", from The National's fourth album "Boxer" in 2007. "The National" features a markedly different style to what would later become their distinctive sound, heavily featuring acoustic guitars and hints of country influence. The album cover features an image of drummer Bryan Devendorf in a swimming pool. It was a self-produced effort (with co-production from Nick Lloyd) and was released on Brassland Records, an independent label founded by The National bandmates and twin brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner.

2. When was The National formed and where?

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Answer: 1999, Cincinnati

The National was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1999 after Matt's former group fell apart. Other members of The National were also in several other bands before they joined The National.

3. While multi-instrumentalist Bryce Dessner played intermittently on The National's debut self-titled album, it was not until their 2003 follow up that he became a full band member. What was the name of this album?

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Answer: Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

"Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers" shows the band taking a turn towards the alternative rock sound that they would fully embrace on later releases. It also features some of the loudest songs and most impassioned vocals of their career, such as on "Available" and "Slipping Husband". It features production work from Nick Lloyd, Paul Heck and Peter Katis, the latter of whom would go on to work with the band on their next two albums, "Alligator" and "Boxer". The album was the first to include guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Dessner (twin brother of fellow bandmate Aaron Dessner) as a full member of the band. In comparison to "The National", "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers" achieved much greater acclaim, including an 8.4/10 from "Pitchfork" and a 9/10 from "Drowned in Sound". The other options are songs from "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers" rather than the name of the album itself.

4. What was the name of Matt Berninger's first band?

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Answer: Nancy

Matt Berninger's first band was named Nancy, after his mother. The band was founded in 1991 and released one album.

5. What is the name of the titular female character whom frontman Matt Berninger asks to "murder" him in a song from The National's second album?

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Answer: Rachael

"Murder me Rachael, I made a mistake I loved her to ribbons, I loved her to ribbons...' "Murder Me Rachael" appears on "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers", The National's second album, released in 2003. In an interview with "Coup De Main", Berninger explained the usage of this name: "'Murder Me Rachael', that is very much my sister's name, although we spell it different there. And I was kind of reaching out to her." The song features a hardcore-inspired vocal delivery from Berninger towards the end, making it one of the band's more erratic songs of their career. The lyrics hint at a jealous romance ("I saw my love with pretty boy") that ends in regret on the persona's behalf ("I made a mistake...").

6. How was The National formed?

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Answer: Matt was in the band with Scott Devendorf, and Scott introduced him to others

In 1991, Matt Berninger and Scott Devendorf met at the University of Cincinnati. Together, they formed a band named Nancy. After the band falling apart, Matt and Scott moved to Brooklyn where Bryan Devendorf and the Dessner brothers joined them after their last project fell apart.

7. Who is/are the founder of record label for which The National released their first album?

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Answer: Aaron and Bryce Dessner

Aaron and Bryce Dessner founded record label named Brassland Records with their friend Alec Hanley Bemis. The first two releases were debut albums by The National and Clogs.

8. The National's fourth album "Boxer" (2007) offered greater exposure for the band. What was the opening track of the album, which features the line "Let's not try to figure out everything at once"?

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Answer: Fake Empire

"Fake Empire" introduces the album with an iconic piano line and Matt Berninger singing about apathy, reportedly inspired by George W. Bush Jnr.-era America ("[it's about] where you can't deal with the reality of what's really going on, so let's just pretend that the world's full of bluebirds and ice skating." - Matt Berninger in conversation with "The Quietus"). It would later feature heavily in Barack Obama's Presidential campaign, including in his "Signs of Hope and Change" video. "Boxer" also featured iconic singles like "Mistaken for Strangers" and "Apartment Story". The album's artwork is a photograph of the band performing at producer Peter Katis' wedding, where they performed "The Geese of Beverly Road" (from "Alligator"). Sufjan Stevens contributed to the songs "Ada" and "Racing Like a Pro", and would go on to collaborate with The National on following releases. The album's sound is more vast and varied, with a high emphasis on percussion (those drum lines on "Mistaken for Strangers", "Brainy" and "Squalor Victoria" get me every time...) in the mix. Songs from the album would go on to feature on television shows like "Gossip Girl" and "House", while the album was also included on Best of the Decade lists by the likes of "Pitchfork" and "Paste Magazine" (the latter also named the album their best of 2007).

9. What is the name of The National's third album?

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Answer: Alligator

'Alligator' is a name of The National's third album, released in 2005 for Beggars Banquet Records label. Besides regular CD format, the band also released a vinyl version of the album for the first time in their career.

10. Complete this song title from The National's "High Violet" with the correct US State: "Bloodbuzz ____".

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Answer: Ohio

"Bloodbuzz Ohio" was released as a 7" single on May 3 2010, seven days before the release of "High Violet". The song's music video features frontman Matt Berninger walking the streets of New York City in a suit while holding a drink. The track was well received by critics, with "Pitchfork" naming it the 66th best song of 2010. While the band is based in Brooklyn, the members originate from Cincinnati in Ohio. "High Violet" was The National's best selling album upon release, peaking at number three on the US Billboard Album Chart and five on the UK Album Chart. It was also a critical success, holding an 85% approval rating on review aggregate site "Metacritic". It features contributions from the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame). On March 10, 2010, they performed "Terrible Love" from the album on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and on May 13, 2010, they played "Afraid of Everyone" on the Late Show with David Letterman (with Sufjan Stevens appearing as a backing vocalist). Most of the album was recorded in their home studio, a backyard shed in New York. Entirely self-produced, the recording process was reportedly difficult, with some tension over differing perspectives of what tracks should sound like resulting in multiple versions of the same song. Some of these alternate versions appeared on the expanded version of the album, released in November 2010.

11. What is the name of The National's first single?

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Answer: Abel

"Abel" from the album "Alligator" was the first single they have ever released. "Abel" was released in March 2005, four years after the first album was released.

12. In 2013, The National played this "High Violet" song 105 times in a row in New York as part of an art instillation. What is the name of this song, featuring the line "I don't wanna get over you"?

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Answer: Sorrow

"Sorrow" was described by frontman Matt Berninger as "about a person's love affair with his own sadness" in an interview with "The A.V. Club" in 2010. In May 2013, the band performed the song for six hours straight (a total of 105 times) as part of the art installation "A Lot of Sorrow"- a collaboration with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The performance was later released by their label 4AD as a vinyl boxset featuring nine clear LPs. Matt Berninger described the intention of the performance as "reaching a different sort of euphoric, mantra-like state" in a 2013 interview with "Stereogum". While the other songs are also featured on "High Violet", the key hint was the lyric.

13. And now, let's test your knowledge of Matt Berninger's astonishing lyrics. Following lyrics are taken from which song? "Say you stay at home alone with the flu find out from friends that wasn't true"

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Answer: Anyone's Ghost

"Anyone's Ghost" is a song from the album "High Violet", released in 2010.

14. In 2013, The National released a documentary alongside their world tour behind their sixth album, "Trouble Will Find Me". What was the name of this documentary, drawn from the lead single off 2007's "Boxer"?

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Answer: Mistaken for Strangers

"Mistaken for Strangers" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 17 2013. Showings were presented in cities around the world that the band visited on tour, often followed by a Q&A with the band. The film follows the band on their "High Violet" world tour in 2010, filmed from the perspective of frontman Matt Berninger's brother Tom, who was a crew member. Tom is an aspiring filmmaker, and offers commentary on life as the brother of a successful musician. Things turn sour when Tom is fired from his job due to poor performance. The events that followed inspired the song "I Should Live in Salt", the opening track to "Trouble Will Find Me", as is revealed in the documentary. "Mistaken for Strangers" holds a 91% approval rating on review aggregate website "Rotten Tomatoes". None of the other options feature on "Boxer"; "Conversation 16" is from "High Violet", "This is the Last Time" from "Trouble Will Find Me" and "Looking for Astronauts" can be found on "Alligator".

15. Some "Slow Show" lyrics bring back a part of an older song. Which one?

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Answer: 29 Years

Matt Berninger once stated that he often feels the urge to revise his songs. "It's a fun thing to do, to connect songs that way. We see all of our songs as being works in progress." "29 Years" is the song from their first album, while "Slow Show" is a song from the "Boxer" album.

16. On which song from The National's "Trouble Will Find Me" (2013) does frontman Matt Berninger admit to "feeling smaller and smaller"?

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Answer: I Need My Girl

"I am good, I am grounded Davy says that I look taller I can't get my head around it I keep feeling smaller and smaller I need my girl." "I Need My Girl" was the fifth single from "Trouble Will Find Me", following from "Sea of Love", "Graceless", "Don't Swallow the Cap" and "Demons", respectively. The single featured the song "Learning" as a B-side. In 2014, the band ran a Valentine's Day competition in which they selected their favourite covers from a pool of contestants to be featured on their website and win $500 (US). "Trouble Will Find Me", the band's sixth album, was a self-produced effort, as was its predecessor "High Violet". It featured contributions from guest artists St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, Richard Reed Perry (of Arcade Fire) and more. It peaked at number three on the US Billboard and UK Albums charts and was nominated for the Best Alternative Music Album award at the 56th Grammy Awards. The album was initially recorded in a repurposed barn that the band stayed at, but they later moved to Dreamland Studios in New York due to storm damage. It holds a score of 84 on review aggregate site "Metacritic". Also in 2013, the band contributed the song "Lean" to the official soundtrack of the movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". In 2015, EL VY (a collaboration between The National's Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls and Menomena) released their debut album, "Return to the Moon".

17. In 2010 The National released an album called "High Violet" which is also their highest rated album on US charts so far. It hit what number on US Billboard 200?

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Answer: 3

The first three albums did not even make it to the US charts, while the previous album "Boxer" was ranked 68th.

18. In 2016, The National curated "Day of the Dead", a charity tribute album featuring artists like Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Courtney Barnett and The War on Drugs. They covered "Morning Dew" and "Peggy-O". Which band does this album pay tribute to?

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Answer: The Grateful Dead

The proceeds of "Day of the Dead" went towards the Red Hot Organization, a charity that combats AIDS/ HIV and related health issues globally. In this way, it is a spiritual sequel to the 2009 benefit compilation "Dark Was the Night", which raised over $1.5 million for the foundation and which The National also produced and contributed to. The National covered "Peggy-O" and "Morning Dew" for the 32-track, five disk album "Day of the Dead", while band members Bryce and Aaron Dessner produced the record. Numerous artists who appeared on the compilation also appeared at a once-only live performance of the same name at the annual Eaux Claires Festival in 2016, which is curated by The National alongside Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame).

19. What is the name of the documentary film that has been released as a feature on "The Virginia" EP?

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Answer: A Skin, a Night

"A Skin, a Night" was released in 2008 and is more documentary movie on how the music is made these days, then The National themselves. French filmmaker Vincent Moon made this movie.

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