Quiz about Get Back Honky Cat
Quiz about Get Back Honky Cat

Get Back, Honky Cat! Trivia Quiz


If Elton wasn't already a star by 1972 (he was), the release of "Honky Chateau" cemented his growing legacy of hit-making, adding "Honky Cat" and "Rocket Man" to the mix. Here's a quiz on the album as a whole.

A multiple-choice quiz by tournavy. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
tournavy
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
284,221
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Difficult
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What type of life do some men like, according to Elton John and Bernie Taupin in the song "Hercules"? Hint

Chinese
Greek
Roman
simple

2. Which song from the album would go on to have a sequel? (Yes, songs can have sequels) Hint

Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)
Salvation
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Suzie (Dramas)

3. Fill in the blank for the following "Mellow" lyric:

"Going down to the stores in town, getting all the things we need.
Don't forget the _________ my little dear, it helps to sow the mellow seed."
Hint

game
beer
weed
mead

4. Which person do the following lyrics describe?

"Fab and insane"
Doesn't have to "Show [his/her] Affection"
Hint

Suzie
Amy
Hercules
Grimsby

5. Which song from the "Honky Chateau" album was almost completely rewritten (musically, not lyrically) from its original incarnation, later released on the "Rare Master" album? Hint

Salvation
Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
Slave
Hercules

6. Fill in the blank for the following "Honky Cat" lyric:

"They said get back, Honky Cat
Better get back to the woods
Well I quit those days and my ________ ways
and oh the change is gonna do me good"
Hint

backward
redneck
inbred
downhome

7. In order for the singer in "I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself" to spare his own life, who must come see him every night? Hint

Jayne Mansfield
Greta Garbo
Brigitte Bardot
His girlfriend

8. Alright, a REAL fill-in-the-blank question, this time for the song "Salvation":

"It's gotta take a lot of salvation
what we need are ______
_______"

Answer: ( Two Words; second word is a body part)
9. Fill in the blank for the following lyric from "Susie (Dramas)":

"Living with her funky family, in a _______________,
down by the river where we share a little loving in the moonshine."
Hint

caravan almighty
tenement in the valley
derelict old alley
caravan down an alley

10. The 2007 release of "Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits" was given that name because "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)" was Elton John's first number one hit (in any country).

True
False


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What type of life do some men like, according to Elton John and Bernie Taupin in the song "Hercules"?

Answer: Chinese

"Some men like the Chinese life, some men kneel and pray."
Don't exactly what that means, but it's in there. Greek or Roman would have presumably fit in better with the song title, but then again nothing in the song at all alludes to either mythology, so I guess you had to have heard the song to have a good guess. I like the "Simple Life", by the way. It's one of Elton's better 1990s songs. But we'll get to that when the time comes....
2. Which song from the album would go on to have a sequel? (Yes, songs can have sequels)

Answer: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

The aptly named "Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters Part Two" can be found on 1988's "Reg Strikes Back" album. The two songs sound nothing alike, but do share some common lyrics. Without giving too much of a hint to a possible future trivia question, both songs are written about New York City.

The first incarnation can also be found on the "Almost Famous" movie soundtrack, along with the more well-known "Tiny Dancer".
3. Fill in the blank for the following "Mellow" lyric: "Going down to the stores in town, getting all the things we need. Don't forget the _________ my little dear, it helps to sow the mellow seed."

Answer: beer

The style of the song is just as it's title would suggest: mellow. Very nice piano played in the background (or foreground depending on which you are listening to). Interestingly, the song is nearly identical for the first five seconds or so to another Elton John song, "Skyline Pigeon (Piano version)". That song was originally played on the Harpsichord, and re-recorded on the Piano as a B-side to the song "Daniel", and the result was a song intro that sounds remarkably similar to the intro for "Mellow". Take a listen and compare the two. Mead, by the way, also known as "Honey wine", is an alcholic beverage made from fermented honey.
4. Which person do the following lyrics describe? "Fab and insane" Doesn't have to "Show [his/her] Affection"

Answer: Amy

She's "Far out", she's "Fab and Insane"
"A Woman of the world, it's quite plain"

"Amy I know you don't have to show your affection
'Cause the big boys like you and to you I'm an infection" (great rhyme there)

Kind of a non-descript song, but way catchy. And to my recollection (don't quote me), one of the few songs where the woman seems to get the best of the singer (or songwriter, however you want to look at it). Seems like Bernie Taupin's lyrics usually have a bit of a misogynistic / sexist undertone.

The other three choices all have their own songs as well: Suzie and Hercules on this album, Grimsby (a city, not a person) on "Caribou"
5. Which song from the "Honky Chateau" album was almost completely rewritten (musically, not lyrically) from its original incarnation, later released on the "Rare Master" album?

Answer: Slave

While I'm sure almost all of Elton and Bernie's songs are tinkered with repeatedly during the writing process, "Slave" is the only choice whose alternate version can be found on "Rare Masters". The original version of the song was a fast-tempo, rockin' little number, which (in the quiz author's opinion) didn't really fit the theme of the lyrics very well. Perhaps that is why Elton chose to slow the tempo considerably and make a few subtle changes to the lyrics.
6. Fill in the blank for the following "Honky Cat" lyric: "They said get back, Honky Cat Better get back to the woods Well I quit those days and my ________ ways and oh the change is gonna do me good"

Answer: redneck

Do they even have rednecks in England? Well, needless to say, Bernie Taupin and his fascination with the American west strike again! Actually, the lyric is more autobiographical in nature, as Bernie actually did grow up in a rural part of England (the theme is also touched on in "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".

This song was the album's second single, after "Rocket Man", and peaked at number eight in the U.S Billboard charts (#31 in England).
7. In order for the singer in "I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself" to spare his own life, who must come see him every night?

Answer: Brigitte Bardot

What a cheery little song. A most unorthodox subject (suicide, though seemingly contemplated by an over-dramatic teenager) mixed in with a little tap dancing solo (honestly, you can hear the taps during the piano part between verses. It is Brigitte Bardot that he wants to see every night, though personally I wouldn't object to the other two choices either!
8. Alright, a REAL fill-in-the-blank question, this time for the song "Salvation": "It's gotta take a lot of salvation what we need are ______ _______"

Answer: willing hands

Another song with religious undertones (actually, this one is pretty upfront about the religious-ness). Bernie Taupin's Catholic upbringing is a staple of his early lyrics ("Sixty Years On", "Burn Down the Mission", "Where to Now St. Peter?", etc.). And if you're wondering, I'm not sure what (if any) religion Elton John was raised with, but now he very anti-religion in general, saying that it contributes to many biases (anti-gay being one of them).
9. Fill in the blank for the following lyric from "Susie (Dramas)": "Living with her funky family, in a _______________, down by the river where we share a little loving in the moonshine."

Answer: derelict old alley

It's hard to understand, isn't it? One of his toughest songs to hear the lyrics to in my opinion. I really had little clue until I looked it up to write the quiz (www.eltonography.com; really a very informative website)! It's amazing what you can learn!
10. The 2007 release of "Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits" was given that name because "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)" was Elton John's first number one hit (in any country).

Answer: False

Despite being a tremendous song AND one of Elton and Bernie's most famous, "Rocket Man" never reached number one, peaking at 2 in the United Kingdom and at number 6 in the United States. It also checks in at number 242 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Still a good choice for the name of the compilation in my opinion.

The lyrics were inspired by a Ray Bradybury story of the same name, as well as a song of the same name released by "Pearls Before Swine" in 1970.
Source: Author tournavy

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