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Get Off the Bus! Trivia Quiz


Ten ways members left their bands - was it their own choice, or were they told to 'Get Off the Bus'?

A multiple-choice quiz by Upstart3. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Upstart3
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
370,385
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
691
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 1973, Don Everly made a startling announcement. "It's over. I quit. I'm tired of being an Everly Brother." What was his brother's name? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Malcolm McLaren claimed he had to sack Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols because of his liking for what? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which animal-named artist had the humiliation of being dumped by his backing band so they could form Bow Wow Wow? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Peter Gabriel was inspired to write "Solsbury Hill" by his exodus from which biblical-named group? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. When the other three members of The Beatles decided to sack Pete Best as drummer, who managed to give him the unhappy news? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1973, at the peak of their commercial and artistic success, lead singer Ian Gillan jumped off the bus. Lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore threatened to jump too, unless bassist Roger Glover went instead. Which band? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Mick Taylor, who had replaced Brian Jones, gathered no moss and left which legendary band in 1974? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. It must have taken some doing, but Lemmy managed to get sacked from Hawkwind because of drug use. Which band did he subsequently form? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Viola maestro John Cale left The Velvet Underground after their second album, "White Light/White Heat", because he fell out with the other co-founder of the band. Who was that? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Picture the scene - a band is on the way to a gig by car. Roger is driving. Question: "Shall we pick Syd up?" Reply: "Let's not bother." Which colourful band kicked out their most creative member like that? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In 1973, Don Everly made a startling announcement. "It's over. I quit. I'm tired of being an Everly Brother." What was his brother's name?

Answer: Phil

Their extraordinary career and close harmonies without peer belied some tensions between the brothers. At a concert in 1973, it all came to a head - a guitar got smashed up and they didn't perform together on stage for ten years.
2. Malcolm McLaren claimed he had to sack Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols because of his liking for what?

Answer: The Beatles

Glen Matlock was the best musician in the Sex Pistols by some distance, and co-wrote several of their songs. However, he didn't get on well with Johnny Rotten or Steve Jones and left by "mutual consent" in February 1977, with Malcolm McLaren subsequently claiming he was sacked because "He liked the Beatles."
3. Which animal-named artist had the humiliation of being dumped by his backing band so they could form Bow Wow Wow?

Answer: Adam Ant

In 1979, Adam Ant brought in Malcolm Mclaren as manager to take Adam and the Ants to the next level. McLaren swiped three of the Ants to form Bow Wow Wow with a 13 year old girl he met at a dry cleaners, Annabella Lwin.

Adam had the last laugh - a new incarnation of Adam and the Ants went on to conquer the UK charts in 1980-82.
4. Peter Gabriel was inspired to write "Solsbury Hill" by his exodus from which biblical-named group?

Answer: Genesis

Gabriel formed Genesis with schoolmates while at Charterhouse School in 1967. They went through several lineups but retained the spirit of a cooperative. Differences grew as they became more successful. Gabriel was treated as band leader by the media because he was the vocalist, and his liking for elaborate stage shows was not shared by the others. Ultimately things came to a head for Gabriel in 1975 when his wife had a difficult pregnancy and he stayed with her and their daughter rather than carry on working with the band. "Solsbury Hill", his debut single, dealt with his split from the band.

Phil Collins, the Genesis drummer, took over as lead vocalist.
5. When the other three members of The Beatles decided to sack Pete Best as drummer, who managed to give him the unhappy news?

Answer: Brian Epstein

When The Beatles had their first recording session with George Martin he said he would need to use an experienced session drummer to underpin their sound. This was normal practice, and Martin had no expectations that this would have any effect on Pete Best's position in the band - he was after all the best looking and most popular with the fans. However, Best was a bit of a loner in the group and after some deliberation the Fab Three asked Brian Epstein to sack Best. Ringo Starr came on board, and the rest is history.
6. In 1973, at the peak of their commercial and artistic success, lead singer Ian Gillan jumped off the bus. Lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore threatened to jump too, unless bassist Roger Glover went instead. Which band?

Answer: Deep Purple

At the time, Deep Purple were arguably the biggest band in the world. The run of albums: "Machine Head", "Made in Japan" and "Who Do We Think We Are", had made them a hot property all over the world and they were the best selling album artists in the US in 1973.

Their relentless workload exacerbated tensions between the group members. When Ian Gillan left, Ritchie Blackmore surprised Roger Glover by wanting him to leave too, bringing what is known as Deep Purple Mark II to an end.

They all worked together in subsequent incarnations of the band.
7. Mick Taylor, who had replaced Brian Jones, gathered no moss and left which legendary band in 1974?

Answer: The Rolling Stones

Possibly the finest musician ever in the band, Taylor contributed to some of their most important albums, such as "Let It Bleed" and "Exile on Main Street". He provided a melodic quality that contrasted with Keith Richards's style.

He surprised the band by leaving in 1974 - possibly due to a clash of personalities with Richards, or the lack of songwriting credits he had been promised by Mick Jagger, or maybe because of his addiction to heroin.
8. It must have taken some doing, but Lemmy managed to get sacked from Hawkwind because of drug use. Which band did he subsequently form?

Answer: Motörhead

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister joined the space-rock band Hawkwind as a bassist in 1972. Not the regular vocalist, he did lead vocals on Hawkwind's most successful single, "Silver Machine".

He was fired in 1975 when he was arrested and spent five days in jail for drug possession while on tour in Canada. He was not charged due to a technicality, and went on to form a new group, which was ultimately called Motörhead - the name of the last song he wrote while a member of Hawkwind.
9. Viola maestro John Cale left The Velvet Underground after their second album, "White Light/White Heat", because he fell out with the other co-founder of the band. Who was that?

Answer: Lou Reed

Cale and Reed had violent disagreement about the direction the band would take. Reed kicked Cale out of the band in 1968, replacing him with Doug Yule.

The two reconciled in later years, producing "Songs for Drella" in 1990, which was dedicated to Andy Warhol, who had managed the group. They subsequently had a VU reunion.
10. Picture the scene - a band is on the way to a gig by car. Roger is driving. Question: "Shall we pick Syd up?" Reply: "Let's not bother." Which colourful band kicked out their most creative member like that?

Answer: Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett was the main songwriter and creative force in the early days of Pink Floyd. He came up with the name of the band, which formed in 1964. By 1967, his behaviour had become erratic and unpredictable due to drug use and mental illness. The fateful car journey came in January 1968.
Source: Author Upstart3

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