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Songs About Other Bands : #1 Trivia Quiz


Most singers and bands are themselves fans of other bands. Sometimes they even feel compelled to declare their love in song. This is a quiz about songs written by bands or singers about other singers or bands. Whee!

A multiple-choice quiz by hootch. Estimated time: 9 mins.
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Author
hootch
Time
9 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
230,336
Updated
Dec 03 21
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15
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Question 1 of 15
1. Pavement once wrote a song about R.E.M. For Pavement, who are usually pretty absurd, it's got a very straightforward lyric, listing some facts about R.E.M., mingled with some personal observations like "Time After Time was my least favourite song." Only at the end do they go off on a tangent about Georgia. Anyway, what's the title of the song? Hint


Question 2 of 15
2. In 1996 Love singer Arthur Lee fell foul of California's 'three strikes and you're out'-law and was imprisoned for eight to twelve years. One band quickly sprang into action and released the song "Free Arthur Lee". What band? Hint


Question 3 of 15
3. In 1993 Pixies singer Frank Black recorded a tribute to The Ramones for his first solo album, also called 'Frank Black'. At first it may not be obvious that it's a tribute to the Ramones, because he doesn't mention them by name. But it is definitely aimed at them. What's the song called? Hint


Question 4 of 15
4. When Lou Barlow was kicked out of Dinosaur Jr. for 'not getting along' with singer J Mascis, he focused his attentions on Sebadoh, a very lo-fi project he started two years earlier. A lot of songs from this period are about his former bandmate, but one especially. Which song goes: "Now you will be free. With no sick people tugging on your sleeve. Your big head has that 'more room to grow'. A glory I will never know"? Hint


Question 5 of 15
5. In 1984 Julian Cope released his second solo album: "Fried". On it was a song about his former manager and KLF frontman Bill Drummond - who once suggested that Cope commit suicide in order to boost record sales - titled "Bill Drummond Said". What was Drummond's answer in song called? Hint


Question 6 of 15
6. Famous recluse and studio wizzard Kevin Shields sort of dropped off the radar after finishing the album "Loveless" (1991) with his band My Bloody Valentine. In 1999 a certain band thought he was gone long enough and released the single "Where on Earth is Kevin Shields". What was the name of this band? Hint


Question 7 of 15
7. Experimental guitarist Alan Licht - formerly of Run On - released a 7" single in 1994 called "Calvin Johnson Has Ruined Rock For An Entire Generation" A New York band reacted immediately and wrote a song called "Alan Licht Has Ruined Music For An Entire Generation". Which band? Hint


Question 8 of 15
8. At the beginning of his career Jonathan Richman was very much influenced by this particular band. His first record - "Modern Lovers" (1976) by The Modern Lovers - sounded a lot like this same band. Later he said he didn't care much for his own debut record, but he still wrote a song about his favorite band. Which band? Hint


Question 9 of 15
9. In 1987 the Replacements released the album "Pleased To Meet Me". On it they paid tribute to their favorite singer. The chorus contained the lines "Children by the million sing for ... ... when he comes 'round. They sing I'm in love. What's that song? I'm in love with that song." Who do the children sing for? Hint


Question 10 of 15
10. After splitting from The Box Tops singer Alex Chilton recorded sessions for a solo album. He recorded a song called "I Wish I Could Meet Elvis", in which he expresses his desire to meet The King 'to see what's behind that crooked smile'. He also suggests "It sure would blow my mind ..." if what happened? Hint


Question 11 of 15
11. The Welsh Teen Anthems is a sonic terrorist outfit. Sometimes they create a happy mashup of pop hits, other times they write nice pop tunes like "Welsh Bands Suck" - all in the name of subverting the medium. In 1996 they released the 7" called "I Hate Oasis (And I Hate The Beatles Too)", for which they became infamous. Other artists aren't safe either. Who is the Anti-Christ according to them? Hint


Question 12 of 15
12. Not everyone hates The Beatles, though. Which English band recorded the ode called "The Beatles And The Stones"? Hint


Question 13 of 15
13. The indie supergroup P only released one album, called 'P' (1995), which featured the song 'Michael Stipe'. The singer for P was Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), the percussionist was actor Sal Jenko ('Donnie Brasco', 'Arizona Dream') and it also featured contributions from Steve Jones (ex-Sex Pistols), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Andrew Weiss (ex-Rollins Band, Ween), Chuck E. Weiss (the man Rickie Lee Jones sang about in 'Chuck E's In Love). Who was P's guitar player? Hint


Question 14 of 15
14. The Japanese band Shonen Knife had a lot of fans among the 80s underground guitar bands, long before they even released a record in America. Among them were Sonic Youth, White Flag, L7, Lunachicks, and later Nirvana. But their most vocal supporters were Redd Kross, who even recorded a song called "Shonen Knife". What was Shonen Knife's reaction? Hint


Question 15 of 15
15. At the beginning of their career the bands Sonic Youth and Swans often played live together. They were part of the same scene. This inspired some musicians to record the 7" single "Sonic Yoot / Swan Jovi" (1987) under the pseudonym Swanic Youth. Who were these musicians? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Pavement once wrote a song about R.E.M. For Pavement, who are usually pretty absurd, it's got a very straightforward lyric, listing some facts about R.E.M., mingled with some personal observations like "Time After Time was my least favourite song." Only at the end do they go off on a tangent about Georgia. Anyway, what's the title of the song?

Answer: Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence

"Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" first appeared on the 1993 benefit album "No Alternative", which also featured contributions from Bob Mould, Breeders, Nirvana, Sonic Youth ... Pavement wrote quite a few other songs about other people. When The Fall singer Mark E. Smith accused Pavement of totally ripping of his band, badly, and buying a Mercedes with the profits, singer Stephen Malkmus reacted by composing the ditty "Mark E Smith", in which he proclaims that Smith used to work for him and stole all his ideas.

They only played this song live a few times. Then there was the "Range Life" debacle. The lyrics to that one went: "Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins. Nature kids, I ... They don't have no function. I don't understand what they mean. And I could really give a ... Stone Temple Pilots, they're elegant bachelors.

They're foxy to me. Are they foxy to you? I will agree, they deserve. Absolutely nothing. Nothing more than me". It has been said, though nothing's officially confirmed, that in 1994 Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan had Pavement kicked off the Lollapalooza tour, due to these lyrics.
2. In 1996 Love singer Arthur Lee fell foul of California's 'three strikes and you're out'-law and was imprisoned for eight to twelve years. One band quickly sprang into action and released the song "Free Arthur Lee". What band?

Answer: The Make Up

During an argument with a neighbour Arthur Lee reportedly fired a gun into the air. He was arrested and convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm. He had had earlier convictions: assorted drug charges, two alleged arson incidents (he once broke into an ex-girlfriend's apartment and tried to burn it down), and driving without insurance since 1963.

He received eight to twelve years. He was released in 2001, though. Whether the Make Up song - in which they describe him as a seer and a teacher - had anything to do with this, is unconfirmed.

In April 2006 Lee was diagnosed with leukaemia.
3. In 1993 Pixies singer Frank Black recorded a tribute to The Ramones for his first solo album, also called 'Frank Black'. At first it may not be obvious that it's a tribute to the Ramones, because he doesn't mention them by name. But it is definitely aimed at them. What's the song called?

Answer: I Heard Ramona Sing

"I Heard Ramona Sing" sounds nothing like The Ramones, but it's a beautiful tribute nonetheless. "I had so many problems. And then I got me a walkman. I really liked it a lot and - they walked right in and they solved them. They walked right in and they solved them - I heard Ramona sing. And I heard everything. The speed they're traveling. They are the only thing. Ramona."
4. When Lou Barlow was kicked out of Dinosaur Jr. for 'not getting along' with singer J Mascis, he focused his attentions on Sebadoh, a very lo-fi project he started two years earlier. A lot of songs from this period are about his former bandmate, but one especially. Which song goes: "Now you will be free. With no sick people tugging on your sleeve. Your big head has that 'more room to grow'. A glory I will never know"?

Answer: The Freed Pig

A few years after the sacking of Barlow, original drummer Murph also left the group. Dinosaur Jr. effectively became a solo project for Mascis. In 2000 he started recording under his own name, as J Mascis & the Fog. Then in 2004 it was suddenly announced that the original line-up - JayLouMurph - was doing a reunion tour.

These three guys who supposedly hated each other and hadn't been on speaking terms for years, were suddenly touring again. One of the greatest rifts between band members ever, seemed to have cleared up all by itself. And it cleared out beautifully, cos now it's 2006 and Dinosaur Jr are still touring ...
5. In 1984 Julian Cope released his second solo album: "Fried". On it was a song about his former manager and KLF frontman Bill Drummond - who once suggested that Cope commit suicide in order to boost record sales - titled "Bill Drummond Said". What was Drummond's answer in song called?

Answer: Julian Cope Is Dead

The song appeared on Drummond's only solo album, "The Man" (1987). Unrelated info: former Soft Boys frontman Robyn Hitchcock wrote a song called "I Dreamed I Saw Julian Cope" in the early 90s. He only played it live and never recorded it. Hitchcock also wrote a song called "I Saw Nick Drake", which was used in a Volkswagen ad in 1999.
6. Famous recluse and studio wizzard Kevin Shields sort of dropped off the radar after finishing the album "Loveless" (1991) with his band My Bloody Valentine. In 1999 a certain band thought he was gone long enough and released the single "Where on Earth is Kevin Shields". What was the name of this band?

Answer: PS I Love You

Shields never completely disappeared though. From the mid-90s on he did a lot of producing and (re)mixing work (ao. for Dinosaur Jr, Yo La Tengo, Primal Scream, Mogwai, J Mascis, ...). After working on Primal Scream's "Exterminator" (2000) - or "Xtrmntr" as it's better known - he joined the band.

He even toured with them when "Evil Heat" (2002) was released. He also received a lot of praise for his contributions to the soundtrack of Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation" (2003). That's where on earth Kevin Shields is!
7. Experimental guitarist Alan Licht - formerly of Run On - released a 7" single in 1994 called "Calvin Johnson Has Ruined Rock For An Entire Generation" A New York band reacted immediately and wrote a song called "Alan Licht Has Ruined Music For An Entire Generation". Which band?

Answer: Free Kitten

Sub Pop records publicist Nils Berstein came up with the slogan 'Calvin Johnson Has Ruined Rock For An Entire Generation' as a playful dig at their 'rival' independent records mogul (Johnson is head of K Records; and singer with Dub Narcotic Sound System). Berstein printed up some t-shirts with the slogan and gave one of them to Licht. Licht then used the slogan as title for his 7". In a 1995 interview with Teen Looch he said the following: ""It's not that much of a 'statement', just a t-shirt Nils Berstein gave me. I have a t-shirt that says 'Wheelchair Sports' on it, I could have called it that too."
In 1996 Licht released a cd called "The Evan Dando Of Noise?". A reaction from the former Lemonhead hasn't surfaced yet.
Free Kitten was made up of Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Julia Cafritz (ex-Pussy Galore, ex-Action Swingers), Mark Ibold (ex-Pavement) and Yoshimi P-WE (Boredoms).
8. At the beginning of his career Jonathan Richman was very much influenced by this particular band. His first record - "Modern Lovers" (1976) by The Modern Lovers - sounded a lot like this same band. Later he said he didn't care much for his own debut record, but he still wrote a song about his favorite band. Which band?

Answer: Velvet Underground

"Modern Lovers" was recorded in 1972-'73 but only released years later. By this time the original Modern Lovers had split up and Richman had formed a new band with a much softer sound. That's why he didn't like the record anymore, because it was quite an underground hit, but he didn't make that sort of music anymore. The original Modern Lovers were Richman of course, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), David Robinson (The Cars), John Felice (The Real Kids) and Ernie Brooks (David Johansen's band). The song "Velvet Underground" appeared on the 1992 album "I, Jonathan".
Who's he anyway, you ask? The guy with the guitar up the tree in "There's Something About Mary", OK.
In 2006 The Television Personalities also released a song called "Velvet Underground", on their "My Dark Places" album. It features lines like "Don't sit under the apple tree, with anyone but Lou Reed".
9. In 1987 the Replacements released the album "Pleased To Meet Me". On it they paid tribute to their favorite singer. The chorus contained the lines "Children by the million sing for ... ... when he comes 'round. They sing I'm in love. What's that song? I'm in love with that song." Who do the children sing for?

Answer: Alex Chilton

At the age of 16 Chilton was singer with The Box Tops, who scored a huge hit single with "The Letter" (1967). Because he was considered too young, he was given no say in the material The Box Tops recorded, so he left them. In 1970 he recorded a solo album, which was shelved until 1996.

After that he formed the powerpop band Big Star. They released three legendary albums. Later he released the garagerock standard "Like Flies On Sherbert" (1979) and produced the first records by The Cramps. With drummer Jody Stephens and aided by members of The Posies he started Big Star back up again.

They released an album - "In Space" - in 2005. His influence can't be overestimated. His songs were covered ao. by Teenage Fanclub, Placebo, This Mortal Coil, The Replacements, The Bangles, Garbage, Magnapop, The Walkabouts and Evan Dando.
10. After splitting from The Box Tops singer Alex Chilton recorded sessions for a solo album. He recorded a song called "I Wish I Could Meet Elvis", in which he expresses his desire to meet The King 'to see what's behind that crooked smile'. He also suggests "It sure would blow my mind ..." if what happened?

Answer: "If Elvis would drop me a line."

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Memphis. In 1985 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released the album "The Firstborn Is Dead", which featured the song "Tupelo". It contains lyrics that refer to Elvis' birth: "Well Saturday gives what Sunday steals. And a child is born on his brothers heels. Come Sunday morn the first-born dead.

In a shoebox tied with a ribbon of red. Tupelo! Hey Tupelo! In a shoebox tied with a ribbon of red." Elvis' twin brother, Jesse Garon, died at birth and Cave gives this a very biblical twist.

As he does with everything.
11. The Welsh Teen Anthems is a sonic terrorist outfit. Sometimes they create a happy mashup of pop hits, other times they write nice pop tunes like "Welsh Bands Suck" - all in the name of subverting the medium. In 1996 they released the 7" called "I Hate Oasis (And I Hate The Beatles Too)", for which they became infamous. Other artists aren't safe either. Who is the Anti-Christ according to them?

Answer: Paul Weller

Teen Anthems operate under different names: Teen Anthems, Steps Pistols, Supercute, Samo Hung. Among their releases are: "Boyzone Kill Hippies", "Never Mind The Boy Rock Here's The Steps Pistols" and "Paul Weller = Anti-Christ". They're pretty funny. Check out their MySpace site: http://www.myspace.com/teenanthems
12. Not everyone hates The Beatles, though. Which English band recorded the ode called "The Beatles And The Stones"?

Answer: House Of Love

A certain sentence in the chorus of this 1990 tribute to The Beatles and The Stones - I can't believe they forgot about The Rolling Who - has often been the source of much merriment: "The Beatles and the Stones. Sucked the marrow out of bone. Put the 'V' in Vietnam.

The Beatles and the Stones. Made it good to be alone." Very moving indeed. So there once was a country named Ietnam, was there?
13. The indie supergroup P only released one album, called 'P' (1995), which featured the song 'Michael Stipe'. The singer for P was Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), the percussionist was actor Sal Jenko ('Donnie Brasco', 'Arizona Dream') and it also featured contributions from Steve Jones (ex-Sex Pistols), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Andrew Weiss (ex-Rollins Band, Ween), Chuck E. Weiss (the man Rickie Lee Jones sang about in 'Chuck E's In Love). Who was P's guitar player?

Answer: Johnny Depp

"Michael Stipe" namedrops a few other people: Sofia Coppola and River Phoenix for example. P was actually playing a gig in Johnny Depp's LA club The Viper Room on the night that Phoenix took an overdose there and passed away.
Depp is a pretty good guitar player. He's contributed music to albums by Shane McGowan & the Popes, Iggy Pop, Goran Bregovic, Chuck E. Weiss and even Oasis.
Years before this song was recorded Gibby Haynes and his band desecrated R.E.M.'s tour bus with a little poem: "Michael Stipe. Spread the hype. We'd like to suck on your bagpipe ..."
14. The Japanese band Shonen Knife had a lot of fans among the 80s underground guitar bands, long before they even released a record in America. Among them were Sonic Youth, White Flag, L7, Lunachicks, and later Nirvana. But their most vocal supporters were Redd Kross, who even recorded a song called "Shonen Knife". What was Shonen Knife's reaction?

Answer: They wrote a song called "Redd Kross".

"Shonen Knife" appeared on Redd Kross' 1990 album "Third Eye". Shonen Knife sang a few songs about themselves as well: "Shonen Knife" on their "712" (1991) album and "Shonen Knife Planet" on "Happy Hour" (1998). Other bands that wrote songs about Shonen Knife: Benzene (Korean skate core - "For Shonen Knife"), Graverobbers (DC poppunk - "Shonen Knife") and Wesley Willis ("Shonen Knife"). Redd Kross were called Red Cross at first, but when the international Red Cross threatened with litigation they changed it into Redd Kross. Later, when they used a red cross in the artwork for some poster, the international Red Cross came a-threatening again.
15. At the beginning of their career the bands Sonic Youth and Swans often played live together. They were part of the same scene. This inspired some musicians to record the 7" single "Sonic Yoot / Swan Jovi" (1987) under the pseudonym Swanic Youth. Who were these musicians?

Answer: Peter Holsapple (ex-the dBs and sometime R.E.M. collaborator) and Mykel Board (journalist for Maximum Rocknroll magazine)

Sonic Youth'ers Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo used to play in Glenn Branca's guitar orchestra, as did Swans' Michael Gira.
In a 1987 interview they had the following to say about the Swanic Youth single:
Interviewer: "What do you think of Swanic Youth?"
Thurston Moore: "It's kind of silly. I don't know."
Lee Ranaldo: "I wish I could hear it. I haven't heard it."
Moore: "Really? The only thing I don't like about it is that some people say they hear it on the radio and the DJ says it's us and the Swans together. They actually believe it's like a compilation."
It's a pretty cool single though, especially the a-side: a mangled calypso track, with vocals declaring "Thurston Moore, he big and strong. He write the dynamic songs." Check it out.
Source: Author hootch

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