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1. "Cough." There's laughter, then another person says, "That's going to be the one, eh, Pete?" There is also the sound of a plane going by overhead. What song is this?
2. "Okay, Stephen, can we do that one again?"
This is from the end of a song. The lead singer apparently was not satisfied with the just-completed take of the recording. He mutters an impatient request to the producer. Looks like the singer didn't get his way, because the tune was left on the official release as-is. What song was it?
3. "We've never recorded in the big leagues before." This claim to amateur technical skills was said a couple of times before the start of a song. The album went on to be a hit, so maybe the man shouldn't have been so nervous. What song was it?
4. "I can't help it if I wasn't born with a cool name like Dickie." This is said by a guest singer brought in to support his friends in another group. The sidekick horses around while the band tunes up to start the track. What song was it?
5. "Even though you're stupid, I still follow you..." This verbal fumble changed an entire song. The vocalist starts out sounding fairly normal. A few words in, however, something goes wrong, and the singer can't stop giggling. He goes through the verses in a singsong tone. The band never stops playing. What scrambled tune is this?
6. This in-concert error had rather unpleasant consequences: it is believed to have contributed to the band's decision to break up in the early 1990s. The group is on stage, going through the song "Nimrod's Son," but then they grind to a halt. The lead singer announces that everything was fine "until Nimrod's daughter (messed) it up." Uh-oh. What band had this unfortunate downfall?
7. This incident turned from a random glitch, to a deliberate prank that drove a band member nuts. At the start of the recording, the bassist and singer can be heard talking. Just at the point you think someone will begin to play, there's a long, defeaning 'beep' from the equipment. The singer starts over again. Again the white noise interrupts, and this time it lasts longer. So the singer gives it one more shot. Now the producer has figured out the problem...and repeats it deliberately. He sets off feedback at ever higher volumes, driving the singer completely crazy, so that the man screams obscenities and finally storms out. The bassist laughs his head off.
What group and song brought us this classic in-studio torture?
8. The Sex Pistols once took a chance with a cover song. Singer John Lydon gamely tried to sing what he was given, but soon forgot most of the lyrics. Although the band kept playing in the background, John--continuing to sing to the beat--protested, "I don't know the *worrrrds.*" What song did he scuttle?
9. Toward the end of Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again," while David Gahan carries the lead vocals, Martin Gore contributes background singing--but with lines from a completely different song. What he sings is a slight alteration of that original: "See the stars are shining bright, everything's all right tonight." From what song did Gore borrow this?
10. The Pixies opened one song with a bizarre comedic riff, with two people speaking. Kim Deal announces, in an exaggerated 'preppie' accent: "There were rumors he was into field hockey players." Then Frank Black cuts in, playing the part of the alleged miscreant himself. "So I applied, basically. I went out for the team." After that, as if nothing happened, the whole band kicks in on a regular song. What track was it?
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