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Intros Quiz – Motown 50 Edition

motown_labelsMotown celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. So it is a good time to have another Motown intros quiz. The last one was random; this one has a theme: one song from each year from 1962-82 (skipping the fallow year of 1974), in chronological order. Before the purists accuse me, I have cut the looong intros of two songs so as to get to their recognisable meat and beat. No act is repeated as billed, but a few make appearances in different guises (as soloists and part of duos; as soloists and in their bands; bands with and without headliner etc).

As always, each of the 20 intros is 5-7 seconds in length. I will post the answers in the comments section by Monday, so please don”t post your answers. If you can”t wait till then to find out what the blasted number 9 is, please feel free to e-mail me or, better still, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, go to www.facebook.com/amdwhah and become one.

Intros Quiz ““ Motown 50 edition

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Incidentally, I had a long post on Michael Jackson written and almost ready to go, criticising the Diana-reprise mass mourning by those who last Thursday morning would have cheerfully cracked jokes about the man’s private freak show life, and wondering how on earth all those people who propelled MJ into the charts after his death failed to own Off The Wall or Thriller before he died. But everything that had to be said has been covered elsewhere (best of all, perhaps, by Simon Price in The Independent); there is no need for me to add to it.

Much as I love Off The Wall, much of Thriller, some of Bad, and lots of the Motown and Jacksons stuff, I enjoyed the plethora of mean-spirited jokes. And, shame on me, I contributed to them. So on this blog’s Facebook page’s status, I offered: “Will Elton redo one of his hits for Jacko’s funeral? ‘Don’t Let Your Son…’ Nooooooo!” Next day Andrew from Texas alerted me to a news article reporting how Elton John, performing a gig for celebs as he learnt of MJ’s death, played a song in tribute to the late superstar. And guess which song…

But I am beginning to see Simon Price”s point when he writes: “”What if Michael really did pay off the Chandlers because he just wanted the whole thing to go away? What if Michael really was so innocent he merely wanted to recapture his childhood with those sleepovers? What if, when he told Bashir “˜when I look at children”s faces, I see God”, he was being sincere? What if, in short, Michael really was ““ to quote his own “˜Thriller” video ““ “˜not like other guys”?”

We”ll probably find out if and when more kids reared on “Jesus Juice” and Barely Legal porn come out to tell their stories. (And the pun was entirely unintended.)

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will Elton redo one of his hits for Jacko’s funeral? “Don’t Let Your Son…” Nooooooo!

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  1. Nick
    July 2nd, 2009 at 14:36 | #1

    Blasted no9?, I thought it was very sneaky. Good fun though, thanks man, it’s better than working.

  2. Richard
    July 3rd, 2009 at 12:39 | #2

    Number 9 – I think he was a white guy, yes? Unusual for Motown. Not that it matters at all, just a bit of trivia. Great quiz, great memories, too. Like he said, beats working.

  3. July 6th, 2009 at 18:12 | #3

    1. The Marvelettes – Beechwood 45789
    2. Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Heat Wave
    3. The Supremes – Baby Love
    4. Jr. Walker & the All Stars – Shotgun
    5. The Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There
    6. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – I Second That Emotion
    7. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
    8. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
    9. R. Dean Taylor – Indiana Wants Me
    10. The Temptations – Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
    11. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
    12. Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin’
    13. The Miracles – Love Machine
    14. Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
    15. Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up
    16. Commodores – Three Times A Lady
    17. Billy Preston & Syreeta – With You I’m Born Again
    18. Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious
    19. Rick James – Super Freak
    20. Dazz Band – Let It Whip

  4. Fakeem
    September 1st, 2009 at 18:13 | #4

    Glad to see i wasn’t the only person to think of the elton remake [ wackadoo that i am…lol ]

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