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Intros Quiz – 1976 edition

July 18th, 2011 2 comments

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, revisiting 35 years ago: 1976 (the year that the youth of South Africa rose up against apartheid; Matsushita introduces the VHS home video cassette recorder to compete with Sony’s Betamax system; an earthquake in Tangshan, China, killed hundreds of thousands people; the Apple Computer Company was formed; Nadia Comăneci earned seven perfect scores at the Olympics in Montreal; the “Son of Sam” began is year-long murder spree in new York; and Bob Marley was shot in an assassination attempt in Kingston). Which means that in the coming months we will skip to 1981, then 1986.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year. I’m not sure if #7 was a hit, but as one of the few perfect pop songs of 1976, it should have been.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday (so please don”t post your answers). If the pesky number 11 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – TV Themes edition

May 30th, 2011 2 comments

We’ve seen the TV shows, but how well do we remember their themes? Here are twenty intros to TV themes fromUS shows that were internationally syndicated. I know that all of them were shown on South African TV, and most, if not all, on German TV as well. The oldest goes back to the 1950s, but most of them come from the 1970s-’90s. Each is  5-7 seconds in length.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday (so please don”t post your answers). If the pesky number 19 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – 1971 edition

March 28th, 2011 5 comments

After last month’s Valentine’s Day interruption, we continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, revisiting 40 years ago: 1971 (the year that bastion of democracy Switzerland granted women the right to vote, Greenpeace was founded, the first Internet chat room apperared, the pocket calculator and soft contact lenses go on sale, Qatar gained indepedence from Britain, and a tsunami hit Japan, ). Which means that in the coming months we will, God willing, skip to 1976, then 1981, and so on. In between, I might do a couple of TV theme quizzes. Anybody up for TV theme intros quizzes?

Anyway, as always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year. Those fans of classic rock who have been following the cricket world cup might have been earwormed with number 8…

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday (so please don’t post your answers). If the pesky number 18 (and, possible 10) bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – Love edition

February 14th, 2011 1 comment

It’s Valentine’s Day, so to spice up the romance, here’s an Intros Quiz which the Casanovas/Casanovettes among readers can employ as part of their Valentine’s Day Sex foreplay. And those who won’t get laid tonight, well, here’s something even more fun to do…

So, twenty intros to hit songs that feature the word “love” (as a noun or verb), all 5-7 seconds in length, all hits. The oldest dates from the late 1950s; the most recent from the first decade of the millennium.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. If the pesky number 6 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here to become one.

Intros Quiz ““ Love edition

The desperate reader in a last-minute need for a fine mix of lovey-dovey songs for VD may refer to Any Major Love Mix 2009 and  Any Major Love Mix 2009 Vol. 2, and two more posts about being in love: here and here. And if the dear reader has no use for music about being in love, there are many songs about love for all circumstances, including getting dumped or cheated on, bouncing back, being in an unrequited or impossible love etc.

Happy Valentine’s Day for those who care, and and a jolly Fuck the Commercialism for the rest…

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Intros Quiz – 1966 edition

January 17th, 2011 6 comments

Here we begin another new five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, starting with 45 years ago: 1966. Next month we”ll skip to 1971, then 1976 and so on.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year. I will not enter into a debate whether #5 is in fact U2’s 1988 hit Angel Of Harlem. I presume the artists of #5 travelled into the future to steal U2’s riff, then beamed thenselves back to 1966 and made hay off The Edge’s inventive genius. Shameful though it is, it does not make #5 a U2 song.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. If the pesky number 20 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – ABBA edition

October 11th, 2010 1 comment

To mark absolutely nothing, here is an intros quiz consisting of only ABBA songs. Most of them were hits; all of them were released as singles somewhere in the world, I think.

As always, each of the 20 intros is 5-7 seconds in length. I will post the answers in the comments section by Thursday, so please don”t post your answers. If you can”t wait till then to find out what the blasted number 6 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.

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Intros Quiz – Disney Edition

August 9th, 2010 1 comment

This month’s intros quiz looks at songs from Disney movies. As always, there are twenty intros to songs of of 5-7 seconds in length. Clue: Pixar movies are not included.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday “” please don”t post your answeers in the comments section, in case it inadvertently spoils the fun for somebody else. And if the pesky number 14 bugs you, e-mail me at halfhearteddude [at) gmail [dot] com for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.


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Intros Quiz: 1985 edition

June 7th, 2010 3 comments

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, going on to 1985, with 20 intros to hit songs from 1985,  of 5-7 seconds in length. All were released as singles or had their chart peak that year. There admittedly is a bit of a UK bias here: US readers should not despair at not getting the first track (though it was posted on this blog before). Number 9 was a hit in the UK only early 1986, but in the US in late 1985.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday “” please don’t post your answeers in the comments section, in case it inadvertently spoils the fun for somebody else. And if the pesky number 10 bugs you, e-mail me at halfhearteddude [at) gmail [dot] com for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz: 1980 edition

May 3rd, 2010 5 comments

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes with one of my favourite years in music: 1980. Ah, the trinity of Dexys’ Geno, the Pretenders Brass In Pocket (which was released in 1979, I know), and New Musik’s Living By Numbers. None of which feature in this quiz, of course. Fans of the era, especially veteran Smash Hits readers, will love this blog, with completely scanned issues from 1979 and1980, ads and everything. The single reviews are particularly fascinating. The cover on the right is borrowed from the Like Punk Never Happened blog.

So,  here are 20 intros to hit songs from 1980,  of 5-7 seconds in length. All were singles released that year. The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. And if the pesky number 12 bugs you, e-mail me at halfhearteddude [at) gmail [dot] com for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – 1975 edition

April 5th, 2010 2 comments

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, going on to 1975 “” which means that next month we will cover one of my favourite years in music: 1980. The regular reader will recall my recent visit to 1975 here and here (a couple of songs featured in those posts also appear on the quiz).

So, here we have 20 intros to hit songs from 1975,  of 5-7 seconds in length. All were singles either released or charting that year (which means that for British chart fans, at least one 1975 release became a big hit only in early 1976). The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. And if the pesky number 11 bugs you, e-mail me at halfhearteddude [at) gmail [dot] com for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here.

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