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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 – 1970 edition

March 2nd, 2010 3 comments

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, going on to 1970. The advanced mathematicians will therefore have deduced that the April installment will deal with the Year of Our Lord 1975.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were singles releases that year, all hits or otherwise very well known. The answers will be posted in the comments section by Friday. And if the pesky number 5 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 – 1965 edition

February 1st, 2010 4 comments

Here we begin a new five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, starting with 45 years ago: 1965. Next month we’ll skip to 1970, then 1975 and so on.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases that year. The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. If the pesky number 13 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 – UK #1s edition

January 6th, 2010 2 comments

In October, the monthly intros quiz consisted of  US #1s; now it’s British chart-toppers from 1957 to 1988. Not all of them are classics but sufficiently well enough (except number 19, which only people living in Britain in 1986 would know). All songs are in chronological order of reaching the top of the UK charts.

As always, each of the 20 intros is 5-7 seconds in length (OK, one is only four seconds). 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 10 is, please feel free to e-mail me or, better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here and become one.

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Intros Quiz – X-Mas edition

December 7th, 2009 2 comments

The eagle-eyed reader will have observed, if only by their extraordinary powers of deduction, that soon the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour is due to be celebrated, with modesty, discretion and subtlety. To mark the event with the due solemnity, here is a special Christmas edition of the monthly intros quiz.

As always, each of the 20 intros is 5-7 seconds in length “” but I had to cheat a little with one song, which kicks off really long after five seconds. 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 17 is, please feel free to e-mail me or, better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here and become one.

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Intros Quiz – Girls edition

November 9th, 2009 1 comment

ppgirlsThis month, two quizzes on the subject of girls names for the price of one. The expert edition was compiled by my friend Stuart in Australia. I knew five. I am, of course, rubbish at taking these quizzes (that is why I make them), so for those whose level of intros quiz taking is only just a little above my level, I have put together an edition which I think is easier.

Stuart’s intros are of different lengths; the possibly easier version takes the usual format of 5-7 seconds each. Both quizzes include 20 songs.

I’ll post the answers in the comments section by Thursday. In the interim, if you really need to know the pesky #5 in Stuart’s quiz or the earwormy #12 in mine, e-mail me or pop me a message on Facebook (if you”re not my FB friend, click here and become one).
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Intros Quiz – Girls Edition (easier version)
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Intros Quiz – Glam edition

September 14th, 2009 4 comments

glam_bootThis month”s quiz was compiled by my friend Duncan G, a scholar and a gentleman, on the theme of “70s Glam Rock (employing a fairly loose interpretation of the term).

The usual format applies: twenty song intros of about five seconds in length. I must confess, I did poorly, scoring 12 1/2 (and then kicked myself with a boot just like the one pictured for not getting four I really should have known). There is a good reason why I make these quizzes and not do them myself.

I”ll post the answers into the comments section on Thursday, 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, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here and become one.

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Meanwhile, Nick Hornby has defended music blogs. But why, oh why, does he not like my blog…sob.

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Intros Quiz – Post-Punk Edition

August 3rd, 2009 4 comments

nme_80s_originalsPunk opened the door to whole new brands of popular music. While that genre was short-lived and ill-defined to include all manner of music that wasn’t in any way punk, it helped open doors to (sometimes brief) stardom for a new wave of artists who were dabbling in synth sounds, ska, pub rock and, indeed, punk-influenced pop. This month’s intros quiz celebrates the post-punk wave, incorporating the years 1978-83.

As always, each of the 20 intros is 5-7 seconds in length (if you time them, one recognisable intro is just four seconds long). 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 8 is, please feel free to e-mail me or, better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here and become one.

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Intros Quiz – Motown 50 Edition

July 1st, 2009 4 comments

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.

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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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Intros Quiz – 1989 edition

June 1st, 2009 1 comment

lloyd_doblerContinuing our five-year cycle, this month”s intros quiz covers the year 1989: all songs were single releases in that year, though some were hits only in 1990, certainly in South Africa.

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 13 is, please feel free to e-mail me or, better, message me on Facebook. If you”re not my FB friend, click here and become one.

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