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October 28th, 2021 at 11:49:45 AM permalink
Superstition ain't the way! -- Stevie Wonder


Now that bass line is stuck in my head! ;)
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October 28th, 2021 at 6:19:17 PM permalink
Quote: Joeman

Superstition ain't the way! -- Stevie Wonder


Now that bass line is stuck in my head! ;)

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Released in October of 1972, "Superstition" came from a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Jeff Beck. Both artists recorded a version and, by agreement, Beck was supposed to release his first. Due to delays with his new band and album, however, the Stevie Wonder version ended up coming out first and becoming the definitive version of the tune. Which version is better? Decide for yourself...



Or perhaps you prefer the famous Stevie Ray Vaughan live version...



At any rate (and not surprisingly), the song has become a Halloween party staple.
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October 28th, 2021 at 7:13:21 PM permalink
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And now, in the category Heard at Halloween Time (#11), name that song...

Thirteen month old baby
Broke the lookin' glass
Seven years of bad luck
The good things in your past

When you believe in things
That you don't understand
Then you suffer

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Superstition
?
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October 29th, 2021 at 11:19:21 AM permalink
And now, in the category Heard at Halloween Time (#12), name that song...

They'll beat you, bash you,
Squish you, mash you
Chew you up for brunch
And finish you off for dinner or lunch!

They're marching down the halls
They're crawling up the walls
They're gooey, gushy, squishy, mushy
Rotten to the core
They're standing outside your door!
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October 29th, 2021 at 12:17:12 PM permalink
Who sang these lyrics?

"The things you see you don't believe

The things you hear you don't believe

Well look around at where you are

and you can see both near and far"
"What, me worry?"
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October 29th, 2021 at 6:09:18 PM permalink
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And now, in the category Heard at Halloween Time (#12), name that song...

They'll beat you, bash you,
Squish you, mash you
Chew you up for brunch
And finish you off for dinner or lunch!

They're marching down the halls
They're crawling up the walls
They're gooey, gushy, squishy, mushy
Rotten to the core
They're standing outside your door!


Cult classic horror film spoof.
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October 30th, 2021 at 7:30:44 AM permalink
Quote: Gialmere

Quote: Gialmere

And now, in the category Heard at Halloween Time (#12), name that song...

They'll beat you, bash you,
Squish you, mash you
Chew you up for brunch
And finish you off for dinner or lunch!

They're marching down the halls
They're crawling up the walls
They're gooey, gushy, squishy, mushy
Rotten to the core
They're standing outside your door!


Cult classic horror film spoof.

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The theme from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

I know I'm going to miss her...
A tomato ate my sister!


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October 30th, 2021 at 12:28:51 PM permalink
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The theme from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

I know I'm going to miss her...
A tomato ate my sister!
[/spoiler]


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What can you say about something like "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"? Either you like this kind of thing are you don't. Most people fall into the latter camp but, in this case, enough were in the former to make the film a cult classic that would spawn three sequels, a kid's animated TV show, a comic book series, video games et al.

These days, however, it's probably best remembered for its theme song. Radio and Halloween party DJs will typically play it for a quick laugh before returning to their regular program. If you decide to watch the above video, be sure to read the credits. They're good for a low budget chuckle.

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And now, in the category Heard at Halloween Time (#13), name that song...

You hear the door slam
And realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand
And wonder if you'll ever see the sun

You close your eyes
And hope that this is just imagination
But all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You're outta time
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October 30th, 2021 at 8:20:36 PM permalink
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And now, in the category Heard at Halloween Time (#13), name that song...

You hear the door slam
And realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand
And wonder if you'll ever see the sun

You close your eyes
And hope that this is just imagination
But all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You're outta time



Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorise y'alls neighborhood

And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the Hounds of Hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell
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October 31st, 2021 at 10:37:03 AM permalink
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Quote: Gialmere

And now, in the category Heard at Halloween Time (#13), name that song...

You hear the door slam
And realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand
And wonder if you'll ever see the sun

You close your eyes
And hope that this is just imagination
But all the while
You hear a creature creeping up behind
You're outta time



Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorise y'alls neighborhood

And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the Hounds of Hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell


BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!


The most popular Halloween party song would have to be Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Written for the King of Pop's love of old horror films, the tune has been at the top of most playlists for the last four decades. It also comes with its famous "zombie dance" routine and yes, it's still pretty cool if you can do it, especially in costume. (This year I would expect people in "Squid Game" outfits to perform it.)


Well, there you have it, an unlucky 13 songs to put you in an October 31st mood.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
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November 17th, 2021 at 10:03:21 AM permalink
And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#1), name that song...

When the work's all done and the sun's settlin' low
I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow
The kids are asleep so I keep it kinda low
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November 17th, 2021 at 10:25:28 AM permalink
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And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#1), name that song...

When the work's all done and the sun's settlin' low
I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow
The kids are asleep so I keep it kinda low

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THANK GOD IM A COUNTRY BOY!

I live in West Virginia. Too easy!!!
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November 17th, 2021 at 5:35:29 PM permalink
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THANK GOD IM A COUNTRY BOY!

I live in West Virginia. Too easy!!!


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This John Denver song, written by band member John Martin Sommers, has the distinction of being one of the few songs to reach #1 on both the Billboard Country and Hot 100 charts. It's also one of those rare tunes where the live version is more popular than the studio version.

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November 18th, 2021 at 9:52:30 AM permalink
And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#2), name that song...

Little drops of rain, whisper of the pain
Tears of love's lost in the days gone by
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die, my, my, my
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November 18th, 2021 at 10:35:02 AM permalink
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And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#2), name that song...

Little drops of rain, whisper of the pain
Tears of love's lost in the days gone by
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die, my, my, my

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No mas, no mas!

This was Duran, Duran. I think the album was titled "Thank You" but I don't remember the title of the specific song that had these lyrics. Dang it!
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November 18th, 2021 at 1:20:29 PM permalink
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And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#2), name that song...

Little drops of rain, whisper of the pain
Tears of love's lost in the days gone by
My love is strong, with you there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die, my, my, my

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Thank You, Led Zeppelin
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November 18th, 2021 at 5:36:14 PM permalink
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Thank You, Led Zeppelin


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"Thank You" first appeared on "Led Zeppelin II" with music by Jimmy Page and Lyrics by Robert Plant. It was the first Zeppelin song where Plant entirely wrote all the lyrics. The other band members were impressed enough that he became the group's permanent lyricist.

Although it's unlikely that the two British musicians had any visions of turkey and Pilgrims while working on it, because of its title, the song often appears on lists of "top Thanksgiving rock songs". (In fact, Plant was writing about his wife.) It has, however, been covered several time, most notably (as mentioned above) by Duran Duran.

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November 19th, 2021 at 10:08:37 AM permalink
And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#3), name that song...

Traveled down a road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a confidant
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November 19th, 2021 at 3:47:20 PM permalink
And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
Well, you would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say...
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November 19th, 2021 at 9:10:22 PM permalink
BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!


Written performed by Andrew Gold, "Thank You for Being a Friend" was one of those happy, cheerful songs that were so popular in the 70s. According to Gold, it was just a little throwaway thing that took him about an hour to write, but it became a top 40 hit and is probably the one thing that he'll be remembered for. Of course, the tune is best known now as the theme song for the hit TV show "The Golden Girls".

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November 20th, 2021 at 10:35:51 AM permalink
And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#4), name that song...

Oh, oh, you've been good to me
You made me glad
When I was blue
And eternally I'll always be
In love with you
And all I gotta do
Is...
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November 20th, 2021 at 3:17:45 PM permalink
The Beatles
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November 20th, 2021 at 10:37:18 PM permalink
BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!


"Thank You Girl" is one of the more obscure early Beatles songs. Neither Lennon nor McCartney were pleased with how it turned out. According to Lennon, it was "one of our efforts at writing a single that didn't work. So it became a B-side or an album track." (It actually ended up being both.) McCartney agreed calling it "a bit of a hack song, but all good practice." He had a point. The next song they wrote was "She Loves You" which would become the top selling single of the decade.
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November 21st, 2021 at 9:35:40 AM permalink
And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#5), name that song...

That's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me
I may sound Double-Dutch
But my delight is such
I feel as if a losing war's been won for me

And if I had a flag I'd hang my flag out
To add a sort of final victory touch
But since I left my flag at home
I'll simply have to say...
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November 21st, 2021 at 5:15:06 PM permalink
Movie Musical Tune
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November 21st, 2021 at 6:05:42 PM permalink
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And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#5), name that song...

That's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me
I may sound Double-Dutch
But my delight is such
I feel as if a losing war's been won for me

And if I had a flag I'd hang my flag out
To add a sort of final victory touch
But since I left my flag at home
I'll simply have to say...

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I think the title is "Thank You Very Much," from Oliver!
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November 21st, 2021 at 7:45:22 PM permalink
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I think the title is "Thank You Very Much," from Oliver!


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The movie "Scrooge" (1970) was obviously meant to follow in the footsteps of the Best Picture winning"Oliver!" (1968). It didn't succeed although, being a Christmas movie, your much more likely to see "Scrooge" in a given year compared to the now mostly forgotten "Oliver!". Critics actually liked the film but pointed out that the songs were dull and forgettable (not good for a musical).

The one exception to this consensus was the show stopper "Thank You Very Much" sung in the Christmas-yet-to-come segment. Like "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", it's an odd song that celebrates someone's death, complete with people dancing on Scrooge's coffin. It does, however, have a reprise at the film's end with the gratitude now being expressed for the reformed miser's Christmas generosity.
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November 21st, 2021 at 7:46:52 PM permalink
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Quote: Gialmere

And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#5), name that song...

That's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me
I may sound Double-Dutch
But my delight is such
I feel as if a losing war's been won for me

And if I had a flag I'd hang my flag out
To add a sort of final victory touch
But since I left my flag at home
I'll simply have to say...

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I think the title is "Thank You Very Much," from Oliver!

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It may be a bit nit picky to point out that I agree with ThatDonGuy on "Thank you very much" but I thought it is from Scrooge. (Nit picky since with the sound off I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the dreary depressing world of Oliver vs that of Scrooge.)

Especially since I would also argue this is more Christmas than Thanksgiving....but again, the Black Friday store sales would suggest that too is a blurred line these days


EDIT: answer posted as I was typing my reply. Sorry.
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November 22nd, 2021 at 9:59:01 AM permalink
And now, in the category Giving Thanks (#6), name that song...

I didn't know how much longer
I could go on

Watching you take
The respect out of me
Watching you make
A total wreck out of me

That big diesel motor
Is a-playin' my song...
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November 23rd, 2021 at 4:30:27 PM permalink
Roy Clark Classic
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November 24th, 2021 at 8:21:09 PM permalink
BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!


Country songs tend to either make you want to laugh or want to cry. "Thank God and Greyhound" makes you want to do both. Written by Larry Kingston and John Edward Nix, the song would become a top 10 hit for Roy Clark. It was always good for a laugh when he sang it on "Hee Haw". Even today, you might hear someone shout out the title at the end of some unpleasant task or situation.
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November 26th, 2021 at 12:31:58 PM permalink
And now, a bonus round.

Identify the musical by its emoji representation...



1) 🧙 🇦🇺


2) ♔ 👁️


3) 🍭 🍭 🏝️


4) 🎻 🏠


5) ⭐ 👶


6) 🪨 😱 🖼️ 🎤


7) 🎤 🌧️


8) ❄️ 🎅


9) 👋 👋 🐤


10) 🎵 👨


[Apologies if not all emojis translate to your platform.]
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November 26th, 2021 at 12:56:20 PM permalink

2 - The King and I
5 - Star Child
6 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
7 - Singin' in the Rain
8 - White Christmas
9 - Bye Bye Birdie
10 - The Music Man

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November 26th, 2021 at 1:47:24 PM permalink
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2 - The King and I
5 - Star Child
6 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
7 - Singin' in the Rain
8 - White Christmas
9 - Bye Bye Birdie
10 - The Music Man


2) Correct
5) Incorrect
6) Correct
7) Correct
8) Correct
9) Correct
10) Correct
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November 26th, 2021 at 2:15:27 PM permalink
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Quote: ThatDonGuy


2 - The King and I
5 - Star Child
6 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
7 - Singin' in the Rain
8 - White Christmas
9 - Bye Bye Birdie
10 - The Music Man


2) Correct
5) Incorrect
6) Correct
7) Correct
8) Correct
9) Correct
10) Correct

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4 - Fiddler on the Roof (okay, that one's pushing it a little)

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November 26th, 2021 at 2:35:10 PM permalink
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4 - Fiddler on the Roof (okay, that one's pushing it a little)


4) Correct

In hindsight I should have presented it as...

🎻
🏠
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November 26th, 2021 at 2:56:40 PM permalink
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Quote: ThatDonGuy


4 - Fiddler on the Roof (okay, that one's pushing it a little)


4) Correct

In hindsight I should have presented it as...

🎻
🏠

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5 - A Star is Born

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November 26th, 2021 at 4:07:27 PM permalink
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5 - A Star is Born


5) Correct
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November 27th, 2021 at 6:38:46 AM permalink

1 - The Wizard of Oz

That just leaves #3...

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November 27th, 2021 at 12:18:55 PM permalink
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1 - The Wizard of Oz

That just leaves #3...


Correct


2016 film
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November 27th, 2021 at 1:54:36 PM permalink
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Quote: ThatDonGuy


1 - The Wizard of Oz

That just leaves #3...


Correct


2016 film

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Thanks for the hint; I never would have gotten it otherwise...

1 - The Wizard of Oz
2 - The King and I
3 - La La Land
4 - Fiddler on the Roof
5 - A Star is Born
6 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
7 - Singin' in the Rain
8 - White Christmas
9 - Bye Bye Birdie
10 - The Music Man

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November 27th, 2021 at 2:14:20 PM permalink
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1 - The Wizard of Oz
2 - The King and I
3 - La La Land
4 - Fiddler on the Roof
5 - A Star is Born
6 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
7 - Singin' in the Rain
8 - White Christmas
9 - Bye Bye Birdie
10 - The Music Man


Winner! Winner! Broadway Dinner!!
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November 27th, 2021 at 3:16:55 PM permalink
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January 24th, 2022 at 10:53:12 AM permalink
While contributing to this thread, I've noticed that songs from this century hardly ever get answered correctly. I assumed this was because a site like this would attract an older crowd. There is, after all, a reason that casinos now typically play classic rock songs on the floor. But maybe there's more to it.

A recent Substack article has generated some buzz discussing how the music industry seems to abandoning new talent while trying to purchase the catalogs of old artists. It points out that the top 200 new songs account for less than 5% of all music downloads and old music is now 70% of the US market. Even old school vinyl records seem to be the hottest trend in musical delivery systems.

Like the film industry retreating to comic book movie sequels, the music biz seems to be playing safe with CCR and ZZ Top. As for new music ... The Grammy awards is the big showcase for what's happening now. Last year it suffered its lowest ratings ever. This year it got covid cancelled. Did you even know? If so, did you spend more than two seconds caring about it?

Full Story at Substack
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And now, music business trivia...

1) What musician made up the "A" in A&M Records?

2) True or False: Artists whose albums and singles are certified gold or platinum must purchase the iconic award record plaques for themselves if they wish to commemorate their achievements.

3) Along with partner Elliot Roberts, what record label did David Geffen form in 1971?

4) Digital sales currently make up what percentage of all US music sales?
...a) 51% - 60%
...b) 61% - 70%
...c) 71% - 80%
...d) 81% - 90%
...e) 91% - 100%

5) What Rolling Stone song did Bill Gates purchase for a (then) unprecedented $3,000,000 to use in the promotional campaign for the Windows 95 operating system?

6) Which band successfully sued Napster for illegally distributing copyrighted recordings causing the file-sharing sight to go bankrupt in 2002?

7) Which American label did record company EMI purchase in 1955, building its new western hemisphere operation a famous headquarters and recording studio near Hollywood and Vine to match its state-of-the-art Abbey Road Studios in London?

8) True or False: The dog listening to a phonograph, which became the logo for RCA records, is taken from a larger painting depicting the dog and phonograph sitting on top of the coffin of the dog's master while the phonograph plays a recording of the dead man's voice.
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May 30th, 2022 at 6:41:12 PM permalink
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And now, music business trivia...

1) What musician made up the "A" in A&M Records?

2) True or False: Artists whose albums and singles are certified gold or platinum must purchase the iconic award record plaques for themselves if they wish to commemorate their achievements.

3) Along with partner Elliot Roberts, what record label did David Geffen form in 1971?

4) Digital sales currently make up what percentage of all US music sales?
...a) 51% - 60%
...b) 61% - 70%
...c) 71% - 80%
...d) 81% - 90%
...e) 91% - 100%

5) What Rolling Stone song did Bill Gates purchase for a (then) unprecedented $3,000,000 to use in the promotional campaign for the Windows 95 operating system?

6) Which band successfully sued Napster for illegally distributing copyrighted recordings causing the file-sharing sight to go bankrupt in 2002?

7) Which American label did record company EMI purchase in 1955, building its new western hemisphere operation a famous headquarters and recording studio near Hollywood and Vine to match its state-of-the-art Abbey Road Studios in London?

8) True or False: The dog listening to a phonograph, which became the logo for RCA records, is taken from a larger painting depicting the dog and phonograph sitting on top of the coffin of the dog's master while the phonograph plays a recording of the dead man's voice.
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1. Herb Alpert
4. a) 51% - 60% (Guess)
5. Start Me Up
6. Metallica
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1)

2) True

3) Geffen Records

4) e) 91-100%

5) (that one’s gonna bug me!) [EDIT: not anymore, thanks to Gordon!]

6) Metallica (the only non-guess)

7)

8) True

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And now, music business trivia...

1) What musician made up the "A" in A&M Records?

2) True or False: Artists whose albums and singles are certified gold or platinum must purchase the iconic award record plaques for themselves if they wish to commemorate their achievements.

3) Along with partner Elliot Roberts, what record label did David Geffen form in 1971?

4) Digital sales currently make up what percentage of all US music sales?
...a) 51% - 60%
...b) 61% - 70%
...c) 71% - 80%
...d) 81% - 90%
...e) 91% - 100%

5) What Rolling Stone song did Bill Gates purchase for a (then) unprecedented $3,000,000 to use in the promotional campaign for the Windows 95 operating system?

6) Which band successfully sued Napster for illegally distributing copyrighted recordings causing the file-sharing sight to go bankrupt in 2002?

7) Which American label did record company EMI purchase in 1955, building its new western hemisphere operation a famous headquarters and recording studio near Hollywood and Vine to match its state-of-the-art Abbey Road Studios in London?

8) True or False: The dog listening to a phonograph, which became the logo for RCA records, is taken from a larger painting depicting the dog and phonograph sitting on top of the coffin of the dog's master while the phonograph plays a recording of the dead man's voice.
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1) Herb Alpert.
2) don't know
3) Arista? Edit: wrong, that was Clive Davis. Idk the answer.
4) don't know
5) "Start Me Up"
6) Metallica
7) Capitol
8) don't know
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Since COVID there's been a real dearth of new music videos on YouTube. Not saying there's none, but it's way way down.
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Here are the answers to music business trivia. Apologies for the delay.





As the trumpet logo suggests, it was indeed Herb Alpert. In 1962 he, along with Jerry Moss, formed Carnival Records running it out of his own garage. After releasing two singles they discovered that another label had already taken the Carnival name. The quickly changed the label's name on the fly by combining their initials and thus A&M Records was born.

With Alpert's career taking off, A&M did well from the get go, making enough money to purchase the old Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood to house both their business operation and recording facilities. Alpert himself put his own musical career on hold to help shepherd the business and its acts and giving the label an artist friendly reputation. A&M would become the biggest independent label in the country, featuring such talent as: The Carpenters, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Quincy Jones, Supertramp, Liza Minnelli, Janet Jackson, Peter Frampton, Carole King, Styx, Joan Baez, The Police, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow, the Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo, Nazareth, Cheech & Chong, and (of course) Herb Alpert himself.

By the 90's, however, as the music biz got bought up by corporate conglomerates, A&M found it could no longer compete, especially when it came to the massive signing bonuses the deep corporate coffers could offer. A&M was bought by PolyGram for $500 million in 1989. Alpert and Moss continued to manage the label until 1993. In 1998, Alpert and Moss sued PolyGram for breach of the integrity clause, eventually settling for an additional $200 million payment but, when the dust settled, A&M was reduced to a trademark brand. The Charlie Chaplin studios were sold to The Jim Henson Company and now headquarter The Muppets.

Here is an early A&M hit that won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1966...




Yeah, that's true. Although the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will certify your work as gold or platinum, if you want something to hang on your wall you gotta go buy it yourself from one of four certified framers. Of course, if you're a big artist your label will probably buy it and present it to you at some photo op for the added publicity. Other people involved with the hit recording, such as the engineer or perhaps some staff song writer, have to buy their own accolades.



That would be Asylum records which Geffen and Roberts formed after leaving the William Morris talent agency and striking out on their own. "Asylum" here meant a safe place (as opposed to a madhouse). I guess it was a polite way of saying that Geffen would headhunt successful artists who were dissatisfied by their labels and talk them into the fold. And boy was he a good talker. The label could boast such talent as: Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Glenn Frey (who Geffen encourage to form The Eagles), Jackson Browne, John Fogerty (post CCR), and Bob Dylan. Not bad considering how short lived the label was.

Asylum got purchased by Warner Communications with Geffen still in charge. He went on to become vice chairman of Warner Bros film studios. Then he quit and formed Geffen Records, then the Geffen Film Company and then co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The answer is d although give yourself a half point if you chose e since we'll be there soon enough. Currently 88% of all music sales in the US are digital including streaming, downloads, subscriptions and some things you probably didn't consider. For example, ringtones now generate $1 billion dollars a year in revenue and have their own Billboard chart.

CD sales continue to slump but vinyl records have made a decent comeback and now generate $700 million a year.


That would be "Start Me Up" which Microsoft badly wanted to promote its new Start Button feature. According to Mick Jagger, he was at a party when this geeky guy approached him asking about using the song for his new software release. Jagger told him $3,000,000 just to blow the stranger off. To his astonishment, the man immediately agreed to the ridiculous amount. It was only later that Jagger was informed that the "geeky guy" was the richest man in the world. Poor Mick had brought a knife to a gunfight negotiation with a man who looked at the net worth of a millionaire rock star as mere pocket change in the the couch cushions.



That would indeed be Metallica who discovered a demo of their song "I Disappear" had been circulating for free on Napster before it was released. This led them to discover that ALL of their music was available for free on the site. They immediately filed a lawsuit and were soon joined by rapper Dr. Dre (who had the same lawyers) and then by most of the music industry. Napster went bankrupt. From the ashes of this fiasco, however, arose the modern system of digital streaming and downloading.




That would be Capital Records, which was founded by songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942. It was the first major west coast label to compete with major labels on the east coast. A list of all its talent would be endless but names like Frank Sinatra and The Beatles (who were with parent company EMI) are there for starters. The 13 story Capital Records building is a city landmark. It's sometimes known as "The House That Nat Built" due to the vast numbers of records and amounts of merchandise Nat King Cole sold for the company. Although it's thought to represent a stack of records with a spindle emerging from the top, this is a coincidence since architect Louis Naidorf had no idea who the client actually was and was merely creating an eye catching design that would make the office building easier to lease.



Surprisingly, this well known story is false. It is true that English artist Francis Barraud inherited the dog in the painting from his dead brother. It's also (or at least could be) true that Barraud was amused by the way the dog reacted to the sounds coming from a phonograph. Several years later, while scrounging for ideas, he decided to paint a picture of the scene and sell it to a record company. Originally the painting depicted an Edison cylinder gramphone and was titled Dog looking at and listening to a Phonograph, but Edison wasn't interested in buying. Eventually, he sold the painting--now titled His Master's Voice--to what would become the Victor Talking Machine Company under the condition that he alter it to a Victor machine with a flat disc. Barraud agreed (and indeed made over two dozen versions of the painting, each slightly different, over the years at the company's request). When Victor became the record label RCA Victor, the dog and phonograph became the label's logo.

Exactly when the rumor of the coffin and dead man's voice started is unknown. Why it started is rather obvious. The dog and machine sit on a polished wooden surface whose edges seem to taper inwards like a coffin. Add in the title and the story practically writes itself. The trouble is Barraud's brother died just before the invention of the phonograph. He couldn't have made a recording. Nor does the artist ever mention a coffin in interviews. A careful look at the painting shows the point of view is slightly off center to the left and therefore the edges of a rectangular (say tabletop or sideboard) surface would appear to taper inward due to perspective.

And yet the story persisted with even professional publications retelling it. I guess it's an example of given the choice between printing the facts or the legend, print the legend. But the legend is false, which is a pity since the concept is actually much more interesting (and deeper) than the slick piece of commercial art featuring a cute dog that is the true reality.


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