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trivia quiz, spec-fic-pop-music style.

Because apparently I will do anything but edit.

Poll #834139 POP QUIZ! (literally)

Love song to an Ice Age Snow Queen?

Time-traveling spree killer?

Angsty pop in which the singer's girlfriend gets eaten by his hologram machine?

Power blues-rock ballad about a little guy on a long walk?

A cyberpunk ballad by a social critic known for songs about domestic violence?

A song about creeping cyberpsychosis by a Pennsylvanian band geek?

Movie of the same title has nothing to do with this song, which is about a guerilla rebellion.

Bilingual global thermonuclear war?

1983 sequel to a classic 1969 song about a stranded astronaut?

This bouncy rap tune details a series of interplanetary gastronomical prodigies.

They were a one-hit MTV wonder in the US, but this New Wave band had four top 100 hits in the UK, including this lighhearted ballad of armored cavalry and decapitation on the battlefields of the future?

As long as it's the end of the world in the New Wave, tell me the name of a song of a peaceful-post-apocalypse by this band fronted by a famously spastic white-suited singer.

The pop project of a successful soundtrack composer produced this paen to the work of Wells?

A song of love, nightmares, and despair among the A.I. set by a Goth-Rock band known for concept albums featuring vampires and church-sanctioned serial killers.

Known for a perennial dance favorite about the return of the walking dead wit ha dark synthetic sound, this band--featuring a former member of XTC--also penned this hushed meditation on the failure of technology.



Bonus Question:

Only three singers hold place in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This song of Biblical Apocalypse is not the most famous tune performed by the most famous of those men.




SONG NAME AND ARTIST, please Judge's decisions are final.

There might be a prize drawing from among the correct answers!

ETA: I have a signed copy of the Carnival ARC to give away. Variously, it will go to the person with the most correct answers, (since I am informed that, other than the three gimme questions, this is harder than I thought) or--if there is a tie--I will draw names.

Remember that all the songs listed have some SF or Fantasy element, however slight. (It's probably spottiest on #11. [I'm also informed that that's only an implied decapitation, and I'm projecting. FINE. Somebody dies. You decide how.] )
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doh!

Started filling it out before I saw the instructions -- here are the artist names to go with my poll answers:

Ramble On -- Led Zeppelin
Silent Running -- Mike & The Mechanics
99 Red Balloons/99 Luftballons -- Nena
Major Tom (Coming Home) -- Peter Schilling
Nothing But Flowers -- Talking Heads

I can't wait to see the answers, because some of those are really bugging me, especially the ones where I think I have the artist, but can't get the song.

I don't see anything that seems to reference Gary Numan's SF concept album, "Replicas". If you don't have it, I recommend it.

Re: doh!

The song names are the most important bits, anyway. If you want to email me an artist list, though, I'd be entertained to see it.

I am incredibly shocked that a couple of these are stumping people.

And I've already had to accept a different answer on one of them, as somebody came up with one I didn't know.

Re: doh!

Just so you know, you can re-fill-out a poll, and thereby change your answers if you want. When you're looking at a specific question, and the top bar offers you,

[ Fill out Poll ] [ View Poll Results ] [ Discuss Results ]

? If you click on '[ Fill out Poll ],' you can fill it out and submit it all over again, and it changes your responses to the new version.

Which possibly you already knew. But I only recently found it out, so I thought I'd share.

Re: doh!

I didn't know -- polls are mostly a mystery to me. Thanks!

Re: lo, I am not mighty.

FOUR-THREE-TWO-ONE....

Earth below us
Drifting, falling
Floating weightless

That song will be stuck in my head forever now. :P

Re: lo, I am not mighty.

I heard an acapella group do a medly of the Bowie AND Schilling songs...

Re: lo, I am not mighty.

But, but . . . it's the sequel to Major Tom! Ashes to Ashes, funk to funky, we know Major Tom's a junkie! And all that jazz . . . and I almost said "Big Country" too, for absolutely no reason; cool to see someone else had the same thought, tho you might have actually had a reason for it.

And you must all watch Rock N Rule, cause stuff from that soundtrack would have fit so perfectly into this quiz!!! All sorts of animated apocolyptic stuff . . . EB must especially see it cause I think the Lou Reed vocalized guy may have been modeled on Bowie, tho of course more sinister-ish.

(and no, I'm not on anything, seriously. I'm just up late on no sleep and have been out walking under the stars and am a bit giddy; apologies if sense of fun not translating to currently sane people, cause . . . whee!)

Re: lo, I am not mighty.

Free help: some of these *are* trick questions. *g*

Re: lo, I am not mighty.

Hee. That one is totally a gimme.

I am *shocked* nobody's gotten the H.G. Wells one, though.

I *was* surprised that nobody has gotten the one *I* thought of for #2. It's got o be in the running for the most famous song on the quiz.
Video Killed the Radio Star is about the end of radio drama.

But!!!

There *is* a Buggles song on the quiz.
I, too, will be very interested to see your answers -- the questions make me think I should know more than I seem to.

In the meantime, then, back atcha, though mostly slow-pitch:

Song about the time-dilation effects of near-light-speed travel by British arena rock group?

Melancholic meditation on the parting at the ferry from War of the Worlds, as rendered by the lead singer from one of the bigger progressive rock bands?

90s Minneapolis bands bitterly ironic lost-love song sung to the girl who done 'em wrong, which includes a verse using classic Star Trek sick bay as metaphor?

Dystopian near-future chemistry lesson by the guy made famous by his only venture into lycanthropy?

Cliff Richard lays out the plan for hunting the Snark?

Close encounter of the non-angelic variety, by an American arena rock group?






#1: '39, "Queen"

#2: I'm just gonna guess that's that Rush song, though I only like about four of their songs and can't remember the title.

#3: No clue!

#4: Gotta be Warren Zevon, but damned if I know what song.

#5: ...musicals are cheating. *g*

#6: Struck on Christopher Cross, "Come Sail Away," but that's not arena rock
I only knew '39 (but I perform it regularly, does that count for geek points?).

And now, the answers

1. Song about the time-dilation effects of near-light-speed travel by British arena rock group?

Yes, indeed, "39" by Queen.

2. Melancholic meditation on the parting at the ferry from War of the Worlds, as rendered by the lead singer from one of the bigger progressive rock bands?

"Forever Autumn," Justin Hayward (originally from the War of the Worlds concept album -- you pretty much need to know where it's from to spot the stfnal context on that one)

3. 90s Minneapolis bands bitterly ironic lost-love song sung to the girl who done 'em wrong, which includes a verse using classic Star Trek sick bay as metaphor?

"Never You Mind" by Semisonic. The relevant verse:
Switch on the box Mr. Spock is on the table
Dr. McCoy is unable to connect his brain
Sweatin' and strainin'
Well, it seemed so simple at the time


4. Dystopian near-future chemistry lesson by the guy made famous by his only venture into lycanthropy?

"Run Straight Down" by Warren Zevon; it's the album that's called Transverse City and started life as an SF concept album inspired by Blade Runner with bits of William Gibson, though Zevon eventually let go of the "concept" concept and included some songs that aren't at all stfnal.

5. Cliff Richard lays out the plan for hunting the Snark?

"The Bellman's Speech," from Mike Batt's Hunting of the Snark

6. Close encounter of the non-angelic variety, by an American arena rock group?

"Come Sail Away" is indeed the title I had in mind, but the artist I was thinking of was Styx.
#4: Although my brain is now insisting it's Thomas Dolby, but hello, backwards for the clue.

Half the bonus . . .

I'm guessing Johnny Cash, tho can't recall a song that fits . . .

And for the dystopian chemistry made famous by werewolves, Warren Zevon? tho again, not recalling the song. Saw him in concert w/X once upon a long time ago . . .

Re: Half the bonus . . .

"(When) The Man Comes Around", the title track for one of his "American" albums.

That's one of the few that I did know.
That's really tricky. I'm not sure whether I just don't know the songs, or if I don't think of them in a way I can link to the descriptions...
I'm willing to bet you know at least a few of them. *g*
I know two of these, but some of the rest are seriously annoying me now, because I think I should know some of them. :)
I'm not even going to try to fill out the poll, since I have no clue about any of them except for a couple of easy ones, but wow I can't wait to see the answers.

Nifty quiz!
YAY!
Because I am an insomniac copy-cat, I wrote a similar quiz of my own. I post the link here because I suspect some of your readers would rock this quiz, and I always enjoy making people feel smart. *g*
Since there were more I didn't know than I did, I went with the word association method of answering. So most of my answers aren't right, but they're what the wording of the clues made me think of.

For the bonus question, I knew it had to be one of the Highwaymen, but I didn't know what sf/f songs any of them had done aside from "Highwayman."
I'm so lame! I only know two. But I put 'em down anyway.
You are not lame! This thing is hard, because it removes *all context.*