Friday, 24 February 2012

Never Mind the Offbeat!

Hey kids!  For your quizzing delectation and delight, here's most of the questions from Never Mind the Offbeat mk.IV - the answers are written in white underneath each question, so just highlight the section and all will be revealed, like MAGIC.

We realise putting this up on the internet will mean any mistakes we've made will be picked up by someone, so please be gentle when telling us how stupid/foolish/n00bish we are.

We can't offer any prizes for you doing this, but the satisfaction of getting obscure music trivia right should be enough for you lot anyway, right?


Round One – General Knowledge – all answers are also band names

1.      Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison were the primary proponents of which two competing systems of delivering electricity?
a.     AC/DC
2.     ‘Outsider art’ was coined in 1972 by art critic Roger Cardinal as a English synonym for which French phrase, directly translated as ‘rough art’
a.     Art Brut
3.     What is the state capital of Massachusetts?
a.     Boston
4.     In North America, what is another common name for reindeer?
a.     Caribou
5.     What is the name of/acronym for the recently scrapped scheme that provided financial support for 6th formers?
a.     Ema
6.     What fighting technique, roughly translated as ‘wave motion fist’ is used mainly by the characters Ryu and Ken in Street Fighter?
a.     Hadouken!
7.     The International System of Units (shortened to SI) is the modern form of which measurement system?
a.     Metric
8.     What, invented in 1602 by Galileo Galilei, was used as the most accurate form of timekeeping until the 1930s?
a.     Pendulum
9.     Fawkes from Harry Potter and Moltres from Pokemon are variants of which classical mythic creature?
a.     Phoenix
10.                        Moe, Larry and Curly or Moe Larry and Shemp, were better known as the three what?
a.     Stooges
Lightning round  - Name as many bands with the word ‘Club’ in the title as possible.  First popper means PENS DOWN.
You could have had any of the following: Black Rebel Motorcycle, Bleeding Knees, Bombay Bicycle, Buena Vista Social, Chapel, Codeine Velvet, Detroit Social, Hot Club De Paris, New Young Pony, Slow, Teenage Fanclub, Tokyo Police, Two Door Cinema, S Club 7, or according to Jono, The Seal Clubbing Club Club

Round 2 – Films/TV

1.      What figure links the three films Mystery Men, Rumble Fish and the Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus?
a.      Tom Waits features in all three in an acting role
2.      Simon Amstell, long time presenter of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, on which this quiz is in NO WAY based, made one of his first early TV appearances as a contestant on which 1990's gameshow. Clue: Mr Chips was the mascot.
a.      Catchphrase
3.      Omar Rodriguez Lopez is a musician who has not only written scores for films, but produced and directed movies as well. Name any band Omar has been in, bonus point for an obscure or non-obvious answer.  Hint: It’s easier than it sounds
a.      At The Drive, The Mars Volta, The Omar Rodriguez Lopez group etc
b.      Bonus for De Facto, Startled Calf, Phantasmagoria
4.      Which 1983 film starred Deborah Harry (aka Blondie) acting alongside James Woods?
a.      Videodrome
5.      James Mercer starred in 2010's Some Days Are Better Than Others. But who the fuck is James Mercer?
a.      Frontman of the Shins/Broken Bells
6.      What British TV show links the bands 'The Rapture' and 'Clock Opera'?
a.      Misfits
7.      Which famous action movie star fronts the band Thunderbox, and has released the albums 'Songs from the Crystal Cave' and 'Mojo Priest'?
a.      Steven Segal
8.      Snoop Dogg has been involved in a lot of film projects. Which one of these is NOT a real film:
a.      Snoop Dogg's Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp
b.      Hot Boyz
c.       Original Snoop Dogg Style
d.      Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror
e.      Answer - C
9.      Name any film which features the Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, bonus point if I haven't seen that film.
a.      Could have had any from Kiss Napoleon Goodbye, The Chase, Johnny Mnemonic*, Heat, Lost Highway, Jack Frost*, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Morgan's Ferry, Dogtown and Z-Boys*, Scenes of the Crime, The New Guy*, Jackass The Movie*, Jackass Number Two *, Bad Boys 2*, Feast, The Alibi, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, The Devil's Tomb, H for Hunger, William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
b.      Asterisks mean bonus point
10. Name any the regular characters in the Simpsons voiced by the Bassist from Spinal Tap. (Harry Shearer)
a.       Ned Flanders, Mr Burns, Seymour Skinner, Scratchy, Dr Hibbert, Rev Lovejoy, Rainier Wolfcastle, Lenny Leonard, Waylon Smithers, Otto Mann, Kent Brockman

Round 3 – First Lines

1.     The beats yeah, they were coming out the speakers, and were winding up straight in your sneakers
a.     You! Me! Dancing! – Los Campesinos!
2.     Take me out, tonight. When there’s music and there’s people and they’re young and alive
a.     There is a Light that Never Goes Out – The Smiths
3.     Goldenrod and the 4H stone, the things I bought you when I found out you had cancer of the bone
a.     Casimir Pulaski Day – Sufjan Stevens
4.     Shiny shiny, shiny boots of leather. Whiplash girlchild in the dark
a.     Venus In Furs – The Velvet Underground
5.     Off with your head, Dance til you’re dead
a.     Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6.     Her green plastic watering can, for her fake Chinese rubber plant
a.     Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
7.     The boy was in the hallway drinking a glass of tea
a.     Land – Patti Smith
8.     One night to be confused, one night to speed up truth
a.     Heartbeats – The Knife
9.     Oh I wish I had a boyfriend, I wish had a loving man in my life, I wish I had a father, maybe then I would have turned out right
a.     Lust for Life – Girls
10.                        I’m in love with the world through the eyes of a girl who’s still around the morning after
a.     Say Yes – Elliot Smith
11.                        A heart of stone, a smoking gun I can give you life, I can take it away
a.       Banquet – Bloc Party
12.                        If I was young I’d flee this town I’d bury my dreams underground
a.     Elephant Gun – Beirut

Round 4 – Music History

1.      Which instrument was invented by Adolphe Sax?
a.      The Saxophone
2.      In 1968, what became the first Beatles album to use a proper 8 Track Recorder?
a.      The White Album/The Beatles
3.      Which American jazz and country guitarist, credited with many recording and production innovations, gives his name to a well known model of Gibson guitar?
a.      Les Paul
4.      Muse's Matt Bellamy has a famous dad. His band the Tornados were the first British group to get a US Number 1 Single. What was the name of the track...clue: it was named after a type of satellite.
a.      Telstar
5.      Which one of these is not listed on Wikipedia's list of Popular Music Genres? (all real)
a.      Freak Folk
b.      Brostep
c.       Toytown Techno
d.      Skweeeeeeeeeeeee
e.      Answer - B
6.      What instrument, associated with skiffle music, consists of a long pole attached by a rope at one end to a large hollow box? It is played by plucking the taught rope.
a.      Tea chest Bass
7.      The Waiting Room (fronted by actor Alan Fletcher) is the real-world mirror of fictional band The Right Prescription (fronted by his character in an Australian Soap). For two points, name the character and show.
a.      Karl Kennedy - Neighbours
8.      The 1902 Spanish Classical Guitar piece Gran Vals is better known as the default ringtone of which mobile phone company?
a.      Nokia
9.      Which famous english 1960's rock band was originally called the New Yardbirds?
a.      Led Zeppelin
10. Which famous British band is celebrating their official 50th anniversary this year?
a.      The Rolling Stones

Round 4 – Real or Fake Band Names

1.    Fire Thesaurus
a.     Real
2.    Herp and His Derps
a.     Fake
3.    Four Dead In Ohio
a.     Real
4.    William D Drake and His So Called Friends
a.     Real
5.    I Wrestled a Bear Once
a.     Real
6.    Why Are You Hitting Yourself?
a.     Fake
7.    Milky Wimpshake
a.     Real
8.    Thingumabob and The Thingumajigs
a.     Real
9.    I AM RYAN
a.     Real
10.                       The Me! Me! Me’s?
a.     Real
11.                       Asparagus Heartbreak
a.     Fake
12.                       Japanese Torture Comedy Hour
a.     Real
13.                       Subwiffler
a.     Fake
14.                       Snizzle Fist
a.     Fake
15.                       Drowning in Formaldehyde
a.     Real


There's a theme connecting all of these anagrams. Guess what it is for a bonus point!

HARASSMENT CROCHETER  - Manchester Orchestra
ARTY NUDES – Tune-Yards
HEN SHITS – The Shins
DEFER US - Refused
HEXES SLINKY POTIONS – Explosions in the Sky
ALE TEA REST – Real Estate
VARIED NET HIT – At The Drive In
NULLIFY TOGS – Flying Lotus
TAG KRILL – Girl Talk
VEG LO POUR - Grouplove
MACHO LIB SHINDIG – Childish Gambino
BALD FUNK LOSS – Band of Skulls
INANE NOD IN – Neon Indian
FISHCAKES IRE – Kaiser Chiefs

Connection:  All playing at Coachella in 2012

Round 5 – Warwick SU

1.     Give any of the names for the awesome room that is located above the Duck, where Offbeat used to hold events in the 1990's.
a.     Zippy’s, The Grad Bar, The Elephant Nest
2.     All Union outlets used to be named after political activists, such as the Dirty Duck at one time being called "Mandela's". Only one such outlet name remains, but which one is it?
a.     Xanananananananana’s
3.     The SU Only actually 'owns' one building on campus. Is it:
a.     SU HQ
b.     The Main SU Building
c.      University House
d.     The Rootes Laundrette
e.     Answer - D
4.     What was the name of the music appreciation society that parodied offbeat and focussed on the darker side of rock and metal?
a.     Gothbeat
5.     Jono tried to run for sabb. Which position was he going for?
a.     Union Development Officer
6.     Which BBC Royal Correspondent Jenny Bond was involved in the early years of which prominent Warwick Society?
a.     RaW
7.     Which of these is NOT a real SU Policy Point:
a.     This Union Believes that most students pay for a TV licence where it is legally necessary.
b.     This union believes out of cost considerations, students may even choose to miss lectures or seminars.
c.      This union believes that there is significant student demand for the return of an on-campus Chip Shop
d.     Answer - C
8.     A piece by which Australian artist hangs in SU HQ?
a.     Rolf Harris.
9.     Which band has not played the Union at some stage?
a.     The Smiths
b.     R.E.M
c.      Radiohead
d.     U2
e.     Answer - D
10.                        What is actually inside the Koan?
a.     No answer, points for most creative
Lighting question – once all those are done, name as many halls of residence as you can.  First team to fire their popper means PENS DOWN.
Arthur Vick, Benefactors, Bluebell, Claycroft, Cryfield, Heronbank, Hurst, Jack Martin, Lakeside, Redfern, Rootes, Tocil, Westwood, Whitefields,

Round 6 – Fastest Popper First

1) Name as many Pokemon from the original 151 as possible!
-         Not going to list them.  You probably know them.  Other than you Mark Sturdy, but you can always google it.
2) How many Beatles originals can you name with girl’s names in the title?
Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, Lady Madonna, Lovely Rita, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, Martha my Dear, Michelle, Penny Lane, Polythene Pam, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Maggie Mae, My Bonnie, Anna, Julia, Long Tall Sally, Suzy Parker – NOT Sexy Sadie as apparently not a reference to a girl, but an India Guru.  Thanks Nick!

Round 8 – Next Lines

1) It’s twenty seconds til the last call, going “hey hey hey hey hey hey”
Lie down you know it’s easy, like it we did it all summer long. (Phoenix - 1901)
2) If man is 5, if man is 5, if man is 5..
Then the devil is 6, then the devil is 6, the devil is 6 (Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven)
3) Any way you run, you run before us
Black and white horse arching among us (Beach House - Zebra)
4) Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa
not the way that I do love you (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Home)
5) Speak slowly, I can't hear you, my mind keeps spinning closer and closer
To the rain on the roof, and the rain in my head, and the things that you said (She & Him - Black Hole)
6) You must stick up for yourself son
Never mind what anybody else done (Yeasayer - Ambling Amp)
7) They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock (Arcade Fire - Sprawl II)
8) I was walking on feet just like my father’s
And my knees were trying to reach you at your mother’s (Animal Collective - Grass)
9) Say you stay at home, Alone with the flu
Find out from friends, That wasn't true (The National - Anybody’s Ghost)
10) The mama pajama rolled out a bed, And she ran to the police station
When the papa found out he began to shout, and he started the investigation (Paul Simon - Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard)
11) I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, googojoob – Beatles –I am The Walrus
12) I tried to laugh about it, hiding the tears in my eyes
cos boys don’t cry, boys don’t cry –The Cure - Boys Don’t Cry
13) Slowly walking down the hall
faster than a cannonball – Oasis – Champagne Supernova
14) Around the world, around the world
around the world, around the world – Daft Punk – Around the World
15) Standing in line to see the show tonight and there’s a light on, heavy glow
by the way I tried to say I’d be there, waiting for – RHCP – By the Way
16) Sheila goes out with her mate Stella
it gets poured all over her fella – Jamie T - Stella
17) There’s a drumming noise inside my head that starts when you’re around
I swear you could hear it it makes such an almighty sound –Florence – Drumming Song
18) Let’s just get back together, we should’ve never broke up
they’re telling me that my heart won’t beat again. JLS – Beat Again
19) Sharia Don't Like it
Rockin the Casbah, Rock the Casbah - The Clash, Rock the Casbah
20) Whoaaaaaoaaaaaoaaa
your sex is on fire - Kings of Leon, Sex on Fire
21) I'm coming out of my cage and I've been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down because I want it all - The killers, Mr Brightside
22) birds flying high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel - Nina Simone/Muse cover, Feelin' Good
23) Ashes to Ashes, funk to funky
We know major tom's a junkie - Bowie, Ashes to ashes
24) I’m gonna fight them all
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back - The White Stripes, 7 Nation Army
25) *sing the intro to blister in the sun*
Clap clap, clap clap - The Violent Femmes, Blister in the Sun
26) walking on the beaches
looking at the peaches - The Stranglers, peaches
27) I've got a brand new car
Looks like a jaguar - Feeder, Buck Rodgers
28) I'm happy, I'm feeling glad
Got sunshine in a bag - Gorrillaz, Clint Eastwood