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Music Quiz #4

I haven’t posted one of these in a while, then again, I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been pretty busy traveling cross-country and sorting stuff out for my move. This one is a movie-themed music quiz… if you reckon you’re good enough – email the answers to

Good luck!

  1. Who produced the soundtrack to the movie Natural Born Killers?

  2. Brian Eno and eighties rockers Toto produced the soundtrack to which David Lynch movie?

  3. Hakuna Matata, a song from the Lion King soundtrack, is a Swahili phrase that means what in English?

  4. Which 2003 movie soundtrack features songs from My Bloody Valentine, Squarepusher, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Bill Murray?

  5. Which French duo scored the film soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides?

  6. Which former member of Pop Will Eat Itself scored the soundtrack to Requiem For A Dream and The Hole?

  7. Which film features appearances from both Jools Holland and Meatloaf?

  8. Starsky and Hutch, The Basketball Diaries and Kalifornia are all part of which female front woman’s filmography?

  9. Which of the following did not appear on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack:

Kool and the Gang


KC and the Sunshine Band?

  1. Portuguese singer Seu Jorge covered the songs of whom for a large part of the movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou?

  2. Which hip hop star was one of the producers of the soundtrack to Kill Bill: Volume One?

  3. Which movie currently holds the Academy Award for Best Original Score?

  4. And which song is the current holder of the Best Original Song Oscar?

  5. Which Tyneside musician has appeared in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and, um, Ally McBeal?

  6. Dracula, Mystery Men and Wristcutters: A Love Story all feature appearances from which veteran music man?

  7. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, It Was A Very Good Year and Mr Tambourine Man were all covered by which much maligned actor cum singer on his 1968 album The Transformed Man?

  8. Which Italian American composer has collaborated with David Lynch on Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Mullholland Drive?

  9. Which American actor appeared in the video to Fatboy Slim’s 2001 hit Weapon Of Choice?

  10. Hollywood legends James Dean, Martin Sheen and Steve McQueen are name checked in which REM song, from the New Adventures In Hi-Fi album?

  11. Which fictional band, taken from a Roddy Doyle novel, featured Deco Cuffe as lead vocalist, Outspan Foster on guitar and were managed by Jimmy Rabbitte?


Hey, it’s another quiz… Music Quiz # 3

This one has a theme and it’s “Legends of Music”. See how you fare. Answers to

  1. John Fogarty was the lead singer of which Californian roots rock outfit, who enjoyed stardom at the turn of the Sixties?
  2. Wheels On Fire was the world’s first platinum selling double album, but who was it recorded by?
  3. Which influential musician and cultural icon died from melanoma in 1981 aged just 36? His last words to his son were “money can’t buy life.”
  4. Which legendary rock guitarist once had a trial with Manchester City FC? When asked why he had not been successful he said, “I was good enough for City, but they didn’t follow it up because I was probably the only player out there wearing eyeliner.”
  5. Which German singer / songwriter and model was christened Christa Päffgen and died in Ibiza in 1988 after collapsing whilst cycling her bike?
  6. Which late Texan songstress was the lead singer of Big Brother and The Holding Company?
  7. In which country were the hard rock band AC/DC formed in the 1970s?
  8. If Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young are the surnames, what are the Christian names?
  9. How many studio albums did the Sex Pistols record in their first incarnation?
  10. Which miniature American icon’s most recent album, entitled Planet Earth, was released as a free cover-mount in the Daily Mail?
  11. Which trio of influential musicians passed away on February 3rd 1959 when their plane crashed in Iowa? The day was popularly tagged ‘The Day The Music Died’ by Don McLean in his hit song American Pie?
  12. Farrokh Bulsara was more commonly known by his adopted frontman persona. What was Bulsara’s pseudonym?
  13. Who was voted the Greatest Guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003?
  14. Which founder member of the Beach Boys, who died in 1983, has recently seen a rise in popularity and public awareness thanks to the reissue of his solo masterpiece Pacific Ocean Blue in 2008?
  15. Which veteran musician links The Clash with The Good, The Bad & The Queen?
  16. There’s A Riot Goin’ On was the fifth album by which American funk band, released in 1971 to critical acclaim?
  17. Which psychedelic rock band had a string of hits in the 1960s and 70s, including White Rabbit and Somebody To Love?
  18. For how many studio albums was Syd Barrett a member of Pink Floyd?
  19. What song was played as the legendary Radio One DJ John Peel’s coffin was carried from the church at his funeral in 2004?
  20. Which singer, philanthropist, actor and artist was the highest ranked musician in Channel Four’s 100 Greatest Britons in 2002, coming in eighth place?

Music Quiz # 2

As before, this is one I had published previously under the rather fetching pseudonym of ‘Uncle Finbarr’. If you like, send your answers to

  1. Which Sheffield punks released their debut album, Hysterics, to critical acclaim in 2008?

  2. By which moniker is Kentucky Americana singer-songwriter Will Oldham often known?

  3. Which band consists of husband and wife duo David and Cassie Berman? Originally from New York, the indie rock cum country act have released six studio albums, including American Water, Tanglewood Numbers and this year’s excellent Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea?

  4. Which of the following has never won a Mercury Music Prize:



    PJ Harvey?

  5. Which two veteran rockers combined this year to release Saturnalia as The Gutter Twins?

  6. What was the title of U2’s debut album?

  7. With which band was Holly Johnston lead singer and lyricist in the 1980s?

  8. Most recently seen performing under her alter-ego Taken By Trees, which indie pop band did Victoria Bergsman front from 1995-2006?

  9. Which Massachusetts rocker founded the Modern Lovers in 1970?

  10. Ingram Cecil Connor III was the birth name of which pioneering country musician, famous for his friendship with the Rolling Stones, who died in 1973?

  11. Jim Reid is the lead singer for which critically acclaimed Glasgow band?

  12. Which Scottish band provided the soundtrack for the 2007 movie Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait?

  13. Which legendary American indie band’s name translates into English as “I have it!”?

  14. Now I’m A Cowboy and After Murder Park were 1990s albums by which British rock band, fronted by Luke Haines?

  15. Which Lightning Seeds song became instantly recognisable as the theme to Match Of The Day’s Goal Of The Month competition?

  16. Members of the Smashing Pumpkins, Slint, Tortoise, Chavez and Perfect Circle combined in the early 2000s to form which rock supergroup?

  17. Shooting At Unarmed Men and Future Of The Left are both descendants of which Welsh rock band?

  18. No Shouts, No Calls was the last album by which all female group, who went on indefinite hiatus in 2007?

  19. Which band were on stage at Roskilde Festival, Denmark in 2000 when nine people died of suffocation?

  20. Which trilogy of legendary guitarists started their careers in blues rock band The Yardbirds in the 1960s?

Quizzle My Shizzle

I used to do a monthly quiz for The Skinny, the imaginatively titled Quiz Time With Uncle Finbarr. I think it’s about time I started posting them on the blog. Anyone who fancies their chances, either email me at, or leave answers below.

The first one I’m posting is the one from this month’s issue, which I did along with Dr Paul, the Quizmaster from DP Quiz. I will post most of it, I only came up with the music, film and art questions though. So cheers to Paul for the rest.

1. Which Beckett play brought together Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow at the King’s Theatre in April?

2. Complete the title of Scottish Opera’s autumn production, The Italian Girl in _______?

3. Which of Scotland’s brutally opressed minorities were the subject of a Helen Cuinn play at the CCA in November?

4. What was the title of Tim Key’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winning Fringe show which sounded like a whore at a ballet?

5. Which 3 letter word was the name of New Writing nights at the Tron and the Traverse?

6. Which Aston Villa fan told The Skinny in April that he might consider being Poet Laureate, but only if we get rid of The Queen?

7. Which Scottish town is so posh that it host’s the country’s only regular dedicated poetry festival, every March?

8. On which party island did Stephen Gateley’s party come to a premature end?

9. In June, which Charlie’s Angel might have got more coverage for her demise if she hadn’t popped off on the same day as Jacko?

10. Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer this year but in which year did he star in epic surf movie ‘Point Break’ and was named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People magazine?

11. Which dead Beatle got a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame this year?

12. Which comedian was the former ‘better half’ of Kevin McGee who killed himself in Edinburgh in October?

13. Perhaps the most important band member since Bez, of which Skinny cover stars is Maxim Reality a member?

14. They’ve probably got the worst name in rock music, but Monsters of Folk’s debut album wowed us this year. Who are the four band members?

15. Cybraphon is the latest whacky BAFTA winning creation by which unpredictable, but awfully nice Auld Reekie arts collective?

16. Known more for its baked delights than rock and roll, from which European country do alt-rockers Mew originate?

17. Which sandpaper throated sexpot turned up alongside Jack White in the Dead Weather this year?

18. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I wasn’t on the job,” is a particularly good quote from the irrepressible Brian Clough. Which film was made about Ol’ Big ‘Ed’s life this year?

19. Van Diemen’s Land was a showcase film at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. But what devilish name is the real life area known as today?

20. Eurovision launched the illustrious careers of Dana International, TATU and, er, Jemini, but the Junior Song Contest was the subject matter of which hit movie this year?

21. Russell Crowe played streetwise hack Cal McCaffery in which political drama, released this year?

22. Owen Wilson overcame personal trauma to feature in perhaps his most creatively challenging, leftfield role to date in which pet thriller of 2009?

23. Which celebrated indie icon exhibited a set of drawings, Wildlife, which were chronologically ordered to track his progressive recovery from cerebral haemorrhaging?

24. Which member of the Monty Python troupe presented a BBC 4 documentary on the Scottish Colourists? A far cry from The Life of Brian…

25. Ben Ottewell is the gravelly throated singer from which Southport indie band?