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Our Second Annual Pop Quiz

By Kevin Guilfoile

We received over 200 entries to this year's quiz but only two people were 10-for-10, both repeaters from year one. Congratulations to last year's Grand Prize winner Brian Baker and to Tim Thompson (who also had a perfect score a year ago but, through no fault of his own, was not selected to win prizes). They will each receive a bottle of Whoa! 9, Coudal Partners exclusive holiday hot sauce, as well as a copy of "My First Presidentiary" by Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner. One of them will get a set of non-stick barbecue tools, and the other will probably get a copy of Rick Reilly's golf novel "Missing Links." Other prizes to be divvied up: a shoulder bag that looks like leather but isn't; a deck of Harley-Davidson playing cards; a CD by Chicago Blueswoman Shemekia Copeland; a copy of Simon Winchester's great history of the OED, "The Professor and the Madman"; a Geffen compilation CD that is at least five-years old; a fitted Cubs hat that may or may not be the winner's size; and maybe some other stuff too.

Because of the difficulty of this year's quiz, we'd like to recognize the folks who came close but remain, alas, cigarless: Brian McCartney (9), Scott Fitzgerald (9), Stephen Berg (9), Jason Cosper (8), Yun Joo Shin (8), Shaun Inman (8), Zach Hooker (8), and Marshall Sokoloff (8). Actually, they won't go completely without smokes. Each will receive a bottle of Whoa! hot sauce.

Although questions were written without the frequently unreliable aid of the internet, mistakes and oversights happen. Clarifications and apologies are included with the answers below, but we welcome all comments, nasty and nice. Thanks to everyone who participated, either by entering the quiz or playing at home. We hope you had fun.

1. Then Prince Valiant Took The Revolution to Court

He went by the name "Tin Tin" and in college he formed a band with several friends, but abruptly quit after six months. His buddies went on to sell millions of records in the 1980's and Tin Tin ended up being sued by the creator of the cartoon of the same name. What was the name of the band Tin Tin left prematurely?

Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy was a founding member of Duran Duran.

Googlebusting factor: None.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 55

2. I Wanna Be Where the Nerds Are

When The Runaways signed their record deal in the mid-1970's, they were labeled "Jailbait Rock" because their average age was only 16. They had a few minor hits and were a strong influence on the Riot Grrl movement. Vocalist Micki Steele went on to the Bangles. Lita Ford became a heavy metal pin-up girl (and was bandleader on Howie Mandel's now-forgotten TV talk show). Joan Jett had many top-40 hits in a long career that culminated with her appearance in an elementary school parking lot less than a block from Kevin Guilfoile's house at the 1999 "Taste of La Grange." What did bassist Jackie Fox go on to do?

Jackie Fox became a lawyer after receiving her JD from Harvard. Because of the non-specific nature of the question, we probably should have accepted a reference to just about anything Jackie Fox has done in the past 20 years, but the commissioner awarded points only to answers which were at least as interesting as "became a lawyer." These included "worked for self-help guru Tony Robbins," a fact we didn't know before but do now.

Googlebusting factor: Many answered "joined Queens of Noise," but Queens of Noise was a Runaways album, not a band.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 63

3. Holy Cow, I Think She's Gonna Make It!

You heard her sing in the 1977 Meat Loaf hit "Paradise By the Dashboard Light," (which is, incidentally, the second most beloved song ever about date rape, behind only Johnny Mercer's "Baby, It's Cold Outside"). You saw her act in what 1980's television show?

Ellen Foley played public defender Billie Young in the first season of Night Court. She was replaced by Markie Post for season two. We also accepted Spenser: For Hire, as Foley appeared in one episode of that Robert Urich series in 1985.

Googlebusting factor: None.

Being popular isn't the same as being right: Several people answered simply "Ellen Foley" putting them just a short visit to the IMDb away.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 53

4. No, But That Gives Me an Idea For a Movie About Oscar Schindler

In 1985, who pitched Steven Spielberg a film idea in which Oscar Wilde travels to Texas in the 1890's and discovers (among other things, we imagine) Rock and Roll?

During his brief tenure with CBS's now defunct film unit, fashion designer and rock promoter Malcolm McLaren championed the Oscar Wilde idea, as well as a reworking of "Beauty and the Beast" featuring Calvin Klein, and a film he titled "Heavy Metal Surf Nazis."

Googlebusting factor: None. This was, however, the question missed by the most people.

Being popular isn't the same as being right: Several guessed "Robert Zemeckis," director of "Back to the Future." That's using your noggin but, unfortunately, wrong.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 15

5. That Year's Contest Was a Lulu

Whose song "I've Been Loving You," was shortlisted for the 1969 Eurovision contest, but ultimately lost to a tune called "Boom-Bang-A-Bang" written by Lulu?

Elton John and Bernie Taupin. We also accepted just "Elton John" which is the story of Bernie Taupin's life.

Good point: Dan Grothe writes, "Lulu never wrote a note in her life." Dan is correct. "Boom-Bang-A-Bang" was performed by Lulu, and written by Peter Warne and Alan Moorhouse.

Googlebusting factor: None.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 58

6. At Least His Favorite Band Wasn't "The Pooh Sticks"

In 1991, George Bush, Sr. named them as one of his favorite bands, but he mispronounced their name in a rather embarrassing fashion. Who are they?

During the 1992 Presidential campaign, the first George Bush cited the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as one of his favorite groups, but referred to them as the "Nitty Ditty Nitty Gritty Great Bird."

Googlebusting factor: Googlers, admittedly, had little to work with. This turned out to be the second-toughest question on this year's quiz.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 18

7. Sex and Bugs and Rock 'N' Roll

For what band did Sid Vicious, Adam Ant, and The Cure's Robert Smith all play for at various points in their careers?

Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Oops: Several people cautioned that it wasn't Adam Ant who was in the Banshees, but Ant guitarist Marco Pirroni. Although we had several sources that referred to Adam Ant's involvement with the Banshees, we now think that, at best, he might have sat in during a live set or two (the bands frequently played together and the Banshees were on the bill the night the Ants debuted). The question clearly implied a more lasting connection.

Mitigating factor: Even with the misleading question, this turned out to be one of the easiest in the quiz, and hardly anyone who had at least six correct answers missed it.

Googlebusting factor: None.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 61

8. From Groups to Nuts

The keyboard player of what band, which took its name from a 1920's Italian futurist manifesto, went on to win an Oscar for The Full Monty?

Art of Noise keyboardist Anne Dudley won an Academy Award for her original music in "The Full Monty."

Googlebusting factor: None.

Being popular isn't the same as being right: Once again, certain people answered only "Anne Dudley."

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 50

9. Please Leave My Nightmare Immediately, and Don't Let the Door Hit You in the Arse on the Way Out.

What Scottish band was fired from an Alice Cooper tour after only two shows, allegedly because Cooper thought they were "too weird"?

Big Country.

Googlebusting factor: Many people answered "The Skids" no doubt due to a Scottish pop web site that claims it to be true. Stuart Adamson helped found The Skids, but the Cooper incident happened after Adamson had left to team up with his childhood friend Bruce Watson in Big Country.

Being popular isn't the same as being right: Another common but incorrect answer was "Bay City Rollers." Had a promoter ever put together a bill consisting of the Bay City Rollers and Alice Cooper, they would have been forced to drop them from the tour because Alice Cooper fans had jumped on stage and eaten them with forks.

What makes a band Scottish, anyway? Jen answered this one correctly, but challenged the Scottishness of Big Country, claiming that most members weren't actually born there. We looked it up: Stuart Adamson, born Manchester, England; Bruce Watson, born Ontario, Canada; Mark Brzezicki, born London, England; Tony Butler, born London, England. We find the fact that Big Country was founded in Scotland to be enough for us, but the point is taken.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 27

10. Steal This Bike

According to legend, prior to their first gig, this band held after-hours rehearsals in Rusty Beanie's Cycle Shop under the condition that they would be locked in all night so they wouldn't steal any of the inventory. Who are they?

The New York Dolls.

Googlebusting factor: Prior to our quiz, the only Google result for "Rusty Beanie's Cycle Shop" was a web page dedicated to Captain Beefheart's Magic Band and almost a third of entries listed that as the answer (including at least one person who had every other question correct). Had these researchers taken the next step and looked for the reference on the Beefheart page, however, they would have found the anecdote therein was actually about the New York Dolls.

Percentage who answered this question correctly: 37

Ground Rules

The live version of the Second Annual CP Holiday Rock and Roll Pop Quiz pitted two teams of employees, vendors, clients, and friends at the Coudal Christmas party before a rowdy, alcohol-infused audience. As with last year, the questions were absurdly obscure, and the scoring scheme much more complicated than it needed to be. The game began when the questions were delivered to quiz commissioner Kevin Guilfoile by Rick Wilkens of the accounting firm of Kupferberg, Goldberg & Neimark, and when it was over, the Pat- Brennan-helmed "Team Brennan" defeated "Team Discovery Channel" (captained by last year's champion Bryan Bedell) by a score of 16-9.

Before each question, Kevin presented a pair of categories to one of the teams. That captain made a choice and the other team was asked a question from that category, but not before choosing a person from the audience to join their squad for one question only (This was called the "Power Play Rule," as it gave that team a temporary one-man advantage). If they could not answer correctly, the first team had a chance to steal the points. Failing that, the question went back to the original team, this time as multiple choice, but for reduced points.