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Intros Quiz: 1987 edition

November 12th, 2012 3 comments

We continue our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, arriving at 25  years ago: 1987 — yes, a quarter of a century ago.

1987 was the year the US stock market crashed (guess what, Republican administration again!);31 people died in a fire at London’s King’s Cross underground station and a weatherman got his storm warnings wrong; Terry Waite, the special envoy of the archbishop of Canterbury in Lebanon, was kidnapped in Beirut (he was released almost five years later); A West German court found Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie guilty of crimes against humanity and Rudolf Hess committed suicide in Spandau Prison Berlin;  A cross-channel ferry capsised off Zeebrugge, Belgium, killing 180; Nineteen year-old West German pilot Mathias Rust landed a private plane on Red Square in Moscow; The First Intifada began in the Gaza Strip and West Bank; The Simpson made their TV debut on the Tracey Ullman Show; Microsoft released Windows 2.0 and the first version of Photoshop was developed; the world’s population reached five billion, but by year’s end that number excluded Liberace, Andy Warhol, Peter Tosh, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Lee Marvin, Maria von Trapp and Woody Herman.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits in 1987. The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. If the pesky number 17 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

Intros Quiz – 1987 Edition

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Intros Quiz: 1977 edition

May 21st, 2012 6 comments

We continue our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, arriving at 35 years ago: 1977.

1977 was the year when the apartheid police murdered Steve Biko, New York City went dark for 25 hours and the World Trade Centre was completed; Jimmy Carter became US president and Egypt’s President Anwar al-Sadat recognised Israel; the US returned the Panama Canal to Panama; the first Apple II computer went on sale; two jumbo jets collided above the Canary Islands; members of Lynryd Skynyrd died in a plane crash; the TV mini-series Roots was sceened in the US; Sarah Michelle Gellar and Orlando Bloom were born and Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Elvis Presley, Marc Bolan, Bing Crosby and Matthew Garber (the kid in Mary Poppins) died.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year (eight were UK #1 hits, but five of those were by US artist, and only one by a UK-based act). The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. If the pesky number 15 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

 

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Intros Quiz: 1967 edition

January 2nd, 2012 1 comment

1967 model prepares to drive her Camino to wherever the Summer of Love is happening.

Here we begin another new five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, starting with 45 years ago: 1967 (and what a great year for music that was). Next month we’ll skip to 1972, then 1977 and so on.

1967 was the year the first edition of Rolling Stone was published, so-called “race riots” broke out in cities such as Detroit and Cleveland, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing induction into US Army, Dr Christiaan Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant in Cape Town, Biafra declares independence from Nigeria and a civil war begins, the first ATM is installed in England, The Beatles released Sgt Pepper’s and Elvis married Priscilla.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year. The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. If the pesky number 18 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above for the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – 1986 edition

December 12th, 2011 1 comment

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, revisiting 25 years ago: 1986. It was the year the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, US bombing of Tripoli and the Challenger space shuttle explosion. In South Africa the apartheid regime declared a state of emergency, Swedish prime minister Olof Palme was assassinated, Mozambican prrsident Samota Machel died in a plane crash above South Africa, and in the Philippines the tyrant Fernando Marcos was deposed. Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize and the first computer virus, named Brain, starts to spread.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year. The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday (so please don’t post your answers). If the pesky number 15 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – Drum edition 1

October 6th, 2011 3 comments

We take a break from our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes (next up will be the Year of Our Lord 1986), and get percussive with 20 songs that start with drums, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Some of them start with just a couple of beats or a drum roll, others bang the drum for a bit before the song gets started. Only one of the 5-7 second clips features no instruments or a vocal clue, but that one is instantly recognisable.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Monday (so please don’t post your answers). If the pesky number 17 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

Intros Quiz – Drum edition Vol. 1

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Intros Quiz – 1981 edition

September 8th, 2011 6 comments

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, revisiting 30 years ago: 1981.

It was the year of failed assassination attempts on Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, and a successful one on Anwar Sadat. The word “Internet” was first used and Microsoft introduced MS-DOS. Prince Charles married Diana Spencer and they lived happily ever after. In Poland, the Solidarity trade union took on the might of the communist state. In Northern Ireland the IRA’s Bobby Sand died while on hunger strike, while in London, Liverpool and Manchester riots broke out. Scientists discovered the AIDS virus. And – here’s one to make those of us who remember 1981 well feel really old – Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were born.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year (and if you think #17 sounds more than a lot like the intro to Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark, you are not the only one). The answers will be posted in the comments section by Monday (so please don’t post your answers). If the pesky number 15 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

Intros Quiz – 1981 edition

By the way, seeing as we are having a cover of Smash Hits from July 1981 in this post (yes, Depeche Mode once were young), I must mention the great work Brian McCloskey – a pale skinny Irish transvestite with great hair, apparently – is doing on his Like Punk Never Happened blog. The great man is meticulously scanning every page of successive editions of the great UK music magazine, and publishes them on his blog on the 30th anniversary of publication, so that you and I can go on a nostalgia trip. It’s one of the great things about the Internet (now, if only someone would do the same with Germany’s Bravo magazines from the 1970s!)

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Intros Quiz – 1976 edition

July 18th, 2011 2 comments

We continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, revisiting 35 years ago: 1976 (the year that the youth of South Africa rose up against apartheid; Matsushita introduces the VHS home video cassette recorder to compete with Sony’s Betamax system; an earthquake in Tangshan, China, killed hundreds of thousands people; the Apple Computer Company was formed; Nadia Comăneci earned seven perfect scores at the Olympics in Montreal; the “Son of Sam” began is year-long murder spree in new York; and Bob Marley was shot in an assassination attempt in Kingston). Which means that in the coming months we will skip to 1981, then 1986.

As always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year. I’m not sure if #7 was a hit, but as one of the few perfect pop songs of 1976, it should have been.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday (so please don’t post your answers). If the pesky number 11 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – 1971 edition

March 28th, 2011 5 comments

After last month’s Valentine’s Day interruption, we continue on our five-yearly cycle of intros quizzes, revisiting 40 years ago: 1971 (the year that bastion of democracy Switzerland granted women the right to vote, Greenpeace was founded, the first Internet chat room apperared, the pocket calculator and soft contact lenses go on sale, Qatar gained indepedence from Britain, and a tsunami hit Japan, ). Which means that in the coming months we will, God willing, skip to 1976, then 1981, and so on. In between, I might do a couple of TV theme quizzes. Anybody up for TV theme intros quizzes?

Anyway, as always, twenty intros to hit songs from that year of 5-7 seconds in length. All were single releases and/or hits that year. Those fans of classic rock who have been following the cricket world cup might have been earwormed with number 8…

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday (so please don’t post your answers). If the pesky number 18 (and, possible 10) bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here.

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Intros Quiz – Love edition

February 14th, 2011 1 comment

It’s Valentine’s Day, so to spice up the romance, here’s an Intros Quiz which the Casanovas/Casanovettes among readers can employ as part of their Valentine’s Day Sex foreplay. And those who won’t get laid tonight, well, here’s something even more fun to do…

So, twenty intros to hit songs that feature the word “love” (as a noun or verb), all 5-7 seconds in length, all hits. The oldest dates from the late 1950s; the most recent from the first decade of the millennium.

The answers will be posted in the comments section by Thursday. If the pesky number 6 bugs you, go to the Contact Me tab above to request the answers, or  better, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, click here to become one.

Intros Quiz – Love edition

The desperate reader in a last-minute need for a fine mix of lovey-dovey songs for VD may refer to Any Major Love Mix 2009 and  Any Major Love Mix 2009 Vol. 2, and two more posts about being in love: here and here. And if the dear reader has no use for music about being in love, there are many songs about love for all circumstances, including getting dumped or cheated on, bouncing back, being in an unrequited or impossible love etc.

Happy Valentine’s Day for those who care, and and a jolly Fuck the Commercialism for the rest…


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Intros Quiz – ABBA edition

October 11th, 2010 1 comment

To mark absolutely nothing, here is an intros quiz consisting of only ABBA songs. Most of them were hits; all of them were released as singles somewhere in the world, I think.

As always, each of the 20 intros is 5-7 seconds in length. I will post the answers in the comments section by Thursday, so please don’t post your answers. If you can’t wait till then to find out what the blasted number 6 is, please feel free to e-mail me or, better still, message me on Facebook. If you’re not my FB friend, go to www.facebook.com/amdwhah and become one.

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