issue 47: March - April 2005 

Pop Music and Contemporary Fiction Quiz
Pop Music and Contemporary Fiction

From Shakespeare to the latest pop classic, musical references abound. Our focus is on the contemporary - the real stuff appearing in fiction and the fictional-cum-real. Test you knowledge and you may win a 30-euro (20 / $30) gift certificate to spend at Amazon; in case of a tie, a name will be drawn. Deadline: May 15, 2005

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1. In a classic 60s novel invented bands such as Luke Sterne, Goggly Gogol, and The Mixers appear as well as this group whose name was taken up by an English band in the 80s.

2. Name the android opera singer in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? whose name was adopted by a current American rock trio.

3. In this 80s novel the protagonist devotes three separate chapters to rants about his musical adoration of Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and the News, and . . .

4. In which novel, full of musical references, do you find the line: "How can you like Art Garfunkel and Solomon Burke? It’s like saying you support the Israelis and the Palestinians?"

5. In Trainspotting, Mark Renton and Dianne Kerr have their first argument over a band that Renton claims "jumped on the committed, passion-rock bandwagon of U-2" He thinks they’re pure shite, but Dianne likes 'em. Name the group.

6. This Scottish lass chops up and buries her dead boyfriend and sets off on a Youth Med holiday in Spain. She’s never without her Walkman and personally selected tracks for all occasions, which form an integral part of the novel. Who is she?

7. The nickname given to a giant steam-powered dildo in Naked Lunch was taken as the name of which 70s band?

8. Author Willie Russell’s novel is structured around letters written by the protagonist to his musical idol. Name the idol.

9. Glasgow DJ Zaf spins tunes from midnight to dawn on Radio Chandni’s last ever program in this novel, which includes a Playlist and Discography at the end. Which group kicks off the playlist?

10. Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels are full of musical references. Which group tops the list for getting mentioned most often?

11. In this novel, the protagonist, known as ‘whiteboy,’ writes a history of Nashville and Motown music, with references to Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, among others. Name the novel.

12. In a 1977 cult novel, the anti-hero falls under the spell of Nietzsche, concludes that he is the Superman, and ends up stabbing which famous rock singer on stage?

13. Name the legendary blues man who shows up at the Spokane Reservation looking for relief in a novel by Sherman Alexie.

14. Name the contemporary singer who tried to get rights to use Molly Bloom's soliloquy from Joyce’s Ulysses but was denied, and so resorted to paraphrasing it. Mmm, yes.

15. In a novel by Chuck Palahniuk one of the stoners at a colonial-era theme park bangs a broomstick along to the bass beat of which group?

16. "Joey said when he left tha' he didn't think soul was righ' for Ireland. This stuff is though. You've got to remember tha' half the country is fuckin' farmers. This is the type o' stuff that they all listen to. Only they listen to it at the wrong speed." This 'type o' stuff ' refers to which American band?


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