I’ve played in a few ’90s music theme trivia nights over the past few years. And I’m hit or miss every single time I play. Rather than just believing I’m simply bad at ’90s music trivia, I’d prefer to be a bit delusional instead – and just say that they just don’t happen to ask ’90s music stuff that I know about! I didn’t stalk the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the ’90s – my musical tastes tended to be a bit “esoteric,” in some cases, even a bit “edgy.” When Britney Spears was lolling about in her schoolgirl outfits and showing off her navel? I wasn’t really paying attention (though I bet a lot of horny guys were). In fact, I kind of resented that the fashion for women’s tops at the time was for them to NOT cover everything up (I’m a tall person and I don’t like my garments being any shorter than they need to be, LOL)!
I just wasn’t into this kind of music in the ’90s…
Spice Girls were too “bubble gum” for me (also I was in my 20s and not a “tween” when they hit the scene), Mariah Carey sung songs that only dogs can hear as far as I was concerned (loved that In Living Color skit that made fun of her singing), and I cared not one single iota about the Backdoor Boys, N’Sync or 98 Degrees or any other “boy band.” As for hip-hop? The Beastie Boys were pretty cool! I even enjoyed some Digital Underground, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys. And Ice Cube’s It Was a Good Day is just a damn good track (IMHO).
This T-shirt is PROOF I was at the first Lollapalooza (1991, Pine Knob, Detroit MI).
On the other hand, I was a bit bonkers for Lenny Kravitz (especially in the early ’90s) – I bought the Reality Bites soundtrack ONLY because it had a new Lenny song on it, I loved nine inch nails, I liked some “grunge” bands (Layne Staley was the best grunge lead singer IMHO), I even liked some Oasis as long as it wasn’t too whiny (I still think their cover of the Beatles’ Don’t Look Back in Anger is a pretty damn spot-on cover), I was at the first Lollapalooza festival, and saw U2 on stage twice in the 1990s. Being that I’m the daughter of a woman who went nuts for the “British Invasion” in the 1960s, I also listened to a little Coldplay, a little bit of Radiohead, and quite a lot of Peter Gabriel (yes he had an album in the 1990s and maybe you should study because I just might ask about it)!
Without further ado, here’s MY ’90s music quiz!
My Own…Personal…’90s Music Question Set
1. Recording Studios – What band recorded their 1994 album on the site of the Manson murders? The studio was called “Le Pig.”
2. Compilation Albums – What 1990 AIDS charity album’s title is shared with a Cole Porter Broadway show and features covers of various Cole Porter tunes by contemporary artists? Bonus, name two of the performers recording tracks for this album.
3. Song Lyrics – What nine letter word is spelled out in the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ 1996 song Hell?
4. Albums – Name two full length studio albums released by U2 in the 1990s. Name all three for a bonus point.
5. Siblings – What are the two first names of the Gallagher brothers in Oasis? Bonus, the Gallagher brothers are from Manchester, England. Which English association football team do they cheer on during their home matches?
6. Album Covers – Whose 1991 album features a track called Winona and has actress Tuesday Weld on its cover?
7. Songs – What band recorded the 1998 song Space Lord?
8. Albums – What singer/songwriter released his sixth studio album titled Us in 1992, which included the songs Steam and Digging in the Dirt – which hit #2 and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts respectively?
9. Albums Part Deux – Lenny Kravitz released four studio albums in the decade of the 1990s. Name at least one of those albums – two for a bonus point.
10. Spinoff Bands – Porno For Pyros was the “spinoff” band created by Perry Farrell, who was formerly the lead singer of what band?
11. Thrash Metal – Rapper Ice-T co-wrote some tracks on a 1992 studio album released by what thrash metal band?
12. Second Albums – What American rock band’s fourth studio album Angel Dust was released in 1992?
12. Albums – Songs of Faith and Devotion was the eighth studio album released by what British electronic band in 1993?
13. Alter Egos – What was the “alter ego” created by Garth Brooks that allowed him to explore his “rock ‘n roll” side?
14. Backing Bands – What was the name of the backing band working with Prince on his 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls?
15. Debut Albums – What British band’s 1993 debut album was called Pablo Honey?
16. If It’s Not Scottish, It’s Crap – What Scottish band had a hit in the U.S. in 1992 with Divine Thing as well as a top 5 UK hit with I’m Free?
17. Cover Songs – The American rock band Mr. Big recorded a cover of what Cat Stevens song – which hit #24 on the Hot 100 charts in 1993? For a bonus point, what English reggae vocalist also had a hit with this cover song in 1988?
18. Angry Lyrics – Name any of the people mentioned by name in the Guns ‘n Roses song Get in the Ring.
19. Closing Credit Songs – Save Me by Aimee Mann plays as the closing credits song in what 1999 film starring Tom Cruise? Bonus – Aimee Mann was the lead singer for what band that had a hit with Voices Carry in the early 1980s?
20. Hip-Hop Lyrics – In the Digital Undergound song Humpty Dance, in what fast food restaurant’s bathroom does the singer say he once “got busy” in? Multiple choice – Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Taco Bell or McDonalds?
21. Debut Albums Part Deux – What female singer/songwriter’s debut album was Little Earthquakes, released in 1992?
22. Song Lyrics – In Ice Cube’s It Was a Good Day, what woman is the first one to be mentioned by name in the song (only first name needed)? Bonus, what does he say she’s able to “do all night?”
23. Unusual Music Samples – What German band’s 1990 album MCMXC a.D. incorporated samples of Gregorian chants into their songs? Their highest-charting hit was Sadeness (Part 1) which hit #5 on the U.S. charts.
24. Food Mentioned in Songs – What specific bean-oriented dish is mentioned in the lyrics of the Dee-Lite song Groove is in the Heart?
25. I’ll Bet You Think This Song Is About You – What track from the nine inch nails 1999 album The Fragile will you hear these lyrics:
You’re so vain
I bet you think this song is about you
Mystery – Lead Singers
Match the lead singers to their bands. NOTE – there will be more lead singers than bands listed.
- Scott Stapp
- Scott Weiland
- David Pirner
- Layne Staley
- Chris Cornell
- Zack de la Rocha
- Thom Yorke
- Chris Martin
- Alice In Chains
- Soul Asylum
- Rage Against the Machine
Final Category – Trilogies
Guns ‘n Roses released three videos from their Use Your Illusion 1 and Use Your Illusion 2 albums which were intended to encompass a “trilogy,” one of which was Don’t Cry. Name the other two songs.