Do you love ’80s music? Do you wax sentimental about a time when men were allowed to REALLY sing and not sound like constipated old men like they did in the early days of “Grunge?” Do you wish the “keytar” was still a standard instrument in a rock band? Were you excited when skinny ties made a comeback? Did you spend more time watching MTV than you did sitting in school classrooms when you were in high school? As for this last item, this next picture describes me to a T…
I was not very much like Tracy Flick (played here by Reese Witherspoon) in high school!
Well, you’ve come to the right place! You’re about to read trivia questions about (drum roll) ’80s music! I played in two different “virtual” trivia games on Sunday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 4. I thought it would make sense to combine the question set from both games into one, especially since I have time today on my day off from work. Side note, a word of thanks to the landscaping crews for picking this morning to come by to work on our lawns, thus keeping me from sleeping in on my day off! You guys are the best… I didn’t need to be sleeping in anyway! Uh…moving on!
Game One (August 2 game):
1. Soundtracks – What 1982 single from Fast Times At Ridgemont High is Jackson Browne’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100? Random commentary by Kim, “I thought Jackson Browne was black,” and me, “My mom was a huge Jackson Browne fan.” Thanks mom! I remember when I was at Girl Scout camp and she included something in one of her letters about getting his album “Lawyers in Love,” and another note about my dad fixing the stereo. Neat little time capsule from 1983!
2. Albums – What 1981 album by the J. Geils Band shares its title with one of the album’s singles? Miss… no shame for not knowing enough about this band!
3. Geographical Music – What 1984 rock hit named for a geographic location contains the lyrics, “I can barely see the road from the heat comin’ off?” Who knows the next line?
4. Most Recent Singles – The 1988 single “I Hate Myself for Loving You” is the most recent top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by what artist?
5. Lead Singers – Lou Gramm is known as the original lead singer of what rock band that had multiple hits in the 1980s?
6. Number Ones – Steve Miller Band reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1982 with what song with an 11-word title? Some commentary in the breakout room about how that song must’ve been a popular one with strippers back in the day – how could it not – with lyrics such as “I feel magic when I touch your thighs,” and “silk and satin…leather and lace – black panties with an angel’s face?” I’m old remember when this song was all over the airwaves…
7. Cover Art – What #1 single released in 1986 includes hieroglyph-like images as part of its cover art?
8. Ballads – What ballad is the highest-charting song on on the Billboard Hot 100 by Crowded House, reaching #2 in April, 1987?
9. Opening Lines – What 1983 hit by The Police begins with the lyric, “There’s a little black spot on the sun today?”
10. Whitney – Reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, what Whitney Houston hit was an official song for the 1988 Summer Olympics? Thank goodness Kim remembered singing this song when she was in school… I am definitely “Not It” when we get questions about Whitney Houston! It’s not that I hated her songs, I just didn’t get into her stuff (though watching her bubbly self on MTV was kind of fun).
Mystery Round – Solo Artist #1 Hits
Given the song title and year, name the solo artist who topped the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1980s.
M1 – “Sailing,” 1980
M2 – “Flashdance…What A Feeling,” 1983
M3 – “Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” 1984
M4 – “Wishing Well,” 1988
Got all of these.
Final Category – Cover Songs
Elvis had a top 40 hit with the song “Always On My Mind” in the 1970s. Name the two artists or groups that also hit the top 40 with that same song in the decade of the 1980s.
Came up with the first person right away, then Mike helped with the second one (and ’80s music isn’t even his strong category)! He gave a vague description of the music genre (describing it as a “Eurotrash band”), and that was enough for me to come up with the band. Fist bump moment!
We were in sixth going into the final and only managed to move up to fifth after the final at the game’s end. Oh well…no real “victories” in virtual trivia!
Game Two (August 4 game):
1. Band Members – Andrew Ridgeley was one half of what music duo that was formed in 1981?
2. Duets – What 1983 duet by Patti Austin and James Ingram topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks after being featured on “General Hospital?” Ah, soap opera memories! Being excited when you got home from school in time to see most of General Hospital, for one! Also reading recaps of soaps in my letters at summer camp from my mom (does she win mom of the year for that one or what)? Also, one of my co-workers said she called off work the day they aired Luke and Laura’s wedding. Wonder how many other people did the same thing?
3. Live – A live version of what Paul McCartney song topped the charts in 1980, marking a rare occasion where a live song sat in the #1 spot? I can honestly say I’ve never heard of – or heard this song. Miss.
4. Before They Were Caught – Before getting busted for lip syncing, Milli Vanilli had three songs top the Billboard Hot 100. Name two of those songs, all of which were released after “Girl You Know It’s True.”
5. Holiday Music – In the 1983 charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” what singer delivers the iconic line “Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you?”
6. All Night Long – In the second verse to “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie, he says life is three different words. The first word is “good.” Name the other two words. A big “nope” all around…miss.
7. Opening Lyrics – What 1980s hit opens with the lyric, “You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you?”
8. Featuring – What 1984 single by Rockwell, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, features Michael Jackson on vocals in the chorus? Ah, one of many songs from the 1980s inspired by drug-induced paranoia perhaps? 🙂
9. Solo Hits – What member of The Eagles had solo hits in the 1980s with the songs “The Heat is On” and “You Belong to the City?”
10. Final #1 Hits – The 1984 single “Out of Touch” is the sixth and final #1 hit to date on the Billboard Hot 100 by what group? And commence a grisly conversation about a man named Leonard Tyburski from Canton who killed his wife and stuffed her body in a chest freezer (which was relevant because the woman was wearing a shirt from this band’s concert tour – I even saw this band when they were on the same tour). I had the chance to see the crime scene photos in my past life as a journalist…and Cathy said she had this guy’s daughter as a student in her classroom. Small world?
Mystery – Only #1s
Given the artist, identify which song of theirs was their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1980s.
M1 – Bonnie Tyler
M2 – Ray Parker Jr.
M3 – Kim Wilde –
M4 – Cheap Trick
Got all of these (though we were a bit nervous about #2 since she had a couple of hits).
Final Category – British Groups
What group is the only British artist to have a #1 hit in the United States while never charting in the U.K.?
The upbeat song has a repeating word in its title and hit #1 in 1988. The song also shares its name with a 1999 single by a different artist.
We came up with a song that hit #1 in the U.S., met the “upbeat” and “repeating word” criteria – but sadly, not any of the other criteria. Off our radar, apparently.
We were in first going into the final…but not after blowing this question (and the one about Lionel Richie lyrics and that Paul McCartney single). Oh well, it was fun, special thanks to the Sparty On team for letting me sit in with them virtually! We’ll have to do that again sometime…
As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Rob and Fab! Which one of those guys is still alive? Hmmmm….!