We gathered for a session of virtual ’90s music trivia Sunday night – we had a bit of a rough go with the question set, but managed to get the final right and finished in fourth. As always, it was a fun way to reminisce about college, dating, starting careers, and countless other things we did in the decade of the 1990s!
1. Grammy Awards – What song that samples a song by The Police spent 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997 and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group?
It was recorded as a tribute to musician who had passed away.
2. Concerts – Frustrated by concert promoters and radio stations that refused to play two women artists in a row, Sarah McLachlan partnered with Paula Cole to create what music festival, which became the top-grossing touring festival in 1997? I had ZERO interest of checking this out…Sarah MacLachlan’s voice – I just can’t! Remember when they did those super long commercials featuring one of her songs about saving the orphaned animals or whatever the fuck that was? That’s when my mind went to a really, really dark place about animal shelters upping the ante with their ads and threatening to kill certain ones within the hour if X amount of money isn’t raised for their room and board. “If we don’t get $1,000 within the next hour, Fifi is getting a bullet in the head on the air! Now how much do you REALLY care about the animals?” And THIS is why I shouldn’t be exposed to Sarah MacLachlan music! Now imagine what it was like in college when my roommate John played her “Tumbling to Ecstasy” album or whatever it was over…and over….again. Oy – let’s just say I’ve tamed in my older age!
3. Shows – In addition to special guests that joined for the finale, four country artists headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVIII (28) in 1994. Nope, we didn’t have the right mix of brains for this. After seeing the answers, I said, “If you use the name Travis as either a first OR last name as one of your guesses on a country music question, you have a pretty good chance of getting it right!”
4. Rock Songs – During the 1990s, three songs spent at least ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Name two of those three songs, which are by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marcy Playground, and Lit. Thankfully we picked the Marcy Playground and Lit songs, not the RHCP song (which a lot of teams missed by picking the wrong one).
5. Responses – What song, released in 1999 by Sporty Thievz, is a rebuttal to the hit single “No Scrubs” by TLC and peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, around the same time that the TLC single was enjoying a successful chart run? No scrubs, no clue…
6. Parodies – Name BOTH the year mentioned in the lyrics to Weird Al Yankovic’s song “Amish Paradise” AND the literary character also mentioned in the lyrics, who first appeared in print twenty years after the year mentioned in the song. Sadly, my Weird Al lyrics knowledge is stronger with ’80s songs…miss.
7. Videos – Released in 1996, the music video for the Foo Fighters’ single “Big Me” is a parody of advertisements for what product?
8. Early Songs – In the 1990s, Britney Spears had two singles reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. Name both songs, which were her first and third charting singles, respectively. Oops we did it again, miss…
9. Performances – In addition to the guitar, bass, and drums, two other instruments were used in the production of Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance.
Name either of those instruments. We picked the wrong “type” of instrument, though we thought of the right one after the answer was submitted…Oh me… (that’s a Nirvana song reference).
10. Albums – What 1997 studio album by Aerosmith features a depiction of a cat on its cover and has a title that alludes to a number of issues that the band had to overcome during its production? Did we get it right? Dream on!
Mystery – This was audio – they played 8 bit versions of four different ’90s songs. We got all of them correct. We were in eighth going into the final with 48 points (I think, I didn’t have the scoring device). Final – Song Titles
I don’t have the precise wording for this, but we had to name Madonna singles from the ’90s with one word titles and I “think” they had to have hit #1. Got both of these…Next trivia game Tuesday night. As always, Go Pods, Sparty On, and stay classy, Flea!