My longtime “music trivia pardner” Kim and I decided to take a stab at some trivia about “music duos” Wednesday night. If only we were able to score extra points for being able to predict what the questions wound up being about (boo)! Yeah, we weren’t exactly hitmakers in the game, but it was still fun to reminisce about music we’ve listened to throughout our lives…
Kim asked me before the game what team name we should use – I suggested Cylon and Garfunkel (a “Futurama” reference), Bitches and Herb and Pet Shop Girls. She said she liked the second one the best, so that is the one we used. Though we never figured out who “Herb” was supposed to be – maybe the guy from the Burger King commercials from the 1980s that we were supposed to be looking for? Anyone else old enough to remember those?
Here were the questions:
1. Singles – What is the highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 by Gnarls Barkley, which consists of CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse?
2. Motown – What Motown singer released three collaboration albums with Tammi Terrell in the late 1960s, titled United, You’re All I Need, and Easy? Dang, I didn’t think this guy was a “duets” kind of guy. But…my Motown knowledge ain’t that great…
3. Rock – “Icky Thump,” “Blue Orchid,” and “Seven Nation Army” are the highest-charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100 by what rock duo? Ooh I have this album! On a recent cabin trip, their tunes were actually hitting the spot!
4. Country – Kix and Ronnie are the first names of what country music duo? Thank you Kim for knowing this (whew)!
5. Brits – In 1994, what British duo released the top 20 hit “Always,” which opens with the lyrics, “Open your eyes I see; Your eyes are open; Wear no disguise for me”? I listened to this band quite a bit in college – their upbeat tunes were great for doing homework!
6. Indie -She & Him is an indie music duo made up of guitarist M. Ward and what woman, better known for her acting career? Again, thanks Kim for knowing this!
7. Folk – Amy Ray and Emily Saliers make up what American folk rock duo whose biggest hits are “Closer to Fine” and “Shame on You”? Yup, Kim said there would be a question about this duo…
8. Production – Name one of the two members of the music production duo The Neptunes. I had NO CLUE. Kim at least knew one of the right people (boom)!
9. Hot 100 – Other than their collaborations with Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd, Daft Punk has had two songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100, both peaking at #61.
Name either of those songs.
Daft Punk? Isn’t that the band who wore the space helmets and were in the Tron remake? Uh yeah, that would be me talking here, which tells you how much I know about this group (not much)!
10. Names – If they were known collectively by their first names, what notable musical theater writing team would be called Richard and Oscar? And I said we’d have a question about this duo!
Mystery – Duets – Given a pair of artists and a year, name the song that ranks in the top four on Rolling Stone’s list of the 20 Best Dramatic Duets of All Time.
M1. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (1983)
M2. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (1981)
M3. Stevie Nicks and Don Henley (1981)
M4. Cherrelle feat. Alexander O’Neal (1985)
Almost aced this round, but #4 stumped us. Even after the answer was revealed, we were still shrugging. How did a 1985 music question get by us Gen X gals who were both likely following the popular music scene at the time?
We were in sixth (fancy word for last) place with 55 going into the final. Top team had 63 points.
Final – Albums: The best-selling album in the U.S. by a duo, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, was released by whom?
Wish we would’ve had a couple of more clues on this one – mainly that it was a greatest hits album (which had we known we would not have guessed the duo that we guessed). Oh well, it wouldn’t be a final question if it were TOO easy, would it?
When will the next music night be that won’t be based on previously asked questions? We’ll be keeping an eye out for that, for sure! But tonight, we’re taking the night off from trivia (we did four trivia games in the past week, it’s time for a little break)! As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Zoe Deschanel! Did you guys know her mom was on the original Twin Peaks series (there is quite a bit of family resemblance between mom and daughter, too)!