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At some point in time all those people in the left column were attached to the people in the right column by an "& the". Although Florence always uses a "+", I felt she belonged as well.
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Jan 1st, 2013 at 06:16 GMT
"If you're in your local Starbucks and you just happen to see Darius Rucker walk by, go ahead and yell "Hey, Hootie!" No, we're not trying to punk you. He actually doesn't mind that, these days. In fact, he kind of likes it. Rucker, who propelled to mega-stardom in the mid-'90s as the frontman for Hootie and the (redacted), tells Spinner that people don't mistakenly call him Hootie much anymore. "But if they do, I'm glad because they still know who I am and they're calling me. I'm down with that," he says. "After being in the limelight for 15 years, you're just glad that people still know who you are. Especially when I've lost some weight and I'm not the fat hippie anymore." - spinner.com (Sep 11th 2008) The earliest quiz of this nature was in December of 2008. It's located at http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/backingbands . There was a Hootie objection voiced in the Comments section way back then. I'm just addressing it now 4 years later.
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 16:32 GMT
Can anyone suggest additional acts that should qualify for the list?
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 16:33 GMT
If Florence + is allowed, so should Mike + the Mechanics.
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 17:54 GMT
If you're a fan of Berke Breathed, Billy & the Boingers is a must.
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 18:50 GMT
Echo & the Bunnymen would qualify.
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 19:04 GMT
! How 'bout the band who sang "Celebration"?
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 19:32 GMT
Amwoods reminded me of Siouxsie & the Banshees.
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 19:56 GMT
Randy and the Rainbows, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, B. Bumble and the Stingers, Booker T and the MG's, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Derek and the Dominos, Jay and the Americans/Techniques, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Prince and the Revolution, Graham Parker and the Rumour, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Martha and the Muffins, Joe South and the Believers, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Billy and the Beaters, Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch, Merle Haggard And The Strangers, Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs, Disco Tex And The Sex-O-Lettes, Cannibal And The Headhunters, Dyke And The Blazers, Archie Bell And The Drells, Joey Dee And The Starliters, Country Joe And The Fish, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Doug And The Slugs, Hound Dog Taylor And The Houserockers, Omar And The Howlers, Adam And The Ants, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, Franke And The Knockouts, Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers, Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Toots And The Maytals and whoooole ton more. Part 2,
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 20:20 GMT
Awesome list, Caramba.
@joeBeta: Can you incorporate these to make it about the same size as the 100 Divided Bands list?
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 20:26 GMT
I've been traveling on the road all day and just got back on line. Thanks for the Editor's Pick! I considered quite a few groups and narrowed it down to 30 so that the 2 columns would be even in length and all fit on the screen without anyone having to scroll up or down. (This may not be true for everyone and their own Sporcle-viewing set-up, but it's true for my laptop.) I violated my own "& the" rule with Florence because she is way more current than most of the other quiz groups. The quiz was originally called "&" and included a few other groups - Crazy Horse, His Comets, Nine Stories, but the columns were too lopsided for my own satisfaction. I was sad to see "&" fall by the wayside, but changing the quiz to "& the" did eliminate a lot of those pesky "the"s. Thank you, caramba, for all the suggestions. I'll consider doing a second, much harder quiz at a future date. Herb Alpert rarely sang. I'm pretty sure that Booker T never sang. Marky Mark didn't "sing" at all (to my knowledge), but most of your list certainly would fall within this quiz's parameters.
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 20:31 GMT
@rockgolf: Our comments have overlapped I see. Shouldn't we just let this quiz fly for a while as it is? I firmly believe that less is frequently more. I'll check out that 100 Divided Bands List now ....
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 21:37 GMT
@rockgolf: I saw that quiz a few days ago and never played it because I thought it was too enormous to be much fun. I played it just now and found it to be more work than fun. If I was his editor, I would ask him to cut the quiz down to 50 bands or down to at least 80, perhaps eliminate groups or duos that aren't bands at all - En Vogue, Savaga Garden, Steely Dan, Gnarls Barkley, ... He did do a nice job in evening up his columns. I also appreciate the allure of the number 100. I prefer a multiple of ten myself. I could make smaller buttons and easily add 10 more lead singer & the group combinations, but it would be very hard to edit this quiz while it was live and maintain a nice balance in the 2 columns. My purpose in creating this particular quiz was to make a fun little quiz. I have a few difficult quizzes in the works. I didn't want this to be one of them.
Jan 3rd, 2013 at 23:16 GMT
@joe: Fair enough.
Jan 4th, 2013 at 00:17 GMT
Also other possibilities include: Duane Eddy & The Rebels, Echo & The Bunnymen, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Junior Walker & The All Stars, Kool & The Gang, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mike + The Mechanics, Niki & The Dove, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Roger Troutman & The Human Body, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Dick Dale & The Del-Tones, Siouxsie & The Banshees
Jan 4th, 2013 at 08:41 GMT
To Talkinghead -"Can you match the lead singer with the backing group?" is a simple question, but I did do research before I finally settled on the 30 groups chosen. Kool & the Gang and Paul Revere & the Raiders both came into my own mind as possibilities early on. Kool was the bass player while James "J.T." Taylor was the lead singer. Paul Revere was the organist while Mark Lindsay was the lead singer. There is an opportunity for a much larger "& the" quiz at a future date by me or anyone else at Sporcle. Perhaps the easiest question for such a future quiz could be "Can you match the 2 parts of these broken musical groups?" To all non-quizmasters at Sporcle - I started making quizzes here in October of 2012. It definitely has a learning curve, but I find that it is as much fun to make a quiz as to play one. If you click on the "Create" button very near the top of the Sporcle Home Page, you'll arrive at the place to start. You can test the quiz out relentlessly before anyone else sets eyes on it. Back to Talking Head - I love the Talking Heads, but I actually saw Richard Hell & the Voidoids in concert. They were the opening act for either the Boomtown Rats or Patti Smith (I am now 61 so I'm not entirely sure which one but definitely one or the other of those 2 groups.). Richard Hell and the Voidoids were possibly the worst band that I've ever seen in my life so I would tend to not include them in a quiz. It's possible that their recordings were better than their performances. This is usually the case in music but not always. Patti Smith was absolutely sensational on that particular night when she did a cover of the Ronette's "Be My Baby", but I have never found a recording by her of that song on youtube or anywhere else where she is anywhere near good. Another great thing about Sporcle ... you can type more than 140 characters :)
Jan 5th, 2013 at 18:36 GMT
Perhaps Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes?
Jan 5th, 2013 at 19:16 GMT
Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes is a good illustration of the complexities of these musical groups. Harold Melvin was the original lead singer but by 1972 had handed lead singing over to Teddy Pendergrass. While Teddy Pendergrass was the lead singer, the Bluenotes had their biggest success, so much so that in 1975 Mr. Pendergrass had successfully changed the group's name to "Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Theodore Pendergrass". As is often the case in these "& the" groups, he quit the group a year later to pursue a solo career. Each of these groups in the quiz and in this Comment section have their own unique story. As far as band names go, I've always admired short simple names like the Beatles, the Police, No Doubt, Cream, etc. When a band has an enormous name, the public will generally shorten it for them - the Stones, the Airplane, ELO, CCR, Led Zep, ...
Jan 6th, 2013 at 10:07 GMT
Some great lists on the quiz and in the comments, but how could everyone miss the greatest (albeit fictional) band of all time: Animal House's own Otis Day and the Knights?
Jan 6th, 2013 at 13:48 GMT
Then we have Eddie and the Cruisers and others. I found an antique Sporcle Quiz of Fictional Bands here - http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/fictionalbands Somehow they missed Otis Day and the Knights. The newer clickable format would be perfect for a large quiz on that topic. Hopefully somebody will create one so that I can play it :)
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