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Apr 7th, 2012 at 20:00 GMT
Cool idea, especially since a lot of them are either late 70s/early 90s with a very "80s" sound. Perhaps consider a different song for "Tainted Love", as the Soft Cell version was from 1981, but was a Gloria Jones cover from 1965, and has also been covered by numerous artists since the 80s, including a single version from Marilyn Manson in 2001.
Apr 7th, 2012 at 21:09 GMT
Thanks, popkiller. I'll switch out "Tainted Love."
Apr 8th, 2012 at 06:34 GMT
heart of glass! shocker
Apr 8th, 2012 at 14:57 GMT
I noticed the alert after I'd clicked a wrong answer, so I take some responsibility that I didn't read the instructions carefully, though I do prefer it when people put "clickable mines" in brackets in the title.
Apr 13th, 2012 at 14:57 GMT
"I Love Rock 'n Roll" was originally by Arrows, released in 1975
Apr 17th, 2012 at 23:32 GMT
Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U came out in the '80s. Change that option.
Apr 18th, 2012 at 12:59 GMT
leviper: Nothing Compares to U was written by Prince for Sinead O'Connor. It was released as a single in February of 1990 and appeared on her album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, which came out in March of 1990.
Apr 18th, 2012 at 13:00 GMT
rer2121: Fair comment. I'll switch it out.
Apr 25th, 2012 at 22:01 GMT
Nothing Compares 2U is still an 80's song. Sinead released her version in 1990 but it was a cover of a version released by Prince.
Jun 6th, 2012 at 13:23 GMT
Good quiz but am I the only one having trouble with unverified quizzes freezing?
Jun 6th, 2012 at 17:39 GMT
Good quiz! Your choices for decoy songs were pretty good. While I understand those who are driving at the Nothing Compares 2 U/Prince thing....it is clearly a song made famous by Sinead O'Connor. I don't think that people think of Prince when they see the title or hear the song.
Jun 6th, 2012 at 21:41 GMT
I wish I could express how 'UNFUN' mine quizzes are, but there's not a word in the English language that can properly express my contempt. That being said, I generally like your quizzes, MSUKent.
Jun 7th, 2012 at 00:04 GMT
See I figured you put Nothing Compares 2 U in there as a trick b/c it actually was an 80's song. For true music fans, you would need to delete that one.
Jun 9th, 2012 at 05:52 GMT
Nothing Compares 2 U was not released by Prince, or The Family, in the 1980s as a single. I think we can assume MSUKent is only considering released singles as the song in question. And even if that doesn't work for some of you, perhaps he'll indulge you by putting a comment into his game notes at the top of the quiz to make that clear.
Jul 27th, 2012 at 19:17 GMT
@Pogues: The instructions doesn't say singles. Since there are so many songs to choose from & it's a mine game, I think that one should be switched out. Especially since he switched out I Love Rock and Roll and Tainted Love even though the 80s versions are better known.
Nov 2nd, 2012 at 21:20 GMT
If we're getting technical, Girls Just Want to Have Fun was originally recorded in the 70s, too.
Nov 7th, 2012 at 18:36 GMT
good quiz, but i dont think it should be a minefield
Nov 7th, 2012 at 19:35 GMT
Nothing Compares 2 U originally appeared on a 1985 album by Prince's side project band, The Family. That makes it an 80's song. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_(band)
Game published: Apr 16th, 2013 at 15:00 GMT
Apr 16th, 2013 at 15:15 GMT
There's one easy way to put this whole - That version of the song came out in... debate. But the artist alongside the song. Then there is no confusion if it's a specific version of the song or when the song was written or who recorded it since.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 16:33 GMT
This is another one of those quizzes where it would be interesting to know what percentage of people chose the wrong answers, as well as the percentage of the right answers. C'mon Sporcle, add that option in!
Apr 16th, 2013 at 16:50 GMT
Thank u, MTV, for helping me get several of these when I was so fascinated by videos that I taped many on my first VCR from the mid-80's. Yes kids there was a time when MTV really did play music videos. And there were VCR's.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 17:49 GMT
Thanks for remembering Al Stewart, even though his song was not a correct answer.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 20:28 GMT
Love Shack wasn't released in the UK until March 1990.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 21:27 GMT
Walk Like AN Egyptian. Grammar police.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 21:31 GMT
Anyone who has seen the music video for Livin On A Prayer, knew instantly it was from the 80's
Apr 17th, 2013 at 08:28 GMT
Damn me not getting Love Shack because I actually knew it was 1990 (UK)...the other 5 I missed cause I thought they were from the late 70's were all me :(
Apr 17th, 2013 at 10:04 GMT
Bette Davis Eyes was originally released in 1974 by Jackie DeShannon. I thought it was a trick answer and didn't click it.
Apr 17th, 2013 at 11:22 GMT
I only thought of Amy Winehouse's Back in Black, even though I loved AC/DC. :(
Apr 21st, 2013 at 23:18 GMT
Ant quiz that can combine the Go-Go's and NWA gets 5 globes from me
May 2nd, 2013 at 18:51 GMT
I am personally offended that F**k the Police is the second least guessed.
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