Mini Rock Quiz: Difficult

ianmackaye“Difficult” is putting it mildly. These questions, quite simply, are the hardest ones I can think of. They will be the most difficult questions I have ever crafted, until the minute I think of more later. Either way, I know how you readers love a challenge (or, more accurately, you don’t) and I am happy to oblige. Here now are ten of the most brain-busting rock questions I am capable of creating.

They’re actually not that bad. Let’s call this “Medium Hard.”

10. Clover, the California band that backed Elvis Costello on his first record, eventually folded into what best-selling 80’s group?

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9. Guitarist Mick Ronson was a frequent collaborator of what solo artist?

8. Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads (who are also married) moonlighted in what reasonably successful 80’s pop band?

7. Before Richard Hell formed the Heartbreakers or the Voidoids, what punk band did he quit?

6. Name either of the two groups featuring Ian MacKaye (pictured) on vocals.

5. Put these 1980 musician deaths in chronological order: John Lennon, Ian Curtis, John Bonham, Bon Scott. 

4. What song did Elvis Costello famously play on Saturday Night Live, against NBC’s wishes? For a bonus point, what was the song he was supposed to play?

3. Which rock band collaborated with rapper KRS-1 on the first track of their 1991 record?

2. Who is the bass player for U2?

1. Russell Hammond, the heartthrob guitar player in the film Almost Famous, is supposedly based on which real-life musician?

Good luck! Send me the answers directly if you’d like to play! Don’t ruin it!

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