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Pop Master questions, week ending 3 April 2020

Last month, in this piece, I wrote again about the BBC Radio 2 mid-morning quiz Pop Master. That piece included links to previous Blog posts about the quiz and a couple of recent questions. Here, for the first time, I offer a full week’s worth of questions and answers, 10 rounds of 10 questions, for the week just ended (Friday 3 April 2020).

On the radio, each Bonus Question features a brief clip from a hit song. In most cases you need to hear the clip to get the answer, but sometimes there is enough information in the clue to help you. In some cases below, in transcribing the Bonus Questions, I have included hints to make up for the fact that you can’t hear the musical clip.

I have not attempted to publish a whole week’s worth of questions before, and it has taken longer than I expected. If I manage to do it for any other weeks, and if it becomes a regular thing on this Blog, I will post links here.

Click here for Pop Master questions, week ending 10 April 2020.

Of course, reading the questions here is no substitute for hearing them read out by Ken Bruce. This link will take you to the episodes of his show available on the BBC Sounds App, going back for the last 31 days. Pop Master begins around 60 minutes into each show.

The Questions

Here are the questions for all 10 Rounds of Pop Master for week ending Friday 3 April. After Friday’s questions the next section [Questions and Answers] lists the questions again, along with the answers, and shows how many points each contestant scored.

Monday 30 March 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Female singers of the 80s [Not Bananarama]

Turn to stone, Living thing, Evil woman were hits in the 1970s hits for which group?

Which Prince song was covered by Art of Noise and Tom Jones in 1988?

BONUS: A 1985 Top 10 hit, identify singer and song [The lyrics in the clip include: “It doesn’t hurt me / Do you want to feel how it feels?”]

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Unchained Melody Gareth Gates, Home and Dry Pet Shop Boys, Insatiable Darren Hayes

Complete the title of Alanis Morissette’s first UK top 10 single, from 1996: Head over

BONUS: This song [Bette Davis Eyes] was the only UK hit for which artist?

Bill Sharp of Shakatak teamed up with Gary Numan for a 1985 hit released as Sharp and Numan; what was the title?

Refrigerator Door is a recent hit for which singer?

BONUS: Which singer had a 1989 Top 10 hit with this song [I drove all night]? It was also a 1992 hit for Roy Orbison

Sweet Music, 3 Steps to heaven and Heartbeat were all 1975 hits for which group? (Showaddywaddy)

Round 2 Bonus Questions: Bananarama [Not I should be so lucky]

Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine were members of which group in the 1970s?

What was the title of the 1985 Top 10 by Lionel Richie which featured in the film White Nights?

BONUS: Here’s a 1982 Top 10 by Bananarama [Really Saying Something]; name the male group that also features on the song

Falling is a recent release by which singer?

In which year were the songs at 30 20 and 10 in this week’s chart I’m going slightly mad Queen, Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack, Secret Love Bee Gees?

BONUS: A 1983 hit for Bananarama [Na Na Na Kiss him goodbye], name the act who had their only hit with this song in 1970

Name either of Toploader’s hits from the early 2000s

Which American singer, appeared with Simple Minds on their 1989 hit This is your land?

BONUS: Here’s Bananarama’s version of a 1974 #1 and Eurovision winner [Waterloo], name the act who had the original hit

Complete the title of this 1994 Meat Loaf hit: Objects in the rear view mirror may

3 in 10: Will Young

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Something beginning with Are [Not Real Names]

Rock On was the 1973 chart debut for which singer?

Milli Vanilli had two top 10 hits in the late 80s, both began with the word Girl; name either of them

BONUS: Here is the second of two Top 20 hits by this Dutch group, from 1990 [HINT: it’s called Are you dreaming]; name the act

Dee C Lee’s 1985 hit See the day became a mid-00s cover for which group?

In 1972, Puppy Love was the first of three #1s for Donny Osmond; name either of his other two #1s

BONUS: In 1991, this was the last UK Top 20 hit for this trio [HINT: It’s called Are you mine?] Name the act

Which act had Top 5 albums in the 00s called Home, Simplified and Stay?

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Robert de Niro’s waiting Bananarama, It’s raining men Weather Girls, Hello Lionel Richie?

BONUS: Here’s the first of 6 Top 10 hits by Wizzard [Ball Park Incident], name the last

Name the song that was a hit for Third World twice, in 1978 and 1985, and Heavy D and the Boyz in 1991

Round 2 Bonus Questions: Real Names [Not David Bowie]

The Reflex was 1984 #1 for which group?

Complete the title of this Adele hit from 2011: Set fire to

BONUS: Here’s a top 10 from 2002 by Graham Turner and Mark Hall [HINT: It’s called True Love Never Dies] By what collective name did they achieve chart success?

Diana Ross had 2 hit duets in 1974 with Marvin Gaye, name either of them.

Rick Witter is lead singer of which group that had hits in the 1990s with She left me on Friday, Chasing Rainbows and Getting Better?

BONUS: Here’s a Top 10 from 1990 by Stanley Burrell [Have you seen her?]. By what name is he better known?

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Mr Righter Stereophonics, Rendezvous Craig David, I need you Leann Rimes

What was the name Elvis Costello used for his 1983 hit Pills and Soap?

BONUS: Here’s a 1965 hit version of Hey Good Looking by Ellas Otha Bates, also known as Ellis McDaniel; by what name is he better known?

What was the name of the last studio album by the Beatles, released in 1970?

[The contestants were tied, so this went to a tie-break]

Tie-Break Questions: In what year did Boris Gardner reach #1 with I want to wake up with you? / Wet Wet Wet spent 4 weeks at #1 in 1992 with which song?

3 in 10: Pet Shop Boys

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Blue is the Colour [Not Smith and Jones]

Which duo spent 5 weeks at #1 in 1992 with their Abbe-esque EP?

What kind Love is Lady Gaga singing about on her current single?

BONUS: Here is one of two Top 20s by Crystal Gayle [Don’t it make my brown eyes blue?]; name her other hit

Name the 1973 hit by Manfred Mann’s Earth band based on the work of composer Gustav Holst

Hide and seek, Pearl in the shell, Like to get to know you well were hits in 1984 for which singer?

BONUS: This is Don Partridge’s debut Top 10, from 1968 [Rosie], name the hit song title he shares with Elton John

Chasing Cars was a hit in 2006 and 2007 Top 10 for which group?

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of This time I know it’s for real Donna Summer, Too many broken hearts Jason Donovan, Like a prayer Madonna?

BONUS: This is one of three consecutive hits in 1983 for which singer? [HINT: It’s Blue hat for a blue day]

The 1974 #1 Seasons in the sun was one of two Top 10 hits for Terry Jacks, name the other one

Round 2 Bonus Questions: Smith and Jones [Not It’s Magic]

Which Irish band suffered from Vertigo according to their 2004 hit?

What was the only #1 hit for A-ha?

BONUS: This is a 1991 Top 10 by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the artist now known as Will Smith [Summertime]; how was Smith known at the time?

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Alone again naturally Gilbert O’Sullivan, Beg Steal or Borrow New Seekers, Without You Nilsson?

Complete the title of this Phil Collins Top 10 single and Top 5 album from 1996: Dance into

BONUS: Which group had a 1998 #1 with this song [Dr Jones]?

Underdog is a recent release by which American singer?

What kind of Dream did Marc Bolan and T Rex sing about on their 1974 hit?

BONUS: Which group sang this 1994 hit [Mr Jones]?

Which American singer had all four of her UK Top 40s in 1988, ending with the Top 20 Radio Romance?

3 in 10: Blondie

Thursday 2 April 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: 90s Hits [Not Debut Hits]

Fashion, Blue Jean and Modern Love were hits in the 1980s for which singer?

What did Kaiser Chiefs predict in their 2005 hit?

BONUS: This is the biggest hit for this group, a #9 in 1997 [called Susan’s House]; name them

Ladies Night was the 1979 Top 10 chart debut for which group?

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Piano in the dark Brenda Russell, Everywhere Fleetwood Mac, Pink Cadillac Natalie Cole

BONUS: This 1997 debut became a bigger hit on re-release for this group two years later [The musical clip features these lyrics: It’s tearing up my heart when I’m with you / But when we are apart I feel it too / And no matter what I do / I feel the pain]; name the group

The album Come on over spent 11 weeks at #1 and almost a year in the Top 10 in 1998/99 for which singer?

Art Garfunkel had two #1 hits in the 70s, Bright Eyes was one, name the other one

BONUS: In 1999 this song reached the top 40 for the fourth time for this group in a remixed version [the musical clips features the song’s title, Fool’s Gold]; name the act

Which famous actor’s name featured in the title of a 2002 hit by Daniel Bedingfield?

Round 2 Bonus Questions: The Real Thing [Not Debut Hits]

The Police had their first #1 in September 1979; what was it?

Road to Nowhere was a 1985 hit for which group?

BONUS: This title track to a 1991 album was also a hit single for which group? [The clip features the following lyrics: Quit dreaming, this is real life baby / Real life’s the only life what’s it all about]

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Shiver Natalie Imbruglia, Don’t say you love me Erasure, Edible Flowers Finn Brothers

Complete the title of this 1997 Top 3 hit from Boyzone: Picture of

BONUS: 1994 Marcella Detroit was a guest vocalist on this song by which legendary performer? [Ain’t nothing like the real thing]

Who had a Top 5 single and album in 1987 with Sign o the times?

What Flag did Dido sing about in her 2003 Top 3 single?

BONUS: This is the last Top 20 to date by this female singer; who is she? [The clip features the following lyrics: Never mind the stars in the sky / Never mind the when and the why / Got a feeling higher than high / This is the real thing]

Which American group had their only UK hit with the 1974 single Smoking in the boys room? (Brownsville Station)

3 in 10: Bob Marley and the Wailers

Friday 3 April 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Verses [Not Here’s Johnny]

Picture This was a 1978 hit for which group?

According to their 1991 hit what were Michael Stipe and REM Losing?

BONUS: Here’s a verse from a 2007 hit for Avril Lavigne; name the song [The musical clip includes the following lyrics: I always needed time on my own / I never thought I’d need you there when I cry / And the days feel like years]

Name any two members of the 1980s supergroup The Travelling Wilburys

What is the one-word title of the recent comeback song by Pussycat Dolls?

BONUS: Here’s the first verse from the first Top 20 hit by Elvis Costello; what’s it called? [The musical clip begins with the lyrics “Nice girls not one with a defect / Cellophane shrink-wrapped so correct”]

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Yours Quiereme mucho Yours Julio Iglesias, Just an illusion Imagination, 7 Tears Goombay Dance Band?

The first solo hit for Robbie Williams was a cover of a George Michael song; name his second solo hit, his first as a co-writer

BONUS: A verse from a 1987 Alexander O’Neal Top 10 hit [The clip includes these lyrics: Can’t you find something else to talk about / Is this song the only one you sing / Makes you look better when you put things down / Value your opinion]

The Jacksons had a Top 10 hit in 1978 with Blame it on the boogie; name the writer of the song who also had a hit with it that year

Round 2 Bonus Questions: The Rolling Stones [Not Here’s Johnny]

Don’t Stop Me Now, You’re My Best Friend and Now I’m here were hits in the 1970s for which group?

Which day of the week that features in a 1980 hit for The Undertones

BONUS: Here’s the first hit for The Rolling Stones [I wanna be your lover], who wrote it?

Name the city that features in the recent #1 album by Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Under what name did Eric Clapton have a hit in 1972 with the song Layla?

BONUS: Here’s the Rolling Stones version of As Tears Go By, name the female singer who had a 1964 hit with it

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Informer Snow, O Carolina Shaggy, Young at Heart Bluebells?

Name the Mika single that spent 5 weeks at #1 in 2007

BONUS: Here’s an album track by The Rolling Stones [Under My Thumb]; name the album it comes from: Beggar’s Banquet, Aftermath, Let it Bleed

As well as having #1s in the 80s, which singer had #2s that decade with You drive me crazy, A love worth waiting for and Blue Christmas

3 in 10: The Who

Questions and Answers

The answers appear in brackets after each question; UPPER CASE indicates a question that I got wrong. For some of the more difficult questions I have included extra information in square brackets for clarification after the answer.

Monday 30 March 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Female singers of the 80s [Not Bananarama]

Turn to stone, Living thing, Evil woman were hits in the 1970s hits for which group? (Electric Light Orchestra)

Which Prince song was covered by Art of Noise and Tom Jones in 1988? (Kiss)

BONUS: A 1985 Top 10 hit, identify singer and song [The lyrics in the clip included: “It doesn’t hurt me / Do you want to feel how it feels?”] (Kate Bush, Running up that hill)

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Unchained Melody Gareth Gates, Home and Dry Pet Shop Boys, Insatiable Darren Hayes (2002)

Complete the title of Alanis Morissette’s first UK top 10 single, from 1996: Head over (Feet)

BONUS: This song [Bette Davis Eyes] was the only UK hit for which artist? (Kim Carnes)

Bill Sharp of Shakatak teamed up with Gary Numan for a 1985 hit released as Sharp and Numan; what was the title? (CHANGE YOUR MIND)

Refrigerator Door is a recent hit for which singer? (LUKE COMBS)

BONUS: Which singer had a 1989 Top 10 hit with this song [I drove all night]? It was also a 1992 hit for Roy Orbison? (Cyndi Lauper)

Sweet Music, 3 Steps to heaven and Heartbeat were all 1975 hits for which group? (Showaddywaddy)

Scores: 27 for him, 33 for me

Round 2 Bonus Questions: Bananarama [Not I should be so lucky]

Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine were members of which group in the 1970s? (Wings)

What was the title of the 1985 Top 10 by Lionel Richie which featured in the film White Nights? (Say you, say me)

BONUS: Here’s a 1982 Top 10 by Bananarama [Really Saying Something]; name the male group that also features on the song (Fun Boy Three)

Falling is a recent release by which singer? (Harry Styles)

In which year were the songs at 30 20 and 10 in this week’s chart I’m going slightly mad Queen, Unfinished Sympathy Massive Attack, Secret Love Bee Gees? (1991) YES

BONUS: A 1983 hit for Bananarama [Na Na Na Kiss him goodbye], name the act who had their only hit with this song in 1970 (Steam)

Name either of Toploader’s hits from the early 2000s (Dancing in the moonlight) Achilles Heel

Which American singer, appeared with Simple Minds on their 1989 hit This is your land? (LOU REED)

[Really tough question this one; the song got to #13; Lou Reed is not listed as an artist in any of my usual reference works: Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, everyhit.com, or The Top Twenty Book Sixth Edition compiled by Tony Jasper; in each case the artist is just given as Simple Minds]

BONUS: Here’s Bananarama’s version of a 1974 #1 and Eurovision winner [Waterloo], name the act who had the original hit (Abba)

Complete the title of this 1994 Meat Loaf hit: Objects in the rear view mirror may (appear closer than they are)

Scores: 6 for her, 36 for me [Let down by that Lou Reed question]

3 in 10: Will Young, yes for me, not for him

Will Young (30 March 2020): All time love / Light my fire / Leave right now / Long and winding road / Evergreen / Friday’s child / Changes / Grace

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Something beginning with Are [Not Real Names]

Rock On was the 1973 chart debut for which singer? (David Essex)

Milli Vanilli had two top 10 hits in the late 80s, both began with the word Girl; name either of them (Girl I’m gonna miss you) Girl you know it’s true

BONUS: Here is the second of two Top 20 hits by this Dutch group, from 1990 [HINT: it’s called Are you dreaming]; name the act (24/7) [See following paragraph]

[24/7 was the answer given on the show, but the only hit called Are You Dreaming listed in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles was by Captain Hollywood Project (#17 in 1990), a German / US act]

Dee C Lee’s 1985 hit See the day became a mid-00s cover for which group? (Girls Aloud)

In 1972, Puppy Love was the first of three #1s for Donny Osmond; name either of his other two #1s (Young Love) 12th of Never

BONUS: In 1991, this was the last UK Top 20 hit for this trio [HINT: It’s called Are you mine?] Name the act (BROS)

[Are you mine, reached #12, Bros had one more Top 30, Try at #27, also in 1991]

Which act had Top 5 albums in the 00s called Home, Simplified and Stay? (Simply Red)

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Robert de Niro’s waiting Bananarama, It’s raining men Weather Girls, Hello Lionel Richie? (1984)

BONUS: Here’s the first of 6 Top 10 hits by Wizzard [Ball Park Incident], name the last (Are you ready to rock)

Name the song that was a hit for Third World twice, in 1978 and 1985, and Heavy D and the Boyz in 1991 (Now that we’ve found love)

Scores: 6 for him, 27 for me

Round 2 Bonus Questions: Real Names [Not David Bowie]

The Reflex was 1984 #1 for which group? (Duran Duran)

Complete the title of this Adele hit from 2011: Set fire to (the rain)

BONUS: Here’s a top 10 from 2002 by Graham Turner and Mark Hall [HINT: It’s called True Love Never Dies] By what collective name did they achieve chart success? (FLIP AND PHIL)

[This recording features Kelly Llorenna, and got to #7 on reissue in 2002; they also had a #3 with Shooting Star and a #13 with I wanna dance with somebody]

Diana Ross had 2 hit duets in 1974 with Marvin Gaye, name either of them. (You are everything) Stop look listen to your heart

Rick Witter is lead singer of which group that had hits in the 1990s with She left me on Friday, Chasing Rainbows and Getting Better? (Shed Seven)

BONUS: Here’s a Top 10 from 1990 by Stanley Burrell [Have you seen her?]. By what name is he better known? (MC Hammer)

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Mr Righter Stereophonics, Rendezvous Craig David, I need you Leann Rimes (2001) NOPE, I didn’t even guess that one

What was the name Elvis Costello used for his 1983 hit Pills and Soap? (The Imposter)

BONUS: Here’s a 1965 hit version of Hey Good Looking by Ellas Otha Bates, also known as Ellis McDaniel; by what name is he better known? (BO DIDDLEY)

What was the name of the last studio album by the Beatles, released in 1970? (Let it be)

Scores: 6 for him, 24 for me

Tie-Break Questions: In what year did Boris Gardner reach #1 with I want to wake up with you? (1986) / Wet Wet Wet spent 4 weeks at #1 in 1992 with which song? (Goodnight Girl)

3 in 10: Pet Shop Boys, yes for him and for me

Pet Shop Boys (31 March 2020): Always on my mind / Heart / It’s a sin / West End Girls / Domino Dancing / Go West / Suburbia

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Blue is the Colour [Not Smith and Jones]

Which duo spent 5 weeks at #1 in 1992 with their Abbe-esque EP? (Erasure)

What kind Love is Lady Gaga singing about on her current single? (STUPID) Love

BONUS: Here is one of two Top 20s by Crystal Gayle [Don’t it make my brown eyes blue?]; name her other hit (TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP)

[I went for (We’re all alone), which is wrong; that was Rita Coolidge, and I’ve got them mixed up before]

Name the 1973 hit by Manfred Mann’s Earth band based on the work of composer Gustav Holst (Joybringer)

Hide and seek, Pearl in the shell, Like to get to know you well were hits in 1984 for which singer? (Howard Jones)

BONUS: This is Don Partridge’s debut Top 10, from 1968 [Rosie], name the hit song title he shares with Elton John (Blue Eyes)

Chasing Cars was a hit in 2006 and 2007 Top 10 for which group? (Snow Patrol)

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of This time I know it’s for real Donna Summer, Too many broken hearts Jason Donovan, Like a prayer Madonna? (1989)

BONUS: This is one of three consecutive hits in 1983 for which singer? [HINT: It’s Blue hat for a blue day] (Nick Heywood)

The 1974 #1 Seasons in the sun was one of two Top 10 hits for Terry Jacks, name the other one (If you go away)

Scores: 12 for him, 30 for me

[ON another day I might have got 39 – I should have known that Lady Gaga song, I’ve heard it often enough on Radio 2, and I got my Crystal Gayle mixed up with my Rita Coolidge]

Round 2 Bonus Questions: Smith and Jones [Not It’s Magic]

Which Irish band suffered from Vertigo according to their 2004 hit? (U2)

What was the only #1 hit for A-ha? (Sun always shines on TV)

BONUS: This is a 1991 Top 10 by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the artist now known as Will Smith [Summertime]; how was Smith known at the time? (The Fresh Prince)

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Alone again naturally Gilbert O’Sullivan, Beg Steal or Borrow New Seekers, Without You Nilsson? (1972)

Complete the title of this Phil Collins Top 10 single and Top 5 album from 1996: Dance into (the light)

BONUS: Which group had a 1998 #1 with this song [Dr Jones]? (Aqua)

Underdog is a recent release by which American singer? (ALICIA KEYES)

What kind of Dream did Marc Bolan and T Rex sing about on their 1974 hit? (Teenage) Dream

BONUS: Which group sang this 1994 hit [Mr Jones]? (COUNTING CROWS)

[Never heard it; I thought it sounded like Del Amitri or Hothouse Flowers and guessed the latter]

Which American singer had all four of her UK Top 40s in 1988, ending with the Top 20 Radio Romance? (TIFFANY)

[NOPE; I guessed (Debbie Gibson) for this one]

Scores: 18 for her, 27 for me [It was going so well until the last 4 questions]

3 in 10: Blondie, yes for her and for me

Blondie (1 April 2020): Atomic / Denis / Sunday Girl / Heart of Glass / Maria / Call Me / Rapture / Picture This

Thursday 2 April 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: 90s Hits [Not Debut Hits]

Fashion, Blue Jean and Modern Love were hits in the 1980s for which singer? (David Bowie)

What did Kaiser Chiefs predict in their 2005 hit? (A riot)

BONUS: This is the biggest hit for this group, a #9 in 1997 [called Susan’s House]; name them (EELS)

Ladies Night was the 1979 Top 10 chart debut for which group? (Kool and the Gang)

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Piano in the dark Brenda Russell, Everywhere Fleetwood Mac, Pink Cadillac Natalie Cole (1988)

BONUS: This 1997 debut became a bigger hit on re-release for this group two years later [The musical clip features these lyrics: It’s tearing up my heart when I’m with you / But when we are apart I feel it too / And no matter what I do / I feel the pain]; name the group (N SYNC)

[I guessed 911, wrongly; the song is called Tearin’ up my heart, not given as part of the answer; it reached #40 in 1997 and #9 in 1999

The album Come on over spent 11 weeks at #1 and almost a year in the Top 10 in 1998/99 for which singer? (Shania Twain)

Art Garfunkel had two #1 hits in the 70s, Bright Eyes was one, name the other one (I only have eyes for you)

BONUS: In 1999 this song reached the top 40 for the fourth time for this group in a remixed version [the musical clips features the song’s title, Fool’s Gold]; name the act (Stone Roses)

Which famous actor’s name featured in the title of a 2002 hit by Daniel Bedingfield? (JAMES DEAN)

Scores: 24 for him and 24 for me

Round 2 Bonus Questions: The Real Thing [Not Debut Hits]

The Police had their first #1 in September 1979; what was it? (Message in a bottle)

Road to Nowhere was a 1985 hit for which group? (Talking Heads)

BONUS: This title track to a 1991 album was also a hit single for which group? [The clip features the following lyrics: Quit dreaming, this is real life baby / Real life’s the only life what’s it all about] (Simple Minds)

In which year were the following songs new entries in this week’s chart? Shiver Natalie Imbruglia, Don’t say you love me Erasure, Edible Flowers Finn Brothers (2005)

[NOPE, no chance for me there]

Complete the title of this 1997 Top 3 hit from Boyzone: Picture of (You)

BONUS: 1994 Marcella Detroit was a guest vocalist on this song by which legendary performer? [Ain’t nothing like the real thing] (Elton John)

[NOPE, no chance for me, I guessed (Aretha Franklin), I couldn’t even hear a male voice on the clip we heard]

Who had a Top 5 single and album in 1987 with Sign o the times? (Prince)

What Flag did Dido sing about in her 2003 Top 3 single? (White) Flag

BONUS: This is the last Top 20 to date by this female singer; who is she? [The clip features the following lyrics: Never mind the stars in the sky / Never mind the when and the why / Got a feeling higher than high / This is the real thing] (Lisa Stansfield)

Which American group had their only UK hit with the 1974 single Smoking in the boys room? (Brownsville Station)

Scores: 9 for her, 30 for me

3 in 10: Bob Marley and the Wailers, yes for me not for him

Bob Marley and the Wailers (2 April 2020): No woman no cry / Jamming / Is this love / Buffalo Soldier / Could you be loved / Waiting in Vain / Exodus

Friday 3 April 2020

Round 1 Bonus Questions: Verses [Not Here’s Johnny]

Picture This was a 1978 hit for which group? (Blondie)

According to their 1991 hit what were Michael Stipe and REM Losing? (My Religion)

BONUS: Here’s a verse from a 2007 hit for Avril Lavigne; name the song [The musical clip includes the following lyrics: I always needed time on my own / I never thought I’d need you there when I cry / And the days feel like years] (WHEN YOU’RE GONE)

Name any two members of the 1980s supergroup The Travelling Wilburys (George Harrison, Bob Dylan) Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne

What is the one-word title of the recent comeback song by Pussycat Dolls? (REACT)

BONUS: Here’s the first verse from the first Top 20 hit by Elvis Costello; what’s it called? [The musical clip begins with the lyrics “Nice girls not one with a defect / Cellophane shrink-wrapped so correct”] (Watching the Detectives)

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Yours Quiereme mucho Yours Julio Iglesias, Just an illusion Imagination, 7 Tears Goombay Dance Band? (1982)

The first solo hit for Robbie Williams was a cover of a George Michael song; name his second solo hit, his first as a co-writer (Old Before I Die)

BONUS: A verse from a 1987 Alexander O’Neal Top 10 hit [The clip includes these lyrics: Can’t you find something else to talk about / Is this song the only one you sing / Makes you look better when you put things down / Value your opinion] (Criticize)

The Jacksons had a Top 10 hit in 1978 with Blame it on the boogie; name the writer of the song who also had a hit with it that year (Mick Jackson)

Scores: 18 for her, 30 for me

Round 2 Bonus Questions: The Rolling Stones [Not Here’s Johnny]

Don’t Stop Me Now, You’re My Best Friend and Now I’m here were hits in the 1970s for which group? (Queen)

Which day of the week that features in a 1980 hit for The Undertones (Wednesday)

BONUS: Here’s the first hit for The Rolling Stones [I wanna be your lover], who wrote it? (Lennon and McCartney)

Name the city that features in the recent #1 album by Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott (Manchester)

Under what name did Eric Clapton have a hit in 1972 with the song Layla? (Derek and the Dominoes)

BONUS: Here’s the Rolling Stones version of As Tears Go By, name the female singer who had a 1964 hit with it (Marianne Faithfull)

In which year did this week’s Top 3 consist of Informer Snow, O Carolina Shaggy, Young at Heart Bluebells? (1993)

Name the Mika single that spent 5 weeks at #1 in 2007 (Grace Kelly)

BONUS: Here’s an album track by The Rolling Stones [Under My Thumb]; name the album it comes from: Beggar’s Banquet, Aftermath, Let it Bleed (Aftermath)

As well as having #1s in the 80s, which singer had #2s that decade with You drive me crazy, A love worth waiting for and Blue Christmas (Shakin’ Stevens)

Scores: 39 for me, 24 for him

3 in 10: The Who, yes for me not for him

The Who (3 April 2020): My Generation / I’m a Boy / Pictures of Lily / Substitute / Pinball Wizard / Who are you / 5.15 / Squeeze Box / You Better You Bet

 

A summary, for me, of my scores and the questions I got wrong

Monday 30 March 2020

33, 36, Sharp & Numan 1985 Change your mind, Refrigerator door recent for Luke Combs, Lou Reed joined Simple Minds on 1989 hit This is your land

Tuesday 31 March 2020

27, 24, 24/7 Dutch group 2 hits in 1990 [BUT I think the correct answer is Captain Hollywood Project], 1991 last hit for Bros, Graham Turner and Mark Hall were Flip and Phil 2002 hit True love never dies, Bo Diddley real name Ellas Otha Bates, New entries of 2001

Wednesday 1 April 2020

30, 27, Stupid Love recent by Lady Gaga, Crystal Gayle other hit Talking in your sleep, Alicia Keys recent Underdog, Counting Crows 1994 hit Mr Jones, Tiffany all 4 hits in 1988 final one was Radio Romance

Thursday 2 April 2020

24, 30, Eels Susan’s House 1997, N Sync Tearin’ up my heart 1997 and 1999, Daniel Bedingfield James Dean 2002 hit, New entries of 2005, Marcella Detroit with Elton John 1994 Ain’t nothing like the real thing

Friday 3 April 2020

30, 39, Avril Lavigne 2007 hit When you’re gone, Pussycat Dolls recent React

 

 

 

 

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