Welcome to the weekly AudioCulture Quiz. Clue: answers are on the site or, for those in a hurry, at the link below.
AudioCulture Quiz, September 20, 2021
1. Which platinum-selling solo artist, who is also known for many collaborations with other musicians, won best jazz vocalist at the National Jazz Festival of New Zealand at age 16, and has recorded an album of Celtic music?
2. Name Anna Coddington’s two prior bands before going solo and releasing her debut album in 2008.
3. Polyfonk maestros Ardijah made a cameo performance appearance in which New Zealand feature film? Can you name the song?
4. She moved from Mount Roskill to London when she was 19, worked as a waitress, and tried to join the anarchist party. Later, her band became one of the biggest pop acts of the 80s. Name the artist.
5. What was the last music video played on 1990s Auckland regional music channel Max TV before the station went permanently off air?
6. What was the name of the heavy metal band Evan Short played in before co-founding drum and bass duo Concord Dawn?
7. The bands Paselode, Grand Prix and Fly My Pretties all have someone in common. Who is it?
8. What year did the first Big Day Out festival take place in New Zealand?
9. In 2009, a chart-topping, all-vegan metal band created a music video to rival that of the Skeptics’ ‘AFFCO’, as it followed a steer’s journey from farm to supermarket. Name the band.
10. King Kapisi began rapping under which name as part of the group Gifted and Brown?
A: Hot Cakes
B: Bran Muffin
C: Date Scone
D: Buttery Biscuit
AudioCulture Quiz, September 13, 2021
1. The te reo Māori lyrics of ‘E Ipo’ and ‘Poi E’ are by the same songwriter. Who?
2. Stuart and Brad Kora were two of four brothers who founded Kora. They left in 2013 to start what other very successful band?
3. Which iwi is shared by Ruru Karaitiana, Johnny Cooper, Kahu Pineaha, and Mara TK?
4. ‘Beneath the Māori Moon’ by Walter Smith, was recorded by his cousin, George Nepia, and released on Decca in the UK in 1936. In what role was Nepia most famous?
5. In 2012 Ruia Aperahama, Maisey Rika, Anika Moa, and Warren Maxwell fronted a music series on Māori TV. What was it called?
6. Which Māori singer’s mother recorded an EP of songs in te reo called Kahu?
7. Which singer, after winning the emerging artist award at the Waiata Māori Music Awards in 2015, supported himself by teaching te reo Māori night classes at Unitec?
8. Who began their career singing in Upper Hutt Posse and Moana and the Moahunters, and was appointed a MNZM in 2021 for services to music and television?
9. Who played piano for The Shevelles, gave The Avengers their name in a competition, and produced the hit medley ‘Māoris on 45’?
10. What do Rob Ruha, Alien Weaponry, Whirimako Black, Ruia Aperahama, and Te Awanui Reeder have in common?
AudioCulture Quiz, September 6, 2021
1. Two now well-known singers first met each other at Lyttelton’s Wunderbar when they were double-booked to play on the same evening. Who were they?
2. Name the Dawn Raid act who released their No.1 album Always & For Real in 2004.
3. “Dr Rock” was the alias of which well-known broadcaster of the 1970s?
4. Name the Aotearoa New Zealand singer who in the 1970s had a local hit with a song that was also recorded under a different title by American singer Barry Manilow.
5. Name the first album (and the associated act) that was recorded at Auckland’s York Street Recording Studios.
6. Who wrote and released a series of award-winning albums of music for “bubbas”?
7. Which of the following titles is the name of Brooke Fraser’s hit 2003 album?
A: What To Do With Sunshine
B: What To Do With Moonlight
C: What To Do With Good Times
D: What To Do With Daylight
8. Name the experimental electronic artist who founded Victoria University’s Electronic Music Studio in 1970.
9. Name the rope-jumping Auckland band that takes its name from their lead singer/guitarist and was formed by players who met through jazz school and in jazz band Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes.
10. Which “theatrical experience” and musical group had a promotional touring car named the “Lawnmobile”?
AudioCulture Quiz, August 30, 2021
1. Name at least two Aotearoa New Zealand acts who have appeared on the prestigious Later With Jools Holland show?
2. Which singer from New Zealand had a hit with her cover of Lulu’s ‘To Sir With Love’?
3. Name a Bob Dylan song featuring The Byrds’ 12-string legend Roger McGuinn that Crowded House released a live cover of?
4. What is the name of The Human Instinct’s fourth, most sought after and valuable, LP?
5. What is the name of the New Zealand jazz pianist who released a (now very collectable) album called My Favourite Things, and shares her name with a so-called “mother of the nation” newsreader?
6. Which celebrated New Zealand artist created the cover artwork for Ticket’s second album Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?
7. Which Flying Nun frontman received a MNZM in the Queen’s Birthday honours list this year?
8. Name the successful New Zealand solo artist whose early band was called Two Lane Blacktop.
9. Roy Colbert’s Dunedin record store had several names over the years. Name one.
10. What is the name of the Fijian funk group whose 1973 album, Turn On To Music, is now a much sought after psych-funk collectable?
AudioCulture Quiz, August 23, 2021
1. Who has a long-running radio show called Land Of The Good Groove and was co-founder of music magazine Rip It Up?
2. Which 70s band did Peter Coleman play bass for?
3. Who said that he wanted his record label to be the “Māori Motown”?
4. Which famous Auckland venue did the late Maureen Gordon own and run?
5. Who was the first act to play at The Kings Arms – and played the final weekend there?
6. Which Auckland trio from the 2000s started life as Mean Street?
7. What do How’s Your Father, Wide Mouthed Frogs, The Crocodiles and INXS all have in common?
8. Simon Ogston’s 2013 documentary Sheen Of Gold is about which Palmerston North band?
9. Mareko, Savage, Devolo, and Alphrisk were all members of which Auckland crew?
10. I was born and raised in Katikati, my given name was Miha, I was discovered at a talent audition by Benny Levin and my biggest hit was ‘Brandy’. Who am I?
AudioCulture Quiz, August 16, 2021
1. As a publicity stunt in the late 1960s, which local pop star jumped from a yacht into the sea in order to “rescue” a young “Miss South Pacific” who had been deliberately pushed overboard?
2. In 1971 one of the weirdest locally recorded singles, ‘Come To The Sabbat’, which included the line “Come to the Sabbat, Satans’s there”, was recorded by which band?
3. Music Nation was a mid-90s television show devoted to Kiwi music. Which high profile singer-songwriter hosted it?
4. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Shayne Carter formed his first band when he was a student at Kaikorai Valley College in Dunedin. They released an EP called Who Killed Colonel Mustard? and then broke up. Name the band.
5. In the mid-60s a pop star named Bogdan Kominowski achieved massive success with No.1 hits ‘Opportunity’ and ‘Thanks To You’ before relocating to London. What was his stage name?
6. The Mockers, Dance Exponents, and Pink Flamingos made some of their best records at Mandrill Studios, a recording studio in Parnell formed by three musicians, one of whom was Glyn Tucker. Before he embarked on this period of his career, in which successful band did Glyn Tucker perform during the 1960s? (They had a big hit with a song called ‘The Coming Generation’.)
7. A first-generation New Zealander from Niuean parents, Tigilau Ness was a member of the Polynesian Panthers protesting the Dawn Raids in the 1970s. He was later an activist and protester during the 1981 Springbok rugby tour. His son is a well-known musician and has had a number of hits over the years – can you name him?
8. Name the wonderful London-born singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist (above) who migrated to New Zealand in 1987 and released a number of albums here, as well as touring schools and supporting artists such as BB King, Joan Armatrading, Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, and Crowded House?
9. What was the original name of the band that eventually had a No.2 single in America with the song ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, written by Neil Finn after he left Split Enz?
10. Murray Cammick recently received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to NZ music. As well as publishing New Zealand’s most revered music publication, Rip It Up, he was owner of two significant record labels. Name the two record labels.
AudioCulture Quiz, August 9, 2021
1. Complete the following lyric: “I found myself a blue lady ...”
2. Which New Zealand city is Kimbra’s hometown?
3. Shayne Carter’s memoir won the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Award for best non-fiction book. What is the book’s title?
4. What do the following band names have in common? The Avengers, The Phoenix Foundation, Hasselhoff Experiment.
5. What do Grace, Evermore, and Broods have in common?
6. Former members of the bands Blindspott and Tadpole teamed up in 2008 and formed a successful band that toured internationally and lasted for 10 years. Name the band.
7. Name the title of the 1987 Skeptics video that was banned from broadcast by TVNZ.
8. Name the 1990s independent Auckland record store and label specialising in punk and underground genres whose international customers included Jello Biafra and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
9. What is the title of 3 the Hard Way’s 2003 No.1 hit?
10. Name the Gisborne-born vocalist and solo artist who has sung with SJD, the Bellbirds and Pitch Black.
AudioCulture Quiz, August 2, 2021
1. Aside from Flight of the Conchords, name two other Wellington bands that Bret McKenzie has played in.
2. Which studio engineer/producer has worked with TrinityRoots, The Black Seeds, Phoenix Foundation, and L.A.B.?
3. Which young musician is shown in here DJing at bFM? The photo is taken from the station’s magazine, the Book of BiFiM.
4. Which local musician-turned-actor is shown at far right playing Eddie in this New Zealand production of the Rocky Horror Show?
5. Which editor of Rip It Up magazine later became programme director at Mai FM?
6. Who is shown in the above photo?
7. Which New Zealand rapper went on to start his own line of jewellery and watches?
8. Which singer started her career at 14 years old by being the soloist on a double-platinum selling album of Māori love songs released by her school?
9. Which chart-topping metal band features a bassist who was a former member of classic New Zealand hard rock groups Knightshade, Tyrant, and Blackjack?
10. Elizabeth Stokes from The Beths was in a high-school band with which indie pop musician?
AudioCulture Quiz, July 26, 2021
1. Which English musician did Ray Columbus befriend during an Australian/New Zealand tour in 1965?
2. Which Wellington band, whose debut album appeared 20 years ago, has had songs featured in TV series such as Weeds and Breaking Bad?
3. “Karanga, rangatahi, whakarongo! whakarongo!” are the opening lyrics to which song?
4. Which band released New Zealand’s first ever punk single?
5. Who was John Rowles’s hit ‘Tania’ about?
6. Which Dunedin band sang about ‘Baked Beans’?
7. Teeks is known for his masterful soul vocals – but what musical genre did his first band play?
8. The lyrics to BLERTA’s hit ‘Dance All Around the World’ are inspired by a book by which famous children’s author?
9. In 2001 an upbeat 11 year-old girl appeared on What Now?. She was filmed while recording a single, and said, “Hi, I’m ****, and one day I’d love to be a pop star.” Who is she?
10. What was the first New Zealand record that was wholly produced in Aotearoa, from composition to pressing?
AudioCulture Quiz, July 19, 2021
1. Which NZ artist co-wrote and sang on a song by Grammy-nominated, US-based Samoan reggae singer J Boog?
2. In which now reformed art-punk band did Tim Mahon cut his teeth prior to forming Blam Blam Blam with Don McGlashan?
3. Which former Chills drummer released a solo album in 2019 entitled Lucky?
4. Name the four members of Deceptikonz.
5. What connects the late Richard Nunns and Scott Walker?
6. What was the name of the Hamilton hard rock/ metal band who had an 80s hit with ‘The Physical You’?
7. Which former New Zealand Prime Minister is impersonated on The Knobz’ 1980 hit ‘Culture’?
8. Who authored hefty New Zealand music tome Stranded in Paradise?
9. What were the two tracks on The Mockers’ 1980 debut single?
10. What is the name of the (yet to materialise) supergroup mooted between Julia Deans, Anna Coddington and Anika Moa?
AudioCulture Quiz, July 12, 2021
1. Sam Hunt has performed or recorded with at least four New Zealand acts. Can you name two?
2. Auckland band Paul Agar from Marginal Era wrote a song called ‘This Heaven’ which became the opening theme for which New Zealand TV music show?
3. Which high-profile member of trans-Tasman Rock band Dragon ended up in Auckland band The Pink Flamingos with ex-Hello Sailor member Dave McArtney?
4. Si Si Es are an Auckland based electronic band who were big in the 1980s under which name?
5. Greg Johnson used to play trumpet and sing in an Auckland jazz band before he went solo. Name that band?
6. In over 20 years the Datsuns have only had one line-up change. What instrument did the new band member play?
7. The legendary drum sound on Hello Sailor’s 1977 single ‘Blue Lady’ was engineered at Stebbing Studios by which Auckland pop star?
8. Before they changed their name to the Mockers they were known as:
A. Squashy Peas
B. The Ambitious Vegetables
C. Steak Knives
D. The Serviettes?
9. The infamous Queen Street riot erupted at the “Thank God It’s Over” free concert on 7 December 1984 in Auckland’s Aotea Square. Who said, “I wish those riot squad guys would stop wanking and put their little batons away,” only to be charged with inciting the riot?
10. Which New Zealand musician had an international hit with the song ‘(Glad I’m) Not a Kennedy’ in 1988?
AudioCulture Quiz, July 5, 2021
1. Who were the founding members of The Julie Dolphin?
2. Who wrote Jenny Morris’ 1988 single ‘You I Know’?
3. The band Kids of 88 was formed by which member of Goodnight Nurse (and his friend Jordan Arts)?
4. Which New Zealand songwriter, instrumentalist and vocalist also worked as a summer camp lake lifeguard and speedboat driver in the US?
5. Julia Deans has performed the songs of which Canadian singer-songwriter in her show ‘Both Sides Now’?
6. Who were the members of Gasoline Cowboy?
7. Name the New Zealand musician that joined UK group Manfred Mann’s Earth Band in 1981.
8. Polyfonk is a fusion of reggae, R’n’B, and Pasifika music. Who created the genre?
9. In 2011 Anika Moa and two other New Zealand musicians formed a trio. Who were the other two members of the trio, and what was their album called?
10. Robert Scott formed a band with Jane Sinnott, David Mitchell, and David Saunders. What was the name of the band?
AudioCulture Quiz, June 28, 2021
1. Who wrote Zed’s 2003 Top 20 hit ‘Starlight’?
2. In 2020 who posted a photo on social media, announcing a new album was underway, with contributions from the NZSO and Sol3Mio?
3. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.
4. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.
5. Former Chills bass player Justin Harwood formed an instrumental group with which member of R.E.M?
6. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.
7. Dianne Swann guested on vocals and keyboards for which English band in the mid-90s?
8. What was title of the feature film starring Kimbra?
9. Name the Flying Nun band associated with this famous person.
10. Which member of a prominent post-punk NZ band “returned to good old rock’n’roll organ” in the London psych/garage band The Purple Gang?
AudioCulture Quiz, June 21, 2021
1. In 1965 Wayne Fontana had a big hit with ‘The Game Of Love’. Which New Zealand producer had a number one single in the 1980s with a cover of it? Either his real name or the name the record went out under is correct.
2. Which of the following was not a member of the showband The Māori Volcanics?
A: Dalvanius Prime
B: Billy T. James
C: Prince Tui Teka
3. What is the connection between the Suburban Reptiles and Joel Little?
4. James Brown, Bob Geldof, The Chills, The Pogues, When The Cat’s Away, Roy Orbison and the Patea Māori Club were all advertised to play just south of Auckland in early 1988. What happened?
5. What do Supergroove, Drab Doo Riffs, Cambridge University, the Low Down Dirty Blues Band, the Apra Silver Scroll, and the movie Come To Daddy all have in common?
6. “Karanga, rangatahi, whakarongo! Whakarongo!” are the opening words to which New Zealand hip-hop classic?
7. Who said: “I’ll probably end up doing cabaret, ‘Found … my-self … a blue la-dy …” and on the trombone we have …’. I fancy the Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin approach: stool, tall martini, cigarette burning in the ashtray.”?
8. My debut album was called Safety in Numbers and sold 240,000 copies. What is my name?
9. They came from Rutherford College in Te Atatu, they had the first local single ever to go to No.1, their second single is a much covered New Zealand classic, they went on to be one of the biggest bands in Australia in the early 1970s and their guitarist is one of the most celebrated guitar players in the history of Australasian rock, winning Best Guitarist twice in Australia. They were … ?
10. Which Auckland singer/producer/studio owner based on Auckland’s North Shore mentored and recorded Lorde, The Checks, Finn Andrews (The Veils), The Mint Chicks, The Electric Confectionaires and Gin Wigmore in the first years of this century?
AudioCulture Quiz, June 14, 2021
1. Name the New Zealand saxophonist who was a regular at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London and in 1990 became the only local jazz performer to top the New Zealand charts?
2. Which New Zealand song from the 1970s is about the writer’s infatuation for Hollywood great Henry Fonda?
A: ‘Yesterday Was Just the Beginning of My Life’ by Mark Williams
B: ‘L’amour est L’enfant de la liberté’ by the Rumour
C: ‘1905’ by Shona Laing
3. Which members of the Swingers played with early New Zealand punk band Suburban Reptiles?
A. Buster Stiggs
B. Bones Hillman
C. Phil Judd
D. The first two (Stiggs, Hillman)
E. All of the above
4. Name the New Zealand artist who studied music in Dunedin and after shifting north maintained his musical career while working as a tour guide, radio journalist and public transport advocate.
5. Name the stage production written in London by a rock’n’roll loving bodgie from Hamilton that finally made its New Zealand debut in 1978, with the cast including Zero (Clare Elliot) from Suburban Reptiles and future Warratahs vocalist Barry Saunders.
6. Name the Auckland-born musician who became famous as a child drummer in the 1950s and went on to play with Leo Sayer, Nat Adderley, and Dusty Springfield.
7. Name the much-loved New Zealand song that was a hit twice – for The Fourmyula in 1970 and The Mutton Birds in 1992.
8. Which New Zealand song from the 1970s is about the writer dreaming of being in a band after seeing The Beatles as a child?
A: ‘When Jo Jo Runs’ by Craig Scott
B: ‘Saturday Night Stay at Home’ by Suburban Reptiles
C: ‘Good Morning Mr Rock N’ Roll’ by Headband
9. Name the Dunedin-born drummer and promoter who in the early 1990s toured the UK and Europe as drummer for the Jesus and Mary Chain.
10. In 1969 a Christchurch-born bassist became the sole New Zealander to perform at Woodstock, and in 1972 he joined English rock group Uriah Heep, playing on four albums and touring with them during their most successful period. Name the bassist.
AudioCulture Quiz, June 8, 2021
1. Which New Zealand act sang with Ronan Keating on his album Duet?
2. Which local group lost all their publishing royalties from their No.1 single to English band 10cc?
3. What UK TV show has featured appearances by both Nadia Reid and The Phoenix Foundation?
4. Which chart-topping New Zealand band found their singer after seeing him perform on TV show Good Morning?
5. Which New Zealand pop star co-wrote one of the songs on John Legend’s US Top Five album, Love In The Future?
6. What movie did pop singer Stan Walker star in?
7. The son of Suzanne Lynch from The Chicks was in what chart-topping local band?
8. Which New Zealand indie act appeared on Fat Boy Slim’s The Brighton Port Authority album?
9. Which local hip hop act is shown in the above photo with Rihanna?
10. Name the young singer shown in the above photo.
AudioCulture Quiz, May 31, 2021
1. Name the above solo artist’s first band
2. What was the name of Broods’ frontwoman Georgia Knott’s all-female side project?
3. Lani Purkis played in which punk band before joing Elemeno P?
4. Name the above solo artist’s first band
5. ‘You’re Welcome’ is a song written for the film Moana by Te Vaka’s Opetaia Foa’i. Who sang it?
6. Name the above solo artist’s first band
7. What was the title of TrueBliss’s debut album?
8. Supergroove’s Karl Steven is a doctor of what subject?
9. Name the above artist’s first band
10. The Chicks’ first album was called The Sound Of The Chicks. What was their second album called?
AudioCulture Quiz, May 24, 2021
1. In what 2018 Hollywood film did Marlon Williams play an up-and-coming country singer?
2. Lorde’s song ‘Green Light’ won which local music award in 2017?
3. In 1997, the first Dimmer EP features a cover of a Canned Heat song. What is the song’s title?
4. Which member of Look Blue Go Purple was also in The 3Ds?
5. At age 11, Kimbra appeared on a children’s television show with a segment on becoming a pop star. What was the television show?
6. Jonathan Bree and Scott Mannion formed which New Zealand record label in 2002?
7. Name three of the well-known musicians in Bic Runga’s backing band for her 2005 album, Birds.
8. Dons Savage of Dead Famous People was briefly part of which English dance-pop band in the early 1990s?
9. In 1990 there were two female winners of the Gold Guitar Awards. Who were they?
10. How many Māori Hi-Five bands were there in the 1960s? How was each band configuration identified?
AudioCulture Quiz, May 17, 2021
1. Before choosing music as his lifelong passion, Graham Brazier (Hello Sailor) had a serious chance for success in which sport?
b. Rugby League
2. Before they formed The Beths, all four original members were in which Auckland band?
3. Which New Zealand songwriter and producer has co-written songs with Taylor Swift, Khalid and Imagine Dragons?
4. Who had a global hit after their song was featured in Judd Apatow’s movie Knocked Up?
5. Who has set themself the goal of recording 10 albums in 10 different genres in 10 years?
6. L.A.B. was formed by two brothers. Which band were they in before?
7. Which singer/songwriter has also written cookbooks and owns a vegan store named Grater Goods?
8. In the 1970s, Suzanne Lynch from The Chicks became the backing singer for which hugely popular UK artist?
9. Che Fu’s father is also a prominent musician – who is he?
10. Patea Māori Club’s ‘Poi E’ received this year’s Classic Record Award at the Taite Music Prize ceremony on April 20. Who co-wrote the song with Dalvanius?
AudioCulture Quiz, May 10, 2021
1. Name two of DJ Mu’s most notable musical pre-Fat Freddy’s Drop projects.
2. Which British musician produced Shihad’s debut album Churn?
3. With which Irish band did Julia Deans enter the public eye prior to success with Fur Patrol?
4. Which actor/comedian starred in the music video to The Phoenix Foundation’s 2015 track ‘Give Up Your Dreams’?
5. Which New Zealand music legend performed guest backing vocals on country singer Al Hunter’s 1987 album Neon Cowboy?
6. Who were the four bands showcased on Flying Nun’s Dunedin Double EP?
7. What connects Zed/ Feelers guitarist Andy Lynch with the late, great Scott Walker?
8. What was the name of Pluto’s 2001 debut album?
9. Which Christchurch group gave an early platform for Aldous Harding, Motte and Reb Fountain?
10. Which member of Straitjacket Fits previously logged time in Dunedin bands The Blue Meanies and The Orange?