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Welcome to the weekly AudioCulture Quiz. Clue: answers are on the site or, for those in a hurry, at the link below.

AudioCulture Quiz, July 26, 2021

Ray Columbus.

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?

John Rowles.

5. Who was John Rowles’s hit ‘Tania’ about?

6. Which Dunedin band sang about ‘Baked Beans’?

Teeks.

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?

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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?

Blam Blam Blam. - Murray Cammick Collection

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

Deceptikonz, 2002. - Rip It Up Archives

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’?

The Knobz’ 45 cover for 'Culture'

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?

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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?

Dragon, 1977 (L-R): Kerry Jacobson, Robert Taylor, Marc Hunter, Todd Hunter, Paul Hewson.

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?

The Datsuns, 2003: Matt Osment, Dolf de Borst, Christian Livingstone and Phil Somervell.

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?

Peter "Rooda" Warren from DD Smash, Aotea Square, 1984 - Photo by Bryan Staff

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?

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AudioCulture Quiz, July 5, 2021

1. Who were the founding members of The Julie Dolphin?

A 1980s Jenny Morris publicity shot. - Simon Grigg collection.

2. Who wrote Jenny Morris’ 1988 single ‘You I Know’?

Kids of 88. - Publicity photo

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?

Anika Moa.

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?

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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?

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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?

When The Cat's Away in New Plymouth, 1988: Annie Crummer, Debbie Harwood, Kim Willoughby, Dianne Swann and Margaret Urlich.

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?

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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

Buster Stiggs, Bones Hillman, Phil Judd - Photo by Murray Cammick

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.

The Fourmyula.

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.

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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?

Phoenix Foundation, 2020. - Ebony Lamb

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.

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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?

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AudioCulture Quiz, May 24, 2021

Marlon Williams. - Rebekah Parsons-King/Radio NZ

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?

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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?
a. Cricket
b. Rugby League
c. Football

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?

L.A.B. in a 2019 promotional photo. From left to right: Stu Kora, Miharo Gregory, Joel Shadbolt, Ara Adams-Tamatea, Brad Kora. - Gladys Smith

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?

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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’?

Al Hunter's 1987 album Neon Cowboy

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?

Zed's Andy Lynch and Nathan King, 2001 NZ Music Awards. - Recorded Music NZ

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?

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