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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, 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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