Tuesday, December 27, 2011

R.E.M. Trivia Questions

For the R.E.M. Funeral Party, Matt Marrone came up with a trivia contest. First, he sorted everyone into three categories: Newbies, Casual Fans, and Die Hards. Then he asked 10 questions, each one scaled to three levels of difficulty. There were prizes for each category, ranging from the newly released Greatest Hits CD, to bootleg compilations Matt put together.

Here are the trivia questions! The link to the answers is here.

NEWBIE

1. Name one of the four original members of R.E.M.
2. Name five R.E.M. songs.
3. Complete this sentence: "It's The End of the World As We Know It And ____"
4. What does R.E.M. technically stand for?
5. What song did R.E.M. typically end their concerts with?
6. In 1983, Rolling Stone named R.E.M.'s debut album, Murmur, their album of the year. Which recently deceased pop star did they narrowly beat out?
7. In 1996, R.E.M. released a single called E-Bow The Letter. Which androgynous queen of  the '70s new york punk rock scene sings the chorus?
8. R.E.M. won three grammies for their 1991 album Out of Time. What was the hit single from that record, which won grammies for best video and best pop performance by a duo or group?
9. Sing the chorus of Shiny Happy People
10. When did R.E.M. break up?
BONUS: The only original band member to leave R.E.M. left in 1997. What instrument did he play?



CASUAL

1. Name all four original members of R.E.M.
2. Name five R.E.M. albums
3. Complete this sentence: What's the Frequency, ____?"
4. What does R.E.M. actually stand for, in the band's opinion?
5. What song did R.E.M. typically end their concerts with and what album is it from?
6. In 1983, Rolling Stone named R.E.M.'s debut album, Murmur, their album of the year. What single from that record made R.E.M. an indie icon?
7. In 1996, R.E.M. released a single called E-Bow The Letter. It was the first single off what album?
8. R.E.M. won three grammies for their 1991 album Out of Time. Name the three best-known singles off that record (bonus points if you name the more obscure fourth single)
9. Sing the chorus to Losing My Religion
10. How many years did R.E.M. last?
BONUS: The only original band member to leave R.E.M. left in 1997. What was his name and what was his predominant facial feature?


DIEHARD

1. Name the five members (three official, two unofficial) of the final iteration of R.E.M.
2. Name every R.E.M. album, in chronological order, staring with the Chronic Town EP
3. Complete this sentence: "Someone has to take the fall -- _____"
4. Why did Michael Stipe say the band chose the name R.E.M. and what does R.E.M. mean to his grandmother?
5. In their first show after the 2004 presidential election, R.E.M. did NOT play said song last. WHEN did they play it -- the first and last time they ever did so? (I was at this show, btw.)
6. In 1983, Rolling Stone named R.E.M.'s debut album, Murmur, their album of the year.  On the song We Walk, there is a strange dull background sound, almost like distant thunder. What is making the sound? (If that is too hard, then just tell me what southern weed is on the cover.)
7. In 1996, R.E.M. released a single called E-Bow The Letter. Parts of the video were filmed in what European city and on what famous form of public transportation? Bonus: What is the relationship between the female guest singer, R.E.M. and a bowl of cherries?
8. R.E.M. won three grammies for their 1991 album Out of Time. Legend has it that the album's name was inspired by Mike Mills. Tell us the story. 
9. Sing the chorus to Pop Song 89.
10. R.E.M. almost broke up several other times. Name two, at least one of them real and one according to a longtime legend.
BONUS: The only original band member to leave R.E.M. left in 1997. What exactly made him reconsider his life, what did he retire to do and has he played or recorded with the band since (if so, when)?


MASTER

1. Matt's favorite R.E.M. album is called Monster. According to the lyrics of one of the songs on the album, what, metaphorically, is the monster?

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