Pop quiz: from Aerosmith to Prince – do you know this week in music history?

It was a big week for Drake, Live Aid and Take That – test your knowledge

  1. Dinosaur Jr

    On Sunday, Dinosaur Jr bassist Lou Barlow turns 50. His first band with J Mascis was called Deep Wound. But what was unusual about the piece of Deep Wound merchandise that Mascis often used to wear?

    1. It was a sweater knitted by his mother

    2. It was a Deep Purple baseball cap, on which he had stickered Wound over Purple.

    3. At the time Mascis was a nudist, and it was the only thing he would wear.

    4. The makers found the bandname so offensive they printed T-shirts with the name Deep Wind on them.

  2. SHOWBIZ LiveAid 2<br>Library filer dated 13/7/1985 of the Live Aid concert at Wembley stadium in north London. Details of a follow-up concert called Live 8, which is being staged to coincide with the G8 summit in Scotland, are being announced in London by Sir Bob Geldof later Tuesday May 31, 2005. See PA story SHOWBIZ LiveAid. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: PA.

    Live Aid took place on 13 July 1985, billed as the “global jukebox”. Which act kicked off proceedings at Wembley Stadium?

    1. Adam Ant

    2. Phil Collins

    3. Status Quo

    4. The Boomtown Rats

  3. Take That<br>English boy band Take That pose in combat boots, boxer shorts and red boxing gloves, as worn in their first video 'Do What You Like', 1991. From left to right, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

    Take That released their first single on 12 July 1991. Where did Do What U Like peak in the UK charts?

    1. No 1

    2. No 14

    3. No 36

    4. No 82

  4. English Ska Group, the Specials 1980<br>Music - English Ska Group, The Specials on tour in the Us for the first time - Terry Hall, Jerry Dammers, Neville Staples, Lynval Golding, John Bradbury, Roddy Radiation, Sir Horace Gentleman
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    Ghost Town by the Specials reached No 1 on 11 July 1981. In what type of car were the group filmed driving around in the video for the song?

    1. A Ford Cortina

    2. A Rover 2000

    3. An Austin Princess

    4. A Vauxhall Cresta

  5. Drake<br>FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015 file photo, Drake performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Drake is nominated for nine BET Awards including two for video of the year. The BET Awards will air live June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

    If Drake stays at No 1 on Friday night, One Dance will have been at the top of the charts for 15 weeks. But which record has spent the most time at No 1?

    1. I Believe by Frankie Laine

    2. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams

    3. Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet

    4. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

  6. Big Day Out Festival - Sydney<br>SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream performs on stage during the Big Day Out Festival at the Sydney Showground on January 26, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Bobby Gillespie

    This week in 2006, Primal Scream had to cancel a planned Top of the Pops appearance. Why?

    1. Because the producers could only fly them to Luton Airport to transfer to the studio, which Bobby Gillespie deemed “not rock’n’roll” enough.

    2. Because the band objected to the presence on the same show of Razorlight, whom they viewed as traitors on the issue of Israel/Palestine

    3. Because Bobby Gillespie had been attacked in a hotel bar and had his nose broken.

    4. Because they forgot they were due to appear, and none of the band were in London at the time of filming.

  7. Prince<br>FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. For the first full sales week following Prince’s death on April 21, 2016, five of his albums were in Billboard’s top 10, at Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7. Only Beyonce’s “Lemonade” kept him from the top. Billboard says no artist has had that many albums in the Top 10. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

    On 15 July 2007, Prince released his new album Planet Earth. What was unusual about the release?

    1. The initial release was on purple vinyl, which was of such poor quality that it was ruined after one playing.

    2. It was given away free with the Mail on Sunday.

    3. He launched it with a one-off show featuring Primal Scream as his backing band.

    4. Owing to mistake by the printers, the first 11,000 copies saw the album cover naming the artist as Prance.

  8. Photo of Ian CURTIS and JOY DIVISION<br>UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 14:  Photo of Ian CURTIS and JOY DIVISION; Ian Curtis performing live onstage at Bowden Vale Youth Club,  (Photo by Martin O'Neill/Redferns)

    What birthday would Joy Division singer Ian Curtis be celebrating on Saturday, were he alive?

    1. 50

    2. 55

    3. 60

    4. 65

  9. Aerosmith

    This week in 1998, Aerosmith had to cancel a tour after a freak accident involving drummer Joey Kramer. What happened to him?

    1. He narrowly escaped death after choking on someone else’s vomit.

    2. He suffered concussion after being hit by the revolving spokes of a windmill obstacle during a round of minigolf.

    3. He slipped from a ladder at his home and broke a leg, while installing a stained glass window featuring a portrait of himself.

    4. His car caught fire while he was filling it with petrol, causing him to suffer second-degree burns.

  10. VARIOUS<br>Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andre Csillag/REX_Shutterstock (454216ia)

    Which unlikely piece of rock merchandise went on sale on 11 July 1992?

    1. The Velvet Underground “Run, Run, Run” running shoe. Ad slogan: “I’m set free!”

    2. A set of eight Grateful Dead ties designed by Jerry Garcia, ideal for all business meetings where all present are tripping.

    3. The “Vauxhall and Eye” range of Morrissey-endorsed spectacles, available for a limited time at Specsavers.

    4. The Guns N’ Roses “Use Your Illusion Official Magic Set”, as endorsed by Siegfried and Roy.


1:A - “Their resistance has a peculiarly lame quality,” wrote Nick Attfield of Deep Wound in his biography of Dinosaur Jr , 2:C - Live Aid was broadcast to more than 1.5bn people in 160 countries., 3:D - The video was banned from TV, for featuring the group baring their buttocks and smearing jelly on themselves, 4:D - The Cresta was produced by Vauxhall from 1954 to 1972. The model featured in Ghost Town was made in 1961. , 5:A - Bryan Adams holds the record for most consecutive weeks at the top, with 15, but I Believe was No 1 for 18 weeks in 1953., 6:C - The Luton Airport incident, though true, had happened in 1994., 7:B - Prince would later give away an album with the Daily Mirror and Daily Record., 8:C - Curtis killed himself on 18 May 1980, aged 23., 9:D - It could happen to anyone. After all, it happened in Zoolander., 10:B


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Michael Hann

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