Quiz: Are you into hair bands and other '80s classic rock?
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Are you into hair bands and other '80s classic rock?
Carolyn Brooks Fleming
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Share your knowledge about the classic rock songs, videos, and artists that made the '80s great!
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What power ballad by Scorpion is credited with causing a 1985 baby boom in France?
"No One Like You."
"Still Loving You."
"Wind of Change."
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Which rockabilly band of the '80s featured Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker, and Slim Jim Phantom?
3.0 of 35
Which band named themselves based on their financial condition when they were starting out?
Tears for Fears.
4.0 of 35
In the Poison song, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," what do the rose and the thorn symbolize?
The rose symbolizes Bret Michaels' budding career and the thorn symbolizes the loss of a relationship.
The rose is wisdom and the thorn is sadness.
The rose is beauty and the thorn is mortality.
The rose is woman and the thorn is man.
5.0 of 35
What is unusual about the band Bon Jovi's relationship with their record label?
They renegotiate their contract every six months.
Only Jon Bon Jovi is actually signed with the record label, and the other band members are his employees.
They are signed as "Bongiovi," based on the original spelling of Jon Bon Jovi's last name.
They own their record company.
6.0 of 35
Which three musicians appeared before the US Senate in 1985, testifying against a proposal to put warning labels on records?
Axl Rose, Dee Snider, and Wendy O. Williams.
Frank Zappa, John Denver, and Prince.
Frank Zappa, Dee Snider, and John Denver.
Axl Rose, Wendy O. Williams, and Prince.
7.0 of 35
Which '80s girl group included Rick James' backup singers?
Mary Jane Girls.
8.0 of 35
Which band released an album called "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" in 1982?
Electric Light Orchestra.
9.0 of 35
How did the band UB40 get their name?
Ultra Brilliant 40-watt bulb.
U-boat 40, for German submarines.
It stands for the Unemployment Benefit Form 40, a form used at the time in the UK.
One day you be old - UB40.
10.0 of 35
Chrissy Hynde is the vocalist for which band that had many hits in the '80s?
11.0 of 35
Which iconic '80s song now sounds dated because it includes the line, "For the price of a dime I can always turn to you"?
"Call Me," by Blondie.
"Jenny (867-5309)," by Tommy Tutone.
"If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me," by Jimmy Buffett.
"The Girl on the Phone," by The Jam.
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"Close My Eyes Forever" is a 1988 duet by which two singers?
Ann Wilson and Mike Reno.
Tina Turner and Bryan Adams.
Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne.
Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty.
13.0 of 35
Who was named "Band of the '80s" by "Rolling Stone" magazine?
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For Kenny Loggins, a potential casualty of changing musical tastes, what "kept bread on the table for most of the '80s"?
Performing covers of other people's hits.
Creating theme songs for movies.
Performing with Jim Messina as Loggins and Messina.
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What lyric follows this line: "Everybody's working for the weekend"?
"You want a piece of my heart? / You better start from start."
"Everyone's hoping it'll all work out."
"Everybody wants a little romance."
"Everybody needs a second chance, oh."
16.0 of 35
Which rock singer's real name is William Broad?
17.0 of 35
Which famous guitarist performed the guitar solo in "Beat It," by Michael Jackson?
Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Eddie Van Halen.
18.0 of 35
Which 1986 song by the band Europe was ranked number one on VH1's "40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs"?
"We're Not Gonna Take It."
"Rock You like a Hurricane."
"Welcome to the Jungle."
"The Final Countdown."
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On what date did MTV first broadcast?
August 1, 1981.
June 1, 1982.
January 1, 1980.
March 1, 1980.
20.0 of 35
In the band Echo and the Bunnymen, who is Echo?
The lead singer.
The drum machine.
21.0 of 35
What was the first mainstream single to feature a scratching solo and the fusion of jazz and hip hop?
"Rockit," by Herbie Hancock.
"When Doves Cry," by Prince.
"Pump Up the Jam," by Techtronic.
"Billie Jean," by Michael Jackson.
22.0 of 35
Which band, most famous for 1983's "One Thing Leads to Another," was originally known as The Portraits?
Men Without Hats.
23.0 of 35
What is a Depeche Mode?
A common setting on sound mixing boards.
A music scale with alternative tonalities.
An out-of-print French magazine, the title of which means, "Fast Fashion."
24.0 of 35
Which 1984 Bruce Springsteen song about the plight of returning Vietnam veterans was originally titled "Vietnam"?
"I'm on Fire."
"Born in the U.S.A."
25.0 of 35
The drummer of which band lost his arm in a car accident in 1984?
26.0 of 35
Why did Angus, the guitarist for AC/DC, always perform in a schoolboy uniform?
To convince his young son to wear his school uniform, Angus promised he would wear one as well.
In the early days, Angus went directly from school to rehearsals, and the style became an odd tradition.
It's an inside joke, never explained.
It's a tribute to a young fan who passed away.
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What band selected Phil Collins to replace Peter Gabriel when he left in 1975, gearing up for a huge string of '80s hits?
28.0 of 35
The guitarist of Guns N' Roses got what well-known nickname because he was always in a hurry?
29.0 of 35
Which two '80s bands both had drummers named Roger Taylor?
Culture Club and Men at Work.
Little River Band and Guns N' Roses.
Queen and Duran Duran.
AC/DC and Styx.
30.0 of 35
Which band is named for a river in Greek mythology that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld?
Little River Band.
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Which music video featured stop-motion dancing chickens?
"Sledgehammer," by Peter Gabriel.
"Come On Eileen," by Dexys Midnight Runners.
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive.
"Der Kommissar," by After the Fire.
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Who was named "Canadian Artist of the Decade" for the 1980s, by the Canadian Recording Industry Association?
The Tragically Hip.
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The video for which 1985 hit featured a bizarre "Alice in Wonderland" vibe?
"Safety Dance," by Men Without Hats.
"Don't Come Around Here No More," by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
"You Got Lucky," by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
"She's a Beauty," by The Tubes.
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Which two bands, popular in the '80s, had members named Mick Jones?
Foreigner and The Clash.
Culture Club and The Clash.
Foreigner and The Cure.
Culture Club and The Cure.
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What is the title of Survivor's hit that was used as the theme to "Rocky III"?
"Gonna Fly Now."
"The Eye of the Tiger."
"Another One Bites the Dust."
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