Music Trivia: Last Thursday of Every Month

Thursday night Roger and I went to music trivia at the Whistle Stop hosted by Adam Gimbel of Rookie Card and Cover Me Badd fame (or just plain famous). There were seven teams this month, a bit more than usual with it being the one year anniversary. Well, the anniversary wasn’t the reason, Adam just put more effort into advertising because it was the anniversary.

Our usual team was not available so Roger and I joined forces with a few others that we knew, an set out to think of our name. Personally I find this to be the most challenging part of the game. I feel compelled to be creative and come up with the most entertaining name in the crowd. But this just never happens. I wish someone would just come up with a name for us so that we don’t have to spend the few minutes before the game agonizing over a name that really doesn’t matter anyway. I would be happy being Team D or Team Blue.

The game is made for those that know music, all music… I don’t know anyone who could ever cover all parts. It is best to have people on your team that know different types of music. Yes, an expert in rap or current hits would be helpful. The first part of the game is straight up answering trivia questions with a set amount of time. Sometimes there is clues in the background music, but sometimes not. Thursday, the background music was name the artist/song on the side of the normal trivia.

After a break with a dry t-shirt contest, there is a name that tune section with a local band/artist playing the tunes. This month’s band was the Go Duo. Not so much a duo with 8 members on stage. Watching this band perform probably was the most difficult and painful experience ever. Purposely out of tune, both instrumentally and vocally making each song nearly impossible to determine. Both Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” were hardly recognizable save for the lyrics.

But the difficulty of the game was not my gripe. The issue was that the combinations of sounds that came out of the instruments and their mouths was so gut wrenching, like nails on a chalkboard. I cannot understand what this band’s purpose is. The music is not really music… and I am not just judging on their name that tune performance. They played a couple of their own songs prior to the second half of the game. What ever they are trying to accomplish, I really don’t want to be there for it. They finished off with “We are the World” by USA for Africa (yeah, I had to ask Roger the name of the band again because who really keeps that in their head)… a 7 minute song. By the end, people were clapping just glad that they had stopped.

We got third place… We were satisfied with our score because we were glad that we didn’t know all of Mariah Carey’s hits or the name of the January song by the Goo Goo Dolls.

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