Answers for the Music Knowledge quiz

Did our quiz manage to test your music memory? 

Hopefully you Googled a few questions and found out lots of interesting facts about the songs and artists. 

Here are the correct answers.

Q. 1  “They got married early, never had no money” is the first line of which classic Australian song?

  1. 'To Her Door' by Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls
  2. ‘Beds are Burning’ by Midnight Oil
  3. ‘Listen Like Thieves’ by INXS
  4. ‘Khe Sahn’ by Cold Chisel

The correct answer is 1.  "To Her Door" was a hit for Paul Kelly in 1987, reaching number 14 on the Australian singles charts.  In 2001, it was listed in the APRA Top 30 Australian Songs of all time.

Q. 2  Complete this lyric from the song by The Animals.  “There is a house in New Orleans, they call the….”

  1. Red house
  2. Rising sun
  3. House on the moon
  4. Cool house

The correct answer is 2.  "The House of the Rising Sun" is an American folk song, made famous by The Animals who recorded their version in 1964.  It was a number one hit in the US, UK, Sweden, Finland and Canada.

Q. 3  Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit song ‘Respect’ was written, and originally performed, by

  1. Simon and Garfunkel
  2. Diana Ross
  3. Marvin Gaye
  4. Otis Redding

The correct answer is 4.  Otis Redding wrote and released "Respect" in 1965.  While Redding wrote the song as a man's plea for respect and recognition from a woman, the roles were reversed for Aretha Franklin's 1967 hit version, which then became a landmark for the feminist movement.

Q. 4  The 2010 album by Scottish band Belle and Sebastian is called

  1. Tigermilk
  2. Dear Catastrophe Waitress
  3. Write About Love
  4. If You’re Feeling Sinister

The correct answer is 3.  Belle and Sebastian Write About Love is the eighth studio album from the indie-pop group.

Q. 5  Complete this lyric from Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.  “It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking in the….”

  1. Wind  
  2. Air
  3. Dark
  4. Trees  

The correct answer is 3.  "Thriller" was written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones.  The song was a top-ten hit for Michael Jackson in 1984, but is probably best known for it's 14 minute video featuring dancing zombies.

Q. 6  In the Flaming Lips song, ‘She Don’t Use Jelly’, what does the girl use to make her hair "real orange”?

  1. Tangerines
  2. Saffron
  3. Something you buy at the store
  4. Food colouring

The correct answer is 1.  "She Don't Use Jelly" was a hit for American band The Flaming Lips in 1993.  The people in this whimsical song use vaseline on their toast, magazines to blow their nose and tangerines to make thier hair real orange.

Q. 7  From which You am I song is the following line? “I’m like a waterlogged ball, that no one wants to kick around anymore”

  1. Purple Sneakers
  2. Berlin Chair
  3. Heavy Heart
  4. Mr Milk

The correct answer is 3.  In "Heavy Heart", Tim Rogers (You Am I's frontman) sings about feeling down.  Released in 1998, it is one of You Am I's most popular songs and has been covered by several other artists.

Q. 8  The 1980’s hit song “Take on Me” was performed by

  1. Wham!
  2. A-ha
  3. Duran Duran
  4. Flock of Seagulls

The correct answer is 2.  "Take On Me" was a hit for Norwegian pop band A-ha in 1985.  It reached number 2 in the UK, and number 1 in the US.

Q. 9  Prior to becoming an opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti worked as a

  1. School teacher
  2. Plumber
  3. Chef
  4. Gardener

The correct answer is 1.  Pavarotti wanted a career as a professional football goalkeeper, but his mother convinced him to train as a teacher.  He taght for 2 years before turning to singing.

Q. 10  “Wide Open Road” is a classic Australian song originally performed by which band?

  1. The Church
  2. Hunters and Collectors
  3. Icehouse
  4. The Triffids

The correct answer is 4.  "Wide Open Road" was released in 1986 by West Australian band The Triffids, from their acclaimed album "Born Sandy Devotional".  In 2001, it was listed in the APRA Top 30 Australian Songs of all time.


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