Mastermind Club

Quiz 2021

Number 3


Set by Mel Kinsey

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1/ Which American singer/songwriter was been nominated for an Academy awards 15 times before he finally won for writing the song “If I Didn’t Have You” for the movie Monsters, Inc.?

Randy Newman

2/ Which 1989 music video of Madonna attracted criticism for showing images like her making love to Saint Martin de Porres, use of Catholic iconography including a scene where she develops stigmata as well as cross burning?

“Like a Prayer”

3/ Which collection of orchestral movements were composed by George Frideric Handel in 1717 at the request of King George I? These are also his best known work.

The Water Music

4/ Which controversial 1992 song by the punk band Body Count was co-written by the group's vocalist Ice-T and provoked a national debate about freedom of speech in the US?

“Cop Killer”

5/ Whose posthumous compilation album Legend (1984) is the best-selling reggae album ever, with sales of more than 12 million copies?

Bob Marley (1945-1981)

6./ The first album by the rock group Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) was named after a chapter in which children's classic?

The Wind  in the Willows

 7/ According to Opera America, what ‘flutters’ to the no.1 spot in the list of the 20 most-performed operas in North America?

Madame Butterfly

8/ The 1967 film The Graduate features the songs of which duo as the director Mike Nichols had become obsessed with their music while shooting the film?

Simon & Garfunkle

9/   Name the only two non-US/UK bands to achieve a #1 hit in both the UK and the US?



Men at Work for “Down Under” (1982) and ABBA for “Dancing Queen” (1976)

10/  What is the better known name of the English singer Yusuf Islam who converted to Islam in 1977 at the height of his fame?  

Cat Stevens

11/  About which manager of his group did Paul McCartney say “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was ___ ___.”

Brian Epstein

12/ By his own request, which Austrian composer was buried next to Beethoven in 1828?

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

13/  ‘The Doors’ generated a controversy with the single “Hello, I Love You” in 1968 when the press pointed out it’s resemblance to the 1965 hit “All Day and All of the Night” of which band?

The Kinks

14/ What musical work, the only one in that genre by an all-time great, tells the story of Leonore rescuing her husband Florestan from death in a prison?

The opera Fidelio by Beethoven

15/  Which rock group’s name comes from the UK Social Security form for unemployment benefit?


UB40 (UB40 = Unemployment Benefit, Form 40)

16/ Which iconic opera stereotype plays in the background as helicopters swoop in to annihilate a village in one of the opening scenes of the movie Apoalypse Now?

“Ride of the Valkyries”

17/ The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time was a special issue of Rolling Stone published in 2003 which had Jimi Hendrix at no.1. Which American Southern Rock band was the most represented with 4 of its guitarists making the list?

 Allman Brothers Band

18/ What is the title of Led Zeppelin’s concert film that was taken from a song on their album Houses of the Holy?

The Song Remains the Same

19/ Presidency of the United States is important. In Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start The Fire”, who are the only two people mentioned twice?

John F Kennedy & Richard Nixon

20/ Which set of 30 keyboard techniques were written by Johann Sebastian Bach to reportedly cure insomnia?

 “The Goldberg Variations” published in 1741

21/ In the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai what was the tune whistled by Colonel Nicholson and his men?


 “Colonel Bogie’s March”

22/ What song was written and performed by Billy Joel to underscore the plight of fishermen on Long Island?.”


“The Downeaster Alexa”

23/ The Köchel-Verzeichnis is a complete catalog of the compositions of whom?

Mozart (1756-91)

24/ A famous remark often attributed to Brian Eno is that while only a few thousand people bought a record of this band, almost every single one of the purchasers was inspired to start their own band. Which influential rock band was Eno referring to?

Velvet Underground

25/  Jimi Hendrix presented the broken parts of the guitar that he destroyed on-stage at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival to whom? Not sure if the recipient named it Moon Unit.

Frank Zappa