By now the last mince pies have been digested, the hideous jumpers have been traded for store credit vouchers and for everyone other than the cast of Made In Chelsea the daily grind has geared up again. But there’s one pile of festive crumbs left to sweep from the table – the answers to the NME Xmas Quiz!
If you picked up the Christmas issue of NME last month hopefully you would have had a pop at answering these, plus one of you has won ten pairs of Converse for your troubles. For the rest of you, your prize should be the satisfaction that you recognised that it was Johnny Marr’s head we Photoshopped onto a diplodocus, at least.
See below for the quiz answers in full, and let us know how you did by commenting beneath.
ROUND 1: 20 QUESTIONS ABOUT 2011
1.The Horrors’ album ‘Skying’ is named after what?
A: A guitar phaser that guitarist Josh Hayward invented to replicate the sound of a ’60s psychedelic tape effect
2.Jarvis Cocker and The Strokes joined forces for a power-pop cover at this year’s Reading Festival – what was the song?
A: The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’
3. How much stock, to the nearest £25k, did Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green store lose to looting in the Manchester riots?
4. The La’s Lee Mavers made his live return with the help of a former member of which defunct sub-Coral Scousers?
A: The Bandits
5. Lou Reed and Metallica’s loopy collab album ‘Lulu’ was inspired by the work of which German literary figure?
A: Frank Wedekind
6. Which bass-slapping sock-lover did Damon Albarn start a band with in 2011?
A: Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. How long was indie’s own Scarlet Pimpernel, Pete Doherty, sentenced to jail for this year? For a bonus point, how long he serve?
A: Six months. He served six weeks (May 20–July 6)
8. What country is Glasvegas’ new drummer Jonna from?
9. How much did Lloyd’s of London estimate it would cost them to insure the cancelled Kings Of Leon tour?
10. What fruit did Kasabian announce would be the centrepiece of their Spinal Tap-ish stage set for their arena tour?
11. Alex Turner released a solo soundtrack for the film Submarine this year. Who directed it?
A: Richard Ayoade
12. Which fashionable London slum did Wild Beasts say inspired the recording of their album ‘Smother’?
13. Which whispering nature guru did Björk say partially inspired her appy album ‘Biophilia’?
A: Sir David Attenborough
14. How many versions of ‘Watch The Throne’ did Jay-Z and Kanye scrap before it was finally released?
15. To the nearest million, how much tax did Adele moan that she had to fork out on her income?
16. Bono blamed an “ice rink” stage for U2 arguably dodgy Glasto showing. And what else?
A: The “wrong shoes”
17. Who replaced dead member Ol’ Dirty Bastard in the Wu-Tang Clan at Glasto?
A: His son, Young Dirty Bastard
18. The Streets reached the end of the road this year. But what’s the name of Mike Skinner’s new project? For a bonus point, which indie nearly-man is it a collaboration with?
A: The DOT. Rob Harvey, formerly of The Music
19. Apple’s Steve Jobs died this year. But which ’60s folk icon did he once date?
A: Joan Baez
20. Which city were the band formerly known as Brother playing in when they were served with their name-change writ live onstage?
A: San Francisco
ROUND TWO: KASABIAN’S DINO SERGE-RY CHALLENGE
A: Caleb Followill
C: Johnny Marr
D: Miles Kane
ROUND THREE: WE GET ALONG – MATCHING REUNITED BANDS TO ORIGINAL SPLIT REASONS
Split reason: First the drummer left. Then the guitarist. They finally officially swallowed the suicide pill after pulling off the worst Reading set ever, and shitting all over their legacy in the process.
Band: The Stone Roses
Split reason: The two notoriously mardy fuckers only ever spoke to each other “before shows and during interviews” for a year before they finally decided to part.
Band: DFA 1979
Split reason: The singer developed a coke habit that could be seen from space, checked into The Priory then told the rest of the band he’d left via an interview in The Sun.
Band: The Darkness
Split reason: Two members went solo, announcing this to the rest of the band in a letter, minutes before a big show.
ROUND FOUR: MISSING WORDS IN ALBUM TITLES
1. Go Tell Fire To The MOUNTAIN (WU LYF)
2. Nine Types Of LIGHT (TV On The Radio)
3. EUPHORIC///HEARTBREAK (Glasvegas)
4. In The GRACE Of Your Love (The Rapture)
5. Again Into EYES (SCUM)
6. The Future Is MEDIEVAL (Kaiser Chiefs)
ROUND FIVE: METRONOMY’S DEVON QUIZLET
1. The (half) brain of which Devon-dwelling inventor now lies in the Science Museum, London? (Clue: his surname rhymes with ‘cabbage’)
A: Charles Babbage. Charles Babbage invented the programmable computer and went to school in Totnes, Devon
2. Two breeds of penguin, Macaroni and African, can be spotted on the rocks at Torquay. True or false?
A: True. However, they are in captivity at the Living Coasts coastal zoo
3. The current world record for the largest rod-caught conger eel was set by Vic Evans fishing off Brixham in 1995. What was the weight of that slippery beast (the eel, not Vic) to the nearest 10 pounds?
A: 133lbs 4oz
4. In what year did Britpop also-rans Sleeper, Mansun and Silver Sun play at the Riviera Centre in Torquay?
5. Europe’s oldest purpose built cinema (now sadly closed) stands in which town of the English Riviera? A) Torquay B) Paignton or C) Brixham
ROUND SIX: THE ‘NOT’ ROUND
1. Which of the following is NOT a collaborator on Kate Bush’s new album? Her 13-year-old son, Elton John, Stephen Fry, Elvis Costello
A: Elvis Costello
2. Which of the following has NOT covered Lana Del Rey’s ‘Video Games’? Bombay Bicyle Club, The Drums, Kasabian, Jamie Cullum
A: The Drums
3. Which of the following classic albums has NOT been played end to end this year? Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’, The Stooges’ ‘Funhouse’, Primal Scream’s ‘Screamadelica’, Mercury Rev’s ‘Deserter’s Songs’
A: The Stooges ‘Funhouse’
4. Which of the following did NOT die in 2011? Captain Beefheart, Gerry Rafferty, Bert Jansch, Gil Scott-Heron
A: Captain Beefheart
5. Which of the following bands has NOT released a song called ‘News Of The World’? The Jam, The Screaming Trees, Queen, The Wildhearts
A: The Screaming Trees