issue 48: May - June 2005 

Pop Music and Contemporary Fiction Quiz
Pop Music and Contemporary Fiction:
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1. In a classic 60s novel invented bands such as Luke Sterne, Goggly Gogol, and The Mixers appear as well as this group whose name was taken up by an English band in the 80s.
Heaven 17

2. Name the android opera singer in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? whose name was adopted by a current American rock trio.
Luba Luft

3. In this 80s novel the protagonist devotes three separate chapters to rants about his musical adoration of Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and the News, and . .Genesis

4. In which novel, full of musical references, do you find the line: "How can you like Art Garfunkel and Solomon Burke? It’s like saying you support the Israelis and the Palestinians?"
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

5. In Trainspotting, Mark Renton and Dianne Kerr have their first argument over a band that Renton claims "jumped on the committed, passion-rock bandwagon of U-2" He thinks they’re pure shite, but Dianne likes 'em. Name the group.
Simple Minds

6. This Scottish lass chops up and buries her dead boyfriend and sets off on a Youth Med holiday in Spain. She’s never without her Walkman and personally selected tracks for all occasions, which form an integral part of the novel. Who is she?Morvern Caller

7. The nickname given to a giant steam-powered dildo in Naked Lunch was taken as the name of which 70s band?
Steely Dan

8. Author Willie Russell’s novel is structured around letters written by the protagonist to his musical idol. Name the idol.

9. Glasgow DJ Zaf spins tunes from midnight to dawn on Radio Chandni’s last ever program in this novel, which includes a Playlist and Discography at the end. Which group kicks off the playlist?
Asian Dub Foundation

 10. Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels are full of musical references. Which group tops the list for getting mentioned most often?
The Rolling Stones

11. In this novel, the protagonist, known as ‘whiteboy,’ writes a history of Nashville and Motown music, with references to Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, among others. Name the novel.
Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

12. In a 1977 cult novel, the anti-hero falls under the spell of Nietzsche, concludes that he is the Superman, and ends up stabbing which famous rock singer on stage?
Mich Jagger

13. Name the legendary blues man who shows up at the Spokane Reservation looking for relief in a novel by Sherman Alexie.
Robert Johnson

14. Name the contemporary singer who tried to get rights to use Molly Bloom's soliloquy from Joyce’s Ulysses but was denied, and so resorted to paraphrasing it. Mmm, yes.
Kate Bush

15. In a novel by Chuck Palahniuk one of the stoners at a colonial-era theme park bangs a broomstick along to the bass beat of which group?

16. "Joey said when he left tha' he didn't think soul was righ' for Ireland. This stuff is though. You've got to remember tha' half the country is fuckin' farmers. This is the type o' stuff that they all listen to. Only they listen to it at the wrong speed." This 'type o' stuff ' refers to which American band?
The Byrds

TBR 2005

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