Impossible Questions About Music…Answers Revealed!

December 18, 2013

Impossible QuestionsGot your answers all figured out for our Impossible Questions of the week? Let’s see how you did.

What do these hit albums have in common: Boston’s Don’t Look Back, Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night, the Beatles’ Help!, Nat “King” Cole’s Unforgettable…and the Baha Men’s Who Let the Dogs Out?

All five albums begin with a title track—a song with the same name as the album. While that’s very common, what’s interesting about these five examples is that the first line sung on each album is also the name of that song, and the album. In other words, the first track on Don’t Look Back is “Don’t Look Back” and the first words sung are “don’t look back.”

What do these albums have in common: With the Beatles (The Beatles), Silver Side Up (Nickelback), and Seventh Star (Black Sabbath)

All three were hit albums—but all were overshadowed on their initial release by national tragedy. Each hit stores on the same day as tragic events in American history. With the Beatles was released on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Silver Side Up came out on September 11, 2001. And Seventh Star became available on January 28, 1986, the same day as the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

What do Warren Zevon, Roxy Music, Willie Nelson, the Moody Blues, Joe Cocker, and the Cars have in common?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 inductees this week and those acts…didn’t make the cut. Making their way in are Nirvana, KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel, and Cat Stevens. Nirvana made it on its first time on the ballot (which comes 25 years after an artist’s first commercial recording). Peter Gabriel was inducted in 2010 as part of the progressive rock band Genesis. KISS has been denied enshrinement for years, but finally made it in via an online “fan vote.” Introduced last year, it’s how Rush, another critically-reviled band with a devoted fanbase, made it into the Rock Hall.

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