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Raw I’mma give it to ya, with some trivia: ILB’s brief Sporcle music recommendations

Maybe you have a thorough and productive working environment where conversation occasionally has moments of interest that don’t start with “so who’ve your boys got this weekend?” Alternatively, maybe you actually do a proper job that involves physical lifting or movement leaving you unable to be shoehorned into a desk for seven hours a day. If so, this post isn’t for you.

No, Sporcle has become a method of generic work timewasting as feted and proud as “popping next door for some biscuits” and “having a chug in the lavs over that redhead in sales”. And while, of course, there is a certain kudos to sitting down and spending 20 minutes of your life trying to remember every single wrestler Lance Storm ever fought on PPV, or the 31 Norwich City players to have scored Premiership goals (pro-tip for that one: everyone forgets David Bentley), ILB is, at heart, a music blog. So here are some of the favoured quizzes that have helped your correspondent tackle his work’s downtime without resorting to trolling CollarMe on company dollar. Again.

80s Music Without Lyrics, 90s Music Without Lyrics, 00s Music Without Lyrics

The purest possible trinity of pop Sporcle, like an extended music round in your bog-standard Sunday night pub quiz minus the guy going “Are you sure it was Moore in Thunderball? I think we should change that answer) in your ear repeatedly. As with most of the Sporcle music quizzes, anything from the 80s and 90s focusses solely on floorfillers and novelty songs while the 00s stuff is just Vampire Weekend and that song about young folks, so be warned.

Bands By First Name

Name the popular beat combo just from its members’ first names. Back in the late 90s, Corbett-fronted gameshow Small Talk had a round where four-year-old children were asked if they could name all four Beatles. Post “1” and long-tail, do we think that more children today could go “Ahhhh John, ahhhhh Paul” etc etc than they could in 1996, or is this just another example of Broken Britain?

Colors of Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Nothing has annoyed me as much in the unknown manhours of Sporcle I’ve sacrificed than my utter failure to get a decent score here. I had to sing it when I was eight in school choir, surely I haven’t forsaken that memory for the time I pissed against a tree in Year 3 in the playground?

Commonest Beatles Words

“Na” isn’t an acceptable answer, sadly, as it’s only used 29 times in the entire Beatles’ discography.

Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

Knowing that The Monkees aren’t allowed in doesn’t really help with any of this shit. Would be kinda shitty if Peter Tork lost his battle with cancer before Jann Wener’s inevitable coke-fuelled heart attack.

Smiths Songs By Lyric

When I was 20 and going on fucking expeditions to Manchester to hang out in Smiths’ themed pubs and wave daffodils around like a twat, I could have 100%’d this. Nowadays, 45%. Morrissey is one of the few musical racists I have no love for in 2010. Him and Matt Bellamy, tbh.

US Area Codes

Not music-specific, but it’s pretty impressive to note that every area code Luda and Nate shouted out actually exists.

UK One-Hit Wonders of the 2000s

Word to the bit after the end of the X-Files: “I made this”.

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  1. Cashmore
    July 2, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Fancy a game of “name that hip-hop group by their first names”? That shit would be fucking impossible.

    • Dom Passantino
      July 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      Robert, Gary, Corey, Lamont, Dennis, Jason, Clifford, Russell, Elgin. Not that impressive monikers, tbh.

  2. Cashmore
    July 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Young Black Teenagers?

    Wu, obviously.

    Eric, Rico, James.

  3. MF
    July 4, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Suggestions for future ILB quiz-culcha related posts : a beef with Olav Bjortomt and an investigation of Jenny Ryan’s interneting.

    • Dom Passantino
      July 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      A long-time associate of ILB claims to have been repeatedly pestered by Jenny Ryan over an internet dating website. Apparently she’s DTF.

  4. MF
    July 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

    An ILB expose is so neccessary.

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