Weird Al Yankovic – Genius in France
Today’s Quote: “The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.” — Don Marquis
Music Trivia Quiz:
1. Who founded the Mothers of Invention? A) Frank Zappa B) Ted Nugent C) Jeff Beck
2. Who made up the Blues Brothers duo along with John Belushi? A) Chevy Chase B) Dan Aykroyd C) Bill Murray
3. Whose recording of Shadow Dancing was a 1978 hit? A) The Commodores B) Player C) Andy Gibb
4. What was Tommy Dorsey’s brother’s name who was also a popular big band leader? A) Kenny B) Johnny C) Jimmy
5. Who made Heart of Gold into a hit in 1972? A) Neil Young B) Mac Davis C) Al Green
I’m sorry about the dysthymia today. It comes and goes.
Music Trivia Answers:
1. A) Frank Zappa [In 1964 Zappa joined a local R&B band, The Soul Giants, as a guitarist. Soon he assumed leadership, renaming the band “The Mothers.” They signed with a record label, which insisted that they officially re-title themselves “The Mothers of Invention” out of a concern (likely justified) that the band’s original moniker had obscene undertones. He later shortened it to “The Mothers” again. Frank Zappa is mentioned in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Manos: The Hands of Fate. Genius in France on Weird Al Yankovic’s Poodle Hat album parodies Jerry Lewis in the Frank Zappa musical style.]
2. B) Dan Aykroyd
3. C) Andy Gibb
4. C) Jimmy
5. A) Neil Young [Young wrote this in 1971 after he suffered a back injury that made it impossible for him to play the electric guitar. Young: “This song put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch.” (From the liner notes of Decade, his 3-CD greatest hits set). “Heart Of Gold” is the name of the spaceship stolen by Zaphod Beeblebrox in Douglas Adams’ book, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (Songfacts.com)]
1. If you’re not a Zappa fan, you will not get Genius in France, trust me on this. I gave the song a good listen today and I loved it! The song is an obvious tribute to Frank Zappa. All the classic Zappa elements are there, including the poodle from Dirty Love (Overnite Sensation). “Could you pass the Grey Poupon?” is a reference to “Could I interest you in a pair of zircon encrusted tweezers?”, a lyric that appears several places on Overnite Sensation. (By the way, Ted Nugent was with the Amboy Dukes and Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds.)
2. I really couldn’t see Chevy Chase or Bill Murray as Elwood Blues. Only Dan Aykroyd could be Elwood Blues just as only John Belushi could be Joliet Jake Blues.
5. You don’t think I’d miss a Neil Young question, do ya?