Kansas, Revisited, Again

Jackson Browne – Running On Empty

Today’s Quote: “There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum. It’s breathtaking. I highly suggest you try it.” — Dr. Evil, in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

I’ve intended to use that subject line for the last three entries and then changed it at the last moment. This morning I find myself wondering if Kansas is worth revisiting, again. Kansas is a state and I’m sure it’s a very nice state although I’ve never actually set foot in the state of Kansas. I’ve referred to Kansas as a state of mind, metaphorically speaking, with no disrespect for Kansans intended. As a metaphor it references the flatness Kansas is known for; it goes on with no significant peaks or valleys. Well, you get the idea. When you have to explain a metaphor, it tends to lose its meaning. Oh, never mind.

Music Trivia Quiz:
1. Who are Ad Rock, Mike D, and MCA? A) The Beastie Boys B) Public Enemy C) 2 Live Crew
2. Brian Setzer, of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, was in what band? A) Matchbox 20 B) The Stray Cats C) Duran Duran
3. Which group, founded in San Francisco in 1965, sang about white rabbits? A) The Mamas & The Papas B) Jefferson Airplane C) Peter, Paul & Mary
4. Which of these Beatles songs, written by Paul McCartney, protested the meddling of Yoko Ono in the band? A) Let It Be B) Revolution C) Get Back
5. Who wrote and recorded the 11-minute Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding ? A) Elton John B) The Who C) Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Mistress Condoleeza
Dominatrix of State

Beat me, whip me,
Make me join the Republican Party.

Music Trivia Answers:
1. A) The Beastie Boys
2. B) The Stray Cats
3. B) Jefferson Airplane [White Rabbit was written by Grace Slick, who based the lyrics on Lewis Carroll’s book Alice In Wonderland. Like many young musicians in San Francisco, Slick did a lot of drugs. She saw lots of drug references in Carroll’s book, including the pills, the smoking caterpillar, the mushroom, and lots of other images that are generally trippy. She noticed that lots of children’s stories involve a substance of some kind that alters reality, and felt it was time to write a song about it. Slick got the idea for this after taking LSD and spending hours listening to the Miles Davis album Sketches Of Spain. The Spanish beat she came up with was also influenced by Ravel’s Bolero. She wrote and performed this when she was in a band called The Great Society. She brought it with her, along with Somebody To Love, when she joined Jefferson Airplane in 1966. (Songfacts.com)]
4. C) Get Back [Early versions include the line “I dig no Pakistani’s.” The song began as a commentary about immigration, telling people to “Get Back” to their own countries. It was meant to mock Britain’s anti-immigrant proponents. Paul McCartney thought better of it and made the lyrics more obscure. At the beginning of the album version, Lennon sang, “Sweet Loretta fat she thought she was a cleaner, but she was a frying pan.” He was making fun of the first line in the song. The single version is longer than the album version; usually it is the other way around. Paul looked at Yoko in the studio when he sang the line “get back to where you once belong.” John thought he was disrespecting her. (Songfacts.com)]
5. A) Elton John [He wrote the music after thinking about what he would want played at his funeral. The Funeral For A Friend section is instrumental and transitions into Love Lies Bleeding, an angry song about a broken relationship. Bernie Taupin, who is Elton’s songwriting partner, wrote the lyrics. Since this is about 11 minutes long, it was not released as a single. It became a very popular song on FM radio, partly because it wasn’t played very often, and also because it gave DJs a chance to take a bathroom break or smoke a cigarette. (Songfacts.com)]

I didn’t know the first one and I didn’t particularly care either. This concludes the daily music trivia quiz. Although I’ve reached the end of the cards, I didn’t use all 1,000 questions. I tossed out several rap, hip-hop, and country questions simply because I wanted to. I tried not to let all that power go to my head.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.

One thought on “Kansas, Revisited, Again”

  1. Mistress Condy
    The “Condy in Leather” would would have been funnier with Bush’s face on the guy but I’m not that good with PhotoShop.


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