The Big Smiths Rock Band Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Morrissey famously denounced the efforts of which 1980's hunger relief effort?

    • A.

      Band Aid

    • B.

      Live Aid

    • C.

      Farm Aid

    • D.

      Live 8

    Correct Answer
    A. Band Aid
    Explanation
    Morrissey famously denounced the efforts of Band Aid, the 1980's hunger relief effort. This is because he believed that charity singles and concerts were simply a way for celebrities to boost their own egos and careers, rather than truly addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger. He criticized the notion of "pop stars saving the world" and argued that real change could only come through systemic political and economic reforms.

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  • 2. 

    In 1985, Morrissey forbade members of The Smiths to be photographed doing what?

    • A.

      Dancing

    • B.

      Eating Meat

    • C.

      Smoking

    • D.

      Drinking

    Correct Answer
    B. Eating Meat
    Explanation
    Morrissey, the lead singer of The Smiths, famously advocated for vegetarianism and animal rights throughout his career. In 1985, he took his beliefs to the extreme by forbidding members of The Smiths to be photographed eating meat. This decision was likely a reflection of Morrissey's strong stance against the consumption of animal products and his desire to promote a cruelty-free lifestyle.

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  • 3. 

    Who was the original bassist for The Smiths?

    • A.

      Andy Rourke

    • B.

      John Entwistle

    • C.

      Paul McCartney

    • D.

      Morrissey

    Correct Answer
    A. Andy Rourke
    Explanation
    Andy Rourke was the original bassist for The Smiths. He played a crucial role in the band's sound and contributed to their distinctive style. Rourke's bass lines were melodic and intricate, adding depth and complexity to the music. His contributions can be heard on iconic tracks such as "This Charming Man" and "How Soon Is Now?" Rourke's skill as a bassist helped establish The Smiths as one of the most influential bands of the 1980s.

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  • 4. 

    A cover of which tune by The Smiths served as the theme to TV's "Charmed"?

    • A.

      Hand In Glove

    • B.

      Half A Person

    • C.

      How Soon Is Now

    • D.

      Still Ill

    Correct Answer
    C. How Soon Is Now
    Explanation
    "How Soon Is Now" by The Smiths served as the theme song for the TV show "Charmed". The song's dark and atmospheric sound perfectly matched the supernatural and mysterious themes of the show. Its haunting guitar riff and introspective lyrics captured the essence of the show's magical world and added to its overall atmosphere. The song's popularity and association with "Charmed" have made it one of The Smiths' most well-known and beloved tracks.

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  • 5. 

    Which singer was featured on The Smiths' "Hand in Glove"?

    • A.

      Mick Jagger

    • B.

      Marc Bolan

    • C.

      Marianne Faithfull

    • D.

      Sandie Shaw

    Correct Answer
    D. Sandie Shaw
    Explanation
    Sandie Shaw was the singer featured on The Smiths' "Hand in Glove." Sandie Shaw is a British singer known for her hit songs in the 1960s. She collaborated with The Smiths on this particular track, which was released in 1984.

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  • 6. 

    The Smiths' Morrissey often appeared on stage wearing what sort of device?

    • A.

      3-D Glasses

    • B.

      Hearing Aid

    • C.

      Night-Vision Goggles

    • D.

      Top Hat

    Correct Answer
    B. Hearing Aid
    Explanation
    Morrissey, the lead singer of The Smiths, often appeared on stage wearing a hearing aid. This is because he suffers from hearing loss in one ear, a condition known as tinnitus. Wearing a hearing aid helps him hear the music and his bandmates better during performances. It also allows him to communicate effectively with the audience and ensures a high-quality sound experience for everyone attending the concert.

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  • 7. 

    Who was the guitarist fired by The Smiths in 1996?

    • A.

      Craig Gannon

    • B.

      Mark Joyce

    • C.

      Johnny Marr

    • D.

      Morrissey

    Correct Answer
    A. Craig Gannon
    Explanation
    Craig Gannon was the guitarist fired by The Smiths in 1996.

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  • 8. 

    In 1996, the ex-members of The Smiths went to court over what?

    • A.

      Naming Rights

    • B.

      Unequal Earnings

    • C.

      Album Names

    • D.

      Cover Songs

    Correct Answer
    B. Unequal Earnings
    Explanation
    The ex-members of The Smiths went to court over unequal earnings. This suggests that there was a dispute or disagreement among the former band members regarding the distribution of earnings or royalties from their time together in the band.

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  • 9. 

    Which 1987 U.K. song by The Smiths was reworked and released in the U.S. as "Louder Than Bombs"?

    • A.

      The World Won't Listen

    • B.

      Reel Around The Fountain

    • C.

      Panic

    • D.

      Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

    Correct Answer
    A. The World Won't Listen
    Explanation
    "The World Won't Listen" is the correct answer because it is a 1987 U.K. song by The Smiths that was reworked and released in the U.S. as "Louder Than Bombs". This suggests that the song underwent some changes or modifications before its release in the U.S. under a different title.

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  • 10. 

    Which song was pulled from the 1985 The Smiths album "Meat Is Murder"?

    • A.

      Panic

    • B.

      Handsome Devil

    • C.

      Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now

    • D.

      That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

    Correct Answer
    D. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
    Explanation
    The song "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" was pulled from the 1985 The Smiths album "Meat Is Murder".

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  • 11. 

    Which controversial 1983 song by The Smiths was misunderstood to condone child abuse?

    • A.

      Reel Around The Fountain

    • B.

      Girl Afriad

    • C.

      Louder Than Bombs

    • D.

      Hand In Glove

    Correct Answer
    A. Reel Around The Fountain
    Explanation
    "Reel Around The Fountain" by The Smiths was misunderstood to condone child abuse due to its lyrical content, which includes lines like "I dream about you, boy / Because I can't forget / Throw your homework onto the fire / Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you." Some listeners interpreted these lyrics as promoting inappropriate relationships between adults and minors, leading to controversy and misinterpretation of the song's true meaning.

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  • 12. 

    What was the controversial B-side of The Smiths' "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"?

    • A.

      Unloveable

    • B.

      Asleep

    • C.

      Suffer Little Children

    • D.

      Louder Than Bombs

    Correct Answer
    C. Suffer Little Children
    Explanation
    "Suffer Little Children" was the controversial B-side of The Smiths' "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now". The song is controversial because it deals with the subject of the Moors Murders, a series of child murders that occurred in Manchester in the 1960s. The lyrics of the song reference the victims of the murders and the sadness and horror surrounding the events. This controversial subject matter caused some controversy and backlash for The Smiths at the time of the song's release.

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  • 13. 

    Where did The Smiths' Morrissey and Johnny Marr meet?

    • A.

      Patti Smith Concert

    • B.

      New York Dolls COoncert

    • C.

      Sex Pistols Concert

    • D.

      T.Rex Concert

    Correct Answer
    A. Patti Smith Concert
    Explanation
    Morrissey and Johnny Marr of The Smiths met at a Patti Smith concert.

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  • 14. 

    The Smiths' Morrissey was once the president of which band's English fan club?

    • A.

      Cream's

    • B.

      The Sex Pistols'

    • C.

      The New York Dolls'

    • D.

      The Beatles'

    Correct Answer
    C. The New York Dolls'
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The New York Dolls' because Morrissey, the lead singer of The Smiths, was once the president of The New York Dolls' English fan club. This suggests that Morrissey had a strong connection and admiration for The New York Dolls, leading him to take on a role of leadership within their fan community.

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  • 15. 

    The Smiths disbanded in 1987, following the release of which single?

    • A.

      Frankly, Mr. Shankly

    • B.

      Sheila, Take A Bow

    • C.

      I Know It's Over

    • D.

      Bigmouth Strikes Again

    Correct Answer
    B. Sheila, Take A Bow
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Sheila, Take A Bow." The Smiths disbanded in 1987, and this single was released in 1987 as well. Therefore, it can be inferred that the release of this single marked the end of the band.

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