The Who Rock Band Trivia

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  • 1. 

    Who designed the album cover for The Who's "The Who By Numbers"?

    • A.

      Tony Bennett

    • B.

      Pete Townshend

    • C.

      John Entwistle

    • D.

      Andy Warhol

    Correct Answer
    C. John Entwistle
    Explanation
    John Entwistle designed the album cover for The Who's "The Who By Numbers".

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  • 2. 

    What was the name of the failed Pete Townshend film/music project in which most of the material ended up on the "Who's Next" album?

    • A.

      Pure And Easy

    • B.

      Lifehouse

    • C.

      Life In Harmony

    • D.

      Meher Baba

    Correct Answer
    B. Lifehouse
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Lifehouse." "Lifehouse" was a failed film and music project by Pete Townshend, a member of the band The Who. The project was intended to be a concept album and accompanying film, but it was ultimately abandoned. However, many of the songs and material from "Lifehouse" were later reworked and released on The Who's album "Who's Next."

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  • 3. 

    Which Who album cover had an eerie but accidental foreshadow of Keith Moon's death?

    • A.

      Who Are You

    • B.

      Face Dances

    • C.

      Odds And Sods

    • D.

      Who By Numbers

    Correct Answer
    A. Who Are You
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Who Are You." The album cover features a photograph of the band members sitting on chairs with a white sheet draped over them. However, Keith Moon's chair is noticeably empty, symbolizing his absence due to his death. This eerie coincidence foreshadowed Moon's tragic demise, as he passed away shortly after the album's release.

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  • 4. 

    The Who released their first single "I'm The Face/Zoot Suit" under what group name?

    • A.

      The High Numbers

    • B.

      The Faces

    • C.

      The Who

    • D.

      The Detours

    Correct Answer
    A. The High Numbers
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The High Numbers. The Who initially released their first single "I'm The Face/Zoot Suit" under the group name The High Numbers. This was a name change suggested by their manager in an attempt to appeal to the mod subculture. However, the name change was short-lived, and they eventually reverted back to being called The Who.

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  • 5. 

    Which hotel chain banned The Who for life?

    • A.

      Hyatt

    • B.

      Hilton

    • C.

      Radisson

    • D.

      Holiday Inn

    Correct Answer
    D. Holiday Inn
    Explanation
    The hotel chain that banned The Who for life is Holiday Inn. This means that the band is not allowed to stay or perform at any Holiday Inn hotels.

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  • 6. 

    What started Pete Townshend smashing guitars?

    • A.

      He Studied Autodestruction In Art School

    • B.

      He Was Trying To Create Distortion By Banging It Into The Amps

    • C.

      He Was Inspired By Keith Moon Smashing Drums

    • D.

      He Accidentally Stuck It Into A Low Ceiling And The Crowd Loved It

    Correct Answer
    D. He Accidentally Stuck It Into A Low Ceiling And The Crowd Loved It
    Explanation
    Pete Townshend started smashing guitars because he accidentally stuck it into a low ceiling and the crowd loved it.

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  • 7. 

    In the album and movie "Quadrophenia", what gang was Jimmy a member of?

    • A.

      The Rockers

    • B.

      The Punks

    • C.

      The High Numbers

    • D.

      The Mods

    Correct Answer
    D. The Mods
    Explanation
    In the album and movie "Quadrophenia", Jimmy is portrayed as a member of The Mods. The Mods were a youth subculture in London during the 1960s, known for their stylish fashion, love for soul and R&B music, and their affinity for scooters. The story of "Quadrophenia" revolves around the conflict between The Mods and their rivals, The Rockers, highlighting the struggles and identity crisis faced by Jimmy, who is torn between his loyalty to The Mods and his desire for personal freedom.

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  • 8. 

    What band did Who member Kenny Jones play with prior to The Who?

    • A.

      Blind Faith

    • B.

      Derek And The Dominos

    • C.

      The Yardbirds

    • D.

      Small Faces

    Correct Answer
    D. Small Faces
    Explanation
    Kenny Jones, a member of The Who, played with the band Small Faces before joining The Who.

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  • 9. 

    In which Who song does Roger Daltrey exclaim "You're stuck with a castrated leader"?

    • A.

      My Generation

    • B.

      A Man Is A Man

    • C.

      Behind Blue Eyes

    • D.

      Athena

    Correct Answer
    D. Athena
    Explanation
    In the song "Athena" by The Who, Roger Daltrey exclaims "You're stuck with a castrated leader." This line refers to a leader who lacks power or authority, possibly implying that they are ineffective or weak. The song criticizes the idea of blindly following such a leader and encourages individuals to think for themselves.

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  • 10. 

    Who of the following does not get mentioned in The Who song, "The Seeker"?

    • A.

      The Beatles

    • B.

      Bob Dylan

    • C.

      Timothy Leary

    • D.

      John F. Kennedy

    Correct Answer
    D. John F. Kennedy
    Explanation
    The song "The Seeker" by The Who mentions various influential figures, such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Timothy Leary. However, it does not mention John F. Kennedy.

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  • 11. 

    Why does Pete Townshend yell "I Saw Ya!" at the end of "Happy Jack"?

    • A.

      Pete Saw Moon Creeping In To Do Background Vocals

    • B.

      It's A Lead In To I Can See For Miles

    • C.

      One Of Pete's Kids Was Sneaking Into The Studio

    • D.

      It's Part Of The Happy Jack Story Line

    Correct Answer
    A. Pete Saw Moon Creeping In To Do Background Vocals
  • 12. 

    What line follows "Ever since I was a young boy" in The Who's "Pinball Wizard"?

    • A.

      I Played Some Pinball

    • B.

      I Was The Bally Table King

    • C.

      I Was The Very Best

    • D.

      I Played The Silver Ball

    Correct Answer
    D. I Played The Silver Ball
    Explanation
    The line that follows "Ever since I was a young boy" in The Who's "Pinball Wizard" is "I Played The Silver Ball." This line is significant because it reveals the protagonist's passion and skill for playing pinball. It sets the tone for the song and establishes the main theme of the lyrics, which revolve around the protagonist's exceptional talent and obsession with pinball.

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  • 13. 

    What famous rock-n-roller did Pete Townshend get back on stage to perform again after not playing for two years?

    • A.

      Savoy Brown

    • B.

      Eric Clapton

    • C.

      Sammy Hagar

    • D.

      Steve Winwood

    Correct Answer
    B. Eric Clapton
    Explanation
    Pete Townshend got back on stage to perform with Eric Clapton after not playing for two years.

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  • 14. 

    Who usually wrote horn arrangements for The Who?

    • A.

      Roger Daltrey

    • B.

      Keith Moon

    • C.

      Pete Townshend

    • D.

      John Entwistle

    Correct Answer
    D. John Entwistle
    Explanation
    John Entwistle usually wrote horn arrangements for The Who. This suggests that he was responsible for creating and arranging the musical parts for the horn section in the band's songs. This role highlights his musical talent and contribution to the band's sound.

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  • 15. 

    Why is the band The Who in the "Guinness Book Of World Records"?

    • A.

      Most People In A Band

    • B.

      Loudest Band Ever

    • C.

      Most Albums

    • D.

      Most Miles Driven On Tour

    Correct Answer
    B. Loudest Band Ever
    Explanation
    The band The Who is in the "Guinness Book Of World Records" because they are recognized as the loudest band ever. This means that they have achieved a level of volume and sound intensity that surpasses any other band in history. Their performances and music have been measured and documented to have reached extraordinary decibel levels, earning them this prestigious record in the music industry.

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  • 16. 

    What is Tommy's last name, from The Who's "Tommy"?

    • A.

      He Doesnt Have A Last Name

    • B.

      Townshend

    • C.

      Walker

    • D.

      Warner

    Correct Answer
    C. Walker
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Walker" because in The Who's rock opera "Tommy," the main character's full name is Tommy Walker.

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  • 17. 

    At which London club did The Who keep a residence in the '60's?

    • A.

      The Marquee Club

    • B.

      The Lynx Club

    • C.

      Golders Green Refactory

    • D.

      The Scene Club

    Correct Answer
    A. The Marquee Club
    Explanation
    In the 1960s, The Who kept a residence at The Marquee Club in London. This club was a popular venue for rock bands and played a significant role in the British music scene at that time. The Marquee Club hosted numerous iconic performances by various artists, including The Who, who frequently played there. It became a hotspot for emerging talent and a hub for music enthusiasts, making it the perfect place for The Who to establish their presence and gain recognition.

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  • 18. 

    What is the name of Pete Townshend's brother, who is also in the music industry?

    • A.

      Simon

    • B.

      Patrick

    • C.

      Russell

    • D.

      Ralph

    Correct Answer
    A. Simon
    Explanation
    Pete Townshend's brother, Simon, is also in the music industry.

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  • 19. 

    Whose multi-platinum 1999 album began with the sample, "The whole thing I think is sick!"?

    • A.

      Orgy

    • B.

      Slipknot

    • C.

      Hed (P.E.)

    • D.

      Incubus

    Correct Answer
    B. Slipknot
    Explanation
    Slipknot's multi-platinum 1999 album began with the sample, "The whole thing I think is sick!" This suggests that Slipknot's album had a strong and intense start, capturing the attention of listeners. The use of the word "sick" implies that the album's content was unique and unconventional, aligning with Slipknot's reputation for their aggressive and heavy musical style.

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  • 20. 

    Who had a #1 hit in 1957 singing "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands"?

    • A.

      Irving Berlin

    • B.

      Laurie London

    • C.

      Bobby Vee

    • D.

      Doris Day

    Correct Answer
    B. Laurie London
    Explanation
    Laurie London had a #1 hit in 1957 singing "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands".

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  • 21. 

    The Who had which hit single in 1971?

    • A.

      Desert Rose

    • B.

      Won't Get Fooled Again

    • C.

      Steal Away

    • D.

      No, No, No

    Correct Answer
    B. Won't Get Fooled Again
    Explanation
    In 1971, The Who had a hit single called "Won't Get Fooled Again."

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  • 22. 

    What was the first song that Keith Moon played with The Who during his audition at a show?

    • A.

      Smokestack Lightning

    • B.

      Young Man Blues

    • C.

      Hang On Sloopy

    • D.

      Roadrunner

    Correct Answer
    D. Roadrunner
    Explanation
    During Keith Moon's audition with The Who, the first song he played was "Roadrunner."

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  • 23. 

    What band was Keith Moon in before joining The Who?

    • A.

      The Beachcombers

    • B.

      Lovely Lads

    • C.

      The Who Was His First Band

    • D.

      The Originals

    Correct Answer
    A. The Beachcombers
    Explanation
    Keith Moon was not in The Beachcombers before joining The Who. This answer is incorrect.

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  • 24. 

    Who of the following was not a manager for The Who at some time in their career?

    • A.

      Pete Meaden

    • B.

      Chris Stamp

    • C.

      Kit Lambert

    • D.

      Shel Talmy

    Correct Answer
    D. Shel Talmy
    Explanation
    Shel Talmy was not a manager for The Who at any point in their career. Pete Meaden, Chris Stamp, and Kit Lambert all had managerial roles with the band. Talmy, on the other hand, was a record producer who worked with The Who on their early recordings but did not serve as their manager.

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  • 25. 

    What audience member became famous (to Who trivia buffs) when he substituted for Keith Moon in a San Francisco concert after Keith passed out?

    • A.

      Doug Sandom

    • B.

      Mitch Mitchell

    • C.

      Simon Phillips

    • D.

      Scott Halpin

    Correct Answer
    D. Scott Halpin
    Explanation
    Scott Halpin became famous among Who trivia buffs when he substituted for Keith Moon in a San Francisco concert after Keith passed out. This incident gained attention and recognition within the Who fan community, solidifying Halpin's place in their trivia knowledge.

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  • 26. 

    What famous drummer auditioned with The Who but didn't make it into the band?

    • A.

      Carl Palmer

    • B.

      Ginger Baker

    • C.

      John Bonham

    • D.

      Mitch Mitchell

    Correct Answer
    D. Mitch Mitchell
    Explanation
    Mitch Mitchell is the correct answer because he auditioned with The Who but did not make it into the band. This suggests that although he may have been a talented drummer, he did not meet the criteria or preferences of The Who during the audition process.

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  • 27. 

    Which of the following is the only song that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey co-wrote together?

    • A.

      Early Morning Cold Taxi

    • B.

      See My Way

    • C.

      Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

    • D.

      Here For More

    Correct Answer
    C. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
    Explanation
    "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" is the only song that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey co-wrote together. This can be inferred from the question which specifically asks for the only song they co-wrote.

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  • 28. 

    Which of the following songs was co-written by Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon?

    • A.

      Cobwebs And Strange

    • B.

      Girl's Eyes

    • C.

      Someone's Coming

    • D.

      The Ox

    Correct Answer
    D. The Ox
    Explanation
    "The Ox" is the correct answer because it was co-written by Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon. The song was featured on The Who's debut album "My Generation" released in 1965. It is an instrumental track showcasing the musical talents of all three band members, with Entwistle's bass playing being particularly prominent.

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  • 29. 

    Why did Pete Townshend add the song "Pinball Wizard" to the album "Tommy"?

    • A.

      A Major Music Critic In England Loved Pinball

    • B.

      Townshend Loved Pinball

    • C.

      The Game Symbolized How Tommy Was Abused

    • D.

      The Silver Ball Represented A Sphere Of Consciousness

    Correct Answer
    A. A Major Music Critic In England Loved Pinball
    Explanation
    Pete Townshend added the song "Pinball Wizard" to the album "Tommy" because a major music critic in England loved pinball. This suggests that Townshend may have wanted to appeal to the critic and gain positive reviews for the album.

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  • 30. 

    Which James Brown song did The Who not record?

    • A.

      Shout And Shimmy

    • B.

      I Don't Mind

    • C.

      I Feel Good

    • D.

      Please, Please, Please

    Correct Answer
    C. I Feel Good
    Explanation
    The Who did not record the song "I Feel Good" by James Brown. This song is actually titled "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and it was released by James Brown in 1965. The Who, a British rock band, did not cover or record this particular song in their discography.

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