Pop Quiz

Okay, class, put away your books and other materials, and get out a sheet of paper and a pen. It's time for a Houston music pop quiz. Reward yourselves three points for each correct answer, including each part of the matching question, and since this is a pretty hard little quiz, five points for each bonus question. The answers are at the end. Good luck, and don't even think about cheating.

1. Which of these bands included a future member or members of ZZ Top?

a) The Coachmen

b) The American Blues

c) The Moving Sidewalks

d) The Saints

e) all of the above

2. Which of these hit songs about Georgia originally had "Houston" in the title?

a) "Midnight Train to Georgia"

b) "Rainy Night in Georgia"

c) "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

d) "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

e) "Georgia"

3. In the mid-1960s, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark played some of their earliest gigs at this folk club:

a) The Eclectic Chicken

b) The Jester

c) The Joker

d) The Smoker

e) The Midnight Toker

4. For one night in 1986, this Frenchman lifted the city out of the oil-bust doldrums by bathing the downtown skyline in light and sound:

a) Jean-Luc Ponty

b) Jean-Paul Sartre

c) Jean-Claude Killy

d) Jean-Michel Jarre

e) Jean-Luc Picard

5. At one point in the 1950s, blues six-stringers Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Albert Collins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Lightnin' Hopkins were all living a few blocks from each other in this neighborhood:

a) Second Ward

b) Third Ward

c) Fourth Ward

d) Fifth Ward

e) Sixth Ward

6. On their first two nationally distributed releases, the Geto Boys' DJ was:

a) DJ Purple Stuff

b) DJ Yella

c) DJ Mean Green

d) DJ Blue Soulja

e) DJ Reddy Red

7. Who made the first record anywhere with a variant of the word "zydeco" in the title?

a) Clifton Chenier

b) Boozoo Chavis

c) Bob Ton Garlow

d) Lightnin' Hopkins

e) John Delafose

8. In 1970, what radio station's transmitter was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan?






9. Which rocker passed away on his New Orleans-bound tour bus after playing a show at Numbers?

a) Dave Williams of Drowning Pool

b) Brad Nowell of Sublime

c) Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon

d) Doug Hopkins of the Gin Blossoms

e) Jonathan Melvoin of Smashing Pumpkins

10. Which act was the first to play the Toyota Center?

a) Fleetwood Mac

b) R. Kelly

c) Rascal Flatts

d) Radiohead

e) Sarah McLachlan

11. Which of the following was not an area punk club?

a) Cabaret Voltaire

b) Apocalypse Monster Club

c) Power Tools

d) Yucatan Liquor Stand

e) The Oven

12. Which area stadium did Jerry Lee Lewis once perform a concert in?

a) The Astrodome

b) Robertson Stadium

c) Rice Stadium

d) Galena Park ISD's Dement Stadium

e) Jeppesen Stadium

13. Which of these artists does not appear on the Urban Cowboy soundtrack?

a) The Eagles

b) David Allan Coe

c) Bonnie Raitt

d) Jimmy Buffett

e) Dan Fogelberg

14. Match the famous Houston musician with the high school he or she attended:

1. Mickey Newbury

2. Kenny Rogers

3. Willie D.

4. Rodney Crowell

5. Lyle Lovett

6. Billy Gibbons

7. Clint Black

8. Beyoncé Knowles

9. Tommy Tune

10. Lil' Flip

11. South Park Mexican

12. Robert Earl Keen

13. Arnett Cobb

14. Big Moe

15. Cory Morrow

16. Doug Supernaw

17. Jack Ingram

18. BJ Thomas

a) Crosby

b) Davis

c) Eisenhower

d) Forest Brook


f) Katy

g) Klein

h) Lamar

i) Lamar Consolidated

j) Lee

k) Memorial

l) Milby

m) Sam Houston

n) Sharpstown

o) Wheatley

p) Woodlands

q) Worthing

r) Yates

15. Bonus: True or false: Willie Nelson wrote "Crazy," "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Night Life" in Houston.

16. Double bonus: Who is opening for the White Stripes at a festival next month in Japan?

Answers 1. (e) Frank Beard and Dusty Hill were in the American Blues. The Moving Sidewalks, the Saints and the Coachmen were all the names of Gibbons's pre-Top acts. 2. (b) As cut by the song's author Jim Weatherly, the song's title was "Midnight Plane to Houston," but when Atlanta producer Sonny Limbo requested to change the title to "Midnight Train to Georgia," Weatherly okayed the switch. (Oddly, Limbo wanted the song for a session with Cissy Houston -- Whitney's mom.) Later, the lightly rewritten song was picked up by Gladys Knight and the Pips and taken all the way to the top of the charts and eventually a place in the American Idol songbook, where it is regularly butchered by the likes of Jasmine Trias. 3. (b) The Jester, which was on Richmond near Mandell. The two continued honing their craft at Sand Mountain Coffeehouse and the Old Quarter. 4. (d) Jarre's "Rendez-vous Houston" laser/music extravaganza united the city in a way not seen until the Rockets' Clutch City heyday. Looking back, it seems cheesy in the extreme, but it was totally rad at the time. 5. (b) Heather Korb's 1997 documentary Third Ward Blues on Hughes, Copeland and Gatemouth Brown captures much of the neighborhood's embarrassment of six-string riches. 6. (e) Reddy Red 7. (d) Oddly enough it was bluesman Hopkins and none of the zydeco cats. In 1949, Hopkins cut "Zolo Go," on which he tries to approximate a Creole accordion with an organ, as well as arrive at a spelling/pronunciation of the then-new music. The "zydeco" spelling was codified years later by fellow Houstonian Mack McCormack. Both Hopkins and McCormack were trying to arrive at a phonetic spelling of the French les haricots, which means "the beans." 8. (d) KPFT. 9. (c) Hoon 10. (a) Fleetwood Mac 11. (d) 12. (d) 13. (b) Coe. Looking back, there's a surprising amount of non-country on that CD. 14. Newbury, Sam Houston; Rogers, Davis; Willie D, Forest Brook; Crowell, Crosby; Lovett, Klein; Gibbons, Lee; Black, Katy; Knowles, HSPVA; Tune, Lamar; Flip, Worthing; SPM, Milby; Keen, Sharpstown; Cobb, Wheatley; Big Moe, Yates; Morrow, Memorial; Supernaw, Eisenhower; Ingram, Woodlands; Thomas, Lamar Consolidated. 15. True, and not just that, but he wrote all three in one week in his car while commuting between his Pasadena home and a nightly gig in a club on the Hempstead Highway. He probably wrote "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Crazy" while stuck in traffic on the way to the shows, and "Night Life" while going home with a melancholy little buzz on. 16. Little Joe Washington


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