Every Friday is happy at Small Man Media, because indeed every single day at Small Man Media is happy, so why should Fridays be any different? We did have an unhappy day once, in 2014, but that was due to a blocked toilet and so we had a good excuse.
The happiest point in our already happy days comes when we get to play Popmaster. For those who don’t know it – which is probably three of you, tops – Popmaster is the fiendishly difficult pop music quiz on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 morning show, and every day at 10.30am, half the nation clusters around their radio to listen to it.
We’re no different here at Small Man Media. We are, not to blow our own trumpets, flaming MAGNIFICENT at Popmaster. Make no mistake, we’re much better than you are. Yes we are. Just leave it, yeah?
So, for a bit of fun on Friday, we have decided to set you, our loyal subscriber base, a pop quiz that is LOOSELY BASED ON POPMASTER BUT ABSOLUTELY NOT A POPMASTER QUIZ IN ANY WAY for your enjoyment. We’re calling it that in case BBC2’s lawyers are a little bit trigger-happy. And there’s a theme to it! Every question is united by the common number of THREE, to tie in with the number of words in ‘Small Man Media’. Small, Man and Media, see? Three words.
This is an actual quiz with actual prizes, we just don’t happen to know what the prizes are yet. If you think you know them, tweet our Writer Monkey Pete to let him know that you believe you have all ten, and he will do the rest. Ladies and gentlemen, LET THERE BE POP!
1. ‘Three is the magic number!’ De La Soul once sang. Well, rapped, technically. But what are the hip-hop pseudonyms of the three members of De La Soul?
2. What was the name of Oui 3‘s biggest UK hit, which charted in 1993?
3. Which song garnered an Oscar nomination for its place on the Rocky III soundtrack?
4. Name all three members of 1980s popsters The Thompson Twins.
5.Here is a band with the word ‘Three’ in their name. Who are they?
6. London band Alabama 3 did the theme music for a classic HBO TV series. Name both the series AND the song.
7. Which song, which has been the subject of versions by Fats Domino, Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Smashing Pumpkins and Norah Jones among many others, contains these lyrics: “You find a cozy place, fireplace, cozy room / A little nest that nests where the roses bloom / Just Molly and me, and the baby makes three”?
8. Here is an all-male band with three members, who had the word ‘Three’ in their name. They also had two UK Top 10 hits with an all-girl three-piece in the 1980s. Name the all-male band AND the all-female band AND the two hits.
9. On March 3rd 2003 – or 3/3/03 – a Russian duo were at number 3 of the UK singles charts. Name the duo and the song.
10 (TEN POINT BONUS QUESTION). The following are the titles of albums considered to have been acts of ‘career suicide’ by the groups who released them. Name the bands.
a) Spirit Of Eden (1988)
b) Beauty Stab (1983)
c) Metal Machine Music (1975)
And there it is! Ten fiendishly difficult pop questions to test your musical knowledge or, as is more likely, your ability to scroll through Wikipedia pages at top speed.
If you think you have the answers to all 10 questions, tweet our Writer Monkey Pete Cashmore and say “OI! CASHMORE! I HAVE THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUIZ SO GIVE ME THE PRIZE, YEAH?” and he might well send you some free stuff. FRIDAY, BABY!