Friday Lyric Quiz, 445

Last week, after a bit of a rant about the irrelevance of the Grammy Awards, I closed with the phrase “Today’s quiz has nothing to do with the Grammys, by the way.”

Well, this week’s quiz is my litte attempt to correct that.  All of the artists below took home the coveted (?) Best New Artist statue at some point in the past 30 or so years. Some went on to have impressive and esteemed (or at least lengthy) careers.  For others, the acceptance of this statue proved to be the high point of his/her/their career.  This year, the academy (again, ?) will be deciding among the following: The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex.  While Ms. Minaj has enjoyed the most commercial success this year, Bon Iver seems like the critical favorite.  We shall see.  And we (at least some of us) shall not care.

Friday Lyric Quiz #445

1.  “The boat’s steaming in, I watch the sidewheel spin, and I think about her when I hear that whistle blow” (late 80s)

2.  “I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited but I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.” (early 2010s)

3.  “I don’t want another pretender, no … to disillusion me one more time” (early 90s)

4. “I’m no prophet, Lord, I don’t know nature’s ways” (early 70s)

5. “It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got” (early 2000s)

6. “It’s not always rainbows and butterflies it’s compromise, that moves us along” (mid-2000s)

7. “And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease. No hungry mouths to feed” (early 90s)

8. “I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems, got to open my eyes to everything” (early 2000s)

9. “They say I better get a chaperon, because I can’t stop messing with the danger zone” (mid-80s)

10. “I said to the man are you trying to tempt me, because I come from the land of plenty” (early 80s)

Answers to Friday Lyric Quiz #444

1.  “Come out of the things unsaid, shoot an apple off my head” (early 2000s)
Clocks, Coldplay

2.  “Whatever happened to all this season’s losers of the year” (late 70s)
Surrender, Cheap Trick

3.  “You’re strange, insane, one thing you can never change” (mid-90s)
Ready to Go, Republica

4. “I just lose control, down to my very soul, I get a hot and cold” (early 70s)
I Feel the Earth Move, Carole King

5. “And if I could be king, even for a day I’d take you as my queen I’d have it no other way” (mid-90s)
Change the World, Eric Clapton

6. “I need a man who’ll take a chance on a love that burns hot enough to last” (late 80s)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Whitney Houston

7. “We’re smiling but we’re close to tears, even after all these years” (early 2010s)
For the First Time, The Script

8. “I’m so glad that he let me try it again, cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin” (early 70s)
Higher Ground, Stevie Wonder

9. “In my shoes, a walking sleep and my youth I pray to keep” (mid-90s)
Black Hole Sun, Soundgarden

10. “When it’s good, then it’s good, it’s so good till it goes bad” (late 2000s)
Sober, P!nk


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