R.E.M. Murmur

Music Quiz: Complete the ’80s Song with a Picture

Welcome back to this week’s quiz. Last week we looked at the covers of the Rolling Stone, and everyone pummelled my meagre score. Several contestants went as far as to score 40/40 – good work Jim S., Rich Kamerman, 2loud2old, Aaron, and Tony, and it looks like Aaron reported the fastest time.

This week’s challenge you requires to fill in 1980s song titles with images. I found it witty and fun.


I scored 20/20 with 3:09 remaining. Can you join me on 100%? Can you beat my time?

In other news, my wife and I saw the new New Zealand musical movie Daffodils this week. It’s like a musical, where the characters express their internal feelings using iconic New Zealand songs. It had its moments, but the dichotomy of emotionally stunted characters who need to express themselves through song reminded me of Flight of the Conchords – it works for a comedy, but it’s a little awkward in a drama.


  1. Whew (why do I often write that after finishing one of these quizzes?). Took me a few seconds to get my bearings but scored 20/20 with 3:34 left on the clock. I’m happy with that performance but I’m sure many of my fellow bloggers will eclipse that time. My eye-to-mouse coordination isn’t what it used to be.

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  2. 20/20. Three in a row for me but no, did not beat Kamer’s time. I came in at 2:52 remaining. It took me a bit to catch on to the pictures. So I knew Hungry LIke the ___ but I couldn’t make the association the first time through. All that said, it told me I have a superior intellect. Who knew 20 questions on an Internet quiz could establish that? 🙂 And if that’s true, why can’t i get on Jeopardy.

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      1. Huh! I never tried out for that. I have tried out for Jeopardy almost every year, once/year for the past 20. Nada. I am trying again next week to take the online test. I just do it routinely now, with little expectation. Just too damn hard. Plus they have so many good candidates that even if you ace the exam, they may never call you. I will have to “settle” for being pretty good at Aphoristical’s game, otherwise unaccountably dense. 🙂

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        1. New Zealand does have a much smaller talent pool. We used to have a specific music quiz show back when I was a kid – be keen for that if it was still going.


      1. spotify or youtube might have a list of the original songs if a user has made a compilation( which is what I would want to hear). Not interested in the new cover versions.

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    1. The Jenny song was a pretty big hit here in the States at least. Once you hear it you can’t get it out of your head. It’s an earworm. But it caused problems. A tidbit from Wikipedia:

      The song, released in late 1981, initially gained popularity on the American West Coast in January 1982. Many who had the number soon abandoned it because of unwanted calls.

      When we’d first get calls at 2 or 3 in the morning, my husband would answer the phone. He can’t hear too well. They’d ask for Jenny, and he’d say “Jimmy doesn’t live here any more.” … Tommy Tutone was the one who had the record. I’d like to get hold of his neck and choke him.

      — Mrs. Lorene Burns, an Alabama householder formerly at +1-205-867-5309; she changed her number in 1982.
      Asking telephone companies to trace the calls was of no use, as Charles and Maurine Shambarger (then in West Akron, Ohio at +1-216-867-5309) learned when Ohio Bell explained “We don’t know what to make of this. The calls are coming from all over the place.” A little over a month later, they disconnected the number and the phone became silent.[

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      1. That’s pretty funny. I don’t know if I actually know the song, but I think it’s referenced in a rap song somewhere or something? Just sounds familiar. Also according to Wikipedia:
        In 2013, the number was still ringing up fifty misdialled calls daily for Florida realtor Carrie Routt[35] in area code 850


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