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1980s Music Trivia #2

Answer these questions about the music of the 1980s.
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What was Jenny's phone number?
867-5309
What was the best-selling album of the decade?
Thriller
What singer recorded "White Wedding"?
Billy Idol
Whose girl did Rick Springfield wish he had?
Jessie's
Who replaced David Lee Roth as the lead singer of Van Halen?
Sammy Hagar
Who bit the head off a bat?
Ozzy Osbourne
What AC/DC lead singer died of alcohol poisoning?
Bon Scott
What Bruce Springsteen song about a Vietnam vet is often mistaken for a patriotic anthem?
Born in the U.S.A.
What new wave band did Debbie Harry sing for?
Blondie
Who was shot by Mark David Chapman?
John Lennon
What Huey Lewis & The News song played at the beginning of "Back to the Future"?
The Power of Love
For what song did Olivia Newton-John film an exercise-themed video?
Physical
Who did Diana Ross sing a duet with in the song "Endless Love"?
Lionel Richie
What movie featured the song "Take My Breath Away"?
Top Gun
What group recorded "Everybody Have Fun Tonight"?
Wang Chung
Whose band was called "The Blackhearts"?
Joan Jett's
To what country did Paul Simon travel to record his album "Graceland"?
South Africa
What hip hop group covered the Aerosmith song "Walk This Way"?
Run–D.M.C.
What rap group urged listeners to "Fight the Power"?
Public Enemy
What song was parodied by "Like a Surgeon"?
Like a Virgin
30 Comments
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Level 81
Feb 6, 2015
Bon Scott was the lead singer of AC/DC, not the drummer.
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Level 83
Feb 6, 2015
I caught that too. I guessed Scott just because I couldn't remember any drummer dying, so I just guessed the lead singer.
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Level ∞
Feb 6, 2015
Fixed
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Level 66
Jul 28, 2015
Also, and I hate to be nitpicky, but he technically died by choking on vomit while passed out, not from alcohol poisoning. Though alcohol was certainly involved.
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Level 66
Jul 28, 2015
their drummer spontaneously combusted...

sorry, a little too 80s?

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Level 90
Jul 12, 2018
John Bonham died almost exactly the same way, but he would have only worked if the clue said Led Zeppelin.
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Level 91
Mar 26, 2015
Took me a while to figure out that I'd left the L out of the answer to "Fight the Power". It would have been a very different group if that had been their name.
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Level 78
Jul 28, 2015
That group was called 2 Live Crew.
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Level 74
Jul 28, 2015
This quiz shows that I am a certified victim of the 80s. So many better things that could be stored in head in the place of 80s media and sports trivia.
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Level 51
Aug 1, 2015
Blondie New Wave? I thought they were punk and 70s.
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Level 30
Aug 2, 2015
It definitely was the late 70's. "Heart of Glass" was #1 in 1979 I believe. "One Way or Another" was also recorded in 1979.
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Level 86
Apr 30, 2017
Blondie is barely punk. New wave maybe, but I really think it's pop. They were active from 75 to 82, and their other hit "Call me" is from 1980.
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Level 67
Jul 12, 2018
Blondie was definitely considered punk at the time. First, they came up at CBGB's, which is regarded as the birth place of American punk. Second, back then, punk was more of an aesthetic than a sound. It was artsy and counter-cultural, which Blondie definitely was. The Police are often considered punk (at least, at the beginning) for the same reason. I know some pretty hardcore Blondie fans, and they all consider Blondie a punk band.
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Level 74
Jul 13, 2018
Blondie is many things, including punk. They always took their music to other borders and ventured into multiple genres, especially in this decade and the last. But they were definitely punk in the early days and always considered New Wave
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Level 66
Jul 12, 2018
Punk? Sssh.
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Level 58
Jul 12, 2018
Yea blondie was punk, though with a mix of new wave.
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Level 58
Feb 27, 2017
Dang. For some reason I was thinking Thriller was late 70s. Should have known better.
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Level 43
Nov 23, 2017
the ozzy bat story is an urban legend, not actually true.
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Level 88
Jul 12, 2018
According to Snopes, it is true:

"In 1982 Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a real bat. Not that he meant to — a fan tossed him something he believed was a rubber toy. Osbourne didn’t fare too well in that encounter with the animal kingdom and had to endure a rather painful series of rabies shots. "

From here. Quote is about a 1/4 of the way down the page.

See also here

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Level 81
May 11, 2021
is this where Covid started?
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2023
There was a upstart Ozzy impersonator doing a live show at the wet market that day in Wuhan. The creative outlet was an antidote to the drudgery of his day job at the virology lab. That's what I heard anyway.
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Level 89
Dec 12, 2019
It is true, as is his follow-up at a record label meeting chowing down on a dove.
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Level 60
Jul 12, 2018
I really wish there was a Jody Whatley reference. Or Solid Gold. Too many of these questions are too easy for people to get who weren't alive yet.
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Level 67
Jul 13, 2018
Typed Hager and it didn't work so I assumed they were looking for someone else. I will remember it is spelled Hagar for next time.
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Level 89
Dec 12, 2019
Hagar the horrible.

However, the answer should be Van Hagar to the question "What band was spawned from the dissolution of Van Halen?".

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Level 50
Feb 2, 2019
Didn't do too well. I was born in 1980 when Blondie were number 1. Feel quite young now woohoo
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Level 60
Apr 12, 2021
Had to sneak Weird Al in there somewhere, huh?
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Level 91
Jan 27, 2022
Slightly depressing that the group that gave us "Fight the Power" is the least known answer.
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Level 68
Jan 15, 2023
Right
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Level 68
Jan 15, 2023
Got 12, the average, so I feel okay for someone born in 04