And now, the moment you've all been waiting for--the answers to last week's Grammy challenge ("Quiz Show," February 13).
1. B: Elvis Costello lost the 1978 Best New Artist prize to A Taste of Honey, best known for the timeless single "Boogie Oogie Oogie." The quartet reached number three on the charts with a remake of "Sukiyaki" in 1981, then disappeared from the face of the earth.
2. A: Jack Jones, touted by his handlers as the "Sinatra of the Sixties," earned the Grammy for Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male, in 1961 for "Lollipops and Roses."
3. B: The name of the group Milli Vanilli, which was stripped of its 1989 Best New Artist Grammy when it was learned that neither of its members did his own singing, means "positive energy" in Turkish. Makes sense to me.
4. C: Al Jarreau took Grammys in pop and jazz categories in 1981 for his Breakin' Away disc.
5. D: Mason Williams, a onetime writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, won three Grammys in 1968 for "Classical Gas." Really.
6. C: Roger Miller accepted six Grammys in 1965 for his hit "King of the Road." This record stood until 1983, when Michael Jackson was loaded down with eight trophies.
7. B: Kris Kristofferson won the Best Country Song Grammy in 1971 for penning the hit "Help Me Make It Through the Night."
8. D: Richard Pryor's Bicentennial Nigger--easily the best comedy recording I've ever heard--deserved to receive the Best Comedy Recording Grammy in 1976. Surprisingly enough, it did.
9. C: The Edge did not thank Michael Collins while accepting a 1987 Grammy for his band, U2. He did, however, tip his hat to Walt Disney, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Morris the Cat, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Bishop Tutu, John the Baptist, Flannery O'Connor, Batman and Robin, and Ronald Reagan.
10. A: The Oak Ridge Boys picked up the Best Gospel Performance, Traditional, bauble for "Have a Little Talk With Jesus" in 1977. Perhaps the Grammy voters should have had a little talk with their shrinks.
11. A: Artist Robert Rauschenberg received the Best Album Package Grammy in 1983 for the limited-edition version of Speaking in Tongues, by Talking Heads. Rauschenberg's creation, which included movable translucent plastic discs on either side of the platter's container, has become a sought-after collector's item. You can't have mine.
12. C: "I Will Survive," by Gloria Gaynor, bested offerings by Earth, Wind & Fire, Donna Summer and Michael Jackson to take the 1979 Best Disco Recording Grammy.
13. A: Born to Run may have landed Bruce Springsteen on the covers of Time and Newsweek during the same week in 1975, but it earned him precisely zero Grammy nominations.
14. C: The Police were given the 1981 Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy for "Behind My Camel." Poor Frank Zappa wasn't even nominated.
15. C: The subtitle of "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu," winner of the Record of the Year Grammy in 1958, is "Volare." It was sung by your favorite entertainer and mine, Domenico Modugno.
16. B: According to our Grammy friends, the Best Rock & Roll Recording of 1962 was "Alley Cat," by Bent Fabric. As if you didn't know.
17. D: A Hard Day's Night may have been a pretty good soundtrack, but it lost the 1964 Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Show Grammy to Mary Poppins. Tish-tosh.
18. C: Roberta Flack won the first of two consecutive Record of the Year Grammys in 1972 for "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." Think the Fugees knew that?
19. A: David Houston figured in three of the four country categories at the 1966 awards ceremony. He accepted salutes for Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male--and his hit, "Almost Persuaded," was dubbed Best Country & Western Song. (Songwriter Billy Sherrill took that honor home.) No, I don't remember Houston, either.
20. C: As of 1991, at least twenty Grammys had been bestowed upon Sir Georg Solti, Quincy Jones and Henry Mancini. As for Bing Crosby, he'd gotten zip--although he did attain a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
21. B: "Unforgettable," the 1991 Song of the Year, first charted for vocalist Nat "King" Cole and crotchety songwriter Irving Gordon forty years earlier, in 1951.
22. C: Can't Slow Down, by Lionel Richie, was voted 1984's Album of the Year. I'm sure nothing else even came close.
23. C: Return of the Jedi lost the Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special Grammy in 1983 to something far superior: Flashdance.
24. C: The extremely evil Kenny Loggins shared the 1979 Song of the Year Grammy with Michael McDonald for writing "What a Fool Believes." I think I'm going to be ill now.
25. D: Debbie Boone told interviewers that she sang her 1977 smash "You Light Up My Life" to God. I'm sure He appreciated it.
The contest's winner was Dan Province, from Arvada, who will receive the four-CD set Grammy's Greatest Moments for correctly answering all of the 25 questions enumerated above. Thanks to everyone else who played.
By the way, those of you interested in watching this year's Grammys in the company of people likely to groan when statuettes for Celine Dion start piling up can head to the Bluebird Theater, where the Wednesday, February 26, broadcast will be aired on the venue's big screen. But Bluebird co-owner Evan Dechtman is just as interested in hyping an event set for Thursday, February 20. "It's called 'Zoot Suit,'" he says, "and we're trying to capture the original time of the mambos, ballroom dancing, swing dancing, jump-swing and all the other music that's so in vogue. Two groups, the Savoy Orchestra and Club Tropicale, will be offering up sounds, and a prize will be awarded for the best costume. The Mercury Cafe has been offering dances of this type for quite a while now, and their growing success no doubt inspired "Zoot Suit." But Dechtman, who hopes the bash will lead to a regular series of spectacles, is obviously a genuine fan of the music. "It's been a lot of fun to plan," he says.
Last year, Club 156, located in the student center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, looked to be on the verge of extinction. Administration types actually considered using the space as a copy center. But after a great deal of internal debate and a referendum whose results made it clear that the students preferred music over mimeographs, Club 156 was saved--and now its overseers are trying to broaden its scope. In addition to the rock and punk shows that have been its bread and butter over the past couple of years, the joint will feature "Cadence," a techno night, two Fridays a month; the designated host is DJ Ben Pound, and he'll be supplemented by guest jocks such as Vitamin D, a nationally known figure on the rave scene. There are also plans for retro nights, Seventies-themed sprees, hip-hop flings and events designed to appeal to the campus's gay and lesbian communities. "We want to add to the diversity of the club," points out Luke Gold, public-relations director for CU's program council. Although most of the happenings there will require attendees to prove that they're at least eighteen years of age (beer is still served in the space), certain gigs will be designated for all ages--and despite the fact that the hangout remains within the Boulder city limits, smoking is allowed. "There are so few places for people under 21 to go in Boulder right now," Gold asserts. "I mean, Caffe Mars turned into a wine bar. So we wanted to give students a place to go other than the Hill or frat parties." To get Club 156's current schedule, call 492-8888.
Our good friends in Whores, Pigs and Ponies apparently believe there's no such thing as enough publicity. On Sunday, February 9, only days after being profiled in these very pages ("Whores and Pigs and Ponies--Oh My!," February 6), the trio found a way to get back into print. The location was the Lion's Lair, and the circumstances involved the pyrotechnics that are part of virtually any Ponies show. Of course, these stunts haven't always gone smoothly--guitarist Jud Van Vliet nearly went up in smoke at a recent Seven South performance--and on the Sunday in question, the situation got out of hand. Or as bassist/vocalist Rel puts it, "I set my fucking head on fire."
"I was in full drag," he elaborates, "and I had this wig and a really old vintage hat and a fur collar. Well, we got out the fire, and the first blast of flame went great. But the second one is when shit went horribly wrong. The wig, the hat and the collar all caught--I had to rip it all off, and we stomped it out on the stage."
Fashion accessories weren't the only things that sustained damage during the incident; the act's exploding penis (don't ask) was lost in the resulting chaos, and Rel suffered serious burns on his nose, cheeks, chin and neck. "I look like Freddy Krueger," he boasts. "In fact, if I was a pedophile and had a striped shirt, I would be Freddy Kruger." Since the blaze, Rel has spent most of his free time slathering himself with salve and speculating about who will be the next victim: "Jud's been burned, and now I've been burned--so I guess next we're going to get the drummer. It'll be like Spinal Tap; he'll fucking combust."
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Here are some of the things longtime jazz scenester Tom Tilton has been up to lately. He's now playing alongside Bob Palmer (the pianist, not the anchorman) Fridays and Saturdays at the Mercury; he has put together "Vespers," a regular Sunday performance series at Muddy's; his trio is on the bill each Tuesday at Vartan Jazz; and he's part of the house band for the KUVO-FM/89.3 program "Jazz Tales" on Sunday, February 23. If only the man could find something to do with himself.
Things to do with yourself. On Thursday, February 20, the Psychodelic Zombiez rise at the Boulder Theater, with Shamus; Turnsol and Monkey Siren sound off at Market 41; Sparkler fires up at the Mercury, with the Czars; and the Laura Love Band gets affectionate at the Fox Theatre. On Friday, February 21, Dirty Pool is cleaned at the Skyline Cafe; Abdomen works out at Seven South, with Veronica; and Nancy Cook performs material from her latest disc at the Hotel Boulderado. On Saturday, February 22, Electric Summer shines at the Lion's Lair, with the Snatchers; Spite Boy, Wretched Refuse, Skull Flux and Gladhand get together at the Ogden Theatre; Mercury signee William Topley joins Sherri Jackson at the Bluebird; Mrs. Larvae wiggles at the 15th Street Tavern, with Inferno; Ben Stevens pulls some strings at Boulder's Redfish Brewery, 2027 13th Street; and Fascinating Rhythm celebrates the release of a new CD at the First Unitarian Church, 1400 Lafayette. On Sunday, February 23, Tom Paxton makes rhymes at the Oriental Theater. And on Wednesday, February 26, Hamster Theatre, featuring David Willey, drops by the West End, and Fishbone gets stuck in your teeth at the Fox. Ouch.