ALBUM COVER QUIZ—THE EIGHTIES

The album cover quiz posted a few weeks ago seemed to be enjoyed by many. In fact, a series of ‘Decade’ themed quizzes was proposed.

Here is the first: THE EIGHTIES

Below are fourteen album covers (CD sized) resting on a 12″ LP. All were released between 1980 and 1989.

The task is to identify as many as you can, by fair means or foul.

Please don’t submit answers, simply record your score out of 15 in the Comments, along with your preferred prize: Bullion or Bouillabaisse.

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With so many on top of it, the underlying LP is rather hard to glimpse, so here is a hint: It is from the final year of the decade.

REMEMBER:

Please don’t enter answers in the Comments, just your score/15.

[Answers are now in the comments section, below. So if you have a crack at the quiz, you can find your score!]

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  1. I think I got…four.

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    1. Very quick off the mark, Mike. And you are welcome to return for another bash later!

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  2. Since there were no hair bands I think I only got 3. Not even Michelle would be shocked.

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    1. Sehr lustig, Brian. 😆

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      1. Speaking of German, if you had thrown in Scorpions, Accept or MSG I would have done better

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        1. Understood. I’ll try to throw a morsel towards the metal monsters in the 70s quiz!

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        2. I believe an Aussie band or 2 may fit that heavier mold nicely.

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  3. I can only do a measly 5. No idea about the LP.

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    1. Good effort on a more demanding quiz, PM. Assume one of them was the bottom left?

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      1. Haha. Yes, that one and top left, were cinches!

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    1. Actually, I’m certain about 11 but I could guess one more!! Great quiz!

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    2. Terrific effort Kristian!

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  4. I only know 5 – all in the top half of the photo.

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    1. Should you spend more time in the southern hemisphere, I wonder? 😉

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      1. 2 of ones I do know are from Australasia.

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      2. As our friend Aaron would say..
        That’s what she said.

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  5. One, but only because I remember it from your review during your sponsored community series. I can read the two band names — is that third one a band name too? — but no idea on the albums names that go along. This might have been the perfect quiz to get squarely at “divergence” (at least with regard to me). (smiley face)

    ((Oh wait, now I think I recognize the little bit of cursive writing on white there in the middle. Still miss him, if so…))

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    1. Me too.
      Divergence. You may have put our finger on the problem with a quiz like this. How many covers would be needed to cover the range of tastes and interests of the audience? I thought it was really broad – that was the goal – but can see that there are huge omissions. And some I thought too easy that are utterly unknown to others. Then, of course, there is the approach one takes: instant ‘snap!’ response or careful research.
      Maybe I won’t commit to too many decade-quizzes just yet.

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      1. Now that you’ve provided answers, might I play again? If so, I think my score might double(!!) from 1.5/15 to 3/15… ;-]

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        1. Sure! Play as often as you like.
          Which decade next?

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        2. With your permission granted, I did play again with the cheat sheet, and yep, an (honest) recognition total of “3.” Doubled!! Woohoo!

          I’ll play (and fail) at any decade you put up, but only 70s and 60s would offer me much hope of counting beyond one hand methinks.

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        3. As I identify (musically, perhaps sartorially) with the 70s, I’ll save that for the grand finale! Reckon I might get the 00s out of the way next, meaning that you might well be able to keep one hand in your pocket. (grin)

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        4. If it’s 00’s next I will brush up on my Theory Of A Bedpan, Nickelcrap and Nu Metal album covers.

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        5. Believe it or not, I just watched an Australian(Nathan Walker) hoist the Stanley Cup

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        6. Yeah, I think something about him was on the news last week. Most Aussies wouldn’t know a hockey puck if it hit them on the bonce.

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  6. pinklightsabre · · Reply

    I know the Fall album you show there and the Michelle one, that’s it.

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    1. I wonder if you’ll have any forehead slapping moments when the answers are posted?!

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      1. pinklightsabre · · Reply

        I will. Hard to see on my phone through the haze of NZ sauv blanc.

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        1. Ha! Now the truth comes out. Have a look on your laptop tomorrow morning!

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  7. I refuse to report my score, joining with the mob of people taking the Fifth lately. and I really do have an alibi, wasn’t around that decade. But I’ll look forward to finding out on Friday. 🙂

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    1. All good.
      If it goes as per script (though really, what does?) there should be a 60s, 70s, 90s, and 00s to come. Were you around for any of those? 😉

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      1. I seem to remember the ’60’s & ’70’s, just got busy and skipped the ’80’s. It was wrenching to come back, and find I’d missed Wham!, Bon Jovi, Flock of Seagulls, all that mascara, and endless Van Halen guitar solos. (I know, there was a LOT of great music that decade, I love Annie Lennox’s voice, and I would have liked to have seen John Lee Hooker, etc.) These are fun challenges you’re concocting, some covers I’m positive I’ve never seen, will check back on Friday 🙂

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        1. Sad omissions indeed. Myself, I missed hair metal, possibly due to the 80s being the decade where I started missing hair.

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      1. I knew that Split Enz looked familiar, I just couldn’t place it!! Rats. really like “Message to My Girl”

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  8. I just listened to the Neil and the Bluenotes a while ago. I like that record.

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    1. How many men working?

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      1. 10 CB’s working tonight. I’ve had my head stuck in Jazzland for the last while and “Hammering the blues” a bit. Some good albums on your quiz. I await the answers. I knew you’d be all over the Thief soundtrack.

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  9. Seven, I think. Though have forgotten the name of the Michelle Shocked album…

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    1. A good solid result on this one, looking at the stats. Nice one Matt.

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  10. 8 for me and one of them is a 50/50 call.

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    1. So you might be a niner when the results come out, eh?

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    2. Too bad it wasn’t a 15/37 call

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  11. 7 covers recognised, though 4 titles are gone from my zip files. I’ll perhaps reboot the old grey matter and look again and see if I can locate the remaining titles. Hurrah!

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    1. My zip files are so old, they’re button files.

      Good one J.

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      1. Speaking of zip files, perhaps a certain zippered album cover would suit the 70’s post.

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      1. My final tally was 5!

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  12. botton left killing me, should know but won’t come to mind

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    1. Watch an adventure thriller to relax. Maybe it’ll come to you.

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  13. I am so not an 80s person.I got 1/15

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    1. What is your preferred decade?

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      1. My preferred decades are the 60s & 70s! I’m going to try every decade quiz though!

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        1. Good on you Crimso. That’s the spirit. Not sure which era is next. Probably either 00s or 60s.

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        2. I don’t look them up on line or in our collection. My husband will look them up in our collection if he can’t remember a name/title.
          I just try look around, count the ones I know first (if there are any)then concentrate on the one’s left, till I give up.

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  14. Greger Jeff · · Reply

    Talk about obscure, but I’m all about obscure. 14 at the moment but I won’t give up.

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  15. Greger Jeff · · Reply

    Sorry, I meant 13.

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    1. Most impressive Jeff. A couple more days of research might net you a perfect score!

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      1. Jeffrey Greger · · Reply

        I can’t seem to come up with the cover that reveals the letters HIP, nor the full album under all the others. I give.

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        1. Not long to wait now, Jeffrey. Reveal will be tomorrow (Aus time), with a photo if I can get enough daylight.

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  16. Only three for me. My head is hanging low tonight. However, one of them I’m really surprised to see — I’ll reveal which on Friday apparently! 🙂 – Marty

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    1. Well Marty, the data is suggesting that this one was too obscure. First attempt at a one-decade cover quiz and maybe didn’t get the balance between popular and less well-known quite right.

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      1. I see that! One I did get is quite shocking in fact. 😉

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  17. I believe my tally is zero. Is there a prize for most modest score?

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    1. Absolutely. We grab the 0, decorate it lavishly, and present it to you as a beautiful halo.

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    2. PS. I assume Hank is more a Sixties hedgehog and will blitz that quiz.

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  18. I got five. And I’m sure there’s one other I recognise but not knowing why or what it is is like an itch I can’t scratch

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    1. Ha, it is, isn’t it? A couple more days of itching, Steve, then all will be revealed.
      Bruce

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  19. I got 3…but I just picked up that Oils one recently! 🙂

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    1. Nice one S. Oils were good. Only saw them live once, but was mightily impressed by their power and passion.

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      1. Wow, I commend you for the variety! Michelle Shocked! Impressive

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  20. Oh my goodness Bruce – I recognize a few, know the artist on a couple, but can only confidently lock in an artist+album on 1 (the shadowy figure raising hands)!
    that being said, I still quite enjoyed participating!

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    1. Yeah, sorry Geoff. If you read the comments, you’ll see several admissions that I got the balance wrong on this one. Promise to try harder next time round – either 60s or 00s.

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      1. Not to worry Bruce – it’s healthy for me to have a humbling score like that!

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  21. I could do just one immediately, three more with a little research and another two following hints in the comments so far. So, somewhere between 1 and 6.

    Needless to say there are also a couple I’m sure I should know but …

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    1. It’s often the way of these things.
      Tomorrow is ‘reveal’ day!

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  22. So, friends, here are the answers.
    14 CDs on top of an LP. Scratch that itch!

    BOWIE — SCARY MONSTERS [1980]
    THE FLYING LIZARDS — S/T [1980]
    TANGERINE DREAM – THIEF (1981)
    LAURIE ANDERSON — BIG SCIENCE [1982]
    MIDNIGHT OIL — 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 [1982]
    OMD — DAZZLE SHIPS [1983]
    SPLIT ENZ — CONFLICTING EMOTIONS [1983]
    THE FALL — THE WONDERFUL AND FRIGHTENING WORLD [1984]
    PENGUIN CAFE ORCHESTRA – BROADCASTING FROM HOME [1984]
    EURYTHMICS — BE YOURSELF TONIGHT [1985]
    TALK TALK — COLOUR OF SPING [1986]
    MICHELLE SHOCKED — SHORT SHARP SHOCKED [1988]
    NEIL YOUNG — THIS NOTES FOR YOU [1988]
    JOHN LEE HOOKER — THE HEALER [1989]

    LP: ROLLING STONES—STEEL WHEELS 1989

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  23. Darn: I should have recognized; Flying Lizards and Tangering.

    Also got to admit a miss: NEIL YOUNG – so im down to 7.

    Confused it with this

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  24. Well, I joined Danica in tallying a modest score of zero. Is there ANYONE who could identify that little corner of Steel Wheels bottom right? If so, *wow*!

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    1. Nope. No-one did. As mentioned previously, this one was too hard. In fact, I’m doubting the wisdom of the ‘decade’ approach. We’ll see.

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  25. I am very disappointed in myself for not recognising Scary Monsters, nevertheless, I was 7/15

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    1. That actually is around the mean score. Mean here meaning average, though not average in the mediocre sense but rather mathematical. Indeed, it could be argued that the score places you in the elite of quiz respondents.

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