Friday, February 17, 2006

Pandora Roulette

Benthoven here with the music trivia game for kids of all ages. Long time Mongrel listeners are no doubt familiar with all of the great selections in our disc changer. Of all of these, my personal favorite remains Pandora, the Music Genome Project's attempt to make our listening lives more interesting by providing a steady stream of stylistically similar tracks to damn near any artist you might care to imagine.

If, for example, you enjoy Boston (the band, not the city), you type it into Pandora and the site will start streaming tracks by Boston and other groups featuring a similar use of vocal harmony, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, and major key tonality. Sometimes the bands that spring up from the database are well known. Sometimes they aren't. When I tried Boston just now, the next five tracks that popped up were as follows:

1. "Cold Sweat" by Warrant
2. "Wanderlust" by Delays
3. "Let the Light (Shine on Me") by Triumph
4. "Faithless" by Injected
5. "Undivided" by Bon Jovi

Playing with Pandora has inspired the following musical challenge.
Below I have compiled 3 playlists of 5 tracks a piece. Your job? Figure out the band that I originally provided to Pandora as the common stylistic root. So if I gave the list above, your answer would be Boston.
Make sense?

Ok then, here we go! First person to guess the source bands that serve as the basis for these playlists gets to read the credits in a style of their choice. :

Playlist 1
1. "Nothing You Can Do" by Average White Band
2. "Feel" by Big Star
3. "(You Caught Me) Smilin' " by Sly and the Family Stone
4. "Summer Breeze" by the Isley Brothers
5. "I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman

Playlist 2
1. "Superstar" by Styx
2. "Sound Track" by Be Bop Deluxe
3. "Brothers" by Tempest
4. "Every Little Thing" by Yes
5. "At War With the World" by Foreigner (Or as some might say, "70s super group...Foreigner!")

Playlist 3
1. "Baby Blue (Demo)" by Badfinger
2. "Downtown" by Crazy Horse
3. "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks
4. "Tell it to Carrie" by the Romantics
5. "Here Comes That Feeling" by Sandy Salisbury

One final hint: There is a common theme between all three of the bands in question and it is implied earlier in the post...


At 1:26 AM, Blogger Mugshot said...

Kansas and Chicago for the first two? Am I allowed to participate in this?

At 11:57 AM, Blogger stark attack said...

my feeling, and no offense here, is that all three bands, though i cant tell you who they are, probably suck kinda hard. how much credit do i get for figuring that out?:)

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Mugshot said...

Don't forget that music is a great mongrel.

At 3:09 AM, Blogger stark attack said...

more genius words were never spoken. i stand corrected, and apologies to boot. after all, chicago did write 25 to 6 to 4 (dabba dabba dat- da DAT)

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Benthoven said...

The answers (recently uncovered during spring cleaning)
1. Chicago
2. Kansas
3. Buffalo Springfield


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