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Textbook for the School of Rock-Pre-Assessment #1 February 1, 2007

Posted by caveblogem in Music, Other, Rock.

Before we go on to Chapter II, it would be useful to gauge your knowledge about guitar players.  To take the pre-assessment click here

Your score doesn’t matter, really, unless you turn out to be Ted Nugent.  So be somewhat careful.

Results will not be made public unless you want them to be.



1. silverneurotic - February 1, 2007

I am Jimmy Page. That’s funny…he was like my top favorite in high school.

2. caveblogem - February 2, 2007

silverneurotic, It’s cool that you got your favorite. I guess that that’s the goal with this, not to get the “right” answer, but to see if you can get your favorite. I probably should have proposed that as the goal in my post, if I had been thinking clearly about it at the time. (I caught some sort of stomach bug and have been walking around in a daze, I’m afraid. And that was the first of these I’ve ever done with quizfarm, so it was a bit of a learning process for me.)

3. Nannette in Fantasticland - February 2, 2007

I am Jimmy Page, too. hmmm.

4. anxiousmofo - February 3, 2007

I’m Angus Young. But for a few percentage points, I would be Kurdt Kobain and/or Jimmy Page.

5. silverneurotic - February 3, 2007

Anxious, the next one on my list was Kurt. I don’t know, he would have probably be more my style if I played guitar. Plus I dig the grunge thing.

6. caveblogem - February 4, 2007


I’m glad somebody came up with somebody other than Jimmy Page. I was afraid I had screwed up the quiz or something, or that this was a solidarity thing (I am Spartacus!) among readers.

7. anxiousmofo - February 4, 2007

You made that quiz? Well done!

silverneurotic, I also like the grunge thing, with the exception of Pearl Jam. I cannot abide Perl Jam.

8. caveblogem - February 4, 2007

Thank you, anxiousmofo. I love Pearl Jam’s albums, but I have to admit, last year I almost gave up on them. I have listened to them for almost 15 years now, but I rented from Netflix a concert video and was devastated.

It reminded me of a Cars concert I saw in the mid 1980s. They were just as interesting to watch as one of their albums spinning around on the turntable. They stood there almost completely motionless. Nobody improvised. Nothing went wrong. The sound was perfect. They headlined a five-band concert in California’s Sierra foothills and by the time they were done with their set nearly half of the 40,000 people had already left, bored out of their minds. They were like the complete opposite of Cheap Trick, raw, soulful, intellectual studio work coupled with lackluster, pretentious live show.

Is that what you dislike about them, anxiousmofo? Or is it something else? The words? The mood? I’m curious.

9. anxiousmofo - February 4, 2007

I do not like Vedder’s vocals: he yarls, and I can’t stand yarling. I’m not really a fan of his lyrics, either.

But I’ll be honest: the main reason I don’t like Pearl Jam is that I was in my late teens and early twenties in Seattle when Seattle bands suddenly became really, really famous, and I saw any number of great bands get much, much less attention than the mediocre to fair Pearl Jam: Mudhoney, Hammerbox, Melvins, Beat Happening. Nirvana certainly got at least their fair share of fame, Soundgarden did pretty well, and while Treepeople didn’t get rich and famous Doug Martsch eventually did pretty well with Built To Spill. (Of course, a universe in which the Melvins and Beat Happening sold as many albums as Pearl Jam would be a strange, strange universe indeed.)

10. anxiousmofo - February 4, 2007

(Pedantic auto-correction: Beat Happening is an Olympia, WA band, not a Seattle band.)

11. caveblogem - February 5, 2007

Anxiousmofo, thanks for teaching me a new word, and making me laugh. I never noticed a yarl in EV’s singing. I’m sure to now, no doubt. I hope it doesn’t interfere too much with my enjoyment of the band.

I’m sure you’re right about Pearl Jam and Nirvana getting far more attention than many other bands who were just as good. I know Kurt Cobain did what he could to popularize some of them, which was nice. I had never heard whether Pearl Jam made similar efforts.

12. anxiousmofo - February 5, 2007

I encountered the word “yarling” in an anti-Pearl Jam screed last year in The Stranger, a free paper here in Seattle. I laughed out loud when I first encountered it, because it is such a perfect word (“Jerrrrrrrremy spoke out, clear aaaaaaaa-a-a-aas the day”).

I didn’t think Nirvana deserved it at the time, but now I think they deserved every last bit of their fame. Nevermind is a great record, so is In Utero, and so is Bleach.

13. caveblogem - February 5, 2007


I have only been listening to Pearl Jam since 1993, so I’m a little surprised to read that that was what EV was saying in that song. Not that I made an effort to track down the lyrics or anything, cause I didn’t. I have no problem remembering how lyrics sound. I don’t have to understand what they mean to do it. But still, I only guessed the first two words of that refrain correctly. No wonder I think their lyrics are cryptic. It must be the yarl.

14. anxiousmofo - February 5, 2007

Every lyrics site I looked at via a quick Google search says that I’m wrong, and the actual lyrics are “Jeremy spoke in class today”. But my mishearing is not nearly as awesome as this person’s.

15. anxiousmofo - February 5, 2007

My brother, when he was about 7 or 8, had a wonderful mishearing of a not very good adult contemporary Christian song with the lyric “the myths that make a man”. His version was “make a midget, make a man,” which I think we can both agree is a vast improvement on the original.

16. caveblogem - February 6, 2007


I have been reading a San Francisco Chronicle columnist for the last 20 or so years, Jon Carroll, who collects such misunderstandings, which he calls Mondegreens:

“As a child, the writer Sylvia Wright heard a plaintive Scottish ballad titled “The Bonny Earl of Murray.” One stanza, she believed, went like this:

Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands/ Oh Where hae you been?/ They hae slay the Earl of Murray/ And Lady Mondegreen.

How romantic, she thought, Lady Mondegreen perishing with her lord in the fierce, romantic wars of medieval Scotland. It was only much later that she realized that they had actually slain the Earl of Murray and “laid him on the green.”

She began to collect similar mishearings of song lyrics, poems, patriotic utterances and the like, and in 1954 published a small article about them, coining the word “mondegreen.” Then she died and 30 years passed and, voila, a columnist in San Francisco discovered the term and founded a small cottage industry — the collection and dissemination of mondegreens.”

He’s always looking for more good ones. You might send this one in, if it isn’t already in his extensive collection, available here: http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/carroll/mondegreens.shtml
(yes, I am so to lazy to make this an active link).

It is part of the charm in rock music to misunderstand the lyrics, I suppose. And sometimes it isn’t really worth the effort to get them right. There are a few Elvis Costello songs that I found myself more confused about after I found the lyrics online.

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