Last week, Edible Manhattan hosted the third of their trivia nights at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, offering prizes as diverse as pounds of coffee, boxes of chocolates, locavoric wines, and, not surprisingly, bottles of Brooklyn beer.
The subject was rock music related to food. Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn blogger and editor Rachel Wharton was the emcee, and I wrote the questions, which came in three sections. Beginning today, and for the next two Saturdays, Fork in the Road presents those questions for your stumpification — the answers to today’s quiz will be posted next Saturday, along with the next installment. Of course, you always have the option of Googling up the answers if you can’t wait. So, put a CD on the CD player and put on your thinking caps.
PART ONE: CLASSIC ROCK
1. What are the four herbs name-checked by the title of a Simon & Garfunkel album?
2. What do you put in the coconut before you “drink it all up,” and what Bushwick-born singer penned the ditty?
3. What drug are the Stones referring to in their song entitled “Brown Sugar”?
4. What Southern classic rock outfit invites you to consume a stone fruit as the title of its most famous album?
5. Name two Led Zep songs featuring citrus?
6. What frozen food did ZZ Top commemorate?
7. Name a song by the Beatles and a song the Beach Boys that cite the same foodstuff vegans are not permitted to eat. Extra credit: List a third and fourth song that do the same by either band.
8. On the bootleg of Smile by the Beach Boys, an album that was never released in its original form, what famous musical couple appeared on the song “Vegetables”? Extra credit: What did their vocal performance consist of?
9. Name Beatles songs that feature food in the titles, one point for every song that you can come up with. Super-hard extra credit: Name one more, an instrumental track that they recorded under the name of the Quarrymen in 1960, released on the 1995 album Anthology.
10. Quote the stanza perfectly from the Beatles song “Piggies” that deals with the eating habits of piggies.
11. In the No. 1 hit single by Richard Harris, “MacArthur Park,” what pastry is the subject of the song? What has happened to it that causes the singer great anguish?
12. When blues singer Bessie Smith asked for a pig foot, where was she and what did she want to go with it? More difficult bonus: How did she die, and what New York dramatist wrote a play about it? What was the play called?
13. What corpulent piano player at the dawn of the rock era turned a berry into a geographic feature? Extra credit: What noun did he rhyme with the geographic feature?
14. What Memphis band wrote a wordless paean to a certain allium beloved of Louisiana cuisine?
15. What is the alternate title for the Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O”?
16. What decades is bubblegum pop associated with? What label was most successful in exploiting the genre? What bubblegum band had the hits “Yummy Yummy” and “Chewy, Chewy, Chewy”? Name as many bands as you can that exploited the bubblegum style.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 11, 2010