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"Boys of Summer" was perhaps the most famous single by this former Eagles drummer and vocalist.

Don Henley


He was the member of Wham! that was not George Michael.

Andrew Ridgeley


This British all-female group is considered to be a blueprint for the Spice Girls. They achieved a 1986 U.S. number one hit with a cover of Shocking Blue's "Venus." They were known for their vocal style, generally singing in unison rather than in harmony like most vocal groups.



This former Metallica bassist was killed in a 1986 bus crash while the band was on tour in Europe.

Cliff Burton


What fictional clothing store at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington on New York's Lower East Side only ever existed on the cover of a 1989 record album?

Paul's Boutique


Carlton Ridenhour, William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., Norman Rogers, and Richard Griffin (as the Minister of Information and leader of the Security of the First World) are the real names of the core of what hip-hop group and 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee during its 1980s/90s peak?

Public Enemy


Beauty and the Beat, Vacation, and Talk Show are the early 1980s albums from what rock band?

The Go-Go's


According to Mojo Nixon's 1987 song "Elvis is Everywhere", every human being on Earth has a little bit of Elvis Presley in them - except one. Which actor is this Anti-Elvis? (In the future, Nixon would explain his choice as an "evil yuppie twit" who "pretended to be a rock-and-roller".)

Michael J. Fox


What artist and TV personality was discovered while a member of the Laker Girls cheerleading squad and choreographed videos from Janet Jackson's Control album before achieving pop stardom of her own later in the 1980s?

Paula Abdul


Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson talked this duet of theirs all the way to No. 1.

Say Say Say


Among the strangest musicians to ever be labeled rock (and that classification may be a stretch), what performance artist received high acclaim for her extraordinary (and sometimes frightening-sounding) vocal range on her debut album The Litanies of Satan in 1982? The artist in question is also somewhat known for collaboration with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.

Diamanda Galas


After several years of mainstream popularity, what former quartet and quintet member confused and alienated much of his fanbase in 1982 with his electronic album Trans? For what it's worth, he is equally, if not more, famous for his solo career.

Neil Young


Pioneering grindcore band Napalm Death recorded the oddity "You Suffer" on their influential 40-song album Scum. The song itself has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, holding what distinction?

Shortest song recorded


Though he was essentially the group's lead singer, Ralph Tresvant had arguably the least prolific post-breakup musical career of all the primary members of what 1980s R&B group?

New Edition


This animated character appeared with Paula Abdul in her video for "Opposites Attract" in 1989.

MC Skat Kat


The 1986 hit song "That's What Friends Are For" was a collaboration among Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and what other artist, who herself had hits (with her supporting group) that include "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and "Midnight Train to Georgia"?

Gladys Knight


Dr. Dre was part of what electro-hip-hop group prior to forming NWA?

World Class Wreckin' Cru


What was the name of the record label formed by Eazy E and Jacob Heller in 1986?

Ruthless Records


What 17-year-old rapper released Def Jam's first-ever album in 1985?

LL Cool J


John Cale and Lou Reed, co-founders of The Velvet Underground, spoke for the first time in years in 1987 at Andy Warhol's funeral, where artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel suggested they collaborate on a memorial piece. The resulting album (a bit of the opening song, "Small Town," is in the audio clip), released almost exactly three years later, would lead to a VU reunion, another personal falling out between Cale and Reed, and VU's final breakup in 1993. What is the name of this album?

Songs For Drella


In all North American area codes, numbers 555-0100 through 555-0199 are reserved for fictional use, as the use of real phone numbers, such as in the 1981 pop hit "867-5309 (Jenny)," can cause quite a headache for the users of those numbers. What band is responsible for those many, many calls to Jenny?

Tommy Tutone


Shane McGowan is the lead singer and songwriter for this British Celtic punk band that formed in 1982.

The Pogues


This 1985 Elton John love song describes a crush an East German border guard has on the titular character. It features George Michael on backing vocals.



What was unprecedented about the 1981-82 release of The Visitors, ABBA's final studio album? 

The Visitors was the first album ever pressed on compact disc. The LP and cassette tape came out in late 1981, but within the year it was out on CD as well, no doubt puzzling shoppers who had never seen such a thing before. 


"Dantley and Wilkins are on the scene, and Ralph Sampson is really mean!" This is a line from a 1984 song by rapper Kurtis Blow. What is the name of that song?



Rosanna in Texarkana, Eileen in Abilene, Allison in Galveston, and Dimples in Temple are the reasons why, per his 1987 song, country music artist George Strait lives where?