BONUS: Monday Trivia #133 [Burt Likko wins!]


Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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16 Responses

  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Well, they’re all album titles…Report

  2. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    TUESDAY HINT #1: You could also add Chaos & Creation In the Backyard or MDNA.Report

  3. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    TUESDAY HINT #2: If you’re thinking of Journey or John Mayer, you’re off course.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Damn you Tod. I’ve pored over albums and then I see that Continuum is not the John Mayer and Evolution is not the Journey album. So now I have found ambiguity as to what other artists have released albums with these names.

    Continuum: NOT John Mayer, so I presume it’s by thrash-metal band Prototype
    Evolution: NOT Journey, so it could be any of: Boyz II Men, Martina McBride, or Blood on the Dance Floor
    Solitaire: This could be Neil Sedaka or Andy Williams or symphonic-metal band Edenbridge

    Besides, I’m stumped. I’ve checked out some obvious and what I thought were non-obvious things about the albums I can be certain are on the list, and found nothing in common yet.

    <shakes_fist> Argh! Damn you Tod! </shakes_fist>Report

  5. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    TUESDAY HINT #3: All of the albums listed above belong to a larger universe. However, it should be noted that this larger universe did not by definition exist prior to 1967. Also, this larger universe will grow by at least one album each year for the foreseeable future.Report

  6. Avatar Glyph says:

    So it’s maybe Super Bowl related…something like albums performed by halftime show artists?Report

  7. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Glyph is almost close enough to declare him the winner.


    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Big Bad Voodoo Daddy released This Beautiful Life in 1999. In 1999 (earlier that year) they also performed at Super Bowl XXXIII, performing one song, “Go Daddy O.” But “Go Daddy O” does not appear on This Beautiful Life.

      I suppose their Super Bowl appearance could have been, at least in part, intended to promote sales of This Beautiful Life, the way Madonna performing a song from MDNA in 2012 was. Beyoncé did not have a new album in 2013, so that might be why she’s not on the list?

      So is it just albums released by an artist the same year the artist performed at a Super Bowl? That would seem to fit for, say, Al Hirt.Report

      • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

        Yes. Each of the albums on the list are albums an artist was currently touring to promote when they performed during the Superbowl halftime show:

        1967: Al Hirt, Soul of the Horn
        1973: Andy Williams, Solitaire
        1975: Mercer Ellington, Continuum
        1991: New Kids On the Block, Step By Step
        1992: Gloria Estefan, Into the Light
        1994: Tanya Tucker, Soon
        1995: Tony Bennet, Here’s to the Ladies
        1998: Boys II Men, Evolution
        1999: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, This Beautiful Life
        2000: Mary J. Bilge, No More Drama
        2005: Paul McCartney, Chaos & Creation In the Backyard
        2012: Madonna, MDNA

        It’s interesting that when you look at the whole list, what stands out is that for the most part artists do Superbowl halftime shows at a moment when they are not selling very many albums relative to their career.Report

    • Avatar Burt Likko says:

      Glyph should be getting an assist here. I would have floundered around a long time before I went back to Super Bowl halftime shows.Report