Jim Carroll

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That was the month that was – On The Record’s multiple-choice quiz for March

It’s April 1 so every other blog and news source worth its bacon will be trying to punk you with fake stories today, but not On The Record. Oh no, we won’t go there and not because we just realised …

Tue, Apr 1, 2008, 08:09


It’s April 1 so every other blog and news source worth its bacon will be trying to punk you with fake stories today, but not On The Record. Oh no, we won’t go there and not because we just realised it was April 1. Instead, it’s time for the first – and probably last – On The Record monthly quiz rounding up all the key stories from March. Grab a pen, pour yourself a decent cup of tea and get answering. You never know, this might become a regular feature.

Radiohead are going green by implementing which of the following initiatives?

(a) Not playing any gigs where they can’t get at least €70 a head because of the rising price of petrol
(b) Not playing any gigs where the catering involves those pesky little cocktail sausages on a stick
(c) Not playing any gigs where they have to play “Creep”
(d) Not playing any gigs

Which of the following statements best sums up why you are fuming about the Electric Picnic?

(a) I am a twentysomething computer programmer and I have nothing better to do with my time now that there’s a recession on. What’s a recession?
(b) I am in a band who have never – and will never – be booked for the festival
(c) My little brother wants to go. My fecking little brother.
(d) I spent all my money on tickets for Celine Dion and Eric Clapton.

U2 signed a 12 year, $300 million deal with Live Nation the other day. What are your thoughts on this?

(a) Bet they have a new album coming soon
(b) This means Bono will be rocking out on a stage when he’s 60, doesn’t it? Gross, man, gross
(c) I hope they have someone who can offer bespoke and expert advice on the most efficient tax-shelter for that income
(d) Are they still going, Ted?

Bertie Ahern may have had a tough few weeks, but which of the following issues has yet to be made public?

(a) His financial support for Super Extra Bonus Party when they needed a dig-out to finish their award-winning album
(b) He is actually the guiding light behind The Chancer and Jazz Biscuit. Yeah, he is Jazz Biscuit.
(c) His addiction to Connect 4
(d) The fact that he wrote PS I Love You

REM gave interviews to how many different print publications during March?

(a) 87
(b) 118
(c) 202
(d) 1,809

Which of the following lines, if any, unfortunately did not appear in any one of those REM interviews?

(a) Michael Stipe paused for a moment and said “you know, I never thought of oven gloves in a sexual way before, I’m glad you asked that question”
(b) Peter Buck writes photo captions for The Onion when he gets time out from his hectic schedule.
(c) The band admitted that they decided to do the live rehearsals for their album in some theatre in Dublin because they couldn’t believe all those Irish eejits would pay good money to see them practicising.
(d) In tribute to their Irish pension fund, sorry, fanbase, REM’s next album will feature a cover version of “Jumbo Breakfast Roll”

Gerry Ryan played the Ting Tings on his only-fabulous 2FM show yesterday morning (oh yes he did, we heard him because our taxi-driver refused to switch channels), but the poor man went and ruined that moment by mixing them up with which of the following acts?

(a) The Killers
(b) Fuck Buttons
(c) Girls Aloud
(d) The Belle Stars

On The Record has been going for a year. Your thoughts on this landmark occasion are best summed up by which of the following?

(a) On The Record: not as good as it used to be
(b) On The Record? I thought it was called Off The Record
(c) He really is getting away with it at the moment, isn’t he?
(d) I’m crying, reading this.

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