I recently was invited to scribe a set of Prince-related questions of an invitation-only online trivia league, called Learned League. The League runs quarterly “seasons,” of 25 match days for five weeks, but also has themed “One-Day Specials” and “Mini-Leagues” between seasons. The Prince questions are for one of the One-Day Specials (or 1DS).
The 1DS is interesting because in addition to answering the questions, you indicate five of the questions as “money questions,” and as long as you get the question right you get an additional number of bonus points equal to percentage of players who got it wrong. Thus, you are not only tested on your trivia knowledge, but at your ability to gauge how difficult the questions might be.
I thought I’d share the questions here for those that want to play along and test their Prince knowledge. Honestly, I think most of the die-hard Prince fans I know would find these questions pretty easy, but not everyone is blessed with the taste (or cursed with the obsession) to know this stuff off the top of their heads.
The answers to these are just a quick Google-search away, but like Learned League, you are on the honor system. Try to answer them, and put your answers in the comments. I will post the answers later this weekend and we can score how you did. Don’t forget to indicate when which 5 you want to be “money questions.” Of course, if you are a member of Learned League, you can assume any comments below will be full of spoilers, so avoid them until after you’ve submitted your own answers.
1. Name the hit song from which this snippet (5 seconds) was taken.
2. In the 1984 film, Purple Rain, after an afternoon riding around on his purple motorcycle, in which waters does “The Kid” tell Apollonia she has to “purify herself” to get his help in the music business?
3. What is the name Prince’s higher-pitched sped-up voiced alter-ego, used on songs like the b-side “Shockadelica” and Sign o’ the Times’ “Housequake”? At one point he had an album project in the works under this name.
4. This co-star of Prince’s floptastic 1990 film Graffiti Bridge won the Razzie award for Worst New Star for her role in the movie. Her 1991 album May 19, 1992 was her solo debut on Paisley Park records, and she is also an (originally uncredited) co-writer of Madonna’s hit “Justify My Love.”
5. Prince has frequently claimed that this TV theme song was the first he learned to play on piano. It would later be the name of his double platinum 1989 album.
6. According to a scene in the film Under the Cherry Moon, how do you spell the answer to the following question: If you wanted to buy a Sam Cooke album, where would you go?
7. “She’s Always in My Hair” was the B-Side to U.K. Single release of “Paisley Park” and the U.S. Single release of “Raspberry Beret” (both from Around the World in a Day). Which mononymous artist, mentioned by name on the 1996 song “Get Yo Groove On,” covered it on the soundtrack to Scream 2?
8. Prince shares an album name with both The Damned and Jay-Z. Initially meant to be released in 1987, it was finally released in 1994. What is it?
9. “Nothing Compares 2 U” was made a hit by Sinead O’Connor, but was originally penned by Prince for and recorded by what band?
10. According to Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories on Chappelle’s Show, what did Prince do for Charlie and his crew after beating them at basketball?
11. This 1979 song was Prince’s first break out hit, spending two weeks at the #1 position of the R&B singles chart and peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
12. Which album, his first full studio album after abandoning his name for an androgynous symbol, includes a telephone operator repeating, “Prince esta muerto”?
Plus, here are three bonus questions taken from alternates not used for the actual trivia quiz:
a) The album 20Ten was not released in the U.S., but on July 10 and 22, 2010 it was given away free in six different European newspapers and magazines, among them was Rolling Stone (Germany). Name any two of the remaining five.
c) In the fall of 1992 Prince & The New Power Generation released an album entitled with the same unpronounceable androgynous sigil that Prince would later use as a name in his contract disputes with Warner Bros, by what two-word name is that album commonly referred?