This coming weekend, I’ll participate in The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM. As per tradition, this week is filled with idle reminiscing about memorable answers in past years.
As I’ve noted before, my team has a particular fondness and affinity for Trivia questions drawn from album art. Part of the driver for that predilection is the simple fact that the foundational membership driver of our squad of amenable answerers was alumni status with the student-run radio station that presents the annual contest. So we would presumable meet with ease a question that demands knowledge of the packaging for a alternative-rock act’s album, especially one was a mainstay of the station’s playlists during the nineteen-nineties timeframe when most of us were taking hourly transmitter readings.
I share the above to express my continued consternation that it took us as long as it did to arrive at the correct response to the following: “An alternative rock band released album that, according to its cover, weighs 0.6 ounces. On the back cover, there is a picture of the band in the yolk of a fried egg. What is the name of this band?”
Our cluster of music-loving hotshots agonized over the question, stymied by a level of uncertainty that frankly felt embarrassing given the way the question seemed to speak directly to our era of maintaining the music stacks of the college radio station. Finally, after several minutes of performing the rough equivalent of conking our heads together and fretting about the hollow sound it made, we landed on the answer: Cracker, the band started by David Lowery after the initial dissolution of Camper Van Beethoven. The question referred to the band’s self-titled debut, which I myself put into the station’s heavy rotation some thirty years earlier, right after presiding over a radio show during which I played multiple tracks from it. Thinking about how close we came to missing a question that should have been a gimme still feels like a soft punch in the stomach.
But we did get it, I remind myself. And every one of those points counted, no matter how rough the ride to earn them.
More info about 90FM’s Trivia can be found at its official website or at the radio station’s online home. There’s also a feature documentary about the contest, but it’s fairly hard to come by these days. To see how my team is faring over the weekend, Twitter is probably the best bet.