Trivia Answer of the Day — Cat Power

This coming weekend, I’ll participate in the fifty-third staging of The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM. As per tradition, this week is filled with idle reminiscing about memorable answers in past years.

In the early two-thousands, my partner-in-all-things and I saw Cat Power plays at a small club in downtown Orlando. We were fans of her music, having succumbed to a Rob-Gordon-will-now-sell-five-copies-of-TheThreeE.P.’s-by-the-Beta-Band moment at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles that added Moon Pix and The Covers Record to our household CD collection. The show we saw, though, was a disaster, a hardly uncommon occurrence for Cat Power at the time. She broke down in the middle of songs several times and left the stage more than once, only to be coaxed back up by the effusive sympathetic support of the audience. Folks in the crowd so viciously hissed at the bartenders about their noisy cocktail shakers that the mixologists were almost begging patrons to order beers or straight pours instead. By any reasonable measure, it was a terrible concert, but I’ll also never forget it.

During 90FM’s Trivia contest last year, a DJ read a question that went like this: “An indie music artist spent the first part of her career doing covers. One of those covers was used in an automobile commercial, and another was featured in anAcademy Award–winning movie. She engaged in bizarre behavior on stage, sometimes leaving the stage mid-show while crying. After a bad breakup with a boyfriend, she released and album of originals, and she said she gained confidence while making that record. What is the first and last name of this performer?”

Despite the heaping helping of information, this wasn’t an answer that sprung right up in a Google search. Given that experience as attendees of one of those concerts that involved a tearful exit from the stage and the helpful supporting fact that a covers album to her credit was nestled in our music collection, we called in Cat Power. (The contest makes it clear that the performing name is always what’s used, so Chan Marshall, her somewhat commonly invoked given name, was bypassed as an option.) In this instance, we collected 210 points, an excitingly high amount for a single question in our contest. In celebration, I went over to the bar we have a honored part of our team headquarters and shook myself a cocktail.

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.

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