Answers for July 2006

Only one person got Q6 right this month, and he did it by Googling the date and music company – details that I should have cut out. Honorary mention to Bill Yeats, who guessed the right answer among a series of wild shots, but the grand gong this month goes to

Stephen Moratti

Hatti told Moratti, about a thing she saw, two big horns and a woolly jaw …. Domingo Samudio (aka Sam the Sham) has grown old, found God, preserved his immaculate appearance and rides a motorcycle. He spends a lot of time visiting and counselling young offenders in Texas prisons. This is surely “cruel and unusual punishment” – anyway, if I ever get to Texas I will take the very greatest care not to commit any offences.

Question 1

Why did Mozart, who lived and worked in a German-speaking society, write opera libretti in Italian?


Try singing long notes with words that end in consonants! A lot of Italian words end in a vowel so you can sing them better.

Additional Answers

  • Because words in Italian end in -i or -o; it is much easier to find rhymes. Take this, one of Mozart’s lesser known librettos for instance: My name is gepetto, this is my libretto, I like to eat linguini, and sympathise with mussolini…
  • According to the Shirley McLaine website, Mozart was actually a reincarnation of Nero, and thence Leonardo da V — hence his strong Italian heritage.
  • Actually I heard that he tried Icelandic and Swahili but it sounded like crap. So he stuck with Italian like everbody else.
  • Aha, a double trick question. First, he didn’t write his libretti, and second, at least one of his operas, “Die Zauberflote”, was in German. If it wasn’t a trick question, the answer is that it was the convention to write operas in Italian. Oh, and the librettists were Italian.
  • All operas were written in italian then, as was the writing on spoons
  • All Operas were written in Italian.
  • Bach’s progressive and sensual, Italian influenced music had a profound effect on Mozart.
  • Because by tradition opera libretti is intended to be incomprehensible. Italian composers probably write libretti in German to keep up the tradition.
  • Because German is such a stodgy language (pace Gotterdammerung) and hence his commissions required it. Though he did also write German libretti (Bastien und Bastienne; Die Entfuhtung aus dem Serail).
  • Because he could.
  • Because he liked Pizza and they refused to deliver unless he did.
  • Because he was a child prodigy
  • Because Italian is the language of opera in the same fashion that English is the language of business and French the language of love. German is the language of large howitzers, so operas in German sound like they’re sung by percussive Billy Ray Cyruses, a no-no for Mozart although ideal for noisy valkyrie and gotterdammerung screechfests.
  • Because libretti rhymes with spa-ghetti and it just worked out better that way.
  • Because they were almost all about how much he hated sausages.
  • Because traditional or classic opera and libretti are sung or said in Italian.
  • Brilliant fellow Mozart, having worked out that if he wanted all italians to understand it would need to be in italian.
  • ‘cause Germans have this way of making everything sound angry. Remember Adolf? Oh those crazy Germans!
  • Cause he like spaghetti
  • During the 18th century Opera was considered to be more or less an Italian art form and it was the convention of the day even for German composers to write their libretti in Italian.
  • Everyone who saw the movie “Amadeus” should be able to answer this one. It’s the same reason Air Traffic Control all over the world speaks English.
  • Father spoke Italian, and he wrote hist first libretti in Italy
  • Had a premonition of a future World Cup
  • He didn’t write most of his libretii, someone else did it for him
  • He didn’t. He wrote it in German (in his mind) then translated it (in his mind) into Italian and tried to make it sort of still fit the music. Because it had to be in Italian, it was opera.
  • He had Italian customers
  • He had to write Italian opera to stand a chance of popular success in Vienna
  • He needed a diversity and a variety of his talent not just traditional german style.
  • He thought libretti was a pasta.
  • He was commissioned to write for performances in Milan.
  • He wrote it for the Roman Catholic Church…. The only way to make any money in those days.
  • He’d received a revelation
  • His librettist was Italian. LORENZO DA PONTE. aka “Larry Bridge.”
  • His Mother was Italian
  • I tried to google on this but all I found were sites in Italian. But isn’t all opera libretti in Italian anyway?
  • It was a forerunner to the Axis alliance of WW2. No, it was simply because he was “Mozart” all the time.
  • It was the done thing at the time.
  • It was traditional, besides who wants to hear a delicate opera in guttural german (though of course he did write some German Pieces)
  • Italian is a more singable language than German.
  • Italian opera was the set standard for the time. Mozart didn’t write the opera libretti for Figaro, Don Giovanni or Cosi, Lorenzo Da Ponte did.
  • Italian was the accepted language for opera, being deemed beautiful and lyric, whilst German was thought to sound too guttural, and if patrons wanted Italian libretti, Italian libretti they got. He wrote in German later in his career, of course, proving that he had mastered the essence of writing opera, which is of course to make a language absolutely incomprehensible to its native speakers.
  • Italian was the language of opera and in which it was performed
  • Italians were more open to his opera and enjoyed his work more
  • It’s a little known fact that mozart despised the german language, he instead preferred italian, and was often heard saying “my language is so guttural, why can’t i have been born in a country who can claim one of the seven languages of love.” He also loved pizza and would often dress as a gladiator in his spare time…
  • Mozart did the music, the Italian words were then added by an Italian called Lorenzo Da Ponte. It’s a good job Lorenzo wasn’t Icelandic or who knows what would have happened.
  • Mozart found himself dejected, due to the lukewarm reception of Canons 231 (Leck mich im Arsch) and 233 (Leck mich im Arsch recht fein schon sauber) both of which were written in German. As a result, he caved to peer pressure applied by an Italian named Lorenzo Da Ponte. Together they crafted Le Nozze di Figaro in 1786 (About the effects of Fig Newtons on Europe), Don Giovanni in 1787 (A Mafia Piece, hey it’s Italy afterall), and Cosi fan tutte in 1790 (An amazing piece predicting Howard Carter’s discovery in the 1920’s). After a falling out over strawberry Newtons versus the originals, Mozart went back to writing in German with Die Zauberflote in 1791 (About some guy named Zauberflote that everyone wanted to see dead).
  • Much easier to write opera in Italian than German, it being a language of love and passion and all – and we all know operas are all about love and passion and jumping to conclusions and killing yourself or the one you love or thinking the one you love is dead and then killing yourself, much to your really not dead loved one’s dismay…
  • Nothing sounds good in German. I mean it is not exactly the language of love. “Ahh my little nebelwefer, come here and I’ll …” never mind you know what I mean, not the language of love, but definitely the language of Porn.
  • Opera is sung, during that period Italy was the leader in sych musical pieces.
  • Peer pressure, and pocket pressure – Italian sold better.
  • That was due to an unfortunate swingset accident when he was young.
  • To stand a chance of any popular success in Vienna.
  • To suck up to Italians.
  • Why anyone does anything – to impress the ladies.

Question 2

Puccini as a teenager played the organ at church services; as he played, he would sometimes alter the music slightly – why?


. . . at 14 he began to play organ for the convent church. It is said that he supplemented his income, with the aid of his brother, by stealing organ pipes and selling them. This felony went undiscovered for some time as he would rearrange the music to avoid using the missing notes.

Additional Answers

  • After playing with his organ, the pages of his music would stick together so he had to improvise.
  • All teenagers play with their organs, and sometimes even in church. Should we hold it against him? Well we shouldn’t, but I’m sure the Bishop tried.
  • Allegedly so as to avoid using pipes in the organ that he and his brother had stolen and sold to supplement their income.
  • As a clear demonstration of his unashamed contempt for society.
  • As an exercise in creativity.
  • At 14 he was too small to reach all the keys, pedals, and stops, and also the fact that he disliked the music as written.
  • Because he got bored and, to see who was paying attention to the music
  • because it give him an orgasm
  • Because playing with one’s organ ruins one’s eyesight. He could barely see the keys, let alone the music, after a while. (I’m to assume his hair thinned significantly, too).
  • Because the original tunes sucked, and his own compositions were much better. And maybe to avoid certain notes from which he’d removed and sold the pipes.
  • Because we are all see or hear , understand or visualise things slightly different , so was puccini .( We are all unic and diferent in some proportions of dimentions we are living ).
  • Being the fifth church musician in his family line, pimply Puccini was pissed off playing exactly the same cruddy way as his great-great-grandfather. Tweaking the music was his teenage way of rebelling – not too much though for fear of excommunication or, worse, being banned from taking apres-church afternoon tea with the shapely teen wenches to whom he was later wont to show his, er, organ.
  • Boredom
  • Cause there was spagetti stuck on the keys
  • could not reach all the pedals and stops
  • couldn’t read music
  • Drawn to gadgets and machinery, he was intrigued by the organ and by the mechanics of music, doodling and improvising during services.
  • He couldn’t read music very well and did the best he could.
  • He didn’t like it
  • He had to play in tandem with a big fat lady and didn’t like having to reach across her heaving breasts
  • He liked to feel creative in his work
  • He pawned some organ pipes for some cigars – boys will be boys
  • He used to play certain notes much louder than they were written, to wake people up.
  • He used to skip the notes of the organ’s pipes that he and his brother stole and sold to support his family.
  • He wanted to be head alter boy [and change things]
  • He was a bit of a lad, he’d play a bit of the Beatles or Abba mixed in. Or was that Tuscan folk songs and popular operettas? I forget, it was a while ago.
  • He was a genius, he just played around with the music because he felt like it.
  • He was a naughty boy.
  • He was a poor student of music
  • He was a teenager. He was bored. He thought he knew everything. He knew the audience were plebs and they wouldn’t notice…who knows how a teenage boy’s mind works.
  • He was an egoist who thought he knew better than the composers.
  • he was deeply bored
  • He was the first Reformation Hip Hop artist
  • Improvisation, he was “sticking it to the man”
  • It’s a little known fact that chop shops existed even before there were cars to steal and break down into parts. Back in Puccini’s day, theft rings centered around hot Organ parts. Puccini got his start as a criminal mastermind, stealing organ pipes from the various neighborhood churches and cathedrals and selling the hot pipes to the chop shop. Cleverly, he gained access to the various holy houses by posing as an organist. In order to keep his criminal pursuits a secret, Puccini subtly altered the music he was playing to avoid the notes requiring pipes that he had already stolen and sold.
  • Just to amuse his boyfriend in the choir, as certain three-note progressions were used by them as codes for their favourite sexual practices.
  • Kicks
  • Legend has it that he stole some of the organ pipes and sold the metal. Pretty low, but I forgive him. He wrote nice operas.
  • No doubt about it- he was a teenager and knew everything why not!
  • Oh, for a second there I had a different kind of organ in mind.
  • Puccini had been an altar boy, hence he felt compelled to alter anything he did in church.
  • Some of the stops didn’t work.
  • The Italian organ, unlike the German and French variety, is left handed, i.e. the pedals work left to right. Puccini wrote at least one opera in which the clarinet, which uses the “Bohme” system of fingering (which is normally configured for right handed clarinettists) took the place of the voice in the castrati part. This combination of left hand organ and right hand clarinet meant that Puccini had to alter the music as he played. It was for this reason that he named the particular opera “La Bohme” which, loosely translated, means “real bitch”!
  • There was a spoon jammed in the keyboard, middle ‘c’ i think
  • To amuse himself
  • To cover up his dastardly crimes (and get some incidental composition practice)
  • To disguise the fact that he’d pinched some of the organ pipes, and sold them to buy cigars. Am I the only one who thinks that organ pipes are a pretty weird thing to nick from a church? I mean organ pipes, what else are they good for? Was there a thriving black market in hot pipes at the time? Maybe it wasn’t plain tobacco in those cigars, and he turned organ pipes into huge bongs.
  • To improve on the boring stuff. Did anyone see that Simpsons episode where Bart had the old lady organist play In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida? Yes of course you did. That was Puchini.
  • To make it easier to sing – as he started his career at the age of 10 as a choir singer…
  • To see if the audience would catch on, and like his own musical variations.
  • To wake up the parishioners
  • Well, he always was a trouble-maker that one! Always thinking for himself, doing as he pleased. A real shifty type. The priest had every right to do what he did to Puccini after that little incident.
  • What a rude question! Oh the Church Organ, er sorry. OK then he was just jammin’ man.

Question 3

How did Philip Glass’s _Music in Twelve Parts_ get its name?


According to Glass, “The first movement was originally intended to stand on its own and the ‘Twelve Parts’ in the title referred to twelve lines of counterpoint in the score,” he explained in 1993. “I called it Music in Twelve Parts because the keyboards played six lines, there were three wind players involved, and I had originally planned to augment the ensemble to bring in three more lines, for a total of twelve. I played it for a friend of mine and, when it was through, she said, ‘That’s very beautiful; what are the other eleven parts going to be like?’ And I thought that was an interesting misunderstanding and decided to take it as a challenge and go ahead and compose eleven more parts.” (

Additional Answers

  • Not wretched Philip Glass again! Twelve Parts, fifty parts, piffly farts; I mean, really, Dr Bob, this is just too much for a quizzoid to bear and remain sane. I have, Sir, finally reached my Glass ceiling.
  • A trick question I assume. Because it actually had 12 parts? Maybe 13 parts would be unlucky.
  • Actually it started out as Music without Parts. But then he added a few and then a few more. By the time he got up to Music in Eight Parts he just thought “bugger it, I’ll go for a dozen”.
  • Because Glass shatters easily?
  • Because he played his music in twelve parts.
  • Because it has twelve parts maybe? As opposed to Music in Eight Parts which had four parts less until four were added on to make twelve parts.
  • Because Pluto hasn’t been discovered yet? Or was that somebody else? Did I miss something?
  • Because the first person Glass played it for was so incensed he ripped the manuscript into twelve pieces.
  • Because the keyboards played six lines.
  • Boring answer: because it has twelve lines of counterpoint in the score.
  • By Philip naming it.
  • By the months in or ( of )the year .
  • From the number of pieces his wife cut it into, exclaiming “More rubbish, when areya gonna write something decent?”
  • He broke a glass in twelve parts writing music
  • He called it Music in Twelve Parts because the keyboards played six lines, there were three wind players involved, and he had originally planned to augment the ensemble to bring in three more lines, for a total of twelve.
  • He dropped it
  • He named it ‘music in twelve parts
  • He played one part each month, completing it in a year. Therefore, 12 months equates to 12 parts
  • He thought people would think they were getting value for money if it was more than one part…
  • His kids broke into his filing cabinet and shredded it (into twelve parts no less) what else could he do? Lay off Phil you guys!…kids do crazy stuff.
  • Ill go way, way, way out on a limb here and say because it has 12 parts, sort of …
  • Initially was to be played by 12 parts (6 lines keyboard, 3 of wind and 3 more planned), but it was misunderstood by early audiences that there would be 12 movements, and so he wrote 11 more movements.
  • It had 12 parts?
  • It smashed, and he found it hard to put it back together, concluding the best result was to dent all breakage, and release it as 12 seperate parts
  • It took him that many tries to finish it
  • It was actually a typographical error. He had originally written the piece while his central heating system was being repaired, while wearing a dozen pairs of y-fronts one over the other in a futile attempt to keep his nads warm.
  • It was divided into twelve sections.
  • It was in 10 parts, but that’s postmodernism for you…
  • It was in 12 parts (if you count the beginning and the end of 5 as one). Almost as ingenious as Mozart is Glass.
  • It was made up of 12 different types of tunes, and artists were able to effectively make up bits and pieces on the fly. Glass used to conduct from the keyboard, nodding his head when it was time to change to the next tune.
  • It was music, and it was in 12 parts. What time is the 7 o’clock news on? What channel is the Nine’s Wide World of Sport on?
  • It was originally written in 13 parts, which is a baker’s dozen, hence there are a dozen parts, and of course a dozen is 12.
  • It was revealed to him in a dream by a giant lion that was spewing fire from its gills.
  • It was written in twelve parts
  • It’s how many pieces the manuscript was torn into when his neighbour at the time had finally had enough.
  • Philip had a very intricate hairstyle at the time.
  • One after each of his spoons
  • Originally entitled “Another Boring Load of Phillip Glass ‘New Age’ Crap-ola”, the title was changed when it was discovered that music lovers were smashing the CD into 12 parts after listening to it.
  • Phil’s girlfriend took the sheet music from the first part and etched it into a glass sculpture as an anniversary gift. In a huge blowout of a fight (Coincidentally, over whether or not Mozart was a precog) she threw the sculpture at him and it broke into 12 pieces. This became his gag title for the work. In a later interview he let the gag name slip and quickly tried to cover it by claiming there were 12 lines of counterpoint in the score. Unfortunately, he was being interviewed by a young Barbara Walters who quickly pointed out that 6 lines of piano and 3 lines of winds only came to 9 parts. Phil caved under pressure and stated that it was really the first of 12 pieces. He spent the next few years paying for his slip of the tongue by writing the other 11 parts.
  • That was a typo the music was originally a 12 part concerto for really deep bass note for organ and tuba and was entitled the Twelve Farts.
  • The music is divided into six parts, times two? (I’m sorry) [Don’t be sorry – be glad, that there is 12 times as much music as there could be. You get this with Mr Glass’s compositions]
  • The title refers to the twelve lines of counterpoint in the score.
  • There are 12 ingredients in spaghetti
  • There were 13 parts, but since he’d already started being ironic with the word “music”…
  • When Glass was dropped from music school it fell into twelve peices.
  • Written in eleven parts, then added GST and rounded down to 12

Question 4

In which town are “the flame trees [that] can blind the weary driver”?


Grafton, NSW – which mysteriously has no flame trees

Additional Answers

  • A town in hell
  • Actually they’re were on the Canberra-Cooma Road but were removed because they blinded too many weary drivers returning from the snow fields. Or were they poplars?
  • Alice Springs.
  • Amsterdam, hash trees
  • Assuming it is the Cold Chisel track (though the line is not quite right) it may refer to Grafton where they grew up
  • Ayr, North Queensland [so far north that it is in Scotland]
  • Bad enough I have to contend with suicidal roos, rampaging wombats and depressed wallabies now I got flame trees trying to blind me. Who says Australia the Lucky country. You’re lucky if you can drive to you destination in one piece.
  • Baghdad. No real trees left. Median strips now have napalm fountains instead.
  • Beirut, Baghdad, Kabul, – hey I’m blind – I can’t tell!!
  • Bolton? Melbourne? Doha? Reykjavik? Pyongyang? Adamstown? Oh Balls, I don’t know. I’ll guess at Cockermouth, or Upper Ramsbottom.
  • Bowral
  • Burnie
  • Canberra
  • Dang! Dont flamin’ know!
  • Depends on if you mean where the song is about, or where the name ‘flame trees’ came from. The song, written by Steve Prestwich and Don Walker, is about Don’s childhood memories of Grafton, but Grafton is famous for Jacaranda’s specifically. The name flame trees came from the mini-series ‘The Flame Trees of Thika’, which starred Hayley Mills, with whom Walker was once romantically linked. Thika is a town in Kenya’s Central Province.
  • Downtown
  • Dunno, but Don Walker does.
  • Everyone will get this one right so I will refuse to. Lots of towns in NSW have those trees. As an individual it depends. Where did you live when you knew that girl? I know what the song means to me and I never lived in $%*@#!+. Bugger you Dr Bob, Grafton.
  • Flame Tree.
  • Grafton – if you visit, being blinded by flame trees is the least of your worries, you may conceivably also be deafened by the screeching of a strange man who looks like a fat ageing Billy Idol impersonator who shouts tunelessly into anything that looks like a microphone.
  • Grafton, NSW according to Wiki.
  • Grafton, NSW. The flame trees were an allegory for jacaranda.
  • Grafton, South Wales! No, wait, that’s “Jacaranda City”. Hmn, then it must be Detroit. They’re always setting the place on fire whenever a sports team wins a championship.
  • Grafton, where Don Walker, Chisel’s keyboard player who wrote the song, lived as a child.
  • Grafton. But they can’t really blind you. However by the time you get there from almost anywhere. Yes you are a “weary driver”. However weary or not. A quick look and back on the road again is the norm.
  • Grafton: despite it being famous for Jacarandas: guess their name doesn’t scan too well.
  • Great fire of London, 1666
  • I know this one, I know this one. It’s up in New south Wales I’ve been there, I’ve seen the trees. On the way to Queensland. Well North of Sydney, a bit west of the coast (checks map). Hobart?
  • In a song by Cold Chisel called Flame Trees.
  • In Alice Springs, so named for divine intervention in the extinguishment of said trees.
  • Mount Sinai?
  • Is this a trick question? Is the clue hidden in the words?
  • Just about any town, flame trees are very similar across geographic location you know.
  • Khe Sahn.
  • Margaritaville
  • Mozart, Puccini, Glass, Cold Chisel? From the sublime to the ridiculous in carefully graduated stages. Jimmy Barnes was from Scotland, and all Scotsmen are from Glasgow, which is well known for its sub-tropical vegetation.
  • Newcastle
  • Perth WA – well they are there and they do, but not the answer you want methinks
  • San Francisco, long know for its flamers.
  • Somewhere in Lebanon? Wadeye? I know: Macquarie Fields.
  • Somewhere in Oz … I’ll take a guess at Perth.
  • Spoonsville- you’d have to be thika not to know that
  • The real question is: Why are the people driving if they are weary? C’mon guys, pull over and ‘ave a kip. Tired drivers die you know? If I had to guess though..I would say … wherever it is … they never speak the name … Jimmy Barnes. Uzbekistan?
  • The town that’s on fire, whereever that is, since, it keeps changing as the firefighters extinguish the town
  • Thicka.
  • Thika.
  • Trick question. It’s, technically, actually a city.
  • Wikipedia says: Grafton NSW, though the term comes from Thika, Kenya. I say: Trang Bang [could be a song for he Eurovision contest … we had boom-bang-a-bang]

Question 5

Who was “so vain”?


Carly Simon’s participation in [the 2003 “Possible Dreams”] charity auction created an intense media buzz when she offered to reveal the identity of the person(s) she had in mind when she penned the song “You’re So Vain” to the highest bidder, but only after they agreed to abide by a confidentiality agreement. The news scrollers on all the major cable networks began carrying Carly’s name across the bottom of the television screen. conducted a viewer’s poll where Beatty’s name earned 54% of the vote. The BBC’s Up All Night radio show interviewed Carly fans live from the US to get their opinion on who the song was written about and why this mystery has such long lasting appeal. On August 4th, the gavel cracked at $50,000 for Carly’s “Dream Secret”. The winner (Dick Ebersol – an NBC executive) and nine of his friends will join Carly at her home in a few weeks, at which time she will sing You’re So Vain while her guests enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and vodka on the rocks. At midnight, Mr. Ebersol alone will learn Carly’s closely guarded secret. “Carly told me that I could offer up to the entire world, a clue as to what she’ll tell me when we have this night in about two weeks. And the clue is: the letter ‘E’ is in the person’s name.” Dick Ebersol on NBC’s Today Show – Aug. 5th, 2003

Additional Answers

  • “Simon says she’ll never reveal the answer.”
  • “You”. Variably theorised to be Mick Jagger, various old boyfriend and Warren Beatty.
  • “You’re”
  • A guy that Carly sang about but has never named. Probably a compilation of people. It took her a while to get that song together. I doubt she thought about one person only all the time she was writing it. Even if she did have a main character in mind.
  • According to my girlfriend, me. So I like to pluck my eyebrows, and my legs, and my chest, and my armpits. Does that make me shallow? [Only if you pluck much too deeply] Ok, maybe I go a bit far plucking other hairy parts, but a man needs to look his best… Hey, don’t judge me girlfriend…
  • Ahh? Mick? No Warren, no Mick, maybe Warren. Actually I heard it in the car just yesterday (really I did, “clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee”, Gold 104 FM). I thought it was about me. But seeing as I hadn’t met Carly before she wrote it I guess it’s not. But I do have an e and an a in my name. It’s a clue Dr Bob.
  • All the men in Carly Simon’s life, but I reckon James Taylor.
  • All those people who thought I was wrong when I knew I was right…and still am.
  • Carly Simon
  • Carly Simon has never said.
  • ehm.. i think the queen of england
  • Elizabeth
  • I can think of a few, I bet you think this answer is about you, don’t you?
  • I was.
  • I was. But Ms Simon didn’t sing about me. Maybe Mick, maybe Warren etc. Nobody knows she never said.
  • Is this question about me?
  • It’s actually Yurso Vane, my Russian great-grandfather, who really managed to piss Carly Simon off somehow…
  • It’s just a song. Get over it. Songwriters write music and lyrics. Not true stories. Maybe it’s about Dr Bob? Maybe it’s about nobody in particular? Heaven forbid that Carly Simon ever knew any vain people. A few come to mind.
  • James Taylor
  • Jim Morrison – but ended up with difficult veins to find indeed.
  • Kyrt So Vain was Kurt Cobain’s bastard Asian brother, conceived by Kurt’s waitress mum and Nirvana fan Kim Jong Il in a fit of unbridled passion in a grungy Pyongyang alley after a private viewing of Cobain’s “Rape Me” MTV clip. So Vain went on to become Pyongyang’s ambassador to Iceland, and later married Bjork.
  • Me. I definitely think this quiz is about _me_. I’m so vain, I definitely think this quiz is about ME, don’t I, don’t I, don’t I! Carly disagrees. She says: “it’s about the young Oprah Winfrey.” So, there ya go. Who’d’a thunk?
  • Mick Jagger
  • Most people assume it was Warren Beatty, but Carly Simon refuses to confirm this although in some interviews she has aluded that it is, at least in part, about him. Beatty appears to have been of the opinion that it was and is reported to have publically thanked Carly for the song.
  • Most people thing Warren Beatty, but could be Mick Jagger or James Taylor. Carly Simon never actually said. Kinda like the the question “What the hell was Don McLean singing about…).
  • Nobody knows FOR SURE who Carly Simon meant, but these days, it would deserve to be Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • Nobody really knows – Carly Simon has never publicly acknowledged WHO she wrote it about, just conceding it’s about the many vain men she’s known in her life. Popular guesses though are Popular guesses on the subject include “Mick Jagger (who sang backing vocals on the song), Carole King, Cat Stevens, Warren Beatty, Kris Kristofferson, unfaithful fiancé William Donaldson and Simon’s ex-husband, James Taylor.”
  • Not being either Carly or Dick Ebersol, I can only go with the clues that have been issued publicly. It’s someone (Or a composite of someones which makes this daunting task even dauntingerer) who slept with Carly Simon and has an A, an E and an R in their name. Some folks believe it’s Warren Beatty. Other think it’s Mick Jagger (Which would have been a neat trick, since he sang background vocals for the song). A lot of people thought it was James Taylor til she cleared him in an interview. For all we know, it was Archbishop Denis Hart…
  • Not sure, Carly Simon never revealed the person however many people think it is Warren Beatty. Although, for a large amount of money she sold the name to some rich guy who after years of prodding let slip one letter of the name ‘E’.
  • Of course it’s Peter Costello.
  • Song escapes me and I searched in vain (and artery)
  • Sovane was a famous spoon collector whose collection rivalled warren beatty’s
  • The lady herself ain’t telling, and will neither confirm nor deny various guesses that have cropped up over three decades: Would this song ever have been so famous if the subject had been identified at the time of its release? And how many horses had to die to make those teeth of hers?
  • The short answer is no-one except Carly Simon herself despite ‘conspiracy’ theories, clues and speculation to the contrary. Most consider it more of a general, rather than specific, indictment of vanity.
  • Warren Beatty
  • Warren Beatty is probably what Carley Simon’s song is about.
  • Warren Beatty, this one is almost a no brainer. Actually any question I answer is a no brainer. “If I only had a brain”
  • Wayne
  • Well Mick Jagger sang backing vocals on the song, and he claimed it was about Warren Beatty. I suppose the literal answer is “you”.
  • What’s his name…Warren Beatty.
  • Yaw
  • You are Dr Bob! “You’re so Vain” by Carly Simon. Her follow up song, about drug abuse, was entitled “Your sore vein.”

Question 6

What song is this?


Wooly Bully

Additional Answers

  • “Break Like The Wind”, by Spinal Tap, scored for rock band, asthmatic yaks and Monaros with ludicrous air horns. In Italian.
  • A “Scentless Apprentice” (Nirvana) mix incorporating a few bars from that well-known piece composed by Dr Bob, “Shards of Glass”. It’s best sung by Billy Ray Cyrus.
  • A Philip Glass one. But they are all so much alike and it’s only the intro. Am I supposed to do research? Bugger that. I just type in the answers.
  • Absolutely no idea, but it ain’t Dylan or Lennon-McCartney.
  • AAPT smart chat theme song
  • Air on a G string
  • Almost any song by Phillip Glass? The Stones with orchestra? I tried to play it with the instruments I have available to me. But I ran out of hands. I was OK with the recorder but when I tried the pan lids and the wobble board at the same time I couldn’t get a tune. So it must be Mr Glass.
  • Amadeus?
  • And You’re A Bitter Little Tramp, written, and performed, by my grandfather.
  • At a wild guess, it is the theme to Jaws.
  • Black Sabbath.
  • Buggered if I know. I forgot my glasses. Is it really a song, or did the ants crawl all over the Gingham table cloth again.
  • Da Da Da by Trio. A German band. A good example of why Mozart wrote in Italian.
  • Daa…Daa…Da Da Da Da Da Da D-d-d-d Daaaaaaa……….. No Idea. Bit monotonous though.
  • err. Spoonful? [um … I think Mr Clapton played that using more than one note]
  • Greensleeves
  • History Never Repeats
  • ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ – Performed by German superstar David Hasselhoff
  • I can’t see it properly, but i am guessing, as this is the skeptics web site, that it is “I DON’T BELIEVE YOU” – By Kool Keith
  • I could well be wrong, but I think this may be “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” from Metallica’s ‘Kill ’em all’ album
  • I don’t know Dr Bob, maybe its the Laughing Song?
  • I got my wife to play it on piano, and despite her quite reasonable skills it sounded like nothing on earth, so I’d guess that it is one of the twelve parts.
  • I think it’s the “One Note Samba”. I do know that the words and music are by “Arranged By”. I think he’s from Cambodia…
  • If it’s a song, why arent there any words?!
  • I’m guessing Mozart … His famous tune for Bounty Bell with Aspidistra
  • Its “A bit blurry” by Cheap Scanner. But it rocks. though. Daa,Daa,Daa,Daa. Daa,Daa,da,da,da,da. In G (it has an F#) and C (where it doesn’t), in 4:4 time.
  • It’s called “The Miniscule Waltz”, for obvious reasons.
  • It’s not a song it’s a jpeg of a bunch of squiggles on funny lines, infringing some copywright by the looks.
  • Khe Sahn.
  • Looks like an old Rock and Roll tune – bit hard to make it out as it is a bit blurry….hmmmm…dah, dah, dah, dum….. I would guess chuck berry – dunno what.
  • Mary had a little lamb, for an orchestra. Really it is. If somebody copied it as an intro to another song, well I can’t help that.
  • Music in twelve parts
  • No idea… tried Googling ‘Three Wise Boys Music’ (took long enough to figure THAT out), and playing the music in my head as best I could, but luck.
  • Ooo! i know this one! It’s “Bule Bule”! No? How about “Ridi Ridi”? No? Would you believe “Wooly Bully”? [Yes I would!!! You should have checked it out.] Ok, then I’ll go with “All of the Above”.
  • Philip Glass’s Music in Twelve Parts? Flame Trees? Heart of Glass? Actually it seems to have been published in 1964 and is a rock track so I’ll guess Tobacco Road by the Nashville Teens, my favourite from that year. I used to own the 7″ until my brother broke it.
  • Pink Panther
  • Song without words
  • Spaghetti Junction
  • Sunday bloody sunday
  • The Chicken Dance – for obvious reasons.
  • the doot doot doot doot doot doot dootdootdootdoot song.
  • UMM..It`s that know…it goes…dum dum derder…dum. Yeah I know that one! Just can`t think of the name.My psychic powers have been weakened by things I failed to predict.
  • Why ask, when you know?


  • Another month, another few wild guesses.
  • Are you a real Doctor? [(sigh) – this has been asked before – Yes I am].
  • Are you interested in receiving information about medical grade nutritional products rated #1 in North America? Just thought I’ld ask while I was on a roll …. Have a great day!
  • Can you make it harder next time. [My friends often say that. Or did you mean the questions?]
  • Curse you Dr Bob for your fiendish picture question!
  • Good name for a canary, is Puccini. Is it ok if my number is black? [Yes, join the club. My number has been black for years].
  • Hello bob – are you also the bob when you go out? [Indeed I am. I am THE Bob, not just ‘a’ bob. A bob short of a quid, maybe.]
  • Hey Dr Bob! A couple of months ago someone fired a Latin comment at you and you fired back a Latin reply. Now be honest: did you do the reply by yourself? And did you understand what you were saying? [OK I had better fess up – I did learn Latin at school but not well enough to engage in spontaneous conversation and repartee. I Googled the original comment, and thereby found it along with various possible replies from which I chose “Age. Fac ut gaudeam” = “go ahead, make my day” or really “Act. Make something, such that I will celebrate”]
  • Hey! There`s more than one number which is red Bob! You`re being tricky aren’t you? You mean the red `numbers` right Bob? Yeah … I`m onto you!
  • Hi bob, sorry for no ‘entry’ last month. I had a headache.
  • I didn’t google anything–except the flame trees. I thought that was a biblical reference…
  • I had two eggs for breakfast.
  • I may not be smart , but i am not that much of a fool either .Or perhaps i am .
  • I must protest! I am *the* Bill Yeats. [A lot of people probably protest about that]. Oh, wait, unless you’re referring to W.B.Yeats, in which case I am *the* great-great-great-great-ever-so-great grand nephew!
  • If Philip Glass and not the other Philip had married Queen Elizabeth, would their children not be Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward but Whisky, Cocktail, Schooner and Highball?
  • I’m also a ‘Dr Bob’ – sorry for the frippery!
  • I’m hungry. [You should have had two eggs for breakfast]
  • Interesting, Dr Bob … Interesting
  • It seems so easy this month. I must be off track totally. Except for Grafton. Which unless I was driving to Queensland is further off the track than I am.
  • It seems that wiki has been set up with the main purpose of answering your fiendish questions, and even then they lag behind.
  • Kath and Kim are on the TV so I have to go and change the channel. The mother one is talking to Brett the husband one I need to get this off the box so I have to go. Comment? OK “I love you Dr Bob”
  • Keep up the good work!
  • Never done this before.
  • New to this site but hope to be here a lot – cheers 🙂
  • No ones going to beat me this month. Well not unless they pay.
  • Pretty easy this month except for the “What song is this” question in which I spent far too much work time googling the date and music company (should have inked out those as well)
  • Pretty Hard Questions
  • See, see, if Mostzat and Zuchini didn’t mess about so much and put their minds to it instead of translating and jamming all the time they might have given Johann Sebastian a run for his money. So to speak. But no, so Bach is the King. Even better than Jimi. Ludwig van isn’t too bad either. I notice you left all the really good guys out. Good choice. Would have been too easy.
  • Sorry I am flippant this month – suffering from overdose of tourists
  • The beatings will continue until morale improves. [Well, the questions seem to beat you, every month]
  • “There sat Caroline, quietly waiting for her bowels to open.” [Sounds like something from ]
  • This is more like it – a bit of musical class after the Pitcairn Island episode!
  • Too much classical, but apart from that was very enjoyable, thankyou.
  • Very bad of you, leaving the copyright notice on but not quite clear enough to read.
  • Words fail me. Have a good time in Mongolia. [I did – account and photos will appear on the web later]
  • You’re So Vain