Quiz: How well do you know your York bands?

Photograph: Thiago Barletta / Unsplash
1 May 2020 @ 5.11 pm
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York has always had a vibrant live music scene – and now a terrific new Facebook group is celebrating that fact.

The York Bands Of The Past group is all about sharing memories, photos and memorabilia of gigs gone by.

It’s a veritable goldmine of tickets, fliers, tracks and videos. And so many great bands – with so many great names!

So – for a bit of fun – we’ve put together a quiz based on some of the contributions to York Bands Of The Past.

All you have to do is correctly answer whether the name given was that of a York band or not. How many can you remember?

York bands of the past - real or fake?

Surf Sluts

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Easy one to start with. Unofficial holders of the title 'York's weirdest band' for 17 years. Formed by previous members of God's Little Monkeys, the Incinerators and Suicidal Flowers, other fabulously named candidates for this quiz.

Thermodynamic Foxtrot

Photograph © Alex Indigo on Flickr
1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Not quite. Entropy Tango, however, were very much real. You can hear four of their songs on Phil Holliday's Soundcloud. Pictured here is frontman Steve Crowder alongside Paul Pinder.

Crystal Demeanour

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Though perhaps sounding more like a knockoff perfume than a legendary York band, Crystal Demeanour did indeed gig around the city back in the day.

Holy Modal Rowntrees

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

It's almost disappointing that there wasn't a York psyche-folk group who performed under this exceptional pun. The real-life Holy Modal Rounders were a '60s band from the Lower East Side, famously featuring on the soundtrack to 'Easy Rider'.

Crispy Tom Tom USA

Photograph: ZooFari / Wikipedia
1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

A name simply too bizarre to make up.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Photograph: Wikipeida
1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Again too daft to make up, but SSLYBY are actually from Missouri.

Zoot and the Roots

Photograph: National Archives, Richard Nixon Library and Museum
1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Very much a real York jazz group! The only band on this list to have their own Wikipedia page, saxophonist Snake Davis has since collaborated with the likes of Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Beyonce and the Spice Girls.

Hairball

Photograph: Eric Han on Unsplash
1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Thought this might trick some people into thinking Hairball were an obscure York NWOBHM band of the '80s, but unfortunately not.

November Rain

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

York's own September Rain, however, were looking as moody as any self-respecting band should back in the '80s.

Greasy Courgette

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

According to my research, at least. Glycerine Cucumber were on the scene though. Remember when a pint cost 60p?

The Rocking Goose Horns

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Possibly named in honour of York's infamously aggressive river-based residents, The Rocking Goose Horns were indeed popular in the city in the early '90s. Pictured here at a now-defunct venue - Cat's Whiskers on Fishergate.

Toned F

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Now this pun really was the name of a York band, and a ten-piece at that. Pictured is the rear of their 1981 single 'Tone Deaf' (really hammering home the joke there), taken at the Racecourse.

Pile of Margarine

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

The real-life spread-based York band were in fact called The Butter Mountain Boys. Brilliantly, a 1991 album of theirs was called 'Maintenant Puis' - or 'now then' in French.

Maineeaxe

Photograph: Richard McDougall
1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

These guys were the real deal on the '80s metal scene. By coincidence, released an album called 'Going for Gold' eleven years before another York band hit the Top Ten with a single of the same name...

Spifflers

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Sounds just daft enough to ring true. Alas, the soundalike real band were called Wofflers. Lock up your daughters...

Probemeister

1. Real York band
2. Fake York band

Still sounding pretty fresh on their Soundcloud, Probemeister were Adrian Lightly and John Leach (brother of Shed Seven's Alan, as I'm sure John never tires of being reminded). Technically not a band, but couldn't resist the slightly sinister name.

All 16 questions completed!


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