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Music and money quiz

Money and Music Quiz

Money and music -- what a marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage. We speak not just of the making of money, but the many mentions of it in song. How clued in are you to cash references in the realm of music? Our melodic cash-quiz awaits your clicks.

  1. Along with moons and Junes and achy-breaky hearts, money has been one of the more common leitmotifs in music, both lyrically and in terms of titles. But today's rappers -- yes, as opposed to those who flourished in Shakespearean times -- have not only come up with all sorts of clever coinages for cold cash in their music, they've also invented some really rich ways to reference themselves. To wit: the hip-hop duo that calls itself EPMD, which stands for:

    Easy Pay My Dudes.
    Extra Pesos Mucho Dinero.
    Erick and Parrish Making Dollars.
  2. OK, let's do just one more rapper with a really cool, clever and inventive cash-worthy name. Here's a hint: He recently left the scene, though for reasons we'll explain in the answer. His name actually incorporates a dollar sign in lieu of a letter. Now that's inventive. Name that once-rich rapper:

    Ca$h Down.
    Ca$h Out.
  3. Let's go back a little further, to the very roots of rock 'n' roll, and one of the true masters of the genre, Chuck Berry. No Money Down was Berry's 1956 ode to a:

    Um, you know, ''working girl.''
    Little pink house.
  4. Next stop: next decade. The year was 1963 and the fine folkies in the Kingston Trio made the Billboard charts with a hit song telling us how they didn’t give a damn about:

    One red cent.
    A greenback dollar.
    Silver threads and golden needles.
  5. Back into the time tunnel with ya. The year’s 1954. Tell us how many coins were in that famed fountain –- the Oscar-winning song about it bears the same name as the movie that showcased it.

    One hundred – one for each broken heart.
  6. ''Old man Depression, you are through, you done us wrong!'' Our time capsule has taken us to the year 1933, and this song –- the above's a sample lyric -– from the musical Gold Diggers, heralds the good news in its very title -– and throughout the upbeat ditty -– that:

    My Man’s Rich –- and Has one Foot in the Grave!
    We Hit the Mother Lode.
    We’re in the Money.
  7. Whoosh! We’ve time-traveled up to the '70s. Listen, and you can hear: ''Money, it's a gas/Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.'' Who are these wealth-worshippers (or poseurs as such)?

    Pink Floyd.
    Strawberry Alarm Clock.
    Simply Red.
  8. Step up a decade now, to 1985. That was the year we learned that if ''you play the guitar on the MTV,'' you can get:

    ''Money in a lump sum and checks for free.''
    ''Money for nothin’ and chicks for free.''
  9. He liked Chantilly lace and a pretty face and a pony tail a hangin’ down. But, alas, as he wailed over the phone line to the object of his affections, ''I ain’t got noooo money, honey.'' Who was this broke would-be lothario?

    The Big Bopper.
    Ritchie Valens.
  10. The Beatles musically declared that they didn’t care too much for money, because it – as per the title of their 1964 song – Can’t Buy Me Love. To prove how unwedded they were to their wealth, they offered, in that song, to buy us the following, ''if it makes you feel alright.''

    A coat made of virgin mink.
    A diamond ring.
    Four-and-twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.

-- Posted: April 2, 2002


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