A classic rock god!

When I saw this test on ahistoricality, I just had to take it. I was disappointed. It was way too easy for me:

Rock Star

You scored 100%!

You damn rock star. You know all the basics, and if you got any wrong, I bet it was that stupid Traveling Wilburys question.

Your friends are probably intimidated by your knowledge of classic rock and envy your impressive collection. When a classic rock song comes on the radio, you can probably identify it before the vocals kick in most of the time. You probably get good scores on the “maiden name of Clapton’s mom” tests, too.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on notes

Link: The BASIC classic rock Test written by allmydays on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

100%, baby! And, no, I didn’t miss even that silly Traveling Wilburys question.

Here’s hoping the next test can give me a bit of a challenge…


  1. #1 MikeG
    December 10, 2006

    Damn, Orac. That’s a bit impressive.
    here’s mine:
    The Veteran
    You scored 86%!
    You’ve picked up the majority of the classic rock basics. You probably have a classic rock collection and can sing along with most of the songs on your local radio station. This is not the highest score, but it is arguably the best: that subtle combination of impressive knowledge and not being a pretentious geek.

    (Thinks about calling Orac a pretentious geek…. thinks better of it and signs off.)


  2. #2 Skeptyk
    December 10, 2006

    Weird test, though.

    Nearly the whole test could be known by someone who only listens to classic rock fm in their car, so we who have all those LPs, all that vinyl with big, beautiful covers and liner notes actually written on liners, those who had to buy the music physically and played whole sides at once, unable to skip tracks…where is a test of our real, esoteric knowledge?

    I either knew the answer right off or had no idea. I somehow missed nearly all of the Mellencamp music, no matter how many names he used.

  3. #3 Mary
    December 10, 2006

    Another 100% here, but is it just me, or is it painful to see The Clash, The Police, and Billy Idol referred to as classic rock? Never mind that they all came on the scene thirty years ago. The music of my teens cannot be classic rock. It can’t!

  4. #4 Orac
    December 10, 2006

    Sadly, yes it can. It began about 10 years ago when I started noticing U2 showing up on “classic rock” stations. Now all the bands of my teens and twenties are showing up as “classic rock”: The Clash, Billy Idol, The Police, Twisted Sister, Black Flag, The Boomtown Rats, and The Smiths.

    You know what’s next to be labeled “classic rock,” of course? Yes, the early 1990’s. In fact, I’ve already heard Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and a few others pop up every now and then on “classic rock” stations.

  5. #5 Nes
    December 10, 2006

    Woo, 56%!

    I don’t know if you’ve been searching low and high, but you do know your bare-bones classic rock basics. With this kind of score, you probably nailed the signature song questions and most of the albums. You probably don’t have much of a classic rock collection yourself, but when your friends play theirs, you recognize the songs. This is a respectable score: you’re neither know-nothing nor nerd.

  6. #6 Renee
    December 10, 2006

    I’m a Veteran, 90% score. Though I don’t have a large collection of classic rock albums, I do watch VH1 Classic on TV. I’m not a pretencious geek, because I’m not a geek. I don’t like science fiction, nor video games.

    Speaking of lyrics: There is a new TV commercial, for some cell phone company that lets you download songs. ‘Rock the Casbah’ is playing; the erstwhile downloader is singing along with the words ‘Rock the Cat Box’. Another guy is singing ‘Lock the Cash Box’, but the Cat Box guy corrects him. The display on the cell phone clearly reads ‘Rock the Casbah’.

  7. #7 J Max
    December 10, 2006


    and you’re right about getting it only listening to classic rock on the radio…. I am 23 and I religiously listened to classic rock for much of high school. The only classic rock albums I own are greatest hits from the Beatles, Warren Zevon and Steve Miller..

  8. #8 raindogzilla
    December 11, 2006

    100%! Plus I felt the strangest compulsion to correct those Eagles’ lyrics- “…four that wanna own me…” not “hold” me. I even feel a little guilty for not knowing Clapton’s mum’s maiden name.

  9. #9 Aaron M
    December 11, 2006

    98% — I didn’t know who recorded ‘American Fool’.

    Chalk my score up to classic-rock radio stations as well; the only albums mentioned in there that I actually own are Ziggy Stardust, Blonde on Blonde, London Calling, and the Beatles’ stuff.

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