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Obscurity Quiz w/ idiotprogrammer 60s Psychedelic Rock Revival

March 27, 2022


It’s been a long, unscheduled hiatus for OoO, but here’s a morsel of what we’ll talk about in OoO EI4, currently being edited.  The albums up for arrangement from most to least famous in this quiz are as follows:


A. Dandy Warhols - "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia" (2000).  B. The Apples in Stereo - "Fun Trick Noisemaker" (1995).  C. The Vryll Society - "Course of the Satellite" (2018).  D. Doleful Lions - "Out Like a Lamb" (2002).  E. Gentlemen - "Secret Memories" (2020).  F. The Everly Brothers - "Roots" (1968).  G. Guided by Voices - "Bee Thousand" (1994).


By the guest’s request, I cross-checked the number of reviews on AllMusic Guide with the number on rateyourmusic.com .  Impressively, the rankings were exactly the same in terms of comparing the number of user rankings for each album.  Furthermore, the most-ranked album for each artist (which is usually the one chosen for the Obscurity Quiz) was also the same as on AMG.  Let’s hear it for intercoder reliability or at least internet statistics generally!  Woo consensuses!


On Discogs, it’s much more labor-intensive to find out which of a band’s albums has the most ratings.  The albums in this quiz differed slightly there, with The Dandy Warhols more popular relative to GBV &  The Everly Brothers more popular relative to The Apples in Stereo.  I probably won’t do this much follow-up after every Obscurity Quiz going forward, however fascinating these subtle differences may be.