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I’ve spent this week spilling out personal lore associated with the annual staging of The World’s Largest Trivia contest by my student broadcasting alma mater. Until I revive the tradition next year, I have one more.

Years ago, to fill a gap created when a driving scavenger hunt portion of the contest was briefly discontinued, the trivia contest added a Music Question, editing together teensy bits of eight songs for teams to identify. Since my team include many fellow radio alumni on the roster, we have always felt it necessity to do well on this particular Trivia offering. Our cherished shared history foisting our music preferences on Central Wisconsin fairly mandates it.

In one of the earliest years of the question, before there were a bevy of tools to help out, one of the snippets in the music question almost sounded like two different songs. It was obviously a tactic to confused teams about the location of the edits. One of my cohorts wasn’t fooled for a second, and we correctly wrote in the title “The Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide” on our answer sheet. For a variety of reasons, this earned us big points, one of our earliest experiences with reaping the rewards that come with being one of the few teams to nail a tough question (or, in this case, portion of a question).

Largely because of that I have a nostalgic soft spot for the band the Kings. Their minor hit didn’t register for me when it was first released, but no matter. Thanks to the Trivia moment, I think they’re dandy. That led me to grab a vinyl copy of their debut album, The Kings Are Here (which leads with the linked tracks that got us all those points) when I found it reasonably priced at a used record store.

Fittingly, the first time I listened to the album from start to finish, one lyric, found in the song “Anti-Hero Man,” jumped out at me:

Life’s too short for trivia, there is no time to waste

I guess I must concede that I’m not doing a great job adhering to that tenet.

Listen or download —> The Kings, “Anti-Hero Man”

(Disclaimer: I’m not sure if the Kings album in question is available as a physical item that can be purchased at your favorite local, independently-owned record store. If it is, you should run not walk to turn over your money in exchange for a fine, fine piece of recorded music. I am sharing this track as encouragement to commerce, not a replacement for it. Even so, I know the rules. I will gladly and promptly remove this file from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual or entity with due authority to make such a request.)

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