Feb 152012
 

Today we launch another chapter in our ongoing effort to squeeze some fun and entertainment out of popular music’s banality, with a segment I call:  In a Word — Schtick!

Here’s how this is going to work: contestants will vie for the coveted RTH No-Prize by attempting to use as few words as possible to describe a vital component of a given performer’s “signature” move, or Look, or some other thing by which he, she, or the group is identified. The goal is to have RTH readers guess the artist in question with the schtick-clue provided. The fewer words used, the bigger the prize awarded — and prizes are only awarded to townspeople who can provide a clue that elicits a correct artist ID on the first try. You lob a schtick clue into the void, and hope the first guess that comes back is the right one. If it is, you win! If it isn’t, it’s the dreaded buzzer for you.

For example — if I wanted you to guess “Keith Richards,” I might submit “drugs” as a one-word clue — but chances are that clue would be too broad, and somebody might incorrectly guess “Sly Stone.” BUZZ! If, on the other hand, I offered the schtick-clue “skull-ring” — that might work.

A few ground rules are in order:

  • God-given/natural aspects of appearance or behavior are not allowed as clues — so, for example, saying “big lips” to get us to guess Mick Jagger would result in a buzzer. But “omega shirt” would be okay.
  • Dialog is only appropriate if it was part of the artist’s schtick, and no famous one-time quotes qualify — so “thank you very much” is allowed for Elvis, while “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!” is not allowed for John Lennon.
  • No song lyric snippets or alliterated riffs are allowed.  It’s about the schtick!

I look forward to your responses.

HVB

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  423 Responses to “In a Word: Schtick!”

  1. All right, I think I’ve got this: let me throw out a schtick clue and see if a Townsperson can identify the schticker on first effort:

    Duckwalk

  2. Bzzzt. Back to Remedial Rock School for you, HVB. It was Ringo who screamed “I got blisters on my fingers!”.

  3. hrrundivbakshi

    jumpsuits.

  4. mockcarr

    suicide

  5. I’ll try again – and sure, this is a softball for my man HVB, but I think it’s important we establish the point of this game, right?

    High scissors kick (I think that’s what you’d call it)

  6. hrrundivbakshi

    Torn jeans

  7. hrrundivbakshi

    Capuccino

  8. tonyola

    Windmill arms.

  9. Here’s an easy one:

    High Kick

  10. hrrundivbakshi

    Nigel Tufnel hair

  11. Sorry -Mr Mod beat me w/ D:R

    Here is another:

    Spastic

  12. tonyola

    Snakes

  13. tonyola

    Pirate gear

  14. hrrundivbakshi

    Runes

  15. hrrundivbakshi

    Wall

  16. cherguevarra

    james brown

  17. Microphone lariat.

  18. cherguevarra

    glove

  19. Flip (NOTE: This does not involve a rocker who’s already been the answer to another schtick.)

  20. cherguevarra

    dreds

  21. mockcarr

    Woooo!

  22. Happiness Stan

    Square gee-tar

  23. cherguevarra

    335

  24. hrrundivbakshi

    Carnivore

  25. hrrundivbakshi

    Glasses

  26. tonyola

    tube socks

  27. cherguevarra

    Muu muu

  28. tonyola

    Eyeballs

  29. alexmagic

    Capp

  30. alexmagic

    Mod, I’d love to see a version of this – maybe under Password, Taboo or $10,000 Pyramid rules – played and recorded for a future episode of the Saturday Night Shut-In.

  31. mockcarr

    Burnt setlist

  32. alexmagic

    GG Allin. I would have gotten his with a clue of “he passed” as well.

  33. Giant Inflatable Penis

  34. tonyola

    Trabants

  35. hrrundivbakshi

    Schoolboy

  36. hrrundivbakshi

    Plastic hats

  37. hrrundivbakshi

    Dickens glasses

  38. hrrundivbakshi

    Poncho

  39. electrical tape

  40. tonyola

    Beehives

  41. hrrundivbakshi

    Afro-rake

  42. hrrundivbakshi

    Reel-to-reel

  43. hrrundivbakshi

    Cape

  44. Double-neck

    aloha
    LD

  45. (going for an alliteration certificate here)

    Star-Shaped Stone-Studded Sunglasses

    aloha
    LD

  46. hrrundivbakshi

    sandbox

  47. “Hello. I’m…

  48. tonyola

    Southern Comfort

  49. cliff sovinsanity

    Socks

  50. ladymisskirroyale

    Glyph.

  51. ladymisskirroyale

    Armpit hair.

  52. cherguevarra

    Knives

  53. “How ya dooooin’?”

    aloha
    LD

  54. cliff sovinsanity

    Adidas

  55. EDDIE!!!

    aloha
    LD

  56. After we get through RaoulG’s last 2 head-scratchers (I’m going to kick myself when I find out what “How ya dooooin’?” is), try this one on for size:

    Teeth

  57. trigmogigmo

    Powerslide

  58. trigmogigmo

    big suit

  59. trigmogigmo

    bottle blonds

  60. trigmogigmo

    checkerboard

  61. BigSteve

    Scarves

  62. BigSteve

    Skeletons.

  63. BigSteve

    Purple

  64. BigSteve

    Flamingo

  65. BigSteve

    Lefty

  66. The rumor of live cattle

  67. Guit-steel

  68. mockcarr

    Beards!

  69. Fox head hat

  70. mockcarr

    leather vegetarian

  71. mockcarr

    psychic oblivion

  72. alexmagic

    PEOPLE!

  73. mockcarr

    One-Note solo

  74. diskojoe

    Hunting jackets

  75. BigSteve

    Rimbaud

  76. hrrundivbakshi

    pink fedora

  77. Here’s one, and the punctuation is crucial to the clue:

    Incest?

  78. Has this been neglected simply because it’s so easy an answer? But you gotta admit, it’s Ultimate Schtick:

    MopTops

    aloha
    LD

  79. Iron Cross

    aloha
    LD

  80. hrrundivbakshi

    Wart

  81. cliff sovinsanity

    Waif

  82. ladymisskirroyale

    Babes in Black/Red Lipstick

  83. trigmogigmo

    Sisters

  84. Boho Hobo.

  85. Explosives

  86. Aquatic drunkenness…

  87. If you haven’t noticed, this post has set the new RTH record for Most Comments Ever!

  88. Messianic

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