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Exercise your music muscle Someone marked a Day in Green ink. Then I eyed a Queen holding Sex Pistols. There are 71 other bands hidden in this street scene: you can download a higher-res version at Virgin's Web site. (Via Bifurcated Rivets). By the way, this is a contest (you can win a new computer and a year's worth of free music), but the site's interface is obnoxious and ad-strewn, so I moved the contest linkage down here.
posted by Lord Kinbote (62 comments total)

 
I have found about 45 of them so far.
posted by Lord Kinbote at 3:02 PM on November 29, 2005


I thought, "I guarantee that there's a white snake in there." And then sure enough I was right.
posted by thecaddy at 3:12 PM on November 29, 2005


Radiohead, U2, smashing pumpkins, queen, sex pistols, matchbox 20, whitesnake, b-52's, alice in chains, blur, blind melon (?), green day, garbage, hole ... and that's just as fast as I can type (want to get some on the record before everyone else pitches in)
posted by 5MeoCMP at 3:17 PM on November 29, 2005


White Zombie. Guns n Roses. Rolling Stones (well, they're boulders, but I assume that's what's meant).
posted by brundlefly at 3:21 PM on November 29, 2005


I've got 37 so far (and a few of those I'm not entirely certain about). Neat. I notice they're talking about it on MeCha also.
posted by Gator at 3:21 PM on November 29, 2005


On the last.fm forums they listed all the answers already. But it's more fun if you don't cheat.

A hint for two very obvious ones you still wouldn't think of immediately: think of the wider surfaces too...
posted by funambulist at 3:24 PM on November 29, 2005


Jet, Led Zeppelin and Scissor Sisters, so far...
posted by robzster1977 at 3:24 PM on November 29, 2005


Is it wrong to be searching for some Barenaked Ladies?
posted by luftmensch at 3:25 PM on November 29, 2005


...and Black Flag and Lemonheads.

Ok, I'll stop now.
posted by robzster1977 at 3:26 PM on November 29, 2005


No interest in entering the contest, but...

Gorillaz, White Zombie, Garbage, Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, Queen, Sex Pistols, B-52s, Alice in Chains, Whitesnake, Matchbox 20, Madonna, Prince, Guns & Roses,
Beach Boys, Talking Heads, Eagles, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Radiohead, Crowded House, 50 Cent, Seal, Black Crowes...
posted by Kickstart70 at 3:28 PM on November 29, 2005


What fun....
I'm up to 45, including some I'm not sure about:
Black flag, Queen, Prince, Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones, Pixies, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, B-52s, Monkees, Gorillaz(?), Scissors Sisters, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, Seal(?), 50 Cent, Guns & Roses, The Eels, Deep Purple (?), Postal Service, White Zombie, The Posies(?), The Eagles, Spoon, Alice in Chains, Blindmelon , Matchbox 20, Phish, Madonna (or JMC(?)), Radiohead, Whitesnake, The Dead Kennedies, Korn (?), Garbage, Pavement (?), Dino Jr, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, The Police, Crowded House, The Cars, Hole, Jewel(?), The Doors, Cowboy Junkies
posted by justkevin at 3:31 PM on November 29, 2005


And if you don't look at the right image, you won't see any Boys near a Pet Shop. Or a Miniature Greyhound next to a Wedding Cake.
posted by sixtoes at 3:31 PM on November 29, 2005


cornershop, eels, black flag, …
posted by ijoshua at 3:32 PM on November 29, 2005


Iron Maiden, Blind Melon, Dead Kennedys, White Zombie, Cowboy Junkies, Garbage, Radiohead, Pixies, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Alice in Chains, Talking Heads, Rolling Stones, The Cars, The Police, Blues Brothers, 50 Cent, Ratt, Madonna...

This is fun.
posted by Venadium at 3:32 PM on November 29, 2005


or is that a Chihuahua, that fake magnifying glass is making my eyes hurt
posted by sixtoes at 3:33 PM on November 29, 2005


I guess maybe the sky is Pink. No idea what the spoon is for. Red Hot Chili Peppers, of course. Korn. Bush.
posted by Kickstart70 at 3:33 PM on November 29, 2005


Hole. The Police. Ratt(?)
posted by Kickstart70 at 3:35 PM on November 29, 2005


Yellowman, Kiss, Garbage

Still not seeing Dead Kennedys, tho...
posted by oncogenesis at 3:39 PM on November 29, 2005


oncogenesis: posters on the wall on the left
posted by Kickstart70 at 3:40 PM on November 29, 2005


The spoon is a band called Spoon.

Pavement (?)

and the White Stripes. No one ever thinks of those first becasue you tend to focus on the individual bits.

I still have no idea what the trees near the gorilla in the back are.
posted by funambulist at 3:41 PM on November 29, 2005


I stopped trying when I got to 50. I wondered, briefly, if the spoon might represent The Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe in Magic"), but I've spoiled myself by continuing to read this thread.

I'd love to see more stuff like this, though. I remember, eons upon eons ago, coming across a copy of Games Magazine in which there was a likeness of Leonardo's Last Supper containing a bazillion or so product logos in various ways, and the contest was to identify them all. I love that kind of stuff, even if it is viral.

P.S., the trees likely represent Cypress Hill.
posted by Gator at 3:41 PM on November 29, 2005


I would guess that the spoon is just Spoon. The White Stripes are there too.
posted by mzanatta at 3:43 PM on November 29, 2005


d'oh! preview, preview, preview!
posted by mzanatta at 3:44 PM on November 29, 2005


It's good that they included less well-known artists such as Badly Pixelated Boy, The Photoshop Experience, and The Visual Puns.
posted by justkevin at 3:53 PM on November 29, 2005


Prince, Phish, Nine Inch Nails...
What's the candy in front? the two u's on the building? the gymnasts in red and yellow tights? the chicks making out? the white orchestra?

haha this is so much fun
posted by blastrid at 3:54 PM on November 29, 2005


U2, Great White, Deep Purple?, Prince?
posted by jimmy76 at 3:55 PM on November 29, 2005


My guess was that the gymnasts are Twisted Sister, the chicks making out are Kiss, and the white "orchestra" are The Cult, but I'm not sure about that last one. The two Us are...U2.
posted by Gator at 3:56 PM on November 29, 2005


haha duh...
posted by blastrid at 3:57 PM on November 29, 2005


All I see is Madness.
posted by Guy Smiley at 4:00 PM on November 29, 2005


The trees in the back are Cyprus Hill.
posted by idiotfactory at 4:00 PM on November 29, 2005


Things I can't figure out: woman blowing bubble, mannequin in bikini, priest and others in white, colored panels behaind them, red and yellow acrobats, three women in front of rolling stone, three men on rooftop.
posted by oncogenesis at 4:01 PM on November 29, 2005


things I can't figure out: candy on ground, turqouise necklace to the right, woman and baby poster in window, two guys in black walking with guitars. Although damn, feels like I should know what that is...
acrobats: Twisted Sister?
priests and others in white: The Cult?
posted by blastrid at 4:05 PM on November 29, 2005


colored panels

The Doors. Duh.
posted by oncogenesis at 4:05 PM on November 29, 2005


Three women: Three non blondes. Guys in black: blues brothers
posted by foozleface at 4:06 PM on November 29, 2005


The cars!
posted by 5MeoCMP at 4:17 PM on November 29, 2005


Oh, and the Beach Boys.
posted by 5MeoCMP at 4:18 PM on November 29, 2005


Oh, just remembered, most obvious one of all: The Streets. duh...

the chicks making out are Kiss

I thought it was t.A.t.U or whatever it's spelt like. The Russian pseudo-lesbian duo.

The trees in the back are Cyprus Hill.

ah, thanks, idiotfactory. I'd have never guessed that.
posted by funambulist at 4:27 PM on November 29, 2005


White guys could also be Manic Street Preachers, Dead Kennedys or Presidents of the USA, Bee Gees...still trying to find some jam to go with that spoon...
posted by bruzie at 4:27 PM on November 29, 2005


Is it Prince, or King Crimson?
posted by halcyon_daze at 4:28 PM on November 29, 2005


Those three guys on the roof = Men Without Hats?
posted by dr_dank at 4:49 PM on November 29, 2005


Thank ME funambulist, dammit! :)

Anyway, I wonder if the mannequin is not meant to represent Bikini Kill.
posted by Gator at 4:54 PM on November 29, 2005


Bee Gees are on a wall near U2 (it says BGG)
posted by easternblot at 5:07 PM on November 29, 2005


And that's Nickelback behind the Queen.

(Also: The crows on the street sign: are they counting? Can't see.)
posted by easternblot at 5:18 PM on November 29, 2005


nevermind, in high resolution it turned out to be 50 ct.
posted by easternblot at 5:20 PM on November 29, 2005


That's 50 Cent behind the Queen, dude (it says "Half Dollar" on it). The Crowes, I believe, are Black.
posted by Gator at 5:20 PM on November 29, 2005


...a Miniature Greyhound...
...or is that a Chihuahua,

Either way, it sure is one Skinny Puppy!
posted by Robot Johnny at 5:26 PM on November 29, 2005


Next to the Matchbox 20 in the foreground, looks like Styx.
posted by dr_dank at 5:32 PM on November 29, 2005


Flickr notes
posted by fourstar at 6:17 PM on November 29, 2005


Guys in black: blues brothers

They're splattered in blood and carrying guitar cases. Clearly, they're the Killers.
posted by 23skidoo at 6:18 PM on November 29, 2005


Is the woman blowing a bubble meant to be blondie?
posted by Treeline at 7:01 PM on November 29, 2005


Is it just me, or did they miss a few obvious ones (Concrete Blonde)?
posted by Eideteker at 7:09 PM on November 29, 2005


woman and baby poster in window

My guess is Madonna, which has been mentioned.

Three non blondes

The group is called 4 Non Blondes. There is supposedly a show on BBC Three called 3 Non-Blondes, though.
posted by zsazsa at 8:11 PM on November 29, 2005


Are those Vines growing out of the grating behind the queen?

What's the total we're looking for?

Some of them are kind of so obvious it's hard to know whether they count, like The Streets.

I can see a television, does Television count? I can see the sky, does Sky count?
posted by AmbroseChapel at 8:42 PM on November 29, 2005


Cowboy Junkies. Oh yes indeed.
posted by ciderwoman at 6:25 AM on November 30, 2005


Nobody mentioned the B52's yet ?
posted by Pendragon at 7:02 AM on November 30, 2005


Reviewing everyone's entries, my list is up to sixty-seven.
The images which are the most puzzling to me:

--The shark poster, right behind Yellowman (who is kinda orange, dontcha think?
--The three men on the roof: Men Without Hats is a good guess, dr_dank, but not a slam dunk;
--The three women running from the stone?
--The shop window with the bikini: I can't tell what's going on there?
--What's the bubble-blowing girl on the fire escape?
posted by Lord Kinbote at 7:03 AM on November 30, 2005


Missed Opportunities: Why didn't they include the Happy Mondays and Black Sabbath on the calendar next to Green Day?
posted by Lord Kinbote at 7:05 AM on November 30, 2005


Shark poster - Great White
3 men on roof - The Carpenters (they've built a frame)
Fire escape woman - not sure - perhaps blondie and / or pink.
posted by ciderwoman at 8:09 AM on November 30, 2005


Ohhhh, it's a frame! The Carpenters makes so much more sense than "gate leaning guys" or "the roofmen". I guess my free association was not helpful.
posted by Lord Kinbote at 8:34 AM on November 30, 2005


There are some Sundays on that calander...
posted by bondcliff at 10:53 AM on November 30, 2005


And Jane seems to be hanging out with the other addicts.
posted by bondcliff at 10:55 AM on November 30, 2005


I don't think the crows are counting, but they are black...

I went with The Roots instead of the Vines, but I'm rethinking it.

Are those cranberries in front of the fruit stand?
posted by hue at 5:19 PM on November 30, 2005


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