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DPG
29-11-2004, 17:33
OK, an alien spacecraft has just landed in your back garden (or on your balcony if you live in a flat) and when the captain of the ship walks down the gangway towards you, he greets you peacefully and says:

"This is the first successful mission anyone from our galaxy has made to the planet you call 'Earth'. Please provide us with some notion of what you consider to be the finest examples of your species' achievments/work. We are particularly interested in the following categories:"

Classical Music:
Pop Music:
Rock Music:
Other style of Music (Your choice):
Food:
Drink:
Books/Literature:
A City:
A Film:
A Car:
Art:

My Answers:

Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto for piano and orchestra
A-ha - Sun always shines on TV
Joe Satriani - The mystical potatohead groove thing -or- surfing with the alien
(Blues) Jimi Hendrix - Red House
Roast duck breast with confit of duck leg
Good Chablis well chilled
Complete works of Shakespeare
London
The Day of the Jackal (the original with Edward Fox, not the lame remake with Bruce Willis)
Aston Martin
Anything by Constable

How about you lot?!?!

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 17:39
On my balcony? They'd have to be so small the cat would have eaten them before I got to question two!

Will think about this one. But DPG A- ha? You must try and get out more!

Random
29-11-2004, 17:41
What if I was out ???

Sunstorm
29-11-2004, 17:49
How the hell would the aliens know what the Classical Music; Pop Music; Rock Music are, in the first place??

tommo
29-11-2004, 17:51
You obviously haven't seen "The Forgotten". I tell you, they know everything!

DPG
29-11-2004, 17:52
Research...

(They just need to confirm their ideas about it by finding out what we think is the best...)

Just answer the questions you lot - that was my attempt at a light hearted post!!;)

Sunstorm
29-11-2004, 17:52
Admit: I haven't :))

tommo
29-11-2004, 17:54
Sunstorm, you must see it. More twists than helter skelter. In my top 5.

Random
29-11-2004, 18:00
Alright - alright its a fair cop ! I'll come quietly .....

So my bug eyed chums I would tell you that you could do no better than .....

Classical Music: L'Bohemme
Pop Music: Spice Girls - that sporty one had to be one of you ? right ?
Rock Music: Roxy Music
Other style of Music (Your choice): Punk - Sex Pistols
Food: Sunday Roast - Beef with all the trimmings
Drink: Real Ale - Davvy's Old Wallop
Books/Literature: Playboy
A City: London
A Film: Dam Busters
A Car: Jensen Intercepter MKII Convertible
Art: Andy Warhol - one of yours again ...right ?

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 18:01
Awful film, like an X Files episode but longer.

DPG
29-11-2004, 18:02
What? The Dambusters!!??;)

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 18:06
Ha! No,The Unforgotten.

Random could have had two birds with one stone - film and classical music, The Damnbusters, LOL! Or the Great Escape!

yankee@moscow
29-11-2004, 18:08
This definitely sounds like a thread for Shatneresque. It's right up his alley! As a matter of fact, I'd say all answers to this thread should be personally adjudicated by him supremely!:agree:

exprumos
29-11-2004, 18:08
Classical Music: Beethoven's 9th
Pop Music: Anything by Wham
Rock Music: Neil Young
Other style of Music (Your choice): Youssef Lateef
Food: Roast Sirloin
Drink: Guinness
Books/Literature: Ulysses (confuse the bastards from the beginning)
A City: Barcelona
A Film: It's a Wonderful Life
A Car: 300 SL Gullwing
Art: The Scream (to confuse them further)

Random
29-11-2004, 18:10
Its a classic film ! I tell you - depicting a certain genre of film and shows mans inhumanity to fish as well !!

:p

No one cared about the poor old trout or chubb swimming around happy as larry in those reservoirs !!!!

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 18:21
Interesting answers so far, perhaps most of the respondents are British as otherwise it would appear Britain leads the world in music, food, drink and film! :D

Kshisya
29-11-2004, 18:44
Classical Music: Puccini's Turandot
Pop Music: Oasis :D
Rock Music: Clash
Other style of Music (Your choice): Dead Can Dance
Food: tiramisu :thumbsup:
Drink: Vodka
Books/Literature: Shak.
A City: Chop :verycool: :D
A Film: Star Wars
A Car: AKA :D
Art: Michelangelo

Shatneresque
29-11-2004, 18:48
Here are my choices, first and second place:

Classical music: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Pop music: Sting and the Police, "Every Breath You Take"; Berlin, "Take My Breath Away"
Rock: The Beatles, "Paperback Writer"; ZZ Topp, "Legs"
Other Music: Enya, "Wild Child"; The Moody Blues, "Nights in White Satin"
Food: T-bone steak with buttered corn-on-the-cob and baked potato with sour cream, barbecued spareribs with buttered corn-on-the-cob and baked potato with sour cream
Drink: Single malt Scotch, Drambuie
Books/lit: George Orwell, 1984; Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
City: London, New York
Film: Casablanca, Warner Bros., 1942; American Graffiti, Paramount, 1973
Car: 1964 Aston-Martin (as seen in Goldfinger), Adam West's Batmobile
Art: The works of the French Impressionists (considered very daring in their day), those of the Twentieth Century Realists (e.g., "Loneliness")
Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, the Bauhaus movement

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 18:48
Kshish, plus ten points in my estimation table.

360KiloStripedKitty
29-11-2004, 18:49
Classical Music: Beethoven's 5th
Pop Music: Sting
Rock Music: The Who
Other style of Music (Your choice): Farid ul-Atrache (Arabic)
Food: Lamb vindaloo
Drink: Absinthe
Books/Literature: Vikram Seth - A Suitable Boy
A City: Casablanca
A Film: Star Wars (they might recognise their own species)
A Car: Lexus RX 330
Art: Guernica

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:00
Classical Music: Handel's concerto for flute and harp
Pop Music:Sex Pistols
Rock Music:The Doors
Other style of Music (Your choice):Ibiza 2001
Food: Christmas Dinner, English version!
Drink:Champagne
Books/Literature: Iron in the soul trilogy - Sartre
A City:London
A Film: Happiness- Todd Solondz
A Car:Jaguar
Art: Salvador Dali
Arhitecture: Gaudi

lalique
29-11-2004, 19:11
Classical Music: Brams violin concerto
Pop Music: .............
Rock Music: .............
Other style of Music (Your choice): Jazz
Food: chocolate
Drink: water
Books/Literature: bible
A City: San-Fransisco
A Film: "Roman Holiday"
A Car: Astin Martin
Art: Kandinskiy


__________________

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:12
I think DPGs aliens may see there is hope for mankind seeing as almost no one has chosen the Beatles and the Bible is no where to be seen!

Shatneresque
29-11-2004, 19:14
Originally posted by DJ Biscuit
almost no one has chosen the Beatles

What, no longer the best-selling rock group in history...?

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:18
Popularity doesn't make for quality does it? I mean TLC are the best selling female group in history but they aren't on anyone's list are they?

Plus this was a personal choice, unless I am mistaken.

Child porn is the most popular search on the interent but if one of the categories was 'pastime' you wouldn't put 'f*****g children would you?

Most popular, how banal.

Shatneresque
29-11-2004, 19:25
Originally posted by DJ Biscuit
Most popular, how banal.

John, Paul, George, and Ringo set the standard for every group that followed. Not only did their music encompass a wide range of styles, it evolved over time to reflect changing realities.

I remember the sensation they caused when they first appeared in the States. No one who wasn't alive then can appreciate just how exciting their whole sound was at the time.

Very few groups have remained as popular for as long as they have, and very few have produced music that was anywhere near as good.

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:28
Originally posted by Shatneresque
Very few groups have remained as popular for as long as they have, and very few have produced music that was anywhere near as good.

Up to a point you were on to something, up to that last bit, about music anywhere near as good, that's a value judgement.

Personally I find the Beatles music annoying and bland. And that's purely a personal opinion too.

Maybe they had better PR and marketing than The Stones. :D

Who incidentally are still going.

Shatneresque
29-11-2004, 19:33
Originally posted by DJ Biscuit
Up to a point you were on to something, up to that last bit, about music anywhere near as good, that's a value judgement.
Personally I find the Beatles music annoying and bland. And that's purely a personal opinion too.

Not just my personal opinion, and not just a value judgement: it's reflected in the millions and millions of records they've sold over the last 45 years.

I didn't say "no one has" produced music as good as they, I said "very few groups have." Looking back on most of the crap that's come and gone since the early '70s, I stand by my statement.

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:37
As I said TLC and Backstreet Boys are up there with them, on this I agree with you, they're worse.

I doubt it, ( :D ) but by your post here I assume you are older than I, or live in a different generation.

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:38
Originally posted by Shatneresque
Not just my personal opinion, and not just a value judgement: it's reflected in the millions and millions of records they've sold over the last 45 years.

.

So, Elvis, TLC, Micheal Jackson etc etc are all on your list? :D

They sold more in less time, but I have no idea what that means, if anything! :)

Shatneresque
29-11-2004, 19:39
I think The Doors rock too, by the way....

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:41
:agree: :agree: :agree:

Can't get round me like that.

I think The Doors said a lot more than the Beatles, but in such a way that it wasn't so acceptable or accessable at the time.

We are WAY off topic, sorry DPG so...

Classical Music:
Pop Music:
Rock Music:
Other style of Music (Your choice):
Food:
Drink:
Books/Literature:
A City:
A Film:
A Car:
Art:


NEXT?

Shatneresque
29-11-2004, 19:45
Originally posted by DJ Biscuit
So, Elvis, TLC, Micheal Jackson etc etc are all on your list? :D

They sold more in less time, but I have no idea what that means, if anything! :)

Means primarily that there are more buyers with more purchasing power today than there were 45 years ago.

Elvis, yeah, is definitely on my list, for the same reasons as the Beatles.

TLC, don't think I've heard of them before now, so I can't offer an opinion.

Michael Jackson is (or at least, was) a brilliant performer, and some of his music is (still) very, very good. I personally have never been a fan of his, but I can understand why so many others are.

Lots of other artists and groups are on my list, some of whom who would probably laugh at. They all, however, have endured, despite changing times.

bagehot
29-11-2004, 19:46
Classical Music: Old Pink Floyd
Pop Music: New Pink Floyd
Rock Music: All Pink Floyd
Other style of Music (Your choice): Um, Phillip Glass? Maybe they can explain it to me.
Food: Tikki Masala
Drink: Dogfish Chicory Stout
Books/Literature: 'The Story of the Eye' by Georges Bataille
A City: Praha or Amsterdam
A Film: Brazil
A Car: Dodge Durango. One with automatic transmission, to show them what an advanced race we are.
Art: Hieronymus Bosch: The Temptations of St. Anthony

While I'm at it, I'll introduce them to Spider Solitaire, which might buy us some time to protect the planet.

DJ Biscuit
29-11-2004, 19:52
You see, I may laugh at yours and you at mine.

The Clash I think were great, while Sting and Elton John should be put down. It's not only the level of musical skill that's important, perhaps that doesn't matter at all. It's what touches you and your personality and situation. Perhaps the best songs are the ones that touch most people, or perhaps that means simply that most people are sheep. Who knows?

I don't detest The Beatles, I recognise their success and influence, and Elvis too, more so for me personally,although I am English. I could say MJ was a great performer, yes. But recognising and liking are different things. I chose to listen to let's say Southern Death Cult and Alien Sex Fiend while in those days someone else was listening to Howard Jones and A-Ha!! LOL!!

If we all liked the same stuff it would be a dull world, oh wait, it is!! :D

Shatneresque
29-11-2004, 19:55
"Southern Death Cult" and "Alien Sex Fiend"?!

bagehot
30-11-2004, 23:54
I hate the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Corporate-sponsored pseudo-alternative bands don't impress me and neither do their tattoos. I can't wait until one of them cracks his skull while doing the Dew without a helmet.

boscoe
01-12-2004, 00:33
Classical Music: Pachelbel (Cannon And Gigue) Which I used to be able to play on the violin :)
Pop Music: Nivada (pop ish)
Rock Music: Guns and Roses
Other style of Music (Your choice):Bob Dylan
Food: Eggs Benedict
Drink: A good merlot
Books/Literature: Harry Potter
A City: Newcastle
A Film: The Breakfast Club
A Car: Astin Martin
Art: Garfunkel

veejay
01-12-2004, 02:12
Classical Music: Rachmaninov 3
Pop Music: Elvis Presley -- the early years...
Rock Music: REM...any album except Green
Other style of Music (Your choice): Jazz baby!!! The Verve Story
Food: Steamed Spring Rolls, Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai
Drink: Long Island Iced Tea
Books/Literature: Haruki Murakami...
A City: Manhattan
A Film: Citizen Cane
A Car: Mini Cooper
Art: Van Gogh or Salvador Dali

Sidney Bliss
01-12-2004, 10:37
Classical Music: Samuel Barber - "Adagio for strings"
Pop Music: The La's - "There She Goes"
Rock Music: Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze"
Othe Stle of Music (your choice): Prince - "Bob George"
Food: Raw oysters
Drink: Guinness
Books/Literature: Eugene O'Neill - "Desire Under the Elms" (play)
A City: Moscow
A Film: Betty Blue
A Car: Jaguar E Type
Art: Caravaggio

Halyavshik
01-12-2004, 10:52
Classical Music: Brandenburg Concerto #5. Shatneresque said it first, but all of them, #5 in particular have always been my favorites. E.T's gonna bust a nut when he hears this.

Pop Music: REM - All The Way to Reno. Veejay, I like REM, but it ain't rock. It's pop. Used to be 'alternative', but after Green they're pop. After hearing 'Orange Crush', the little green men will agree with me, I'm afraid.

Rock Music: Eric Clapton - Cocaine. "Clapton is God" 'Nuff said. You don't like him, get the hell off my planet.

Other style of Music (Your choice):I like that Us3 song, Cantaloop, a lot. I don't know what style that is. Like a mix of Jazz and Hip-Hop, no ?

Food: Potato gnocchi, pizza, and peanutbutter ice-cream. It doesn't get much better than that. Welcome to Earth.

Drink: Chocolate Milkshake. Damn, I'm getting hungry.

Books/Literature: Master and Margarita if we're talking about depth and symbolism. Harry Potter series if we're talking about entertainment value. Seriously.

A City: Riga, Latvia. Beautiful, quaint, not over-crowded, historic, cultural, etc.

A Film: Groundhog Day. Bill Murray's humor transcends all intergalatic boundaries. The aliens are gonna LUUUUV this film. It's a classic.

A Car: Porsche 911 Turbo Carerra. I hope they like fast driving fast, 'cause I'm showing them 0-60 in 4 seconds.

Art: Ansel Adams. Sorry, I'm partial to photography.

Czechmate
01-12-2004, 10:56
Classical Music: Ravel`s Bolero or Beethoven`s 9th symphony
Pop Music: Masquerade/Drafi Deutscher - Guardian Angel
Rock Music: Pink Floyd - The Wall
Other style of Music (Your choice): REM - Automatic for the People (entire album)
Food: Sushi
Drink: Montrachet wine
Books/Literature: Roots by Alex Haley
A City: Paris
A Film: A Night on Earth by Jim Jarmush
A Car: VW Beetle cabrio
Art: Impression:Soleil levant by Claude Monet

veejay
01-12-2004, 11:13
Halyavshik...

Indeed...REM was alternative when they rocked da house...They've definitely mellowed with age... Saw them play at a small venue once before they 'made it big' and they seriously rocked!

It's all in interpretation, I suppose...:-)

Halyavshik
01-12-2004, 11:28
VJ,

Don't get me wrong, I still like them, regardless of what label is applicable.

I loved Reckoning, Dead Letter Office, Murmur, and my all time favorite, Fables of the Reconstruction.

I, too, saw them before they *really* hit it big. They played at my highschool the year before Document came out.

Kshisya
01-12-2004, 11:33
Originally posted by DJ Biscuit


Rock Music:The Doors


:thumbsup: it was my first choice but I decided to post something "girly" for a change ;)

koba65
01-12-2004, 11:34
Originally posted by Kshisya
Other style of Music (Your choice): Dead Can Dance


Excellent choice - saw them in Berlin in 1988 - Fantastic!

veejay
01-12-2004, 11:38
Originally posted by Halyavshik
VJ,

Don't get me wrong, I still like them, regardless of what label is applicable.

I loved Reckoning, Dead Letter Office, Murmur, and my all time favorite, Fables of the Reconstruction.

I, too, saw them before they *really* hit it big. They played at my highschool the year before Document came out.

Indeed...Murmur and Dead Letter are at the top of my list...Fables comes in Third...although, all of these have had about equal play time

Just out of curiousity, where did you got to high school that they played there?! Wish I'd gone there...!!! :-)

koba65
01-12-2004, 11:39
Classical Music: Debussy
Pop Music: Elvis (they should know him...)
Rock Music: Led Zeppelin
Other style of Music (Your choice): Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Food: Fajitas
Drink: Long Island Ice Tea from the Real McCoy....
Books/Literature: Atlas Shrugged
A City: Vorkuta
A Film: Dr. Strangelove
A Car: 1968 Shelby Mustang
Art: Winslow

Kshisya
01-12-2004, 11:47
Originally posted by koba65
Classical Music: Debussy


that'd be my alternative choice for classics :thumbsup:

tadaaaaaaaaada da da daaaaaaaaaaaa tada da da daaaaaaaa tadadaaaaaaaaaaa tadadada tadada ;) :D:D

:hooray:


bye to everybody :p

jules
01-12-2004, 18:07
Classical Music: Mozart
Pop Music: Sting
Rock Music: Heart, especially the old stuff
Other style of Music (Your choice): Folk music from Eastern Canada (I'm homesick...)
Food: Enmoladas con pollo
Drink: Bubble tea
Books/Literature: Anything by Terry Pratchett - he gives an alternative spin on our world, and makes you laugh too
A City: Prague
A Film: The Goonies (ok, I never grew up, ok? I love gadgets...)
A Car: One of those new hybrid cars that work on fuel cells
Art: At The Dressing Table by Zinaida Serabryakova

am4rw
01-12-2004, 23:28
Classical Music: Mozart - The Magic Flute
Pop Music: Fleetwood Mac
Rock Music: Greatful Dead/American Beauty and Pink Floyd/Meddle
Other style of Music (Your choice): Jazz or Blues (check out the new Eric Clapton album due Dec. 6)
Food: Lobster
Drink: Irish Mist
Books/Literature: Gibran - The Prophet
A City: St. Petersburg
A Film: Kelly's Heros
A Car: Lotus
Art: The Hermitage

waste not want not
03-12-2004, 14:31
Classical Music: Beethoven
Pop Music:tough one and don't laugh-Michael Jackson
Rock Music: Guns and Roses
Other style of Music (Your choice): Country, where is my damn dog, the truck won't start, and my beer is warm-type of songs
Food: White Castle belly boomers
Drink: Jack Daniels
Books/Literature: definitely not War and Peace, I am still trying to finish it.................
A City: Moscow, has to be
A Film: Eddie and the Cruisers
A Car: 70 Chevelle
Art: Dali

Halyavshik
03-12-2004, 14:33
Originally posted by waste not want not
Food: White Castle belly boomers


These guys have flown to Earth for thousands of light years at warp speed and when they get here, you wanna give 'em burgers from Whitecastle ?!?

Good god, man, you're gonna get us all killed !

waste not want not
03-12-2004, 14:47
a dozen of White Castles and a little Jack to chase them down with they will die quickly or be good to go, lets see what they are made of up front

Halyavshik
03-12-2004, 14:50
I guess you got a point, in which case, Taco Bell might not be a bad idea either.

Shatneresque
03-12-2004, 15:15
White Castles rule!

For a royal night out, take your best girl to White Castle for dinner, then to Dairy Queen for dessert!