Culture Quiz: Actors in Bands

These days, you're not a B-list actor with A-list dreams unless you're in a band. But if they were such great musicians, this quiz on actors' rock and pop ventures wouldn't be so hard, would it?

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Long gone are the days when actors aspired to sit behind the camera, earn their Best Director Oscars, and fully realize their creative visions on the silver screen. Now you're not a B-lister with A-list dreams unless you're in a band—they're artists, after all. But if they were such great musicians, this quiz on actors' rock and pop ventures wouldn't be so hard, would it?

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1.  What was the name of Keanu Reeves's band?

A. Dogstar

B. Sirius Radio

C. Point Broke

D. Surfer Dudes From Hell

2.  What did Keanu Reeves do in said band?

A. He was the lead singer.

B. He was the bassist.

C. He was the lead guitarist.

D. He was the drummer.

3.  Which of the following is not the name of a rock band started by Russell Crowe?

A. Roman Antix

B. 30 Odd Foot of Grunts

C. Gladiator/Maximus

D. Ordinary Fear of God

4.  What's the name of Jared Leto's band?

A. Star Fucker

B. 30 Seconds to Mars

C. Leftenant

D. My So-Called Knife

5.  What was the name of Lindsay Lohan's debut album?

A. Speak

B. Fully Loaded

C. Stage Presents, Vol. 1

D. Freaky Fried Day

6.  Who wrote the following lyrics: "I wait for the postman to bring me a letter/And I wait for the good Lord to make me feel better/And I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders/A family in crisis that only grows older"?

A. Charlie Sheen

B. Paris Hilton

C. Lindsay Lohan

D. Demi Lovato

7.  What's the name of Juliette Lewis' band?

A. Cape Feare

B. Juliette and the Licks

C. Wha?

D. The Valley Grrls

8.  What celebrity got involved in a legal battle with Haylie Duff over a song called "Screwed," which ultimately appeared on the sometime actor's debut album?

A. Jenny McCarthy

B. Tara Reid

C. Mickey Rourke

D. Paris Hilton

9.  What was the name of the Bacon Brothers' 2003 tour?

A. Not Too Crispy

B. Hollow Men

C. No Food Jokes

D. Hollywood Hillbillies

10.  What does Zooey Deschanel not do in her band, She & Him, pictured above?

A. Sing

B. Play the piano

C. Play the ukelele

D. Play the theremin

NOTE: Scroll down for answers and explanations.

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  1. (A) Believe it or not, they've toured with Bon Jovi and David Bowie.

    1. (B) Dogstar has since broken up; Reeves's film schedule interefered with his involvement.

    2. (C) Perhaps you rocked out to the Ordinary Fear of God album My Hand, My Heart's tribute to Gladiator actor Richard Harris? Or perhaps not.

    3. (B) Seeing a celebrity-band trend with the number 30 here?

    4. (A) Lohan's first album enjoyed quite a bit of international success, and was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award.

    5. (C) Lohan wrote the song "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" about her relationship with her estranged dad, for her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw).

    6. (B) After dissolving the original lineup, she briefly performed with a new band called The New Romantiques.

    7. (D) Paris Hilton's debut album—called Paris, naturally—did not sell well.

    8. (C) The Bacon Brothers being He of the Six Degrees and elder brother Michael.

    9. (D) How twee!

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—Michael Y. Park is a writer living in New York City and a regular contributor to

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