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How well do you know the dead teenager songs?

For several years there was a running theme in rock music – dead teenagers. They were story songs about two teenagers in love, one of whom meets a tragic death, usually involving a car. How well do you know these songs?

  • Question of

    In “Tell Laura I Love Her”, why does Tommy enter the stock car race?

    • To buy Laura a birthday present
    • To buy Laura a wedding ring
    • To pay his mother’s hospital bill
    • To pay his college tuition
  • Question of

    In “Last Kiss,” why did he crash his car killing his girlfriend?

    • He hit a patch of ice
    • His brakes failed
    • He was trying to miss a deer
    • Another car had stalled just around a curve
  • Question of

    In “Laurie (Strange Things Happen in This World),” where does the boy and the girl’s father find the sweater he loaned her?

    • In her bedroom
    • In the back of his car
    • On Laurie’s tombstone
    • They never find it
  • Question of

    “Laurie (Strange Things Happen in This World)” is based on a true story.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    Which girl group recorded “Leader of the Pack”?

    • The Shirelles
    • The Shangri-Las
    • The Dixie Cups
    • The Supremes
  • Question of

    In the satirical “Leader of the Laundromat,” the boyfriend dies when he is hit by a car. He was pushing a cart filled wih what?

    • Laundry detergent
    • The girl’s father’s underpants
    • Garbage
    • Puppies
  • Question of

    Jan and Dean recorded a song called “Dead Man’s Curve” in which a boy is killed in a drag race. Later, one of them almost died in a car accident near the real Dead Man’s Curve. Was it

    • Jan
    • Dean
  • Question of

    In “Ode to Billy Joe,” what was the cause of death?

    • He accidentally shot himself
    • He committed suicide by jumping off a bridge
    • He died of an illness
    • He committed suicide by jumping in front of a train


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Written by Gary J Sibio

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