Thu 17th Jan – Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £120. Cheat answer: Mister Nonsense (pic round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat answer: Alvin Stardust (music round).

Both pubs jackpots are in a rollover status tonight. This is unusual. Come and win the dough.

Meanwhile here’s the cheat clip for tonight’s music round at the Newsroom:

I love Alvin Stardust and I wish I went to see him a few years ago when he played Peebles but I spurned the opportunity and how he’s dead. This is, somehow, a bit like Brexit.

Speaking of which-  I’m not talking about politics any more on Thursdays. I’ve had enough. Thursday is now MOVIE Thursday where I use this blog to detail my ten favourite films of all time.

The chart so far:

10 .Flash Gordon

This week:

9. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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Fantastic

Literally the greatest film ever made.

I know I said that last week but JCS is absolutely banging. It’s the story of the last week of the life of Jesus, but largely from Judas’s point of view and with loads of strong rock music.

And a couple of nice ones too, just to smooth the butter.

This film includes the bit where Judas has to run away from tanks:

The bit where Jesus gets 39 lashes of the whip, to the pounding rhythm of raw rock:

It has the best religious hats of any film from the 1970s:

And it’s got the bit where Simon Zealotes goes absolutely mental and redefines dance itself:

The first ever production of JCS was the original album in 1970. On that cut, the part of Jesus was sung by Ian Gillan out of Deep Purple  – the quality was high.

And, because it was all songs, the Broadway theatrical production which followed was deemed a “rock opera”.

Debate continues over what the term “rock opera” means and whether it has a meaning at all. Is it just a musical with an electric guitar?

Then, a few years later the film was made by Norman Jewison, a director whose other credits include ‘Rollerball’, ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘The Cincinnati Kid’.

Andrew Lloyd Webber (who wrote the music) apparently hated the film but he must be a lunatic.

So is it a rock opera? Does Webber approve? It doesn’t matter. All that matters is the acting is spot on, the scenery is amazing, the songs are unforgettable, the story is tight and emotional and it’s just fucking brilliant.

If you haven’t seen it because you “don’t like musicals”, you need to drop that toxic masculinity shit and get on board.

How is this film only number nine on my list?

Well, I have one week to think of something better.

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See you tonight

Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Wed 16th Jan – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Feargal Sharkey (music round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £210 Cheat: The Game of Life (pic round)

Note that last week’s large jackpot at the Brass has now become huge.

Dave Grohl approves of tonight's £210 jackpot
Dave Grohl approves of tonight’s £210 jackpot

And here is the cheat music round answer which applies to the early quiz tonight at the Joker And The Thief:

That’s Feargal Sharkey who used to be the singer with the Undertones (Teenage Kicks, My Perfect Cousin). The Undertones were cool in a punk pop way. Everyone liked the Undertones, then they disappeared.

Then, a few years later, it was the mid-1980s and Feargal Sharkey suddenly appeared out of nowhere to became this massive solo artist for about two songs and then, just as quickly, disappeared into oblivion.

Two flah-in-the-pan careers from the same bloke. Nice work.

Anyway, just imagine what you’re going to spend the £210 on when you win the jackpot at the Monkey tonight.

Come to the quiz.

Hey

Dr P

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The real Annie Oakley, 1922
The real Annie Oakley, 1922

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Monday Night Quizzes In Edinburgh – 14th Jan 2019

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot:£50. Cheat: Felix (music round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £60. Cheat news: Renoir (pic round)

Where did the weekend go? Same place they all go: France.

It’s the of the only bits of Brexit I can support: at least we won’t have to send our weekends to the continent any more. Perhaps that extra time we get back will be worth all the hassle after all.

What hassle is that? Well, there was Polish guy in the Safari Lounge last week and he predicts that a “no deal” Brexit will result in cucumbers which cost three pounds.

Three quid? For a cucumber? Blimey: I can’t think about it.

Anyway, here’s the cheat music for tonight’s quiz at the Brass Monkey Leith. It’s from 1992 which almost automatically makes it amazing:

1992? Wow. Everyone was loved-up, raving and splendid.

Looking back at the stats now, you can see there was supposed to be a heavy economic recession in the early 1990s but to be honest, acid was £3 a tab, so we never noticed.

I don’t do drugs any more so the marking at tonight’s quiz will be competent. You don’t have to worry about that.

Yo,

Dr P

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Sunday 13th Jan 2019 – Sunday Quizzes

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: Peter Howson (pic round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: “Jane” (music round)

Sunday Sunday. So good to me.

Voice is better this week. Don’t be afraid of a croaky QM. Come quiz.

Here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer which relates to the Tolbooth quiz at 8pm:

Obviously it’s Rod Stewart but the info you need is “Jane”. The round is looking for girls names that are in the song title.

Anyway, get yourself to the quiz and we’ll have some trivia-related and prize-based fun when you do.

Yeah.

Dr Paul

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The time there was a Lionel Richie Bag

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Creepy Germany, 1977

I’ve been playing this Schlager hit at the quiz for years but it was only last night that I was informed that it’s a big dirty creep-fest

Thanks to the geezer in team ‘Pub Fiction’ (I don’t know his name) at the Argyle Bar who pointed this out.

This song was a hit in 1977 and it’s the lyrical content that is, at best, questionable.

The story of the song is that a young woman is driving on her own. For more than half an hour, some ratty old sleazy German bloke with a big moustache  guy drives slowly behind her, ignoring obvious opportunities to overtake.

In his car he is ogling her, getting excited about her hair and wondering where the woman is going.

In her car she worries that she is going to be kidnapped or whether it might be undercover police that are stalking her.

It’s full-on #metoo or #ichauch

It’s not cool.

Eventually she has enough of feeling “queasy” and pulls off the road, intending to hide her car behind a hedge. Luckliy he doesn’t follow: he stays on the Autobahn and keeps going.

So the situation is defused, but she’s out of her mind that’s half an hour of high anxiety she’ll never get back.

Fuck that guy.

Here are the lyrics alongside Google Translate’s English rendering:

Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Im Wagen vor mir fährt ein junges Mädchen
Sie fährt allein’ und sie scheint hübsch zu sein
Ich weiß nicht ihren Namen und ich kenne nicht ihr Ziel
Ich merke nur sie fährt mit viel Gefühl
Im Wagen vor mir fährt ein junges Mädchen
Ich möcht’ gern wissen, was sie gerade denkt
Hört sie den selben Sender oder ist ihr Radio aus
Fährt sie zum Rendevouz oder nach Haus’?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Was will der blöde Kerl da hinter mir nur? (Ist sie nicht süß)
Ich frag’ mich, warum überholt der nicht? (So weiches Haar)
Der hängt nun schon ‘ne halbe Stunde ständig hinter mir
Nun dämmert’s schon und er fährt ohne Licht (So schön mit neunzig)
Der könnt schon hundert Kilometer weg sein (Was bin ich froh)
Mensch, fahr’ an meiner Ente doch vorbei! (Ich fühl’ mich richtig wohl)
Will der mich kontrollieren oder will der mich entführen oder ist das in zivil die Polizei?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Wie schön, dass ich heut’ endlich einmal Zeit hab’
Ich muss nicht rasen, wie ein wilder Stier
Ich träum’ so in Gedanken, ganz allein’ und ohne Schranken
Und wünsch’ das schöne Mädchen wär’ bei mir
Jetzt wird mir diese Sache langsam mulmig (Im Sigesglück)
Ich fahr’ die allernächste Abfahrt raus! (Heut’ ist ein schöner Tag)
Dort werd’ ich mich verstecken hinter irgendwelchen Hecken
Verdammt, dadurch komm’ ich zu spät nach Haus’
Bye bye mein schönes Mädchen, gute Reise
Sie hat den Blinker an, hier fährt sie ab
Für mich wird in zwei Stunden auch die Fahrt zu Ende gehen
Doch dich mein Mädchen, werd’ ich nie wieder sehen
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada

Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
In the car in front of me is driving a young girl
She drives alone ‘and she seems pretty
I do not know her name and I do not know her destination
I only realize she drives with a lot of feeling
In the car in front of me is driving a young girl
I’d like to know what she’s thinking
Is she listening to the same station or is her radio off?
Is she driving to the rendezvous or home?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
What does the stupid guy behind me want? (Is not she cute)
I ask myself, why does not it overtake me? (So ??soft hair)
He’s been hanging behind me for half an hour
Now it’s dawning and he goes without light (So nice with ninety)
He can be a hundred kilometers away (which I’m glad)
Man, drive past my duck! (I feel really good)
Does he want to control me or does he want to kidnap me or is this civilian police?
Rada rada radadada
Rada rada radadada
How nice that I finally have time today ‘
I do not have to race like a wild bull
I dream so much in my thoughts, all alone and without barriers
And wish the beautiful girl were with me
Now this thing is getting queasy for me (in Sigesglück)
I drive out the very next exit! (Today is a beautiful day)
There I’ll hide behind some hedges
Damn, that’s why I’m coming home too late. ‘
Bye bye my beautiful girl, good trip
She has the turn signal on, here she leaves
For me, the journey will

 Nasty.

Cracking tune, but.

 

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Thursday 10th Jan – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £90. Cheat answer: Roxette (music round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: Real Madrid (pic round).

How’s ya diddlin? Quizzes tonight with the lion’s share being ready for jackpot snack attack in the back of Marchmont, the real deal, the ARGYLE.

Meanwhile here’s the cheat clip for tonight’s music round at the Argyle:

Holy hell. What a belter. This is soft rock from the past but, somehow, the future.

I cannae be bothered talking about politics any more. Thursday is now MOVIE Thursday where I use this blog to detail my ten favourite films of all time.

10. Flash Gordon (1980)

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Literally the greatest film ever made.

So why have I put it at number ten? Cos it’s the first film I thought of and despite being the greatest film ever made I’m sure to think of something better next week, so I’ll stick it in at number ten and hope for the best.

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There’s no point in choosing a film that I genuinely think isn’t the greatest film in the world. Every film on the list has to be that.

Anyway: Flash Gordon has got Vultan and his Hawk Men, Ming The Merciless, Dr Zarkov, Klytus, Prince Barin and a soundtrack by Queen.

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It’s got the bit where Flash Gordon defeats the intergalactic imperial guard by the power of American Football

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It’s got Peter Duncan out of Blue Peter being defeated by the wood beast and begging to be killed quickly.

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It’s got the bit where Flash wrestles with Prince Barin on the spiky, tilty platform thing for which Brian Blessed has the remote control and they could fall off into space at any moment.

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It’s got the bit where the Hawk Men recklessly attack war rocket Ajax to the heavy rock music sound of Brian May.

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It’s got the bit where Flash crashes through the lightning field to destroy Ming’s wedding and finishes off the evil ruler of the Galaxy by impaling him right on the end of his rocket.

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Jesus Christ. It is amazing.

I have one week to think of something better.

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Cheers,

Dr Paul

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Wed 9th Jan 2019 – Wednesday Quizzes

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: England (pic round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £180 Cheat: Senor Coconut (music round)

Note the large jackpot at the Brass.

Yeah – The first Joker & The Thief quiz of the year finally marks a return to full normality. Let’s enjoy the straightness, the orthodoxy and the sheer normality all the way up to the Festival. First half of the year is the best half of the year.

And, in football, it’s an odd year so there’s not even a European Championships or World Cup this year to wreck everything in June/July… no… NO.. WAIT – The Women’s World Cup is on this summer in France and Scotland have qualified.

It’s the first time a Scotland team have qualified for the World Cup since 1998 which is pretty much since you lot have been born.

But it is women’s football, so will the occasion be marginalized, ignored and swept under the carpet?

Or will the paucity of Scottish football success manifest itself in a big fuss and a big buzz for the women’s team?

I have no idea which way this will go. I suspect the former and kinda hope for the latter. Me and the missus and the kid were even thinking of going over to France for one of the games. Quite fancy Scotland v Japan in Rennes – 14th June.

Anyway, sidetracked. Here is tonight’s music round cheat clue which is for the Brass Monkey:

This is one of Senor Coconut’s terrific techno-merengue-style covers of the songs of Kraftwerk.

Now, Kraftwerk has always been great but just sometimes you listen and think “this is all a bit exact, a bit teutonic – it needs some loose Latin“. And, happily, Senor Coconut fills this need.

I was reading about him the other day. His real name is Uwe Schmidt and he’s a German bloke who was so into Latin techno that he moved to Chile. The video was filmed in Santiago, Chile and is worth a watch.

Disappointingly. the fat bloke with the maracas who stars in the video is not the actual Senor Coconut. But you can’t have everything.

Anyway, come to the quiz and we’ll all have a good time.

Yo,

Dr P

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Monday 7th Jan 2019

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot:£50. Cheat: Pet Shop Boys (pic round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £30. Cheat news: Guns n Roses (music round)

Welcome back! Everything is normal. Everything is great. I love New Years.

Here is the bonus free answer you get for reading this. It’s old-time rockers Guns n Roses, who seemed so wild in the 80s and, looking back, seem so tame.

Watching bits of the video, it’s clear that Guns n Roses had a policy to keep moving on stage, running if possible. I’m guessing this is a calculated move, designed to make sure the show remains visually exciting at all times. It doesn’t look spontaneous. I ain’t saying this is a bad thing – just an observation.

Anyhow: I don’t have a lot else to say today except I hope you all had a great New Year and I hope to see you at the quiz tonight.

Everything is normal again. I’m happy.

Yo,

Dr P

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Sunday 6th Jan 2019

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Living In A Box (music round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Vauxhall Astra (pic round)

Life is back to normal. Praise Jesus.No more Christmas, no more torchlight bloody processions. It was like Nuremberg 1934 down the High Street last Sunday. Without the overtones.

Now, my voice was a bit ropey yesterday so hopefully it’ll be smooth enough to work the quiz later. Think I’m gonna lie in bed and eat honey all day.

Here is the video for tonight’s music round free answer which relates to the Percy quiz at 6pm:

It’s an eighties thing and the guy is doing that eighties thing where he’s walking around some foreign gaff, wearing loads of white and murmuring about love.

One of the youtube comments says this is the greatest song of the 1980s, but the comment is wrong. To be honest, it might struggle to get in my top 500 of the 80s.

Opinions.

Anyway, get yourself to the quiz and we’ll have some trivia-related and prize-based fun when you do.

Yeah.

Dr Paul

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French Revolutionary Time – the ten hour clock

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