Quiz rolls on like a factual steamroller tonight. Be there! Be part of it!
Wednesday brings rock to the music round at the Monkey. It’s a modern band with a classic sound, Greta Van Fleet:
They’re trying their best to sound like Led Zep, that’s my assessment.
It’s not a criticism. It sounds good.
I saw a Led Zepellin tribute band once (at the Renfrew Ferry) called A Whole Lotta Led, and they were really good.
I saw a Beatles tribute band once and they were really good.
I was, on one occasion, a promote for a gig by a Smiths tribute band. They were really good as well. I spoke to the band and one of them said something along the lines of “As a tribute band, we HAVE to be really good, because people want us to sound just like the record and because we’re not the real people, the crowd don’t forgive us if we fuck around and fuck up.”
Best jackpots tonight are at the later quizzes: both offering £150.
Here are the cheats for tonight. The first is for the music round at the Brass Leith and it’s one of the best Scottish groups ever: Simple Minds:
There’s no doubt that one of the prime influences on the younger, cooler Simple Minds was Roxy Music.
And Roxy just happen to be the cheat code for the Portobello Tap.
Here’s the song:
I love Roxy Music. Love Bryan Ferry, love the sax guy and the guitarist. Love the drama and the whole attitude.
This one’s a cracker – but they all are. I could happily spend the whole morning watching live Roxy performances from 70s TV (especially the ones from West German TV – the Musik Laden show in particular).
Anyway – great jackpots tonight – come and grab a slice of it before the Tories kill us all with artificial intelligence death robots.
Has the wind died down? Perhaps you can make it to the pub without being blown out.
By the way, here is the cheat nugget for tonight’s music round at the Persevere. It’s 1970s smooth-lords, Captain & Tennille
As it happens, love did not keep the Captain and Tennille together.
They divorced in 2014 with Toni Tennille claiming that her husband, the Captain, aka Daryl Dragon, had failed to show any affection whatsoever towards her during their entire marriage (they wed in 1975).
I guess that’s showbiz.
Or maybe it’s just marriage.
You can escape YOUR own loveless marriage by coming to the quiz tonight and getting pissed on booze.
Maybe even win the money.
And if you still actually love each other, then you can compete as a duo. How lovely!
7.30pm – Ship Inn, Musselburgh. Jackpot £90. Cheat answer: Jean-Michel Jarre (music round) – Currently in Refurb. (The pub should have been re-opened by now but they had to replace the roof so new date is currently unknown)
That, obviously, was a Wednesday power poem. But here’s the cheat for tonight’s Joker & Thief music round: it’s horny old boy Roy Orbison:
Even I’m not old enough to remember Roy Orbison the first time round, although I do remember the Orbison revival of the 1980s which had him in the charts again with the Traveling Wilburys and … and I was about to say also with Marc Almond but then I remember that was Gene Pitney.
Then, in December 1988, he died and that was back in the day when a sixties rock star dying was big news, so there was great coverage and there was a great public outpouring of grief.
This general reaction to his sudden demise (he was only 52) included my own Mum saying how much she had loved Roy Orbison.
I took this statement at face value and went out and bought her Roy Orbison’s Greatest Hits on vinyl for Christmas.
Her reaction to receiving this gift was my first lesson in remembering not to take people at face value when they say how much they “miss” a celebrity who has died.
It’s just a reaction, it passes, and people get on with things.
This was hammered home in more recent times when Alan Rickman died. His death was loudly mourned; it seemed that the whole of British society was united in their praise for the master of the stage and screen.
And then I had him as an anagram at the Newsroom a few weeks later and not one single cunt could solve it.
It wasn’t even a particularly difficult anagram (only 11 letters) but no one could think of his name until I dropped all the clues.
So maybe a month had passed between Alan Rickman being the most beloved actor of a generation to becoming the kind of anagram solution that requires ALL the clues.
Which makes me think, Caroline Flack would probably make quite a nice anagram but is she famous enough to bother trying to find one that will last any more than a few weeks?
Michael “The Incredible” Hulse brings his quiz fury to NEwhaven again tonight. Be there and witness the destruction first hand.
If you are “lucky” you might also win some of Michael’s music mixes. On a CD.
Happiness is guaranteed.
Basils is at Annfield and it is proper nice. Come and have a look.
If you get the email or red this page then you’ll always get a free answer for the quiz.
Tonight’s music round includes this song by J Balvin:
I don’t really know who J Balvin is or where he comes from. Or why someone obviously straining to become a cool modern pop star would choose a name that makes him sound like a solicitor based in North Berwick.
Or Auchterarder, or somewhere like that.
I mean “J Balvin.” It’s not exactly “Kid Rock“, is it?
Mind you, the internet tells me that mister Balvin has a personal net worth of $16 million so I guess he knows what he’s doing.
But how did he get started on all that wealth? He probably won a quiz.
So perhaps YOU could be the next J Balvin. Get along to the quiz tonight and win yourself £60 to start your very own hip hop career.
Another Sunday, another Storm. Let’s switch to summer now. We demand it This is not the Brexit we voted for. Give us our weather back.
Anger aside, here is the cheat item for tonight’s music round at the Tolbooth Tavern. It’s 1960s masters: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick & Tich:
DDDBM&T had loads of hits in the 60s. They did this, they di Zabadak and my favourite ‘Bend It‘ which was banned by several radio stations in the USA for being too suggestive but went to number one in Germany.
The band ceased to be right at the end of the sixties and had no more hits, although a touring version continues to this day, still with one original member.
It’s about a year now since I went to a mad sixties weekend thing at Skegness Butlins and it was full of bands with a similar setup: three or four young guys plus one original member. Weird, but good.
By the way, this isn’t linked to anything else but let me just say: you’ll miss public libraries when they’re gone. Think of that.