7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £60. Cheat: Vivien Leigh (pic round)
9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £60. Cheat: Shakin’ Stevens (music round)
Wednesday feels like the sexy flag at the top of midweek mountain.
Come unfurl the fun tonight at the two best Wednesday pubs in the world
Wednesday brings some proper 80s cheese to the music round at the Brass. It’s your old pal Shakin’ Stevens:
Younger quizzers will not realise what a towering figure Shaky was in the early 80s.
He sold all the records and was on all of the telly all of the time. The whole of Britain loved him and he was the Welsh Elvis.
His Christmas song remains the best of all the Christmas songs and his legend will never die.
This may sound hyperbolic, but it remains a fact that Shakin’ Stevens was THE biggest-selling singles artist in the UK for the whole of the 1980s.
That’s more units shifted than Madonna, more than Michael Jackson, more than Wham! and more than Frankie Goes To Hollywood – all of whom are remembered as bigger 80s icons than Shaky.
Why? The answer is probably class-based.
All the people who bought Shakin Stevens records were ordinary working class people who liked a laugh. Shaky wasn’t exactly the most cutting-edge or innovative entertainment.
All the middle-class kids who ended up being music and culture journalist probably thought Shaky a little beneath them. They danced awkwardly to ‘Green Door’ at birthday parties but they never bought ‘Julie’
So when they wrote the history books, Shaky was forgotten.
And that’s how the self re-inforcing cultural supremacy of the bourgeoisie works, kids.
Anyway – I’m not self-isolating fuck all – so come to the quiz.
See you later,
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