OK – strange times. But as of just now, tonight’s quiz is still ON.
Basils is of Newhaven and is your favourite pub. If it isn’t your favourite pub, it soon will be. Try it!
If you get the email or read this page then you always get a free answer for the quiz.
Tonight’s music round includes this old seventies thing from Mud:
Sounds like the singer out of Mud is up for a bit of Social Distancing.
By the way, last night’s team names included: “COVIDEO KILLED THE RADIO SARS” and “SOCIAL QUIZTANCING”
If you can do better than that tonight – it might be your last chance for a while… we have no idea what’s going to happen other than most of the pubs we work with are attempting to stay open as long as legally possible.
After that, the Dr Paul Quiz will appear on a live streaming online version. Stay tuned to find out how why where and when.
But in the meantime – Basils is there for you tonight.
Best jackpot tonight is at the Argyle where Kerry has built up to a lip-smacking £210.
imagine what you could buy:
Anyway – you should panic buy quizzes. We might be shut down by next week and then you’ll be stuck in the house for three months with no quizzes.
Unless I get my shit sorted out and start doing online quizzes. I am looking into this. So far I’ve been reading about live streaming on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube, possibly using Skype to add live calls.
This is all new to me but I’m trying to work it out to keep the quizzes going in the absence of pubs. If you have any ideas that might help, email me, message me – let me know.
And if I do manage to get something going – I’ll let you know.
Anyway, here are the cheats for tonight. The first is for the music round at the Argyle and it’s Tears For Fears:
“How cool were the eighties, dad?”
“Well son, they used to film pop videos in public libraries.”
At the same time of the night, the music round at the Safari will include Badly Drawn Boy who was Britain’s favourite singer-songwriter for fifteen minutes in 2001-ish. This is his track that’s survived all the way to a pub quiz music round twenty years later:
There we go. Make your way to the pub while you can. See you tonight.
Usher’s message is basically that he is very successful, he is having lots of sex with lots of different women and he’s also got money.
The reason for this is because he was worked hard and anyone who doesn’t have money is just jealous.
He then makes the fatal mistake that successful people within the capitalist system often make: he attributes all his success to hard work.
Of course, successful people do work hard but their mistake is believing that anyone who hasn’t “made it” – and I hate that phrase – did NOT work hard.
This is not logically accurate. Everyone who works hard gets rich? OK – then how do you explain slavery, the gig economy and just about every other job these days in times where margins are sliced with a razor and slack-in-the-system is ruthlessly hunted down by consultants and eliminated.
Sorry Usher, the tune’s catchy but your philosophy is pish.
Anyway – quiz goes ahead as usual. See you tonight!
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 theWelsh 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.
Best jackpot tonight is at the Argyle where Kerry has built up to a sensational £180.
May year ago, this would have been enough to buy 180 pints of beer. Not now.
I remember doing a quiz at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1990s and pints of Tennents were on special at £1. One team won the jackpot of £100 and insisted on getting literally a hundred pints of beer all lined up on the bar. A sensational moment the likes of which will probably never be seen again.
Anyway, here are the cheats for tonight. The first is for the music round at the Brass Leith and it’s the super sound of the Temptations. This tune is absolutely epic. Is like the Motown Bohemian Rhapsody. The intro itself is a masterpiece and lasts for nearly a full two minutes before the chap starts singing.
I also like the fact that the video includes footage from Soul Train which always looks amazing – maybe not better than Top of The Pops, just different.
You younger folks are lucky you know: having youtube and you can just watch this and other old music shows like Musik Laden and Top Pop.
Growing up in the era of spoon-fed UK broadcast, I had absolutely no awareness of programs like this.
We were stuck with British fare: TOTP and The Tube. And SNUB TV was all right when that came along. And Whistle Test.
Actually, things weren’t that bad, those shows were OK.
But we certainly didn’t have Soul Train with Don Cornelius. Just look at it! Look at him!
If I could have been anyone in history, Don Cornelius would be high up the wish list. The dude’s just cool.
Anyway, the music round at the Portobello Tap will feature DJ Luck and MC Neat who dropped this smash in ninety-nine. The end of an era. The death of the 90s. The start of a new Britain: