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Latest Music Tips From You, To Me, To You

Brian Cant is dead. The guy was a genius and that’s all I have to say on that. RIP.

Meanwhile, here’s some of the music recommendations you’ve been bugging me with recently as I tour the pubs in my stately fashion.

1. I Fought The Law (Original)

I always though it was a The Clash song but true to Clash form, it’s just nicked.

Here’s the original hit, although the song itself was written by one of the Crickets, as in Buddy Holly.

Thanks to James the Baker for pointing out this one.

2. Kansas by GWAR

We were talking about Boston and Chicago and Kansas all those kinds of bands and Star from the Joker marked my card with this GWAR cover of Kansas’s best known song. It’s powerful stuff.

3. Love City Groove

I can’t remember who I was talking to, but we got on to the subject of Eurovision and before you know it we were talking Love City Groove, a notorious UK entry from the 1990s. Was it really that bad?

Watch the video and see what you think.

4. The Genetic Opera

I think it was in some list round, a wee while ago and someone tried to convince me there was a show title ‘The Generic Opera‘.

Sounded dodge, but I took a note and have only just got round to looking it up. It looks like they meant Repo! The Genetic Opera. I’ve just watched a bit.

Hmmm. Not sure. It looks like the kind of thing that’s trying achingly hard to be as cool as Rock Horror and something I would have liked in 1988, but this was released in 2008 so I guess I missed that bus.

Have fun, if you’re still young enough for this:

5. Big B

Another bonus-round discovery. People write it down. I question it. They insist it’s famous. I’ve never heard of it. No one else in the pub has heard of it. One look on youtube and whaddya know: 1.7 million views on one song.

Big B is fat (Big – geddit) and is a rapper. This song is called “White Trash” and it seems to me to a cheap and cheerful Butlins piss-knock-off version of Kid Rock.

Kinda fun, sort of stoopid.

One of the great things about doing the quiz is hearing about all these new treats that my busy life and active lifestyle denies me the time to find out about by myself.

Keep informing! Comment below or tell me at the quiz.


Dr P

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ABBA Walk Into A Bar

ABBA walk into a bar.

Barman says: “Why the long faces?”

Benny says: “We are Swedes. Our culture tends to foster a certain personal air of rational grimness which is often devoid of frippery and flamboyance.”

Bjorn says: “Yes. Who can know the cause of this? Perhaps our generally atheistic national outlook combined with long Nordic winter nights leads us to focus on the essential emptiness and eternal solitude of the human condition.

Anna-Frid says: “And we used to be married to these pricks.”

Agnetha adds “You’d have a long face too.”

Then ABBA turn in synchronicity to a camera, and wink.

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The Truth About Colombian Resin #39

There was a team at the Newsroom last year named C-39-ers

I asked them what CR stood for and they told me “Colombian Resin

This immediately sounded very dodgy, so I asked for more detail, hoping that perhaps some drug-lord mega-bandits were bringing some extra glamour to the already-sexy pub.

Turns out there are no narcotics involved.

It’s actually the name of a plastic polymer used to make the lenses for glasses. The team were opticians.

Who knew? Who knew that you could be looking through some Colombia Resin #39 as of THIS VERY MOMENT.

Oh yeah

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Drawing Contest – Seals

My daughter loves seals so she asked me to ask you lot to draw seals if I was having a drawing contest. I did this a few times. Here are some of my favourite

The tusks make it a walrus, but its a good drawing.
Pop techno seal
The Kiss From A Rose joke
The only entry with a pun AND a skateboard
Looks like a ghost. Quality.
Like the kind of seal painting a caveperson would make (if they had never seen a seal and had no talent at all.)
Use of Colour!
Royal seal
Nice attitude and nice bucket of fish.
So cute
Professional Validation
The Kiss From a Rose joke (agian)
He died for us.

From Fez-wearing trickster, to actual Jesus, seals have got it all.


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Tiebreaker for £300

These were the Jackpot entries from Monday night at Brass Monkey Leith when £300 was at stake.
pub quiz tiebreaker
Winning £300 on the Tiebreaker.
£300 was at stake
Both entries nailed 8/8 in the multi choice, so it went to the tiebreaker.
The tiebreak question was to guess how many team members were included in the Chinese team for the Olympics in London 2012.
Can you guess who won?
Here’s a clue:
Somewhat more than 68 people
Bad luck, Gordon!

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Wednesday Quizzes: Leith Walk and Old Town

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £90. Cheat: One of the answers in the picture round is Shona.

9pm – The Brass Monkey (Drummond Street). Jackpot £30. Cheat: One of the music round hits is a mid-70s brazen disco number by an act called 5000 Volts. which was really just Tina Charles. See vid below to hear the tune.

I love her voice. Tina Charles’s big solo hit was ‘I love To Love (But My Baby Just Loves To Dance)’. Even if you’re as old as me you might not remember it but it’s burned in my brain – one of the first songs I remember hearing as a kid.

So cool.

Wikipedia says she’s 63 these days. I hope she’s all right.

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Christopher Walken Is Thirty-Six-Ish

Pulled Pork spent ages trying to work out the age of this face in the picture round the other night at the Persevere.

Christopher Walken in Dogs of War
About 36 or 37, probz

Of course, all I was asking was the identity of the actor which, as you probably know, is Christopher Walken.

After a bit of searching, I found the picture is from the 1980 film ‘Dogs of War’.

The film was released in December 1980 so they were probably filming it earlier that year. Walken was born in March 1943, so in March 1980 he owuld have turned 37.

So in the picture he’s 36 or 37.

That’s as much research on this highly trivial topic that I prepared to make.

I can’t be arsed to go into any more detail.

I’m already questioning the point of this blog post.

God only knows what you’re thinking if you’re reading it.

Maybe it’s sunny outside as you read this.

No such problems here.

It’s absolutely pishing down, and has been all day.

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