If You Can’t Handle Going Out On A Monday It’s Because You Have Become Old

Rollovers last week. Good jackpots tonight.

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £100. Cheat: One of the answers in the music round is Glasgow’s favourite band: Bis. See vid below

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £150. Cheat news: one of the answers in the picture round is Katherine Hepburn who won so many Oscars she had to move to a house with a bigger mantelpiece.

Bis were the best. I knew the producer of this song. I was there it was Glasgow in the 90s and it was better than falling into the machine at a paper factory.

I also know that cos I was there. I remember some primary school trip to a factory where they made paper.

I can remember the smell (cooky-porridgey-pleasant) and I remember that they cut the rolls of paper with extreme water jets.

I remember the warning that these jets of water were so concentrated and so powerful that they would have your finger off.

With a warning like that, none of us fucked about. Maybe it was just control-the-kids nonsense. Maybe it was fake news and you could have safely waggled your fingers in the jet and nothing would happen?

I wish I could remember where the paper factory was.

I always think of it if I’m ever going up Comiston Road in Morningside so maybe it was round there somewhere. I don’t know.

If you think you know where it might have been, let me know.

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Sunday Is So Special (And the USA – What A Great Place It Was)

If you like it cool and easy, the best quizzes of the week are Sunday nights

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: One of the answers in the music round is Van Halen. See video below if you want to hear the (rocking) tune.

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: One of the answers in the picture round is Wimbledon.

The video was made when rock was big, brash and best served American. I’m talking about the 1980s. We’re feeling Ronald Reagan, hamburgers, the Dukes of Hazzard and loads of denim jackets. We’re talking about working in a steel mill all week long and living for Sunday Night Football.

We’re liking Van Halen and Beverley Hills Cop and freeways and cheap gas and french fries in fact freedom fries. We’re talking Space Shuttles and Back the The Future and cheese that isn’t strictly a food.

This is the USA.

That was the USA.

Then the commies spoiled it all. Or something like that.

 

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Vegetable Emptiness

We had an abortive bonus round at the Brass Monkey the other night when no one could think of three or more songs with a vegetable in the title.

I was surprised by a couple of teams who mentioned ‘Broccoli’ by McFly.

I really wanted to hear a boy band opus on the subject of Brassica Oleracea but I’ve just listened and it turns out its a song from a boy’s perspective and he’s not sure if the girl likes him.

The only brocolli in the song is one mention in the first verse where McFly is in the kitchen cooking dinner (including brocolli) for the girl but she never ends up coming round. Sadz.

Meanwhile, the bonus round only got finished when I widened out the criteria to include fruit. That’s the way it goes sometimes.

Going back to the original question, it is of course bloody hard. Artists seem a lot happier to write songs about fruit. I guess its sexier.

Even with the combined help of everyhit.com and Spotify, this list took a wee while, but here’s how you could have won:

  1. Green Onions by Booker T & The MGs
  2. The Onion Song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  3. Charlie Big Potato by Skunk Anansie
  4. Potato Head Blues by Louis Armstrong
  5. Carrot Rope by Pavement
  6. Gather In The Mushrooms by Benny Hill
  7. Chestnut Mare by The Byrds
  8. Nut Rocker by B Bumble & The Stingers
  9. Carrot Cake & Wine by The Stereophonics
  10. Vodka & Garlic by Rotfront

I’d never heard of a few of these. The last one is terrific:

And before someone starts busting their chops that nuts aren’t vegetables: I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW.

They’re legumes.

But in this case rule six applies: i.e.: For Fucks Sake, let’s not be too anal about this. It’s just a pub quiz.

Thursday Yeah Yeah Edinburgh Pub Quiz Action

Yeah baby. YEAH.

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £90. Cheat: One of the music round hits is by Timmy Trumpet & Savage. See vid below to hear the song.

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat answer: One of the picture round answers is ‘Chinstrap (Penguin)’

Everyone in this pop song looks like they’re having a really great time.

The rapper sounds a bit like Fatman Scoop. Remember him? His gimmick was being overweight.The crowd and the dancing girls seem happy enough.

One of the least convincing characters in the video is Timmy Trumpet himself.

Wikipedia says mister Trumpet (real name Smith) “became popular in Ibiza; playing live trumpet solos over electronic dance music tracks during DJs shows.”

To be honest, he looks a bit pained. I wonder if he would rather be in a nice Tijuana band or possibly the James Last orchestra.

It looks maybe like dance music became a way to make money…

And you know how that pans out for years and years of making the bills.

SADNESS AND DEATH.

Am I being too dismal? Cheer up – it’s only the second of the month.

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Wednesday – now 3 quizzes

I’m doing my usual two and Gordon is down at the Shore doing Harmonium – the vegan pub.

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £90. Cheat answer – There is a FLAKE in the picture round.

8pm – Harmonium. Jackpot £60. Cheat answer – One of the music round hits is by Chainsmokers ft. Rozes. The video is below

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £90 Cheat answer – tonight’s music round includes Dire Straits. See video at the bottom to hear the song.

The Chainsmokers thing is the most standard modern pop music you’ll ever hear. They’re not really trying, are they?

Meanwhile, Dire Straits deliver a pop punch with soul and balls. The way it used to be. Just one more reasons why my generation is great and yours is rubbish (etc.)

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Monday Monday Pub Quiz Time

Big £150 winner last week at Brass Leith so basic tonight but good rollover at Safari:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £50. Cheat: One of the answers in the picture round is Ophelia.

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £120. Cheat news: one of the answers in the music round is Afrika Bambaataa. See vid below to hear the tune…

Well, there’s no actual video but you can hear the song. This is 1999 and Afrika is a big name in hip hop but he’s never been mainstream so videos are a bit thin on the ground. Quality tune though.

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Sunday Pub Quizzes

The jackpots have been building up again for Sunday nights:

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £120. Cheat: One of the answers in the picture round is Liverpool

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: One of the answers in the music round is K7. You can hear this 1994 pop banger by clicking on the video below.

The video probably didn’t win art prizes. It’s a pretty basic sex pop dance vid, but the tune still still bangs.

#NinetiesForever

#90tribe4lyf

#youhadtobethere

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Eight Right Answers. That’s All It Takes.

All eight correct = WIN

This was the winning entry from the Brass Monkey Leith last Monday. Matthew won the £150 for these right answers .

Ally also had 8/8 so it went to the tiebreak. Matthew’s answer was closer.

The Question was: What percentage of 30-34 in the UK live at the parents house.

Matthew guesses 32%

Ally guessed 40%

So Matthew was closer to the true answer which was only 8%

Result: CASH!

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Thursday Pub Quizzes in Edinburgh

Tonight’s quizzes:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £60. Cheat: One of the music round hits is by Three Dog Night. See vid below to hear the song.

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: One of the picture round answers is ‘Gone WithThe Wind’

It’s always slightly bothered me what Three Dog Night’s band name is all about.

It’s never previously bothered me enough to actually go and look it up but that has now changed and its a fairly rewarding find. Thanks to WIkipedia I now know the following information… (until I forget it)…

Vocalist Danny Hutton‘s girlfriend, actress June Fairchild suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo (wild dog). On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night was freezing, it was a “three dog night“.

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Wednesday Pub Quizzes (Including New Quiz)

As well as my own two quizzes on Wednesdays, I can now tell you about another quiz option for Leith-based quizzers which is being presented by my quizmaster friend Gordon down at Harmonium near the Shore.

While Gordon presents, I have written the quiz. So you know its cool. Harmonium’s speciality is lovely vegan food. Everyone says the food is great.

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £60. Cheat answer – There is a caterpillar in the picture round.

8pm – Harmonium. Jackpot £30. Cheat answer – There is an Antonio Banderas in the picture round,

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £60 Cheat answer – tonight’s music round includes Cutting Crew. See video below to hear the song.

This song was big in the eighties. I know because I was there.

You don’t remember, because you’re too young.

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