Big news tonight: a new venue for young Michael out at Portobello: The Ormelie Tavern which is so old school is doesn’t have its own Facebook page and doesn’t have an in built sound system. This is how pubs used to be. Go and be entertained there TONIGHT at 8pm
The music round at the Strathie tonight contains this song by Chvrches who do a very good impression of people who don’t like to have a good time.
They are the sort of people who attract the comment “Cheer up love, it might never happen.”
I used to get that kind of comment, particularly when I was teenager. I think I had a quite a mopey face.
It was most annoying when I was feeling quietly blissful. How can you cheer up when there is already bliss? Annoying.
The other annoying thing about it was never quite understanding the exact meaning of the phrase.
“Cheer up – it might never happen”
What exactly was it that might never happen?
Did they mean something in the future? That whatever it is you could be worrying about might never happen? And therefore to stop worrying?
This seems reasonable up to a point. But why is the worry automatically assumed to relate to the future?
What if the worrying thing already happened?
Or did they mean that you could miss out?
Did they mean if you didn’t cheer up then you run the risk of missing “it” – the “it” being something good that you’d be doomed to miss because you’d be too busy being depressed.
I don’t know – that reading seems a little convoluted.
So what DID they mean?
Did you ever tell someone to cheer up “because it might never happen”?
Quiz is mechanized and loaded for Wednesday. Come and feel it tonight.
Wednesday brings some proper 80s cheese to the music round at the Joker. It’s your old pal Alice Cooper:
Alice Cooper was a weird guy – a carefully cultivated extreme image to do with facial make up and gore, but loads of really tame songs. This was his “comeback” after a few years of obscurity following his 70s peak.
It’s a great song. Could do with something like that in Eurovision this year, so far the 2020 songs already released have been mainly not amazing.
By the way, here is the cheat nugget for tonight’s music round at the Tolbooth Tavern. It’s McFly who perfected their lads-with-guitars sound in the mid 2000s. They were slightly more convincing than Busted but eventually the country wasn’t big enough for both bands and they had to merge.
That was the 2000s. I wasn’t paying much attention to pop music at the time. I was probably listening to Belle and Sebastian, Pink Floyd and ELO.
Looking back, there were possibly some slightly tedious afternoons.
Anyway, I’ll be playing proper pop music between the questions tonight so no need to worry about getting Floyd-ed.
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.