Wednesday is your proper day for going out. All your friends like you.
If the week was a fruit salad, Wednesday would be a gob full of banana and grapes. Live life the way it was intended by the creator, Muhammed Ali.
The music round cheat answer for the Joker tonight is Scatman John. This guy had a heavy stutter but it didn’t let it stop him become a POP STAR. He was from LA but he made it in Berlin. He was probably EXACTLY the sort of guy who like to go out on Wednesdays. He probably had no choice, he was probably booked somewhere.
He was a jazz piano player at first and then a rapper. He died at the age of 57 year old. It aint that much. All hail the Scatman.
The way he says “Scatland” is exactly the same as if he was saying “Scotland”. It’s another potential post-indy national anthem for the list.
The song in the Brass Monkey Leith music round is an eighties cracker. Synths had already been invented for a while when people like Harold Faltermeyer and Jan Hammer had hits, but they made it feel like they had just been invented.
Every morning in nineteen eighty-five included this tune and others like it. You had to have block-rocking shoulders for the walk to school and boombox stride, cos the synth was loud inside your head.
It was the year of strut. We had survived the predicted Orwellian nightmare of nineteen eighty-four and the Chernobyl and Challenger disasters lay ahead. 1985 was cool and it was a time to think about entertainment and chips.
I think we went to Scarborough that year. That was where my dad found the holy grail of custard slice and it has been a truth in our family ever since that the greatest custard slices in the world are to be found on the Yorkshire coast.
See the slices in this picture? They were about one thousandth as good as the ones in 1985 in Scarborough. Plus the Radio One Roadshow was there while we were there with Peter Fucking Powell who, as far as I know, never got Yewtreed.
1985, son. You weren’t there because you’re TOO YOUNG. Youth has its advantages but the drawback is you can’t even REMEMBER how good it was to hear Opus on the radio singing “Live Is Life”.
I’m clutching at memory straws here, but so far they’re holding firm. Still sane.
The Newsroom’s been fun recently and the percentage of twats has been relatively low, even through the Christmas period. Come and try it if you haven’t been in for a while – we have a lovely new pavement outside.
Mmmmm. Nice Pavement
The music round clip at the Newsy tonight is a sad/wedding climax cracker from the 70s. So powerful, like a big bus JUST fitting under a low railway bridge and pushing all the dust and dirt before it, inexorably.
Until twenty seconds ago, I couldn’t have told you what Freda Payne looked like. I’ve always head the song on radio etc but no visuals.
It’s the first proper Wednesday of the year and I am EXCITED to be getting things back to normal after a month of festive nonsense.
Two music round hits for your cheats tonight: The first one is a Christmas hit which I won’t apologise for. The clip is only 20 seconds or less. That’s all you have to listen to… unless you watch the full (scary) video below
This got played a lot when I was a kid. The Santa guy (Roy Wood) was terrifying. I never knew why such an obviously evil presence was used to sell Christmas. Still don’t “get it”.
The other thing is James Blunt, another thing I “don’t get”. It’s just shite isn’t it? Am I missing something?
It’s like Coldplay with even less charm. I must be wrong. Millions of people like this stuff. I don’t understand them either.
The older and “wiser” I get, the less I understand people’s tastes. Maybe I’m in the wrong business seeing as I have to communicate with lots of people. Ah, fuck it.
The song in the Safari music round is a belter which was a hit just over ten years ago now:
The song is about George Bush blocking same-sex marriage. That seems kind of old now, everywhere has same-sex marriage now, don’t they? Even Australia?
Actually, a quick wiki reveals that most countries still don’t have same-sex marriage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_of_same-sex_marriage
Meanwhile, the quiz is LGBT friendly. You could be a blue trans-male married to a red quasi-queer cis woman or any combination of anything. I don’t care and neither does the pub and neither do the people in the pub. We are living the liberal dream and you are welcome. x
The Pat Benetar song in the music round tonight is loaded with power. Ninety eighty five was like that. There was electricity in the air – literally. You couldn’t move without receiving a POP BOLT TO THE HEART.