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Wednesday Pub Quizzes In Edinburgh

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Scatman John (music round – see vid below)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £30 Cheat: Ash (picture round)

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.

 

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Monday Night Banging Your Quiz Doors In

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £50. Cheat: Harold Faltermeyer (music round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £30. Cheat news: Slovakia (pic round)

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.

http://www.decalt.com.au/images/Resized_photos1/Slices/glutenfreevanillaslice500011.jpg

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.

 

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Sunday Sunday, Your Favourite Quiz Day

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: New Zealand (music round – see vid below)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: Musical Youth (music round)

Here’s a cheat=preview of one of the songs in the Tollbooth Music Round tonight:

 

The song in the Tolbooth music round was a huge hit when I was kid. I loved it. I had no idea what they were singing about.

Thirty five years later I still like the tune and I have still no idea what its about. This is the power of three-minute pop music: to confuse and entertain for decades at a time.

 

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Thursday Night Out at The Dr Paul Quiz

Tonight:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £30. Cheat answer: Natalie Portman (pic round)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat answer: Freda Payne (music round)

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.

I thought she would be fatter, to be honest.

 

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First Full Wednesday of The Year

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Wizzard (music round – see vid below)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £30 Cheat: James Blunt (music round)

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.

 

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Monday Night Edinburgh Pub Quiz Action – Leith and Abbeyhill

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £50. Cheat: Charlton Heston (pic round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £30. Cheat news: Gossip (music round)

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

 

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Sunday Night Pub Quizzes Edinburgh

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Molly (music round – see vid below)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Vauxhall Vectra (pic round)

Sunday has been NAE QUIZZES for a couple of weeks so its good to be back.

The song in the Percy music round is a UK Eurovision entry from a couple of years ago, widely hailed by Eurovision fans as the Britain’s “least shit” entry for about a decade.

Fair enough. It was never going to be a winner though. Other countries do stuff like this and do it better than we do. Molly finished seventeenth.

Only four and a bit months to go until Lisbon. It’s getting exciting.

Both jackpots are sixty pounds tonight. It’s been a while so I had to look up the records but both were definitely rollovers on the 17th December.

Don’t be like Robin:

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New Year, New Fear

Tonight’s quizzes:

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £30. Cheat answer: James Last (music round – see below)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £50. Cheat answer: Mudflap Girl (pic round)

Welcome back to the world. I love normality, in terms of routine and knowing what the fuck is going on.

Christmas time and all that muck drives me mental. Hooray for January.

The music round free answer for tonight at the Argyle is legendary German bandleader: James Last, aka “The Gentleman of Music”.

James Last died in 2015 and it is one of my life’s regrets that I never saw him perform live with his famous Orchestra. Luckily he made plenty of recordings.

Some artists are lucky to release 65 SONGS. James last had 65 ALBUMS which reached the UK charts. He is the most phenomenally successful musician that you’ve never heard of.

His UK success is outstripped by his popularity in Germany where he was awarded 200 gold discs and 14 platinum discs.

His style is loose and tight at the same time and is the greatest music ever made. If you don’t like James Last it’s because you are an idiot.

Here’s the tune from tonight’s music round:

 

 

 

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Did You Blow It Last Night? Win It Back Tonight

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £150. Cheat: Pat Benetar (music round – see vid below)

9pm – Safari Lounge.  – SAFARI IS OPEN… NEXT MONDAY!

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.

It was dangerous. But it was cool.

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Monday Banana

Great £250 win for Luke last Monday. Back to some sense of normality tonight.

We’re at a quarter-of-a-grand at the Brass Leith…

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £50. Cheat: One of the answers in the music round is an old band called Animotion. Hear their song by clicking on the video below…

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £120. Cheat news: one of the answers in the picture round is Liver, as in the organ. Yeuuuucch.

This tune is not one of the best-known 80s tunes but it’s quintessential eighties. Yeah, I’m using that word.

Heavy synthesizers, big drums, big bass, big everything. Even the vocals are ‘eighties’. I can’t exactly describe how, but they are.

And there’s loads of dressing-up in the video. And there’s a swimming pool.

 

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