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Wednesday 9th October

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Generally speaking, the folk who come to the quiz are not as scary as this


7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: George Michael (pic round)

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

9pm – The Raging Bull, Lothian Road. Jackpot £90 Cheat: Dee Lite (music round)


Top pot of tonight is at the Raging Bull with Michael, bright young quizmaster of the future. Go and enter his quiz at 9pm.


Here’s tonight’s music round cheat tips.

First is for the Raging Bull and is this colossal dance pop banger from 1990, as performed by Dee Lite.

The other cheat clue is for the Brass Monkey and it’s a top pop sound from Orange Juice who were the sound of young Scotland in the 80s.

The Sound of Young Scotland

This is what was thrilling the skinny white indie kids in 1982. It’s safer than a cup of tea with milk. But still kinda cool like an ice cream.

This is a live version, you can tell because it’s being performed on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ which was like Top of The Pops, but with no screaming audience, no Gary Davies, no balloons and no playback.

Personally, I always preferred Top of The Pops, but I was younger then.

Looking back, Whistle Test was plainly the superior music show but on the occasions I ever saw it, I remember thinking that it was dusty, musty and appeared to be designed for old people.

Plus, like most households back then we had one television and as Whistle Test was on later, you could guarantee that mum and dad would be wanting to watch something different by then.

So ‘Top of The Pops’ it was, despite a belly-hatred of most of the plonkers who presented it: Davies, Reid, Smith, Mayo, Goodier – all those twats.

But things always change. Gary Davies is now the best stand-in for Ken Bruce that Radio 2 has – boasting a similar range and pitch of throwaway chat and an instinct for presenting Popmaster that the others (Nelson, Ball) just don’t have.

Speaking of Popmaster, did you know that I sell Popmaster scorepads? They are fucking boss and you can get them here:

Anyway, I have drifted off into sales chat

I’d better just say: COME TO THE QUIZ?


Dr P

See you later,

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Popmaster Stand-Ins

On the Ken Bruce Society Facebook page, everyone likes a moan when someone is standing in for Ken.

It’s just not as good.

But it’s easy to criticize.

Ken makes it sound easy. Off the top of my head, here’s some of the things he’s got to do in the fifteen minutes between 1030 and 1045:

  • Make each contestant feel at ease and react appropriately to their faintly dull celebrity encounter; excruciatingly normal job or recent bereavement in a way that doesn’t sound too derisory despite the pressing need to get on with the quiz.
  • Ask the right questions.
  • Pronounce everything properly.
  • Immediately know whether a given answer is right or wrong.
  • React appropriately (i.e. giving extra praise for a very good answer – this is one of the things that makes him better than all the stand-ins).
  • Know when a half answer merits a point (this is a subtle skill and again Ken does it better than all the stand-ins – his own massive pop knowledge helps him make the call)
  • Listen to the producer in his ear for corrections or borderline decisions. (without breaking the flow).
  • Give people a fraction more of a moment to get an answer out if they’re not doing well (he is GREAT at this).
  • Play the right clips.
  • Remember to give the correct answer for listeners EVERY TIME after a contestant gets it wrong.
  • Rephrase a not-so-well-written question in a better way.
  • Be alert to cheating – and speed up accordingly.
  • Remember the contestants’ names (and where they’re from).
  • Sell the BBC tie-in with whatever question demands it.
  • Convince the listener he’s enjoying this. I mean, he obviously does, but there must be some days where he can’t love it quite as much and still he projects total positive sincerity about the quiz EVERY SINGLE TIME.
  • Keep the pace just right so the quiz finishes at 1045, not 1043 or 1048

And probably loads more.

Anyone can push buttons but fewer can present Popmaster properly.

Ken rules.

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Wednesday Is The Mighty Eagle

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Carrie Fisher (pic round)

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

If days of the week are characterised by animals then surely Wednesday is the magnificent Eagle, with its wings spread wide and casting a shadow of its greatness across all the other days of the week, from its powerful position in the centre.

Whaddya reckon? Maybe Monday is a clever mouse? Perhaps Saturday is a big stupid lion. Who knows.

Anyway: here’s the music clue for tonight’s quiz at the Brass Monkey. It’s a composition by your old pal Dimitri Shostakovich

Tune! And some nice dancing to go with it. Young love.

Anyway – there’s not much more to be said cos its 1027 and that means Popmaster with Ken Bruce starts in three minutes and I want this posted before I go and get another impressive score just by standing in my kitchen and barking answers at the tranny.

I often get 27 or 30. How’s YOUR popmaster form these days?


Here’s the advertorial.

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You can always buy a deck from me tonight at the quiz and they are also available online.

If you want to try before you buy, the Joker and The Thief AND Brass Monkey on Drummond Street both have packs behind the bar you can borrow.

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Dr P


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