So the artist for tonight’s free answer in the music round at the Monkey is called Fiona Apple.
This DOESN’T mean that the bonus round is going to be famous people with fruits in their name. Not necessarily anyway. At time of writing I have 12 hours to think of something better…
Anyway, here’s the song:
I thought this tune was newer, but I’ve just realised its late 90s.
The video won an award at the MTV awards that year for “best cinematography”. It’s basically Apple taking her kit off and looking thin and sulky.
They had a term for this aesthetic at the time: they called it “heroin chic.” This was when THE FACE had Kate Moss every month, photographed in tasteful black and white, with most of the black being round her eyes.
This was a London move: appropriating ‘Trainspotting‘, giving it metropolitan gloss and making it somehow cool to be on “H”.
That was the late 1990s, kids, a world away from the dayglo rave alarm LSD fun of the early 1990s.
A world where suddenly all the bands on Top of The Pops stopped being KLF and N-Trance and started being Travis and the fucking so-called Verve.
I blame Tony Blair, as I do for most things.
Justice was served though. A few years after these bad moves, Top of The Pops and The Face magazine were both dead.
Anyway – none of this is relevant. The only thing that matters is COME TO THE QUIZ.
September is the golden month. Go out and enjoy the city for it is yours.
Wednesdays are back up and running normally, autumn leaves are just beginning to turn but summer still holds sway.
Celebrate nature. Celebrate Edinburgh. Come and drink six vodkas and have a fag. Do the quiz. WIN the quiz.
By the way, here is a cheat clue for tonight’s music round at the Joker. Once again it’s Queen:
Jesus Christ. This is not only peak Queen, but also a clip from the Greatest Film Ever Made which is, of course, Flash Gordon (1980).
If you have never seen this film you must watch it immediately. If you do so, not only will you be massively entertained, you will also understand me, Dr Paul, the quizmaster… as a whole person.
I’ve spent more or less the last thirty-five years playing this film on a loop inside my head. I think about it all the time. It is amazing. It’s better than Jesus Christ Superstar, and that’s saying something.
Here’s the advertorial.
I sell my utterly hilarious Cunto Cards in case you didn’t know.
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.