The Newsroom provides the biggest jackpot of the Dr Paul week tonight: £150 up for grabs.
Also: summer seems to have hit the Newsroom hard and its been fairly quiet the last couple of weeks so you might find yourself with a better chance to win tonight than in most of the quiz venues.
Here’s the music round cheat for the Argyle Bar:
The video is great: it has urban industrial squalor, rooftop zombie dance attack and electrical fightback. The song is good too.
The answer I have tonight is “Generation X” although the real story is more complicated than that. The band was originally “Generation X” but when this came out, they’d changed their name to “Gen X” BUT the single was a flop. THEN they split up and the singer, Billy Idol went solo. The video is from a later solo release, which was a hit but under his own name.
Gee, writing pop questions can be a minefield.
Remember kids, don’t write your own questions at home without the help of a professional.
More interestingly, the song is supposedly on the topic of masturbation, which itself is the posh word for having a wank, rubbing one out, feeding the ducks, flicking the bean, etc
That’s what they say anyway, same as they say it about ‘Blister In The Sun‘ by the Violent Femmes.
God almighty. Last week’s Thursday night quizzes were a savage assault on your ears. I sounded like a broken vacuum cleaner. Made in Albania.
The voice was history, broken and ridiculous. Like an alien clown in a dust storm. Marti Pellow would have cried.
But tonight, Pellow had better watch out because the golden voice is back. Yes.
Once again I sound like your actual Dr Paul and its a dirty big relief. I absolutely hated sounding like I did last week. It felt like an imposter was in my throat, like I’d been possessed by the ghost of a ninety-nine year old bark-smoking sandpaper salesman from China.
Meanwhile, the bloke out of tonight’s music round cheat tip answer band has a terrific voice as well. And I can’t sing. So maybe he wins.
His name is Brett Sparks and the band is the Handsome Family. Here’s their song that’s in the music round at the Newsroom tonight:
The song is brilliant and, as ever, the recorded version is best but there’s no proper video for it so I’m posting this live one instead. The bonus is that the other person in the band (Rennie Sparks – the singer’s wife) explains a little bit about how she wrote the song.
I like the Handsome Family. They have lots of songs where darkness and death somehow translate into sweet country sounds.
To be fair, they sound a bit shite on this video. But that’s live music for you.
If you have the time, listen to their song ‘The Snow White Diner‘ (video below). It’s about a woman who kills herself and her children while rubberneckers gawp and deaf people just laugh.
Anyway, the main thing is: COME TO THE QUIZ. See you later.
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The other great thing about tonight’s quiz at the Argyle is your chance to meet the organisers of Pint Fest, Scotland’s newest boutique music festival which is taking place in a back garden in Marchmont in May sometime.
The organisers live over the road from the Argyle and chose last week’s quiz to launch their extravaganza.
No bands booked when I last checked but it seems likely to be the event of the summer.
I hope they manage to book Suede.
I always liked Suede and I really liked this when it came out. But it seemed that no one agreed and it was the death of their glory days. Suede was over. Suede was finished. People moved on.
This is the cheat tune for tonight’s music quiz at the Argyle:
After that it was Radiohead and the Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys all that nonsense, as far as guitars were concerned. None of them as good as Suede.