So! A brand new DP Quiz started last Thursday in the attractive fishing community town of Musselburgh.
The debut was great but the jackpot wasn’t won so we have a rollover: get yourself down to the Ship Inn at half past 7 for a crack at the cash. The quiz host is Kerry and she’ll be delighted to see you.
Here is the music cheat answers for tonight:
At the Argyle the music round includes a Commodores number from the 1980s, which is after Lionel Richie had left:
I’m sure that when he heard the song, Lionel would have thought: “Goddam rats cocks, shit a brick mofo! That song is good.”
But any regret at leaving the group would have waned as he quickly remembered that he’d already had massive solo hits with ‘Hello‘, ‘Endless Love’, ‘Stuck On You’, ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ and all those other good grooves.
In fact, although “Nightshift” reached #3 in the US and UK charts, the song proved to be the last big hit for the Commodores.
There were no more.
The five members of the band now work various jobs including looking after the crazy golf at Pasadena and looking after a car park in Tuscaloosa.
All while Lionel Richie (who went on to have literally MILLIONS of hits) now lives in the Elysee Palace in Paris and has fresh fruit and cream served to him whenever he likes by a fleet of naked concubines, all from different and wildly exotic countries.
When the singer goes solo, it doesn’t always work but it’s fair to say old Lionel is the winner here.
Anyway, enjoy the quizzes tonight. Go and support Kerry in Musselburgh. Check it out!
The cheat answers for tonight include this song by Train: I can’t stand it. It came out in 2012 and feels like every template ever written for bland-as-possible radio playlists which are calculated to offend no-one and inspire no-one.
It’s the same shit as Maroon 5 and all that type of bollocks.
It’s classified by Google as “Adult Contemporary” which is a long phrase for “Dull”.
And if the song is bad, the video is worse.
What a load of shit.
Anyway, from crap videos to the greatest film of all time. As you know, I’ve been counting down the list of my ten favourite films of all time.
I had often heard about this film but never watched it until a couple of years ago. It is satisfyingly brilliant and I watched it again straight away.
It’s a Werner Herzog joint so it’s already almost automatically going to be interesting but the action and the crazy adventure draws you in completely until you too are dying on the Amazon, merely by watching.
Basically it the 16th century, its South America and the lunatic Spanish conquistadores are determined to find El Dorado, the city of Gold.
Instead they find madness and murder and a whole lot of Mother Nature, spurning their goliath ambitions of riches and conquest in the same way an elephant would disregard a used bus ticket.
Kalus Kinski is the madman Aguirre, a warrior hungry for power, gold and perhaps immortality.
The crazy in his performance is aided by the fact that he was obviously an actual madman.
Much has been written on the making of the film, and the difficulties and impossibilities thereof, including the epic fights between director and star.
Like a lot of films in my top ten, music is important. The soundtrack to this is just great. I was recorded by some crafty German band named Popol Vuh and it’s got just the right balance of strangeness, beauty and menace, perfectly in sync with the action.
I could talk about this film all day but, to be honest, the internet has been up and down this morning like a Dundonian who keeps thinking he’s seen a five pence piece on the ground, so I’m going to publish it and get the fuck on with Thursday.
So, Halloween’s just out the way but just when you think there’s a bit of clear water and a bit of blue sky, there’s Hugo in the Monkey
Hugo only appears in Edinburgh when there’s big events work to be done, we saw him a few months ago when it was the festival.
“All right Hugo – to what do we owe the pleasure? Why are you in town?”
Aaaaaaaagggggh. Bastards. Can someone organise a movement to cancel Christmas? I’ll sign the petition.
Anyway, here’s the music round cheat for tonight which is for the Argyle Bar:
Bombay Bicycle Club? Not my cup of tea. A bit Lib-Dem, a bit of a bed-wetter tendency.
Incidentally – Thursday is now the day when I express my political opinion on this blog.
This week’s point: POLARITY DISTRACTS US FROM IMPROVING ANYTHING BY SPLITTING US INTO OPPOSING CAMPS. AND NOTHING GETS DONE.
Are you Leave or Remain?
Poppy or No Poppy?
Cybernat or Onionist?
Liberal or Racist?
These simplistic 50/50s seem to be everywhere these days and while people expend their political energy working out what camp their in and then shouting at the other camp, any ideas to actually fix things get forgotten and dusty.
As the population rips itself to bits with thrashing right/wrong arguments in the simplest possible terms (which go nowhere), the elites continue to stockpile money, power, and the means to survive when the flood comes.
The rest of us will drown and will still be arguing the meaning of Brexit as Britain itself disappears beneath narwhals.
Maybe we should accept whatever poppy someone is wearing or not wearing and get back to destroying the privilege of the wealthy.