The thing about reading this is you get a wee boost: a free answer. The free answer for tonight’s music round at the Brass is Jan Hammer who impressed us in the 1980s with his large keyboards.
Before looking up Wikipedia, I’m going to predict whether Jan Hammer is still alive or whether he is now dead. I’m going to go for ALIVE.
Yass. He’s alive and he is 70 years old. He’ll be 71 if he makes it mid-April. Wiki tells me that Hammer also did the music for two series of ‘Chancer’, a British TV series starring Clive Owen as a conman which I simply have no memory of whatsoever.
To be honest, the theme tune is a bit shit:
So that’s Jan Hammer. Underwhelming.
One thing that is NOT underwhelming is the thrill and pleasure you get from winning the quiz. It’s a feeling like no other feeling. Just look at these people:
Anyway – you’ll be weeping tonight if you miss the quiz. Also, with one day to Valentine’s – maybe tonight is the night you will meet the human of your dreams. All you have to do is be bright and witty at the quiz. It’s like a magnet.
The Joker is still closed for festivity or lack thereof so just the one quiz tonight and then as from tomorrow (Jan 3rd – the most wonderful time of the year) – everything is BACK TO NORMAL and I can return to an excellent mood. Plus, New Year is a reminder that it’s only 5 months to Eurovision, the true Christmas.
Anyway, there is a cracking £150 jackpot tonight at the Brass Monkey so come along and win.
Here’s tonight’s music round cheat clue:
I’ve never seen this but just watched it now. The video includes a young couple (with braces) who get locked together in a kiss and have to be driven to A&E by Badly Drawn Boy.
The video includes a caption at the end claiming the story is based on a true story from Mexico in 1994 where real teenagers really did get locked together in a kiss in their car and “caused a 10-mile tailback”
However, one or two minutes of Googling has found no evidence of this. Did it ever happen? I don’t know.
Anyway – Happy New Year – I hope you nineteen is legendary. See you tonight.
Here’s tonight’s music round cheat clue which is for the Joker:
I have absolutely no idea what Twista is talking about in this song. This could be because, according to WIki: ” He is best known for his chopper style of rapping and for once holding the title of fastest rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records in 1992, being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds.”
Aye, very good Twista but what do you mean? It’s sounds like its something to do with making money but how exactly, I don’t know.
The video gives some clues: Twista is walking about the hood and has a massive roll of bills. There are dice involved and everybody appears to have a day off and are keen to gamble their money. Maybe Twista’s running the game? I don’t know. Slow down, fella.
Anyway, Bis are great but come to the quiz and we’ll all live happily ever after.
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.