So well done to the Speckies for picking up the big jackpot at the Monkey last Wednesday. Phenomenal £210 win! Now we are back to normal. Normality is back to us. Come to the quiz. Normal or mental, it’s always great.
For reading the daily quiz post, you earn a free answer fpr tpmoght’s quiz, so let it be known that the music round at the Brass Monkey tonight includes this song by Scottish pop legends Simple Minds:
Back in the day, I never used to get Simple Minds.
I mean, I thought they were all right but didn’t really understand why they were so popular.
The only thing I ever heard of theirs in the 80s that I really really liked was ‘I Travel‘, which still sounds phenomenal and has Jim Kerr rabbiting on about monarchies and art galleries. Brilliant.
But recently I discovered some belters that I missed at the time, that I only discovered 35 years later: New Gold Dream, Up On The Catwalk, Chelsea Girl, all that stuff. I love youtube.
Anyway, the great thing about coming to the quiz is that when you meet me in person I don’t witter on about the 1980s. I’m too busy asking questions and giving out prizes.
Yeah – The first Joker & The Thief quiz of the year finally marks a return to full normality. Let’s enjoy the straightness, the orthodoxy and the sheer normality all the way up to the Festival. First half of the year is the best half of the year.
And, in football, it’s an odd year so there’s not even a European Championships or World Cup this year to wreck everything in June/July… no… NO.. WAIT – The Women’s World Cup is on this summer in France and Scotland have qualified.
It’s the first time a Scotland team have qualified for the World Cup since 1998 which is pretty much since you lot have been born.
But it is women’s football, so will the occasion be marginalized, ignored and swept under the carpet?
Or will the paucity of Scottish football success manifest itself in a big fuss and a big buzz for the women’s team?
I have no idea which way this will go. I suspect the former and kinda hope for the latter. Me and the missus and the kid were even thinking of going over to France for one of the games. Quite fancy Scotland v Japan in Rennes – 14th June.
Anyway, sidetracked. Here is tonight’s music round cheat clue which is for the Brass Monkey:
This is one of Senor Coconut’s terrific techno-merengue-style covers of the songs of Kraftwerk.
Now, Kraftwerk has always been great but just sometimes you listen and think “this is all a bit exact, a bit teutonic – it needs some loose Latin“. And, happily, Senor Coconut fills this need.
I was reading about him the other day. His real name is Uwe Schmidt and he’s a German bloke who was so into Latin techno that he moved to Chile. The video was filmed in Santiago, Chile and is worth a watch.
Disappointingly. the fat bloke with the maracas who stars in the video is not the actual Senor Coconut. But you can’t have everything.
Anyway, come to the quiz and we’ll all have a good time.
Aye – I’m no that bothered about Halloween although I do have a great idea for a costume for a party I’m going to on Saturday. No idea if I’ll have time to getting round to making it. It’s a washing machine.
Not that my costume choices matter to you.
What’s really important is that tonight’s jackpots are both £90 and also tonight is your last chance to enter the Dead Pool game for November
What you’re dying to know is which Barry Manilow song has made it to the Brass Monkey music round tonight. Well, it’s this one:
There’s a shitty one on youtube which, although better video quality, is thoroughly depressing as Baz is all plastic age-face and, as gives the impression of a tired old performer as he sleep-walks through the song.
But in his day, Manilow was the best.
I saw him at least twice live (it might be three times but I can’t rightly recall). The guy is a showman. Not quite Freddie Mercury, but pretty damn good.
Which reminds me: go and see Bohemian Rhapsody. It is excellent.
And if you’re coming to the quiz tonight, don’t be a fanny. Thanks.