The Face, Jan 1990

Wed 28th Nov – Edinburgh Quizzes Tonight

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Winnie The Pooh (pic round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £60 Cheat: Fiona Apple (music round)

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.

The Face, Jan 1990
The Face, 1990, when it was still good

Anyway – none of this is relevant. The only thing that matters is COME TO THE QUIZ.


Dr P

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