Always the bridesmaids...
Pop Quiz was set last night by someone called Rupert. We bear-ly knew him (geddit?! 'bear'-ly? Rupert? Rupert the Bear. Oh, please yourselves!) Wendy had said she thought the quiz was easy. But what did she know? It was tough. David, Darren and I sat on three stools by the fag machine and waited out fate. Round one was a who's covering Bowie round. We got 'Heroes' but not that is was being sung by Nico. We got Lulu but not that she was singing 'Watch That Man'. Spectacularly (thanks to Darren) we got 'Life On Mars' being sung, in her native Norwegian, by Frida (the less attractive of Abba twins). The next round was 80's instrumental B-sides. David and I shall be handing in our Soft Cell Fan Club membership cards shortly for incorrectly guessing the Human League when we were hearing Soft Cell's 'So' (the B-side to 'What'), we should all be shot for allowing the suggestion that the The Smith's 'Money Changes Everything' (the B-side to 'Big Mouth Strikes Again') was performed by Dire Straits. We redeemed ourselves at the end of the round however with correctly identifing New Order when we heard 'Hurt' (the B-side to 'Temptation'). Spot the connection round was Barbara Windsor, Noele Gordon and Adam Rickett (all soap stars). Bette Midler performing 'Movin' Out' was the observation round. Yes, he should take up with the baker's wife instead, yes he has 61 cassettes and but no we didn't think he should leave a copy of Lorna Doone behind. Half way through the quiz we had just six points (yikes!).
Luckily Dave showed up at this point so we swelled to be a team four. We also moved to a recently vacated table so things just had to get better - and they did. David was the only one in the pub that spotted Gary Numan singing a 6ths' song which was pleasing. The next round was TV themes. Follyfoot, Ask The Family (I used to love that show) and Eldorado. Then we had a Bowie does covers round. 'I Can't Explain' by The Who and 'Let's Spend The Night Together' by The Rolling Stones caused us no grief. But the Velvet Underground's 'Venus In Furs' did. Anthony Newley anyone? The final round was chart hits. The answers were 'Pete Heller's Big Love' by Pete Heller, 'Boom Boom Boom Boom!!' by the Vengaboys and S Club 7's 'Bring It All Back' Could you guess the year they were all hits? We did. For a change.
There was a bit on haggling over the Vengaboy's title. Rupert insisted it was three Booms not four. The extra Boom was confirmed by Marky on the phone later though. So we should have got fifthteen then. Lost by a point and a half. The winners (surprize, surprize) were the Reader's Wives but they won the booby prize of the remixes of Geri's CD single (ha! bloody ha!)