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Wednesday, June 20, 2001

About last night…
We won last night’s big money Pop Quiz. One hundred and twenty squids! The triumphant team of Dave “Uncle Hedgehog” Boyes, David “I Know Too Much About Easy Listening And I Don’t Know Why” Sim, Ian “I May Only Get One Answer Right Each Week But You’d Have Lost If I Wasn’t Here” Martin and Jonathan “Can’t Spell But Always Seems To Pull An Answer Out Of Somewhere” Green.

Being Dave’s last quiz night (off to Oz next week), Wendy had done us proud. She reserved a table for us, provided streamers, poppers (no, not those kind of poppers) and a helium balloon (which is probably still floating somewhere in Charing Cross Station). Before the quiz had even started we were taking pictures (more of that later), ripping by streamers, chucking them about and generally making a nuisance of ourselves. We were there to enjoy ourselves – the quiz was a bonus. We didn’t expect to win. Big money quizzes always attract the best teams and even a few ‘ringers’ who never appear at any other time.

The first two questions were from a video clip of Fox performing ‘S-S-S-Single Bed’ on TOTP2. We got the band and the year. Next round was three eighties’ B-sides – we had to guess the band and the A-side. I plucked The Creatures and ‘Right Now’ from thin air, we narrowly missed getting Joan Jett and her Blackhearts ‘I Love Rock And Roll’ (we put Transvision Vamp / ’I Don’t Care’) and we thought Bow Wow Wow’s A-side was ‘Go Wild In The Country’ (it was ‘I Want Candy’). Then there was picture round of L’il Kim, Pink, Mya and Christina Agquerla. Then we had a round of Mark and Lard’s Shirehorses’ covers. The Manics, Radiohead, Travis, Coldplay, Oasis and Blur. The best was Travis’s ‘Why Is It Always Dairy-Lea?’ The lyrics round was the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’. See how you do. Can you get the next nine words following on from, “Everything I’ve ever done, Everything I ever do…” ? Liza Minnelli belted out ‘Ring Them Bells’ for which we needed to ascertain her address (29E, 5 Riverside Drive, Manhattan, New York), the money she borrowed (a grand) and four places she went to (Brussels, Majorca, Rome, Dubrovnik, Madrid). So we were doing quite well up until that point. We’d only dropped one and a half points. Then it all went a bit Pete Tong. We dropped three points in a row. We couldn’t remember three Latin snatches i.e. Latino sounding records. They were some rap act, Shaft and the Mighty Dubcats. Inspiration then returned to us in the following hippy round – we recognised Santana, Melanie and Jimi Hendrix. The final question we got from the three tracks played from Daft Punk’s Discovery. The result: fifteen and a half points.

We didn’t think we had won. The countdown was painful. As it turned out it was a tie-break situation so naturally we pushed Dave forward. Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ presented him with no problems. The money was ours. Hurray!

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