Sunday, 22 September 2019

Saturday Snapshots #102: The Answers


Some like it hot a Saturday morning, but while gentlemen prefer blondes, the rest of us prefer Saturday Snapshots.

Now it's Sunday, so here are the answers. Boop-boop-be-doo.


10. A Partridge exclaims, "d'you wanna scrap?"



a-ha - Take On Me

9. Eagle retrievers mixed up in brothels revery.


Eagles are birds, retrievers are dogs.

"brothels revery" is a really easy anagram.

The Everly Brothers - Bird Dog

8. Killed a mockingbird then drove off in a tiny emerald.


Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird.

Rather obscure Irish band, although I did feature them here in my Top Ten Songs About American Writers. What do you mean you don't remember!?! I do love this song though.

Little Green Cars - Harper Lee

7. Shhh... they've got their guns.


Annies, get your pistols.

The Pistol Annies - Hush Hush

6. A brief continental burn.


Asia is a continent.

A brief burn might come in the heat of the moment.

Asia - Heat of the Moment

5. Two apples... but not for Steven Dalglish.


Steven Gerrard and Kenny Daglish are, I'm reliably informed, involved in "the glorious game". See, I can do sports-related clues!

New York is the Big Apple.

Gerard Kenny - New York, New York

4. I sense that a Western Scott has you rockin' and a'reelin'.


Randolph Scott was an actor in westerns.

Rockin' and a reelin' is what Barbara Ann got you doing.

I sense... feelings.

Barbara Randolph - I Got A Feeling

3. Plebs in space.


Plebs are riff raff. One of them is a young William of Bragg.

Riff Raff - I Wanna Be A Cosmonaut

2. Skinny queen sees Brian, Carl and Al return to the city.


A skinny queen, obviously, is Thin Lizzy.

Brian, Carl & Al are the Beach Boys... leaving the beach for the town.

Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town

1. If I were... to catch the paper boy? I'd be a coyote botherer.


If I were a rich man?

"I catch the paperboy" comes from Modern Love.




Happy birthday, Mr. President... Saturday Snapshots returns next week.


Saturday, 21 September 2019

Saturday Snapshots #102



Saturday Snapshots... it's a very complicated case. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head. Luckily I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, limber.

Guess the song and the singer from the ten clues below, please.

This quiz really ties the room together.




10. A Partridge exclaims, "d'you wanna scrap?"


9. Eagle retrievers mixed up in brothels revery.


8. Killed a mockingbird then drove off in a tiny emerald.


7. Shhh... they've got their guns.


6. A brief continental burn.


5. Two apples... but not for Steven Dalglish.


4. I sense that a Western Scott has you rockin' and a'reelin'.


3. Plebs in space.


2. Skinny queen sees Brian, Carl and Al return to the city.


1. If I were... to catch the paper boy? I'd be a coyote botherer.


Saturday Snapshots abides. Answers tomorrow. Until then: fuck it, Dude... let's go bowling.


Thursday, 19 September 2019

2019 Contenders: The Edited Version


Office Politics, the latest album by The Divine Comedy, is a great 12 track album.

Unfortunately, it's 16 tracks long.

I read an interview with Neil Hannon where he said that after the success of his last record (my favourite album of 2106), he was emboldened to experiment a bit more with this record and add the "mucking about songs" (my words, not his... I can't quite remember how he described them) that normally get cut. He should have left them cut.

Tracks like Philip & Steve's Furniture Removal Company (imagining a world where Philip Glass and Steve Reich run a... well, you can guess the rest... which apparently they did before becoming famous composers, but really, there's a better song to be written about this subject than the repetitive nonsense here... although that's probably the point) and The Synthesizer Service Centre Super Summer Sale (I abhor alliteration) really should have ended up on the cutting room floor. They work as mildly amusing skits, but after two or three (or less) plays become annoying disruptions to an otherwise witty and musically fabulous album.

I guess in this era of streaming and downloads we can all easily edit albums to the size and shape we prefer, but us old fogies who still buy the records are stuck with the CD skip button or the lever arm on the record player.

I don't think Office Politics will be my favourite record of 2019. Still, 12 great tracks on one record is better than a lot of artists manage these days.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Saturday Snapshots #101 - The Answers


You must remember this: a kiss is still a kiss. A sigh is still a sigh.

And Saturday Snapshots is still the thing that gets you all up early on a weekend. Or you could arrive late like Lynchie did yesterday and still hoover up some points. I may stop awarding Winner status at this point, because it's largely irrelevant and involves me doing extraneous maths. Thanks for playing, as always.


10. Hold p! This cle is easy if yo think abot it.


Wait! The letter U was missing from this clue.

John Waite - Missing You
9. Dracula, Nosferatu, and now.


Dracula & Nosferatu are vampires. Now is the weekend. The oversized comma that looks as though it shouldn't be there? It's an Oxford comma.

Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma

8. Season of blues is a long way away.


Summertime Blues, miles away.

Miles Davis - Summertime

7. Black or blue or elder? Size is not important.


Black, blue and elder are all berries.

Dave Berry - Little Things

6. Mosquito, like 8, Armageddon.


Skeeter is, apparently, short for mosquito.

8 was Miles Davis.

Why does the sun go on shining?

Skeeter Davis - The End Of The World

5. Wayne's water feature loses colour, ta.


The Fountains of Wayne go a little pale.

The Pale Fountains - Thank You

4. Target: Ecstasy, fella. What the Christmas tree angel says.


Aim - E, man.

Aimee Mann - Put Me On Top

3. "Don't touch me!" says Bonnie Buster.


Bonnie Prince & Prince Buster.

Prince - Gett Off!

2. Winning horoscope for released faculty head and uncredited.


The Dean is a Freed-man. The uncredited lady was Denise Mara, a friend of Alyson.

Listen, hon, I know you're dumb...

Dean Friedman & Denise Marsa - Lucky Stars

1. Bank Porter finds diamonds on his back.


Lloyds is a bank. Cole was a Porter.

Diamondbacks are rattlesnakes.

She looks like Eve-Marie Saint in On The Waterfront...



We'll play it again next week. Here's looking at you, kids!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Saturday Snapshots #101


You feelin' lucky, punk?

Then take your chances with men (and women) with no names in this week's Saturday Snapshots.

No talking to the trees - and if you don't get them all, you'll be Unforgiven.

(It occurred to me that if I'm going to do this quiz for another hundred weeks, I need to start using famous people other than pop stars in the opening shot.)



10. Hold p! This cle is easy if yo think abot it.


9. Dracula, Nosferatu, and now.


8. Season of blues is a long way away.


7. Black or blue or elder? Size is not important.


6. Mosquito, like 8, Armageddon.


5. Wayne's water feature loses colour, ta.


4. Target: Ecstasy, fella. What the Christmas tree angel says.


3. "Don't touch me!" says Bonnie Buster.


2. Winning horoscope for released faculty head and uncredited.


1. Bank Porter finds diamonds on his back.


Answers tomorrow morning. Until then... Go ahead, make my day!

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this...



Friday, 13 September 2019

2019 Contenders: Further


The new album by Richard Hawley appears to have gone by without much fanfare, but to me it's another fine example of an artist who's still operating at the peak of his abilities.

After a fiery indie-guitar opening reminiscent of his old band the Longpigs, the album settles down into classic Cash-Orbison mode. After a couple of the listens, many of the tracks sound like old friends from years gone by. It's hard to believe they've just been recorded, you could easily imagine hearing them playing from a crackly old AM radio 30 or 40 years ago.



Sunday, 8 September 2019

Saturday Snapshots #100 - The Answers


If you've got the Hair Like Brian May Blues this Sunday morning, don't feel Under Pressure. Here are the answers to the 100th edition of Saturday Snapshots to Keep Yourself Alive.

As I write this, nobody had spotted the Extra Special Bonus Mystery which connected 10 of the songs on this list... but I guess you'd have to be pretty sad to do that. (No offence to Alyson who came close to working it out.) Different photos, different clues and different songs, but the odd-numbered artists in this list all appeared in Saturday Snapshots #1, way back in September 2017.

I think Alyson just pipped Rigid Digit to the crown this week. I was intending to work out a league table of winners from the past 100 editions, but as you probably have realised by now, my time is rather restricted at the moment. Thanks for playing along as always, everybody. Remember: this quiz is Driven By You.


20. Lennie's pal in dire circumstance. I guess Tony must have shown him the way.


George & Lennie, as anybody who's done an English exam at school in the last 50 years will know, were the unlucky duo from Of Mice & Men.

Dire Straits, natch.

Tony Christie wondered Is This The Way To Amarillo?

George Strait - Amarillo By Morning

Justin Townes Earl (son of Steve) claims this is the last truly great country song ever written.

19. Oxymoronic invitation to stop the fight.


A band called War asking why we can't all just get along? Surely that's an oxymoron?

War - Can't We Be Friends?

18. V, son of Scotland, rejects the preserves.


V = 5.

Mc = son of Scotland.

MC5 - Kick Out The Jams

17. From here to there, with Brass Eye drug.


From here to there is a distance.

Cake was a Made Up Drug.

Cake - The Distance

16. Hooked on romance, old cinema tune.


Love is a better drug than cake.

Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug

15. Battles Evil Dead with Carl Douglas.




Ash - Kung Fu

14. Silky soft V on a quiet evening.


Laziness compelled me to re-use the V clue.

The Five Satins - In The Still Of The Night

13. Ashes in the toilet have you skidding on pebbles.


Loo-cinder? No?

I did like Walter's idea that parts of this clue might relate to a Drunken Angel.

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

12. Stay in bed with a bunch of flowers.


The Posies - Dream All Day

11. Nesting spirit. Atlas or Goliath, possibly.


They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul

10. Warhol goes Wilde, with a slight sway.


Andy Warhol, Kim Wilde. Not Andy Oscar.

Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently

9. Colleagues visit a disco that only plays Dolly and Johnny.


The Associates - Club Country

Check SS #1 for Party Fears Two.

8. Threat stops traffic across the sea.


Billy Ocean - Red Light Spells Danger

7. DJs are... cemented.


DJs are on the radio. (Except club DJs.)

The Concretes - On The Radio

6. Moroccan bartender visits Homer's town, looking for Madonna's dear ladyfriend.


Rick was the bartender from Casablanca.

Homer lives in Springfield.

Madonna was friends with Dear Jessie.

Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl

5. Touché + mutant ninjas = a harmonious match.



Touché would win that fight.

The Turtles - Happy Together

4. Skirmish between pro-US biopics and laces. Murderous commandments!


"pro-US biopics" is one anagram.

"and laces" is another.

Put a skirmish (Vs.) between them and thou shalt...

Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip - Thous Shalt Always Kill

Thou shalt still not question Stephen Fry.

3. Ain't nothing like it. Your help required to pass.


The Real Thing - Can't Get By Without You

God, that takes me back to the Fifth Form. (80s reissue.)

2. Wren, spinning, no relation to one, an ordinary man.


Jenny Wren, Spinning Jenny, no relation to Huey (below).

Jenny Lewis - Just One Of The Guys

1. Donald's nephews deliver papers to trendy L7.


Well, two of Donald's nephews. Dewey must have been sick that day.

Still one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded...


Well, that's it, folks. 100 seems a pretty good number to bow out on, don't you think? Time to call it a day on Saturday Snapshots, maybe? Give you all a lie in next Saturday morning?





(Maybe not.)


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