Saturday, 17 August 2019

Saturday Snapshots #97

Don't Stand So Close To Me on a Saturday morning, you won't be able to see the answers to Saturday Snapshots and I do hate to be Wrapped Around Your Finger. Lately I feel like the King of Pain, and I doubt that'll change anytime soon as it's back to work on Monday...

Still, enough with the doom and gloom. Please identify the songs & singers (or instrumentalists) from the clues below. Not long to go now 'til we reach #100. Until then, I'll be hanging on Every Breath You Take...

10. Adele, formerly Hart, gets mixed up with a flex.

9. Future Queen grinds teeth over basic make-up.

8. Ghost found in cuddly toys - the answer was written on a gravestone.

7. Oyster sauce? Not dead.

6. Astaire finds matrimony - but still keeps dancing, despite his age.

5. Soaring temperatures lead to late jive.

4. Don't buy a puppy from these lads - it's against the law!

3. Rely on the endless highway, without Romeo.

2. Without punch, short Tanzanian ukulele won't go home till sunrise.

1. Mo Farah is a hack, man.

Answers tomorrow morning. Until then: de do do do de da da da is all I have to say to you.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Saturday Snapshots #96 - The Answers

Saturday Snapshots... the final frontier.

These are the answers from our five year mission to boldly go...

What do you mean he's not a singer?

I can't get behind that.

"Always can do one more..."

Well done to Alyson for a clear victory this week, even stepping away to let others have a go. Thanks for playing, as always. Very quick answers this week because I have to assemble some more bloody IKEA furniture...

10. Interesting snooker player in sou'wester sacrifices his glory days to music.

Steve 'Interesting' Davis was the snooker player.

A sou'wester is a mac.

Mac Davis - Rock 'N Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)

9. Curtly flat, Johnny Rotten & Poly Styrene compose a ballad.

Curtly flat is an anagram.

Tullycraft - The Punks Are Writing Love Songs

8. Menace to society complains about computers being left on overnight.

Public Enemy - Shut 'Em Down

7. Goes well with heels, pants and khaki suits (twice) but is often mistaken for somebody else.

In Uptown Top Ranking, all the above items of clothing are worn with Ting.

6. ☠ Zero chance of misery.

Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time

Charity Chic and Lynchie - proud to call themselves Poison fans.

5. Put together pieces in the stratosphere.

Jigsaw - Sky High

And thanks to CC, I just discovered Jigsaw's other "hit", Journey Into Space. Which is great, because it has almost the same tune as Sky High, with added moog effects.

The above photo couldn't help but remind me of Les McQueen...

4. Telephoto Thom in a muddle about junior Lebowskis.

Telephoto Thom is another anagram.

The Dude is Jeff Lebowski.

Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes

3. Louise pleads with her other half not to go to Texas.

Louise's partner was Thelma.

Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way

2. Successful conmen with cathode.

A cathode is electronic.

Successful conmen get away with it.

Electronic - Getting Away With It

Lyrics written by Neil Tennant, allegedly about Steven Patrick Morrissey.

1. Johnson's friend isn't bothered now.

Holly Johnson's buddy.

Now that's a pop song!

"I'd fight Shatner."

But once I'm done, I'll be back next week with another set of Snapshots.

Unless I get a better offer.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Saturday Snapshots #96

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...
And the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine...

That's Saturday Snapshots.

Yes, it's still here. Though I am running perilously close to the bottom of my reserves. Hopefully I'll have time to snap some new ones soon. In the meantime, you know the drill - identify ten top tunes and their singers from the clues below, please. Ain't that a kick in the head?

10. Interesting snooker player in sou'wester sacrifices his glory days to music.

9. Curtly flat, Johnny Rotten & Poly Styrene compose a ballad.

8. Menace to society complains about computers being left on overnight.

7. Goes well with heels, pants and khaki suits (twice) but is often mistaken for somebody else.

6. Zero chance of misery.

5. Put together pieces in the stratosphere.

4. Telephoto Thom in a muddle about junior Lebowskis.

3. Louise pleads with her other half not to go to Texas.

2. Successful conmen with cathode.

1. Johnson's friend isn't bothered now.

Memories Are Made Of This... but if you're having trouble remembering any of the artists above, the answers will arise tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, don't forget our Kickstarter is still running. If this one goes well, the artist will want to do more... and I might even start proper joined up writing again. All help gratefully received.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Kickstart My Heart

Taking a break from my break to let you know about my new comic. Now, I realise this will only be of interest to a few of you, and no worries if that's not you. But if you've read any of my comics before - particularly the last one I released before my "retirement" from writing, Department of the Peculiar - you may be interested to know that the second story from that series is set to be released soon... if we achieve our publishing target on Kickstarter. The book was mostly written about five years ago (around the time the first story was published) but for one reason or another it's been on hold since then. However, my collaborator and all-round artistic genius Rob Wells has been pushing hard to get the story out there and drag me out of retirement, and the Kickstarter looks like it may just do that.

How is this relevant to a music blog? Well, the latest story is Department of the Peculiar Goes Pop, and it may be on interest to music fans beyond the normal comics fanbase. You can read much more about it here or click on the images below for a preview of the first three pages in which something very nasty happens to a bunch of musicians you may almost recognise...

If you fancy helping us on our way to our publishing target, all help will be gratefully received. But I won't hold it against you if you don't - this isn't for everybody, just the discerning few.

See you back here on Saturday for more Snapshots.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Saturday Snapshots #95 - The Answers

Girls, Girls, Girls... and boys, boys, boys: welcome to the Mötley Crüe that is the Saturday Snapshots answers for this week. Hopefully these will Kickstart Your Heart for Sunday morning...

(Speaking of kickstart, I'll be back later this week to talk about a project I'm involved in that may be of interest to one or two of you.)

No scores this week due to my computer still being in a box, but you all did very well. #9 was pretty obscure...

10. Johnny's pal sounds bitter alongside young adults, considering passionate idiots.

Frankie & Johnny.

Bitter lemon.

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love?

9. Black Widow stolen by part of 10.

Take the Teenagers from #10 and add Scarlett Johansson. (Or Starlett Johansson, as they changed the title to.)

The Teenagers - Starlett Johansson

8. Big easy invitation to boogie.

New Orleans is The Big Easy.

Orleans - Dance With Me

7. Can you see swirls in the pattern on the rug, by yourself?

Spirals in the carpet?

The Inspiral Carpets - This Is How It Feels (To Be Lonely)

6. Undyed tennis player sings for Irish lad.

Andy Murray, without the dy, becomes Ann Murray.

Danny Boy is an Irish lad.

Anne Murray - Danny's Song

Gorgeous tune. Written by Kenny Loggins, of all people.

I have not seen Family Guy, but apparently Lynchie reckons you can learn all sorts about Anne Murray from it.

5. Fling, forever, no score.

A fling is another word for a love affair.

Forever is Everlasting.

No score (in tennis) is love.

Love Affair - Everlasting Love

4. Lazes, like 6, with Aussie outlaw and zero moose.

Lazes = Idles.

#6 was Danny's Song.

Aussie Outlaw was Ned Kelly.

A moose is an elk.

Zero = 0.


Hard work this, sometimes.

Idles - Danny Nedelko

3. Oklahoma resident in Armani has shocking nightmare.

A person from Oklahoma is an Okie.

Giorgio Armani.

Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder - Together In Electric Dreams

2. Survivors of the apocalypse politely address Magnum.

They says roaches will survive the apocalypse.

Magnum was Tom Selleck.

The Roches - Mr. Sellack

1. Oldest string game played by Potter in dry-lipped pub.

Harry (Potter) has chap(ped) lips at the inn.

The cat's cradle, according to iffypedia, is one of the oldest games in recorded human history. THis is what kids did for fun before Xbox and Netflix...

Mansize tissues at the ready...

No need to Shout At The Devil - Saturday Snapshots will be back next week.

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