Happy In Bag

Monday, December 29, 2008

Geek Collapse

I'm a sore loser.

A couple pals encouraged me to participate in Robert Moore's Monday evening music trivia contest at the Record Bar. I boasted that it wouldn't be fair- I'd almost certainly dominate the proceedings.

I know music. I even get paid to write about it. The potential for humiliation, consequently, was enormous. Additionally, Moore specializes in British indie rock of the '80s. That's not my strongest area.

Entered as a one-man team under the Quick Snap banner, I started strong by identifying Pere Ubu. But I missed questions about The Wolfgang Press and Supergrass. The horror! That didn't prevent me from taunting multi-player teams, shamelessly celebrating each of my correct answers and loudly objecting to a couple of Moore's absurdly esoteric questions.

I was in second place at the break. I asked a friend to rush to the bar to assure Quick Snap's victory.

We bet all but one point on the final Jeopardy-style question. "Name the lyric on DJ John Peel's tombstone." I'd forgotten the answer.



  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger The DLC said…

    I didn't know about this music trivia night-sounds fun, but probably way too hardcore for my knowledge.

    But 850 seems like an incredible score for a one-person team!

  • At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I should've been there. I would've done worse, and you'd have felt better.

  • At 11:31 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    My boorish behavior was completely unacceptable. I'll try to mind my manners the next time I play. I hope you two will join me.

  • At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You could not have been more boorish than T. Ladesich typically is. Let's you, me and him get together and go down in flames and taunts some night soon.

  • At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "specialize in 80's Brit music"? Hmmm. Good to know.

    The categories vary weekly. Last week, I had Jazz, Honky Tonk Heroes, Pink Floyd and Blues Legends as categories.

    Robert Moore

  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    That's great news, Robert. I know a lot more about Billy Joe Shaver, Little Milton, Bobby Watson and Syd Barrett than I do about The Wolfgang Press. Thanks for being a gracious host.

  • At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think you would have dug the Stax category. I did a KC jazz list the first week. It died sadly. Please send me some category suggestions. Thanks for coming out. I've dug your blogs for many moons.


  • At 2:54 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    I'll post a list of possible categories in this space later, Robert. I don't want people to think I'm tampering with your event by giving you offline suggestions. After all, I intend to be a winner. Thanks again.

  • At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It really all comes down to the lack of a (bop or bomp) and then a bad wager, otherwise we would have won.

    I'm coming back for sure, and I'm still upset about not getting the Talk Talk question. Made me feel like Jan Brady.

  • At 5:45 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Per your request, Robert, here's a list of category suggestions. I'll see you in 75 minutes:

    *Untimely deaths- Odd, early and unlikely demises

    *Pseudonyms- Alice Cooper's real name, etc.

    *It Came From Texas- Musicians by region (this concept obviously can be repeatedly endlessly)

    *Cover Me- Who wrote/performed the original version of hit songs?

    *Hippies- Questions about Country Joe, Richie Havens, etc.

    *Festivals- Theme based questions on Lollapalooza, Woodstock, Wakarusa, etc.

    *Kansas City Clubbing- Memorable KC gigs and concerts. What's the last place Nirvana played in Kansas City? What's the first place Lil Wayne played in Kansas City? Etc.

    *Prison- Who went to jail for what infraction?

    *Fat- Questions about portly people.

    *The Producers- Questions about the likes of Sam Phillips, Rick Rubin and George Martin.

    *Elvis Who?- Questions about Costello and Presley

    *Wu Tang Forever- Back when I was in a position to hire people, I always included this question in job interviews: "How many members of the Wu Tang Clan can you name?" And that's just the beginning.

  • At 10:33 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Robert- Great questions this week! Many of my protestations were just for show. Peter Tosh, Benny Goodman, Tory Chimes, TV On the Radio, Terence Trent D'Arby, etc. Impressive. Nice range. I'm bitter and angry about coming in third, but my ire is not directed at you.

  • At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    man...I just saw your suggestions. Nice ones. I did do a "covered" category and "AKA".

    Missed you this week. We're off this Monday...the bar has some benefit.


  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Glad you like them, Robert. I chose Jay McShann's birthday party at the MMF this week over your function. I look forward to returning to the Record Bar in a couple Mondays.


Post a Comment

<< Home