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Ok, so take your regular common or garden pub quiz with its
general knowledge, history, current affairs rounds etc. and throw away all the
rounds that you don’t like. You’re probably left with the music round – the one
everyone secretly thinks will bring redemption to the team, the one everyone is
relying on in order to prove their worth to their teammates.
And if you feel that way, then why bother with the other
rounds at all? Why not just get yourself to the Sounds Familiar Quiz which have
built a pub quiz completely centred on the music round. That’s right, every
single round is listening to some music and writing down either the artist,
title, or both.
And it really is as good as it sounds.
It is incredibly popular and you really do have to get a bit
organised and book in advance if you want to go. As the team names were read
out (yes - there’s a prize for the best, no - we didn’t win that), one team had
called themselves “Where the fuck is our table?” The reply to that came at the
end of the night when anarchy was all but breaking out (people were drunk and impatient to know the winners/no longer cared about the quiz) and the compere couldn’t help but answer that
question with “Maybe if you’d booked you’d have had one.” Moral: You need to
The place was crammed and even though we HAD booked, there
still wasn’t enough room for us at our table and there was a short burst of
frenzy as the hosts tried to find a table with space (there wasn’t one) and so
had to improvise by playing around with the floor plan. We were happily accommodated
after not too long.
On each table is a pack with the Rules, the Rounds and the
paper to write on. They also give you an idea of what the rounds in the upcoming Sounds
Familiar quizzes will involve, and by looking at them it seemed our evening was
a bit of an anomaly. While they normally have rounds such as “Wet Fart” (I
dread to think) and “Hard Cheese” or “Got it Covered” this time each round was
based on the number of people in the band.
So for Round 2 – “Six me Up” you had to write down the title
of the track and the band who did it. You were told in advance it would be a
band with 6 members. Round 3 was bands with 5 members and so on and so forth down
to Round 7 which was solo artistes.
First round was full of mashups where you just had to identify the
bands. I say “just”. While on the whole the evening wasn’t too challenging and
therefore definitely more fun than frustrating, it wasn’t a complete walk in
the park either. The second song for instance mashed up Tweet ft Missy Elliot
with Queens of the Stone Age. Yes, Tweet. Ring a bell? I doubt it, though you’ll
probably recognise the song she did (Oops there’s goes my shirt up over my
head, oh my). Of course recognising the song without knowing the artist didn’t
help in this case.
And there were also two half-rounds thrown in where MC Quizzical got up and
spat some rhymes, describing someone who was of a topical nature. You had to
figure out who it was. Pulling some sense out of his fast-flowing rap was
tricky but we just about managed to understand enough to make a good enough
guess at who he meant. Didgeridoo is a word that stands out in most contexts
and can only mean one person given recent events.
The night really reminded me of Musical Bingo in its
revelry. Almost every track they played
was a track you wished you could listen to until the end and towards the end,
or maybe even the middle of the evening people were up and dancing, some on
tables I am sure.
Revellers up and dancing
The final song played was All Night Long by Lionel Ritchie (although
we’d also had some Abba, Chemical
Brothers and Hung up by Madonna along the way) and the party vibe was complete.
I think some people were so caught up with dancing in fact that they forgot to
hand in their answers at the end.
We ended up in a mid-league position, but none of us really
cared, even though we thought we’d answered a hell of a lot right. We’d had
such a good time just listening to the music and challenging our brains to recall songs without the aid of Google or Shazam. Almost all of the songs were familiar and the artists were just on the
tip of your tongue. That was the most challenging part as they were quite
careful to choose songs that, in the main, were named for their chorus. And
they always played the chorus. Or if not, then the song title was mentioned at
some point during its play. At first we’d recognise the song and begin wracking
our brains to remember what it was called but we soon realised that if we just
waited, we’d hear what it was soon enough.
If you need any more convincing about how good it was, they play the theme from Fresh Prince of Bel Air while they tot up the scores. Amazing.