April 28, 2010

Recap: Philadelphia rocks, Philadelphia rolls

Philadelphia: Land of Mama Quizmaster's birth, but I hadn't set foot in the city in nearly 15 years. But last night, with EDP and door girl Sherry acting as B-Cutie, we cruised down to the City of Excessive Benjamin Franklin worship (thanks, Zipcar!) for a single evening to bring the city the magic that is the All-Music Edition of the Big Quiz Thing.
The venue, World Cafe Live, is gorgeous and equipped with very good food, and we had a great turnout for a new city. And what a crowd—stupidly intelligent, these music geeks. Several teams were rocking (literally) a nearly perfect score till round three—they picked up quickly on the Pop Music Thesaurus, and the '80s Music Video Mash-Up proved great fun but little challenge (though "Ca Plane Pour Moi" tripped up most). (NOTE: Yes, the song was originally released in 1977, but I inextricably associate with the '80s and is on several '80s compilations, and has previously provided the disclaimer that there was a strictly non-'80s selection among the weeds. Forgot this time, apologies.) Next time, it'll all be about 1940s Mongolian throat-singing, mark my words.

Thus, the Three-Way Finale pitted the best of the best against the best of the best against the best of the best. A big mano cornuta to winners Hot Breakfast—they took it on "What rock band, which peaked in popularity in the ‘90s, had two fewer members than its name suggested?" Though second-runner-up team Show Us Your Tits (and We Don't Mean the Bald Guys) argued postgame that the correct answer isn't really a rock band (no guitar). Yeah, that was the problem.

The winning team bolted before I could get a nice photo, but here's an artist's depiction:
Will we be back? Perhaps. If you had fun, tell World Cafe Live, tell your friends, and stay tuned for information here. Rock!

4 comments:

Casey said...

Well, seeing as "Ca Plane Pour Moi" is a '70s song, i can see how it might trip up some folks in a category about '80s music...

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