One way pubs can keep punters coming through the door is that great British institution the pub quiz and to that end, here’s how it’s done Canton style with a look at the Butcher’s Arms on Llandaff Road’s ‘Never Mind the Music Quiz’ from a couple of weeks back.
Things got off to a bad start for my team, Shorthanded, as we were confronted by a pop conundrums list of 20 anagrams to try and unscramble throughout the evening. My favourite was ‘A Glad Gay’ for Lady Gaga which is one of the 10 we actually managed to get, though if anyone could tell me which band, female or male solo star ‘Enema? You wish’ is supposed to be, then I would be much obliged.
Shorthanded struggled trying to pin down some of the older stuff quizmaster Jon Stevens was playing us as the 50s, 60s and 70s round yielded a grand total of 3 out of 9 for a trio with an average age in the mid-twenties. Said Jon: “To be honest with you I wasn’t expecting such a young crowd!”
Undaunted, we ploughed on until we hit the wall of the TV pop shows round where you had to guess the theme tune, artist and appropriate programme for each question. Matching Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ with ‘Top of the Pops’ was fine, but the fact that Manfred Mann’s ‘5-4-3-2-1’ began ‘Ready Steady Go’ once upon a time was news to us. 4 out of 15: ouch. Still we chose our joker round well, picking up double points predictably enough on the 80s, 90s and 2000s round.
We also distinguished ourselves in the mash-up round, spotting one gory combination of ‘Run to You’ by Bryan Adams and Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’.
At the end of the night the remains of a shredded beer mat on the table next to us is evidence of the overwhelming tension in the room as the winner of two bottles of wine and unlimited bragging rights are about to be announced. The feeling in the Shorthanded camp is downbeat, and rightly so as the impressive I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue romp to victory.
Quizmaster Jon used to put on nights like this around Cardiff in the 90s and has come back to find it a very different game, running events at The Romilly and The Goscombe in Canton as well as The Butcher’s. Jon said: “I’ve just updated it for the iPod age. Everything was off cassette in the 90s. Back then people had a better knowledge of music.
“Radio 1 and the popular stations don’t play anything now from 10 years ago whereas I find now people in their 20s are completely unaware of things my generation consider classics so that makes it difficult trying to cater for everyone.”
Landlord Chris Gough, 41, from Cathays took over the Butcher’s in December last year with business partner Paul and is happy with Jon’s efforts at getting customers in. Chris said: “I was offered it by Brains and I fancied a challenge.” He and Paul haven’t signed a full lease yet, but are hoping to make a go of the place just next to Chapter Arts Centre.
The Butcher’s Pub Quiz, Wednesday February 1, 2012 results:
- I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue: 119 points
- The Jokers are Mildly Stinky: 108.5
- The Inbetweeners: 100
- Shorthanded: 99.5
- Confused.com: 83.5