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Why not, first prize might even be good :von:

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a) which publication did this competition's name first appear in and in reference to what?

b) what film did the band's name originate from?

c) which actor mentioned the 'merciful release' later used as the label?

d) which bands was Patricia in previous to the sisters? (hint: four of them)

e) which band did Tim B. not quite get to join?

f) who was the 'real' Bax and what was his relationship with Elgar?

g) name three 'poems' referenced by Eldritch (and the songs in which they occur) that can be recognised as originating with TS Eliot?

h) Jon Langford penned a 'tribute' to Von, what was it called?

i) What does CNT stand for, and what was that in reference to originally?

j) when did the band sign to WEA year/month and when did they break away year/month?

k) where according to rumour did the black hat come from and how much was it?

l) according to Eldritch, which organization 'benefited' from the sisters first gig?

m) what email addy would one use to get in touch with the sisters?

n) who is in the 2006 line-up as it stands now? (hint: not Adam)

o) where does Von allege to write his best songs?

p) on what occasion did Eldritch first take his glasses off for the fans?

q) what did Elritch tell the press he bought with the proceeds of the sale of the pre-WEA back catalogue?

r) who was the England cricket captain in 1965?

s) one individual only played live with the sisters once back in 1981 who was he and what did he play (not Jon Langford)

t) why did Mr Andrew Heartland sell his collection and where did most of it end up?

my otherself need not apply :innocent:

go on dare you, have a go :notworthy: :von: :notworthy:
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n) :von: , the Doktor, Robohunter

o) in bars

p) Leeds Uni 91 (?)

Do I win a prize? ;D
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I honestly don't know any of the answers! How sad is that, hahaha! 8)
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f) who was the 'real' Bax and what was his relationship with Elgar?

Edward Bax, who is a character in the William Gibson short story, Johnny Mnenomic.

He has no specific relationship with Elgar although they do share a first name.

The composer Bax, on the other hand, was called Arnold...
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paint it black wrote: b) what film did the band's name originate from?
Are you referring to _McCabe and Mrs Miller_?
g) name three 'poems' referenced by Eldritch (and the songs in which they occur) that can be recognised as originating with TS Eliot?
Hah! "The Waste Land" (in Floorshow, Nine While Nine, and a truckload of other pre-Floodland tracks), "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" (Amphetamine Logic), "Gerontion" (Mother Russia)
h) Jon Langford penned a 'tribute' to Von, what was it called?
"Charlie Cake Park"?
i) What does CNT stand for, and what was that in reference to originally?
Confederacion Nacional de Trabajo - anarchosyndicalist union in 1930's Spain.

j) when did the band sign to WEA year/month and when did they break away year/month?
k) where according to rumour did the black hat come from and how much was it?
Accch! I remember the interview, and I think the answers are "Texas" and "$15".
l) according to Eldritch, which organization 'benefited' from the sisters first gig?
CND.
m) what email addy would one use to get in touch with the sisters?
You wouldn't.
n) who is in the 2006 line-up as it stands now? (hint: not Adam)
Eldo, the Doktor, Robochrist and perhaps Nurse?
q) what did Elritch tell the press he bought with the proceeds of the sale of the pre-WEA back catalogue?
White mercedes.
r) who was the England cricket captain in 1965?
John Edrich?
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a) which publication did this competition's name first appear in and in reference to what?
NME, with reference to a few p*ss-easy questions one of their female hacks asked people at the Sisters convention in London in March 1989.

b) what film did the band's name originate from?
It didn't, it originated from a Leonard Cohen song. However in one of his more pretentious moments I could quite imagine Von saying it's from La Petite Soeur des Pauvres.

c) which actor mentioned the 'merciful release' later used as the label?
Clint Eastwood??

d) which bands was Patricia in previous to the sisters? (hint: four of them)
Gun Club, The Bags, The Sisterhood.

k) where according to rumour did the black hat come from and how much was it?
Stolen from someone (can't remember who, U2's The Edge maybe?)

m) what email addy would one use to get in touch with the sisters?
All complaints, suggestions, fatuous requests and enquiries to devnull (badlydrawnmush@twee.co.uk), because we're not interested. (The word devnull originates from the early days of usenet. It's a killfile and means the emails will be deleted unread.)

n) who is in the 2006 line-up as it stands now? (hint: not Adam)
Von, Robochrist, Doktor Av

o) where does Von allege to write his best songs?
Bars in Hamburg.

p) on what occasion did Eldritch first take his glasses off for the fans?
Leeds Poly 17.2.91. "Nearly Human". Someone said he did the same the night before but I didn't see him do it.

s) one individual only played live with the sisters once back in 1981 who was he and what did he play (not Jon Langford)
Dave Humphries, 2nd guitar, Stafford Bingley Hall 5.9.81.

t) why did Mr Andrew Heartland sell his collection and where did most of it end up?
He sold everything to Robin and became a cricketer for his County (probably not the reason for selling though.)
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H. Blackrose wrote: Hah! "The Waste Land" (in Floorshow, Nine While Nine, and a truckload of other pre-Floodland tracks), "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" (Amphetamine Logic), "Gerontion" (Mother Russia)
That'll be four then: "Sweeney Erect" (Valentine)
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Dave ~ 2.5/37 :oops:

Red_Kola ~ maybe check up a bit more on Bax the composer?

Blackrose ~ 14/37 :D

Dan ~ 12/37 8)

Anybody gets more than 33 (coz they’re easy to get) can have a copy of something very special (seeing as it’s Christmas)

You can get in touch with the sisters and it’s not devnull (good try though)
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Red_Kola wrote:
H. Blackrose wrote: Hah! "The Waste Land" (in Floorshow, Nine While Nine, and a truckload of other pre-Floodland tracks), "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" (Amphetamine Logic), "Gerontion" (Mother Russia)
That'll be four then: "Sweeney Erect" (Valentine)
there are more than four, but i only asked for three :wink:
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paint it black wrote:Dave ~ 2.5/37 :oops:
Awwww. That's just not fair. :lol:

Dave gets all my points for not being such a nerd. (Even if its just a consolation price.) :P
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a) which publication did this competition's name first appear in and in reference to what?
NME Convention 1989

b) what film did the band's name originate from?
Always believed it was a Leonard Cohen song

c) which actor mentioned the 'merciful release' later used as the label?
I like Dans answer Clint Eastwood and i'll guess the film was The Outlaw Josey Wales

d) which bands was Patricia in previous to the sisters? (hint: four of them)
NOT four but seven, she was in Femme Fatale, Castration Squad, The Bags, Legal Weapon, Gun Club, Legendary Stardust Cowboy & Fur Bible

e) which band did Tim B. not quite get to join?
The m*****n he played live a couple of times 1990 before joing/getting a better offer from the SISTERS

f) who was the 'real' Bax and what was his relationship with Elgar?
Arnold Bax both Bax and Elgar composers so I guess they were friends / acquaintances

g) name three 'poems' referenced by Eldritch (and the songs in which they occur) that can be recognised as originating with TS Eliot?
The Waste Land, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock & Gerontion

h) Jon Langford penned a 'tribute' to Von, what was it called?
Charlie Cake Park lyrics "In a flat above the chemists Andy and Claire are dressing to kill"

i) What does CNT stand for, and what was that in reference to originally?
Confederacion Nacional de Trabajo anarchosyndicalist union in 1930's Spain

j) when did the band sign to WEA year/month and when did they break away year/month?
April 1984, ?? Oct 1997

k) where according to rumour did the black hat come from and how much was it?
Stealing from previous answer Texas and $15

l) according to Eldritch, which organization 'benefited' from the sisters first gig?
CND

m) what email addy would one use to get in touch with the sisters?
you could always try smokeandmirrors@yahoo.com !

n) who is in the 2006 line-up as it stands now? (hint: not Adam)
Eldritch, Dr Avalanche, Robochrist, Nurse (Jazzwank, Simon D or whatever he now calls himself), Marx

o) where does Von allege to write his best songs?
Bars in Hamburg

p) on what occasion did Eldritch first take his glasses off for the fans?
Fan Club gig Leeds Feb 1991

q) what did Elritch tell the press he bought with the proceeds of the sale of the pre-WEA back catalogue?
White Mercedes

r) who was the England cricket captain in 1965?
NOT edrich he captained in the 70's it was Michael Smith

s) one individual only played live with the sisters once back in 1981 who was he and what did he play (not Jon Langford)
Dave Humphries

t) why did Mr Andrew Heartland sell his collection and where did most of it end up?
Robin Colman bought the collection he fell out with Eldritch Didn't play cricket for his county but for Bath?? (a town side)
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the-happening wrote:n) who is in the 2006 line-up as it stands now? (hint: not Adam)
Eldritch, Dr Avalanche, Robochrist, Nurse (Jazzwank, Simon D or whatever he now calls himself), Marx
Marx? Gary Marx? Have I been missing something? :eek:
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paint it black wrote:Red_Kola ~ maybe check up a bit more on Bax the composer?
Ok then. The "real" Bax was Andrew Eldritch who used the name 'Edward Bax' when posting to the Dominion mailing list circa 1997. Andrew has said he "spent some time" in Malvern where Elgar also lived.

Whilst the composer Bax was seen by many as the inheritor of Elgar's mantle, it is hard to figure a connection beyond coincidence between him, a borrowed name from a William Gibson novel and the use of that name by Andrew Eldritch.
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Crapping hell, difficult :eek:

Don't thing I know any answer right away :lol:

Just thought of a reply to question m reading the above answers, but I guess I'll let that be solved by people that are actually in contest ;D (and you're not allowed to link to that one anyway :innocent: )
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canon docre wrote:
paint it black wrote:Dave ~ 2.5/37 :oops:
Awwww. That's just not fair. :lol:

Dave gets all my points for not being such a nerd. (Even if its just a consolation price.) :P
Cheers Jess. :D :notworthy: :lol: Don't want PiB's smelly prize anyway. :lol: :lol:

Having read the Marx interview in GPS, he must have had a Road To Damascus moment to consider working with Von again. Nice thought though.
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I have always thought of myself as a sad obsessive so I am delighted I don't know the answers.

Clearly I'm not that bad.
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@ J. 29/37 i guess with a re-reading of the questions 33 will be an easy target :notworthy: :notworthy:

i counted Charlie Cake Park as correct, for you and blackrose, though i was is actually thinking of a song penned about Von *Prince of Darkness*

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Red_Kola wrote: Ok then. The "real" Bax was Andrew Eldritch who used the name 'Edward Bax' when posting to the Dominion mailing list circa 1997. Andrew has said he "spent some time" in Malvern where Elgar also lived
wasn't Eldo's Dad in the RAF, which meant he got posted all over the place? There is an MOD base in Malvern (where they did alot of work on radar in WWII, formerly RRE, then RSRE, then DERA, currently known as Qinetiq and about to be sold off to the private sector by the Blairite junta).

I also seem to recall reading that his grandparents lived in Malvern. I knew afew Taylor families there, but never noticed any dodgy goth connections with them, but then if he's estranged, why would they advertise it?

Oh, and Elgar lived at Broadwas, which is a village north of Malvern. He was buried at Little Malvern - its a beautiful little medieval church on the east side of the hills overlooking the Severn plain - well worth a visit if you're into that kinda thang!

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e) The Sisters...? ;)

k) The hat is from Las Vegas and it was fairly cheap, if my memory serves me right. About 5 bobs.
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k) I always thought the hat was borrowed

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The hat was given to Andrew by Jeffrey Lee Pierce (and by extension Patricia) of the Gun Club while the Sisters toured with them in 83.
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according to eye witnesses from back in the day, the hat came into common use when von had a hair dying accident circa 84. he fried his hair and it all started coming out in huge clumps.

during this period of hair re-growth he had a habit of wearing a baseball cap when around and about town, presumably when situation called for him to be less "dressy"...

see the pics from black planet vid shoot.

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Methedrome wrote:The hat was given to Andrew by Jeffrey Lee Pierce (and by extension Patricia) of the Gun Club while the Sisters toured with them in 83.
that was the coat

the hat was picked up in the US. in the LA 91984) for $25.00 :wink:
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Methedrome wrote:The hat was given to Andrew by Jeffrey Lee Pierce (and by extension Patricia) of the Gun Club while the Sisters toured with them in 83.
that was the coat

the hat was picked up in the US. in the LA (1984) for $25.00 :wink:
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k) the hat was purchased in a fancy dress shop.

o) all his best songs are written in the past.

t) sold them to Robin Coleman, lost his obsession with the sisters and published a book about Seigfried Sassoon - A cricketing man.
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