Revivals

Jan 18, 2019

Clear! Contestants are quizzed on things famously revived, to the tune of songs between 100-120 BPM—the correct pace for CPR chest compressions.

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Now here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. Before the break, we met our contestants Emily and Rich. Our next game is about songs we literally can't live without. So this is a music parody game that could save your life. Every song in it has a number of beats per minute, 100 to 120, to perform CPR chest compressions at the correct pace.

COULTON: And since the goal of CPR is to revive someone, we rewrote these songs to make them about things that were famously revived or brought back. Ring in to tell me what I'm singing about. And if you get that right, you can earn a bonus point by naming the song I'm parodying or else the artist who made it famous.

EISENBERG: Emily, stay in the lead, and you are in the final round. Rich, you need to get more points, or the CPR dummy is you.

RICH FISLER: Oh, OK.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go.

COULTON: (Playing guitar, singing) In the '90s, everything was clear. This soda was gone till a brief reappear. Don't want a Coke - that stuff is too brown, I think. I need a see-through soft drink. I need a see-through soft drink.

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COULTON: Emily.

EMILY MONGEAU: Crystal Pepsi.

COULTON: Crystal Pepsi is correct.

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EISENBERG: It's easier to hide your gin.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's right. For a bonus point, can you name the original song or artist?

MONGEAU: "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. Cyndi Lauper.

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COULTON: Here's your next one. (Playing guitar, singing) All around Duckburg, they have solved mysteries since back in '87 - David Tennant Scrooge in the latest reprise. Tales of derring-do, say it with me now, woo-who-who (ph).

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COULTON: Rich.

FISLER: "Doctor Who?"

COULTON: I'm sorry. That is a good guess but incorrect. Emily, do you know the answer?

MONGEAU: Is it "DuckTales?"

COULTON: It is "DuckTales." That's right.

FISLER: "DuckTales." Oh, wow.

COULTON: For a bonus point, can you name the original song or artist?

MONGEAU: I forgot what you sang already (laughter).

COULTON: Yeah. I'm pretty forgettable, Emily. It happens all the time.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That was "Fly" by Sugar Ray.

MONGEAU: OK.

COULTON: (Playing guitar, singing) Oh, an instant pic, you know this thing don't lie. Load the film, press the button, click - comes into view right in front of you. Hold a photo in your hand like we used to.

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COULTON: Emily.

MONGEAU: Polaroid?

COULTON: Polaroid camera is correct.

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COULTON: For the bonus point, can you name the song or artist?

MONGEAU: Nope.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: It's Shakira, "Hips Don't Lie."

MONGEAU: Oh, oh.

EISENBERG: By the way, photo-bombing a Polaroid camera shot is very satisfying...

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EISENBERG: ...Because you're just watching them, like, can't wait to see this. And then slowly, they just see you in the background.

COULTON: Who was that now?

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COULTON: Here's your next one. (Playing guitar, singing) It took all the strength I had not to fall apart without these crunchy chocolate pieces in my shopping cart. But now those rice-field-colored pills complete with a letter on one side are back on sale, and now my snack game will prevail.

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COULTON: Emily.

MONGEAU: M&M's?

COULTON: I need you to be more specific.

MONGEAU: Mini M&M's?

COULTON: No.

MONGEAU: Peanut M&M's?

COULTON: No, I'm sorry.

MONGEAU: Peanut Butter M&M's?

COULTON: That is incorrect. You can't just sit there and name all the M&M's, Emily.

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COULTON: Rich, do you know the answer?

FISLER: Let me see. That's something with rice in it, so Crispy M&M's?

COULTON: Yeah, that's right (laughter).

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FISLER: And it's "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. Yeah.

COULTON: Yeah. For the bonus point, "I Will Survive." That's right.

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COULTON: (Playing guitar, singing) I remember her. I remember, I remember Shannen Doherty...

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COULTON: (Playing guitar, singing) And her sisters were witches who vanquished foes. Now it's back on the CW. See how it goes.

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COULTON: Rich.

FISLER: "Charmed."

COULTON: "Charmed." That's correct.

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COULTON: For the bonus point, name the song or artist.

FISLER: "Crazy."

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. Gnarls Barkley.

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EISENBERG: We know your wheelhouse now, Rich.

(LAUGHTER)

FISLER: Yes, yes. CW shows about witches.

(LAUGHTER)

FISLER: But I've never seen the show.

COULTON: Really?

FISLER: No, I don't know anything about the Halliwell sisters at all.

COULTON: OK.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: All right, this is your last clue. (Playing guitar, singing) Just saw this film remade, a showbiz view. Streisand, also Judy played, to name a few - big draw, such accolades. Guess who it's got, got. It's Brad and Gaga.

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COULTON: Rich.

FISLER: "A Star Is Born."

COULTON: "A Star Is Born" is right.

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COULTON: Song or artist for a bonus point.

FISLER: I'm sorry. You're wonderful, but I'm not.

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COULTON: I wish that were the title of the song.

FISLER: Yeah, yeah.

COULTON: But it is not.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: It's "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga.

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COULTON: Ophira, how did our contestants do?

EISENBERG: Rich made an amazing comeback, but Emily is going to our final round.

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