Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

The band R.E.M. broke up this week, so in their honor, we quiz our panelists on their lyrics.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

CARL KASELL, host: From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Paula Poundstone, Brian Babylon and Jessi Klein. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, host: Thank you so much.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Thank you, Carl. Thanks everybody. In just a minute, Carl is almost hit by a bus-sized rhyme falling from space, in our Listener Limerick Challenge. If you'd like to play, give us a call at 1-888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924.

Right now, panel, time for a game we're calling?

KASELL: It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: As you know, the great band REM announced they were breaking up this week, prompting many people to realize that they were still together.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: In honor of their decades of great music, we're going to quiz you about REM lyrics. We'll give you the first line and three choices for what then followed. Complete it correctly, you'll get a point.

Ready, Jess? Here you go. Finish this line from the song, "The Wake Up Bomb": "My head's on fire and high esteem." A: I sort of look like Ben Vereen. B: get drunk and sing along to Queen. C: get your stains out with Oxy-Clean.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

JESSI KLEIN: REM would never sell out to Oxy-Clean. Let's go with the second one.

SAGAL: You're right, Jessi, very good.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

KLEIN: Thank god.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Brian, your turn. Here's one from the hit "Stand." Finish this: "your feet are going to be on the ground." A: you could stand to lose a few pounds. B: we thought you were girl on your ultrasound. Or C: your head is there to move you around.

BRIAN BABYLON: What was the first part of that part?

SAGAL: It was "your feet are going to be on the ground."

BABYLON: (Singing) Your feet are going to be on the ground.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

KLEIN: Yeah, you got it.

BABYLON: And then what was C?

SAGAL: Your head is there to move you around.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BABYLON: Yeah.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: You are an REM fan.

SAGAL: Oh wow.

BABYLON: Yeah, I'm going to go C.

SAGAL: You mean, yes, you're right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: You mean to tell there's a crossover between NPR fans and REM fans?

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: I never would have imagined that. All right, your turn Paula, from the song "Man in the Man," which of these follows the line, "Moses went walking with the staff of wood"? A: oh wait, that was Roosevelt, I misunderstood.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: B: Newton got beaned by the apple good. C: What's a hooded sweatshirt without a hood?

POUNDSTONE: B.

SAGAL: Yes, Newton got beaned by the apple good. Very good.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: That does it for our tribute to REM. We look forward to the day soon when they get old and go on their big reunion tour that'll be called: Everybody's Hip Hurts Sometimes Tour.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

Copyright © 2011 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
Support comes from: