Extended Play

Why do some song titles have parenthetical phrases in them? It's truly one of life's grand mysteries. This week's guest troubadour Shonali Bhowmik plays famous tunes with such titles, and our brave contestants must sing the missing lyrics.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm your host, Ophira Eisenberg. Why am I the host? Because I have all the answers. At least for the next hour. We have a great show with clever quizzes, catchy tunes. It's a bit of a puzzle party up here.

Let me introduce our puzzle gurus, who make the party happen here at ASK ME ANOTHER. This is John Chaneski.

JOHN CHANESKI: Hi Ophira. Hello.

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CHANESKI: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Art Chung.

ART CHUNG: Hey Ophira.

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EISENBERG: And, of course, the woman behind the guitar is Shonali Bhowmik.

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SHONALI BHOWMIK: Hi. Hi Ophira. Hi.

EISENBERG: And Shonali is not only providing the music for our show, but she will also be helping me with our very first game. All right. Standing in front of me are our first two contestants. We have Trent Gary and Jamie Pierce. Welcome.

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EISENBERG: Trent, you're new to New York.

TRENT GARY: I am.

EISENBERG: You just moved here from Montana?

GARY: I did.

EISENBERG: You can tell, you still have happiness in that face of yours.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Potential. You think you can get an apartment for 600 bucks.

(LAUGHTER)

GARY: That doesn't happen.

EISENBERG: That doesn't happen, well done, keep saying that.

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EISENBERG: You are - But you were - You're a radio DJ as well?

GARY: I was at one point.

EISENBERG: You were. OK what was your show?

GARY: Well I had a college radio station. And then I was a DJ for an afternoon radio station in a little town in - called Sandpoint, Idaho.

EISENBERG: Standpoint, Idaho.

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER #1: Sandpoint, Idaho.

EISENBERG: Oh, Sandpoint, Idaho.

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GARY: Sandpoint's in the house.

EISENBERG: And what was the name of your show?

GARY: Well, it didn't have a name, it was just the "Sunday Afternoon Show." So I was just kind of filling the time between live show to live show.

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EISENBERG: Live show to live show. So you're no stranger to radio. Welcome. All right, you're going to be great. And you also, Jamie, just moved to New York from Austin?

JAMIE PIERCE: Yes.

EISENBERG: How long have you been here?

PIERCE: I've been here for a year.

EISENBERG: Oh for a year.

PIERCE: So yeah.

EISENBERG: So you're, you're, you're almost the real thing.

PIERCE: Yeah, the bloom is off the rose.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The bloom - I love how we talk about living here.

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EISENBERG: And you're a pub quiz enthusiast. You do a lot.

PIERCE: Love it. Love it. Love it.

EISENBERG: You love it. Fantastic. And I hear that your current job, I was told, became your job after you were house-sitting in Fire Island?

PIERCE: Yeah. I got my job because I managed a beach house in Fire Island for the...

EISENBERG: You managed a beach house.

PIERCE: Yeah, it was, it was...

EISENBERG: That's a - That's a job?

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PIERCE: It was as hard as it sounds.

EISENBERG: That's awesome. All right. Well you guys are in for a treat. We are going to play a little game here called Extended Play.

BHOWMIK: That is right. So Ophira.

EISENBERG: Yes.

BHOWMIK: I think you can help me out. Tell me what the name of this song is.

(SOUNDBITE OF SHONALI BHOWMIK PLAYING GUITAR)

EISENBERG: Yes, yes, yes. Of course. We all know the song. Everyone knows the song. It is "Satisfaction."

BHOWMIK: You are wrong. It is, parentheses, "I Can't Get No," close parentheses, "Satisfaction."

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BHOWMIK: So this game is about song titles that include parentheses within the title.

EISENBERG: Aha.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's going to be great. So Shonali is going to play familiar songs whose titles end with words in parentheses. OK. So it's your task to ring in and sing, yes sing...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: The part of the title that is in the parentheses. And then we'll ask you a follow-up question. Either of you can answer and whoever gets the most points moves on to our final Ask Me One More round at the end of the show. Are you ready?

GARY: Yes.

EISENBERG: Great.

BHOWMIK: OK.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)")

BHOWMIK: (Singing) The best things in life are free. But you can give them to the birds and bees. I want money.

CHANESKI: Trent.

GARY: That's what I want.

BHOWMIK: Oh nice.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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EISENBERG: OK, this question is opened up to the both of you. The Beatles sang this famous cover of "Money (That's What I Want)," but the song was originally performed by Barrett Strong in 1959. In 1997, who came to a different conclusion in their song "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems"?

CHANESKI: Trent.

GARY: Puff Daddy?

CHANESKI: No.

Take a guess Jamie.

PIERCE: Biggie? The Notorious B.I.G.

BHOWMIK: Jamie.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

BHOWMIK: Correct.

EISENBERG: You got it.

CHANESKI: The Notorious B.I.G. Very good Jamie.

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BHOWMIK: The Notorious B.I.G.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY)")

BHOWMIK: (Singing) Give it to me baby. Aha, aha. Give it to me baby. Aha, aha. All the girlies say I'm pretty fly...

PIERCE: For...

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EISENBERG: I didn't see that.

CHANESKI: I think Trent rang in first.

BHOWMIK: I think...

EISENBERG: Trent.

GARY: For a white guy.

(LAUGHTER)

BHOWMIK: Nice, the white guy hits the white guy.

EISENBERG: I like your range.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: You loved singing that. Just a little bit.

GARY: Just a little. Just a little.

EISENBERG: Did - Did we just get something on your bucket list? Was that a check mark?

GARY: May have been.

(LAUGHTER)

CHANESKI: I think that's the state theme song of Montana.

EISENBERG: Is it?

(LAUGHTER)

GARY: Almost.

CHANESKI: Unfair advantage. OK.

EISENBERG: In 1961, what white guy went pretty fly when he became the first human to orbit the earth? Trent.

GARY: Buzz Aldrin?

CHANESKI: No.

EISENBERG: No.

CHANESKI: Jamie.

EISENBERG: Buzz Aldrin is a toy.

(LAUGHTER)

PIERCE: Glenn - Oh.

CHANESKI: Glenn somebody.

PIERCE: Yes, Glenn somebody?

CHANESKI: No, no it's not him either. Sorry.

EISENBERG: Also no.

BHOWMIK: Don't listen to John, whatever you do.

PIERCE: John Glenn. No.

EISENBERG: The answer is Uri Gagarin.

PIERCE: Oh, the Russians.

CHANESKI: Mm.

EISENBERG: The Russians.

BHOWMIK: The Russians.

CHANESKI: Russian guy.

EISENBERG: I know, we always forget about the Russians don't we?

BHOWMIK: Yeah, poor guys.

EISENBERG: Poor guy, I know.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME)")

BHOWMIK: (Singing) To have a girl like her, is truly a dream come true. And out of all the fellows in the world, he belongs to you. And it was just my imagination...

PIERCE: "Running away with me?"

EISENBERG: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

BHOWMIK: Jamie.

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CHANESKI: "Running Away With Me."

BHOWMIK: By the Temptations.

EISENBERG: Jamie that was great. Could I just have a little more of your soprano voice? Let's try that again.

PIERCE: Oh.

EISENBERG: Come on.

PIERCE: "Running Away From Me."

EISENBERG: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Thank you. That was great. Speaking of running away, in 1932, what Dallas waitress ran away with Clyde Barrow to start a life of crime? Jamie.

CHANESKI: Jamie.

PIERCE: Bonnie Parker?

CHANESKI: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yes.

CHANESKI: Bonnie Parker.

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PIERCE: That's kin folk down in Texas.

EISENBERG: Yeah. We clearly share the same role models.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME)")

BHOWMIK: (Singing) Loves strange. So real in the dark. Think of the tender things that we were working on. Slow change pulled us apart. When the light gets into your heart. Baby. Don't you...

CHANESKI: Trent.

GARY: Forget About Me.

(LAUGHTER)

BHOWMIK: Nice Trent. These voices. You guys have nice voices.

EISENBERG: Right. I just love every time you sing a line Trent, you get the biggest grin on your face.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: It's fantastic. Amnesia and memory loss is a standard plot device in Hollywood films. From the "Bourne Identity"...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...to "The Vow." But what 2003 film featured an animated character with short-term memory problems?

Trent.

GARY: "Finding Nemo"?

EISENBERG: "Finding Nemo."

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BHOWMIK: Good.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "QUIT PLAYIN' GAMES (WITH MY HEART)")

BHOWMIK: (Singing) Sometimes I wish I could turn back time. Impossible as it may seem. Baby if I could, well I would. Baby. Quit playing games...

EISENBERG: Jamie.

PIERCE: With My Heart.

BHOWMIK: Jamie.

EISENBERG: With my heart.

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CHANESKI: Nice.

EISENBERG: Yes.

BHOWMIK: Yes.

EISENBERG: Now I know everything about your music taste Jamie, I understand.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Speaking of boy bands, the blonde member of The Backstreet Boys shares his first name with one of the Jonas Brothers. What is the name?

Trent.

GARY: Nick?

EISENBERG: Nick.

CHANESKI: He's right.

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EISENBERG: So you knew the song?

GARY: Maybe.

EISENBERG: Maybe.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY")

BHOWMIK: (Singing) Never judge a book by his cover. Or who you're going to love by your lover. Say you love put me wise to her love in disguise. She had the body of a Venus. Imagine my surprise. There, there, dude...

PIERCE: "Dude Looks Like a Lady"?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Jamie.

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EISENBERG: Yes.

BHOWMIK: Very good.

EISENBERG: That's right. Aerosmith's only number one billboard hot 100 song was "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" which was in the soundtrack for what film?

Jamie.

CHANESKI: Jamie.

PIERCE: "Armageddon."

EISENBERG: Correct.

CHANESKI: "Armageddon."

PIERCE: Ding, ding.

BHOWMIK: Yes.

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BHOWMIK: All right.

EISENBERG: That is a weird choice for an end of the world song.

BHOWMIK: Ophira.

EISENBERG: Yes.

BHOWMIK: This is a super close match.

EISENBERG: It is? How close?

BHOWMIK: Yeah. So close. But Jamie, you are the winner.

EISENBERG: Congratulations Jamie.

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EISENBERG: Jamie, stick around. You're going to move onto our final Ask Me One More round. Trent, you were fantastic. How about a hand for Trent?

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "I PUT A SPELL ON YOU")

BHOWMIK: (Singing) I put a spell on you. Because you're mine. You better stop what you're doing. I say watch out, I ain't lying. Yeah. I ain't going to take you fooling around. I ain't going to take you putting me down. You put a spell on me, because you're mine.

EISENBERG: Shonali Bhowmik everybody.

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EISENBERG: I - I have put spells on people, people. Cost $40, in case you too would like to put a spell on someone. I will give you the number.

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