The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two On the tenth day of Christmas, Ask Me Another gave to me: every song house musician Jonathan Coulton played on the show in season two. Completists, rejoice.
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The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two

The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two

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Jonathan Coulton, Ask Me Another's versatile house musician, has a song to play for any occasion.
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This is the tenth day of Ask Me Another's 12 Days of Xmas series.

Completists, rejoice. Below you'll find 40+ recordings of Ask Me Another house musician Jonathan Coulton's performances — originals, covers, mashups and more — from the show's second season. These short, interstitial tunes act as palette cleansers between trivia rounds, but Coulton takes great care to choose songs that are thematically relevant, or just plain fun. Among beloved originals such as the Portal theme "Still Alive" and the ode to parenthood "You Ruined Everything," Coulton covers artists from Queen to The Pixies to Destiny's Child.

The Complete Jonathan Coulton Recordings, Season Two

  • Faith (George Michael cover)

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    Jonathan Coulton.
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    Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer requested a love song, and Coulton obliged.

    From episode 201: Fifty Shades of Dr. Ruth

    01Faith (George Michael cover)

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  • Pressure (Billy Joel cover)

    From episode 201: Fifty Shades of Dr. Ruth

    02Pressure (Billy Joel cover)

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  • Mammal (They Might Be Giants cover)

    From episode 202: Once A Jersey Girl...

    03Mammal (They Might Be Giants cover)

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  • All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow cover)

    From episode 202: Once A Jersey Girl...

    04All I Wanna Do (Sheryl Crow cover)

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  • Livin' On A Prayer (Bon Jovi cover)

    From episode 202: Once A Jersey Girl...

    05Livin' On A Prayer (Bon Jovi cover)

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  • The Princess Who Saved Herself

    From episode 204: So A Girl Walks Into A Bar...

    06The Princess Who Saved Herself

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  • We Are The Champions (Queen cover)

    From episode 204: So A Girl Walks Into A Bar...

    07We Are The Champions (Queen cover)

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  • Drinking With You

    From episode 204: So A Girl Walks Into A Bar...

    08Drinking With You

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  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (The Clash cover)

    All day, Coulton had been threatening to play "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Everyone said no, but he still managed to throw a little bit of it in this song. Also, this show was taped in January.

    From episode 207: Special Pundits Unit

    09Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash cover)

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  • Call Me (Blondie cover)

    From episode 207: Special Pundits Unit

    11Call Me (Blondie cover)

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  • Still Alive

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    Written by Coulton for the video game Portal.

    From episode 210: Meme Me Up, Scotty

    12Still Alive

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  • I'm Your Moon

    From episode 210: Meme Me Up, Scotty

    13I'm Your Moon

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  • Helter Skelter vs. AMA Theme

    The first live mashup performed on our show. What you get is a really jaunty version of one of The Beatles' heaviest songs.

    From episode 210: Meme Me Up, Scotty

    01AMA Theme vs. Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)

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  • Bills, Bills, Bills (Destiny's Child cover)

    From episode 211: Always Bet On Black

    15Bills Bills Bills (Destiny's Child cover)

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  • The Gambler (Kenny Rogers cover)

    From episode 211: Always Bet On Black

    16The Gambler (Kenny Rogers cover)

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  • You Ruined Everything

    Inspired by V.I.P. Michael Ian Black's description of children's books as "stupid," Coulton performed his own ode to parenthood.

    From episode 211: Always Bet On Black

    17You Ruined Everything

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  • Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (B.J. Thomas cover)

    From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

    From episode 212: The Human Guinea Pig

    18Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (B.J. Thomas cover)

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  • Skymall

    From episode 212: The Human Guinea Pig

    19Skymall

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  • Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top cover)

    Find out what the "Zs" in ZZ Top stand for.

    From episode 212: The Human Guinea Pig

    20Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top cover)

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  • Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond cover)

    Boston audience sing-along!

    From episode 213: Frankly, We Heart Boston

    01Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond cover)

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  • Brookline

    From episode 213: Frankly, We Heart Boston

    21Brookline

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  • Here Comes Your Man (Pixies cover)

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    Jonathan Coulton in Boston.
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    From episode 213: Frankly, We Heart Boston

    22Here Comes Your Man (Pixies cover)

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  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Beatles cover)

    From episode 214: Hook, Line and Thinker

    23Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (Beatles cover)

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  • I Crush Everything

    From episode 214: Hook, Line and Thinker

    24I Crush Everything

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  • Poisoning Pigeons In the Park (Tom Lehrer cover)

    An "aptronym" is a word that refers to a person's name that happens to suit her job or characteristics. Coulton points out that "Lehrer" means "teacher" in German.

    From episode 215: Lizz Free Or Die

    25Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (Tom Lehrer cover)

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  • Kiss (Prince cover)

    A song by one native Minnesotan in honor of another: V.I.P. Lizz Winstead grew up in Minneapolis.

    From episode 215: Lizz Free Or Die

    26Kiss (Prince cover)

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  • Queen of Hearts (Dave Edmunds cover)

    A song about royalty (sort of), for V.I.P. Owen King.

    From episode 216: All Hail The King

    27Queen of Hearts (Dave Edmunds cover)

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  • Good Morning (cover)

    Made famous by Singin' In The Rain.

    From episode 216: All Hail The King

    28Good Morning (from 'Singin' In The Rain')

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  • Creep (Radiohead cover)

    From episode 217: Seventh-Inning (Mind) Stretch

    29Creep (Radiohead cover)

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  • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

    Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, known for her offbeat lyrics and quirky humor, joined Ask Me Another in Central Park. Steve McFarland/NPR hide caption

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    Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, known for her offbeat lyrics and quirky humor, joined Ask Me Another in Central Park.

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    With Nellie McKay.

    From episode 218: LIVE from Central Park, It's Ask Me Another

    01The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

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  • Bodega

    Written by, and performed as a duet alongside Nellie McKay.

    From episode 218: LIVE from Central Park, It's Ask Me Another

    01Bodega

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  • (I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo (Glenn Miller cover)

    From episode 219: Trivia Freaks and Puzzle Geeks

    30(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo (Glenn Miller cover)

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  • Bad Reputation (Joan Jett cover)

    Also known as the Freaks and Geeks theme song.

    From episode 219: Trivia Freaks and Puzzle Geeks

    31Bad Reputation (Joan Jett cover)

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  • Particle Man (They Might Be Giants cover)

    From episode 220: Solving For X: Live From The 2013 World Science Festival

    32Particle Man (They Might Be Giants cover)

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  • Pi (Hard 'n Phirm cover)

    The mathematically-minded and keen of hearing may catch Coulton's mistake in this song.

    From episode 220: Solving For X: Live From The 2013 World Science Festival

    33Pi (Hard 'n Phirm cover)

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  • Venus (Bananarama cover)

    From episode 220: Solving For X: Live From The 2013 World Science Festival

    34Venus (Bananarama cover)

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  • Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (Elvis Costello cover)

    From episode 221: Monkee-ing Around

    35Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (Elvis Costello cover)

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  • De-Evolving

    From episode 221: Monkee-ing Around

    36De-Evolving

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  • Help! (Guttural Version) (Beatles cover)

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    Performed in conjunction with a game about guttural words.

    From episode 222: Don't Tell Me...Wait, Wait, Ask Me Another

    37Help! (Guttural Version) (Beatles cover)

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  • Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett cover)

    From episode 223: Foodie: The Other 'F' Word

    39Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett cover)

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  • Money, Money, Money (ABBA cover)

    From episode 224: Planet Money Makes the World Go 'Round

    40Money, Money, Money (ABBA cover)

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  • Money (Pink Floyd cover)

    From episode 224: Planet Money Makes the World Go 'Round

    41Money (Pink Floyd cover)

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  • Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

    From episode 225: Fake History Until You Make It

    42Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel cover)

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  • Birdhouse In Your Soul (They Might Be Giants cover)

    From episode 225: Fake History Until You Make It

    43Birdhouse In Your Soul (They Might Be Giants cover)

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  • Happy Together (Turtles cover)

    From episode 226: Trivia Is The New Black

    44Happy Together (The Turtles cover)

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  • Care of Cell 44 (Zombies cover)

    From episode 226: Trivia Is The New Black

    45Care of Cell 44 (The Zombies cover)

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