Gibberish Lyrics Can you say that again? Ophira and Jonathan deliver dramatic readings of nonsense song lyrics, and contestants try to identify the artist who made the song famous.
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Gibberish Lyrics

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LAUREN MACDONOUGH: It would have to be "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."

(LAUGHTER)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Little Wham?

MACDONOUGH: Yeah, Little Wham!

EISENBERG: Avi, what song would you like to wake up to every morning?

AVI ZACHERMAN: I'd say the theme to "Hawaii Five-0."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And why is that?

ZACHERMAN: Because I would get out of bed to turn it off.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Just...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So this game is called Gibberish Lyrics. Jonathan and I will perform a dramatic reading of nonsensical song lyrics. Ring in and identify the artist who made the song famous. And if you can't get it from our reading, we'll play you a clip of the original song. Lauren, stay in the lead, and you are in the final round. Avi, you need to get more points, or you have to go to a craft beer bar and order an IPA but pronounce it Ippa (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go. (Reading) Ba duba bop ba du bop, ba duba dop ba du bop, ba duba dop ba du (ph), yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Lauren.

MACDONOUGH: "Blue." Oh.

EISENBERG: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. Avi, do you want - we can play the clip for you - or if you can just answer.

ZACHERMAN: I forgot the name of the artist.

EISENBERG: All right. Let's play the clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MMMBOP")

HANSON: (Singing) Mmmbop, ba duba dop ba du bop, ba duba dop ba du bop...

ZACHERMAN: Hanson.

EISENBERG: That is correct. That is...

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: ...Hanson's "MMMbop." So sometimes, these things represent real concepts or words to the artist. And supposedly, Zac Hanson said that Mmmbop and all those words represented the futility of life.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: Those kids were deep, man.

EISENBERG: I think he was, like, 14 or something (laughter).

COULTON: Yeah. He's, like, what's the point?

EISENBERG: Yeah, exactly.

COULTON: Why even write lyrics to this dumb song?

EISENBERG: I'm doing well, and I don't care.

COULTON: (Laughter) Here's your next one. Ro mah ro-mah-mah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Lauren.

MACDONOUGH: Lady Gaga.

COULTON: Lady Gaga, that's right - "Bad Romance."

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: (Reading) De do do do de da da da. OK. Let's give you the clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DE DO DO DO DE DA DA DA")

THE POLICE: (Singing) De do do do de da da da is all I want to say to you.

EISENBERG: Really? Interesting.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. Yeah. No, that's fine. Sting famously fronted this...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: ...Band - Avi.

ZACHERMAN: The Police.

EISENBERG: The Police is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Who knew that was such a deep cut?

COULTON: I know.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: (Reading) Shoop, shoop ba-doop, shoop ba-doop, shoop ba-doop ba-doop ba-doop.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Avi.

ZACHERMAN: Salt-N-Pepa.

COULTON: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: (Reading) Gunter gleiben glauchen globen.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Avi.

ZACHERMAN: Def Leppard.

EISENBERG: I know who you are now, Avi.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah, "Rock Of Ages" - let's listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ROCK OF AGES")

DEF LEPPARD: Gunter gleiben glauchen globen.

EISENBERG: Were you a big Def Leppard fan?

ZACHERMAN: Not really. I just know that song.

EISENBERG: You just know that song.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Hey, it worked out for you.

COULTON: This is your last clue. I bop. You bop. And they bop. Be bop, be bop a lu. She bop.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Avi.

ZACHERMAN: Pet Shop Boys.

COULTON: I'm sorry. That is incorrect. Lauren, would you like to hear the clip before you answer?

MACDONOUGH: Yes, please.

COULTON: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHE BOP")

CYNDI LAUPER: (Singing) She bop, he bop, we bop. I bop, you bop...

MACDONOUGH: I'm terrible at music and knowing artists, so I'm just going to say 42 because that's the answer to everything.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: That's a fine guess, and I understand why you made it. Here's the hint - buzzers are open. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Avi.

ZACHERMAN: Cyndi Lauper.

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: You both are amazing. Turns out, Avi, you are going to our final round.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Avi in our final round. And Michael C. Hall is here. His hit show "Dexter" was set in Miami, and it really broke the mold when it came to realistic depictions of back sweat on television.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(APPLAUSE)

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