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Humonyms

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Next, we'll play a game about parallel thought. So in this audio quiz, each clue is two songs that sound similar played back-to-back. So every song you identify is worth one point. And you can give me the song title or the artist or both if you want to show off. And your opponent can steal any points that you don't get.

Kerstin, stay in the lead and you are in the final round. Wynter, you need to get more points or you have to find your doppelganger and kill them before they take over your life.

(LAUGHTER)

WYNTER CHATMAN: OK.

EISENBERG: Fun - here we go.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here are your first two songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHEAP THRILLS")

SIA: (Singing) Come on. Come on. Turn the radio on. It's Friday night and I won't be long...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHAPE OF YOU")

ED SHEERAN: (Singing) The club isn't the best place to find a lover, so the bar is where I go...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Wynter.

CHATMAN: "Cheap Thrills." And Ed Sheeran...

EISENBERG: That's good enough.

CHATMAN: OK (laughter).

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's good. "Cheap Thrills" by Sia and "Shape Of You" by Ed Sheeran. That's right...

CHATMAN: I was like, I can't think of the name in the song right now.

EISENBERG: That's fine. I like that about you on many levels.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Can you ID these two songs?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME")

DEF LEPPARD: (Singing) Come on. Take a bottle. Shake it up. Break the bubble. Break it up...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MIDNIGHT MEMORIES")

ONE DIRECTION: (Singing) Midnight memories. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Baby, you and me, stumbling in the street singing, singing, singing, singing...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kerstin.

KERSTIN NORDSTROM: First one's "Pour Some Sugar On Me"...

EISENBERG: Yes.

NORDSTROM: ...Don't know the second.

EISENBERG: That's OK. Wynter, can you steal with the second?

CHATMAN: I have no idea. Sorry.

EISENBERG: OK. You're right - "Pour Some Sugar On Me," Def Leppard, Kerstin. The other one is One Direction with "Midnight Memories."

NORDSTROM: That's one of the classics.

CHATMAN: Oh, yeah. Yeah...

EISENBERG: Classic.

CHATMAN: ...Classic.

EISENBERG: A Classic.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Apparently, Def Leppard's Phil Collen said, that is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it's a cool sound.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Guy's amazing - these two songs were the subject of a famous copyright infringement lawsuit.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HE'S SO FINE")

THE CHIFFONS: (Singing) He's so fine - do-lang (ph), do-lang, do-lang, - the one with the wavy hair. Do-Lang. Do-Lang. Do-Lang. I don't know how I'm going to do it - do-lang, do-lang, do-lang, - but I'm going to make him mine...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MY SWEET LORD")

GEORGE HARRISON: (Singing) My sweet Lord, I know I really want to see you...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kerstin.

NORDSTROM: Second - George Harrison.

EISENBERG: That's right.

NORDSTROM: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yup.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: "My Sweet Lord" - George Harrison. You want to guess the first one?

NORDSTROM: It's...

EISENBERG: Song or group...

NORDSTROM: It sounds like "Leader Of The Pack" but I don't think it's that.

EISENBERG: Wynter, can you steal?

CHATMAN: Martha and the Vandellas.

EISENBERG: Good guess.

CHATMAN: Not right.

EISENBERG: Not right. But...

CHATMAN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: That was The Chiffons with "He's So Fine." And that was a landmark case for the music industry. In the mid-70s, the writer of The Chiffon's "He's So Fine" sued George Harrison over the similarities between the two songs. The judge ruled that Harrison subconsciously copied the melody and, therefore, had committed copyright infringement. Here are your last two songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'M TOO SEXY")

RIGHT SAID FRED: (Singing) I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO")

TAYLOR SWIFT: (Singing) Ooh. Look what you made me do. Look what you made me do. Look what you just made me do. Look what you just made me - ooh. Look what you made me do...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Wynter.

CHATMAN: Taylor Swift and Right Said Fred.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Turns out Taylor Swift's team preemptively noticed the similarities and worked it out with Richard Fairbrass from Right Said Fred before the song's release. Isn't that nice?

JULIAN VELARD: That's very smart of them.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right. After two games, Wynter is going to our final round.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Coming up, I'll talk to Topher Grace. He starred in "That '70s Show," which started airing in 1998. That's as far back from us now as the '70s were from then.

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE: Oh.

EISENBERG: Yeah. So now we need a TV show that looks back at a group of teens in the '90s who are playing teens on a TV show set in the '70s called That That '70s Show Show.

(LAUGHTER)

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

(CHEERING)

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