Sing The Phone Book Know the 4-1-1 on popular tunes? In this audio quiz, contestants listen to song lyrics containing a phone number and dial in with the original artist.
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Sing The Phone Book

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Next, we'll play a game about phone numbers. You know, instead of answering the phone with hi, I like to answer with why.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This is an audio quiz called Sing The Phone Book. I'll read a phone number from the lyrics of a famous song. Ring in and identify the artist. And if you need a hint, we will play the clip. And the points are doubled. Whoever wins this will go to our final round. Whoever loses, our intern will text you every day with just the word hey.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go. 867-5309. OK. Let's play the hint.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "867-5309/JENNY")

TOMMY TUTONE: (Singing) 867-5309, 867-5309.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Nicole.

NICOLE LINDENBAUM: Well, I obviously knew the song was...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

LINDENBAUM: ..."867-5309/Jenny." And it's a one-hit wonder who is potentially Whammy, Whammo (ph). No. no.

(LAUGHTER)

LINDENBAUM: OK.

EISENBERG: Many things were correct.

LINDENBAUM: Got it. Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Adrienne, can you steal?

ADRIENNE CLERMONT: No.

EISENBERG: OK. The answer is Tommy Tutone. Here's your next one - 489-4608. Adrienne's looking at me, like, this is the game?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This is the game. All right. Let's play the clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DIARY")

ALICIA KEYS: (Singing) Ooo, baby, if there's anything that you fear, call 489-4608, and I'll be here.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Who is that? Not sure? OK. Anyone out there?

UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: Alicia Keys.

EISENBERG: Alicia Keys - it's the song "Diary." 678-999-8212.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Let's play the clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "KISS ME THRU THE PHONE")

SOULJA BOY: (Singing) I really want to kiss you, but I can't - 678-999-8212.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Adrienne.

CLERMONT: Soulja Boy.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: In the U.K. this is the number of an actual middle-aged British couple...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...Who then got bombarded with phone calls at the height of that song's popularity. And one half of the couple told reporters, I suppose it's amusing, but we wish it would stop.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: It's a very British complaint.

EISENBERG: I love it.

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I love it. This is your last clue - 6060-842. No, that's not just in your head all the time?

(LAUGHTER)

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

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "6060-842")

THE B-52S: (Singing) If you'd like a very nice time, just give this number a call. It was 6060-842, and I'm waiting for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Adrienne.

CLERMONT: The B-52s.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Maybe in the future, we'll play a game about two-factor authentication.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So great. All right. Great game. Adrienne, you are the winner, and you'll be headed off to our final round.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Adrienne in our final round, and we'll talk to Aparna Nancherla, who plays Grace on "Corporate," the Comedy Central show about working in an office. We'll ping her and hop on a conference call, so we can circle back and get the ball rolling.

(LAUGHTER)

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

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU KNOW MY NAME (LOOK UP THE NUMBER)")

BEATLES: (Singing) You know my name, look up the number.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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