Move To The Music Brendan Scannell and Matt Wilkas (Bonding) play a music parody game where lyrics from songs about moving are changed to be about moving into a new home.

Move To The Music

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JONATHAN COULTON: This is ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and changing the lyrics to songs people used to love. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.


Thanks, Jonathan. We're playing games with two stars of the Netflix series "Bonding," Brendan Scannell and Matt Wilkas. Are you ready for another one?



EISENBERG: Excellent.

WILKAS: Gimme (ph).

EISENBERG: This is very exciting because guess what? Jonathan Coulton will sing you the clues in this next game called Move To The Music.


COULTON: Yes, we have changed the lyrics to songs about moving to make them about the process of moving into a new home.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: So every answer is something you may need during your move. Just name the moving accessory that I'm singing about or the title of the song that I am parodying or the artist who made it famous.


SCANNELL: I just moved. So I'm feeling really good about this.

COULTON: Good. Well, so it's fresh in your mind.

WILKAS: (Laughter).


COULTON: All right. So we're going to go back and forth here. Matt, this first one is for you.

(Singing) Fill it out, Jack, or your mail will go back - wrong door, wrong door, wrong door. Fill it out, Jack, 'cause you don't live there no more.

WILKAS: OK. "Hit The Road Jack" is the song.

COULTON: That's right - Ray Charles.

WILKAS: And is it, like, a mail - I don't know the official word for this - a mail redirecting slip?


COULTON: Yeah, that's right. They call it a change of address form.


WILKAS: Oh, I've lived in my apartment for 18 years now, so, like, I haven't had to deal with that yet.

COULTON: Oh, right.


COULTON: (Laughter).

WILKAS: I'm just kind of terrified of that.


WILKAS: It's rent stabilized, too.


COULTON: Oh, boy.

EISENBERG: I don't need this - more bragging.

WILKAS: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: OK? I can't handle it.

COULTON: Just for our non-New York City listeners, that means that it costs $5 a month.

EISENBERG: That's right.

COULTON: All right, Brendan, here's one for you.

(Singing) Well, my felty tip is not yet bent. My dark black ink is permanent. My writing on this box shows what's inside. This stuff is all extraneous. Use me to write miscellaneous.

SCANNELL: OK. So that's "Leaving On A Jet Plane."

COULTON: That's right.

SCANNELL: And a Sharpie?

COULTON: A Sharpie, that is correct. Yeah.

EISENBERG: Ugh, I love a Sharpie.

WILKAS: Mmm hmm.

EISENBERG: God, I love a Sharpie.

COULTON: (Laughter) It's a good marker.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: OK. Matt, here you go. This one is for you.

WILKAS: OK. All right.

COULTON: (Singing) Grab another page in that final desperate packing stage. Use the stuff you'd use to line your parrot's cage. Check the recycle bin and grab another page.

WILKAS: (Singing) "On The Road Again."

COULTON: Yeah, that's right - Willie Nelson.

WILKAS: And newspaper?

COULTON: Newspaper, yes.

WILKAS: There you go.

COULTON: Brendan, the last one is for you.

(Singing) To make a fragile item tough, swaddle it, swaddle it in this plastic stuff. But keep the extra when you're done, popping it, popping it is a lot of fun - popping it.

SCANNELL: OK. This song did take me back.

COULTON: (Laughter).

SCANNELL: Is this "Move Along" by All-American Rejects?

COULTON: Yeah, that is correct.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah.

WILKAS: (Laughter).


SCANNELL: One time I played that song for my mom in the car. And I was like, this is the type of music I like.


EISENBERG: What kind of music did she like that is the counter to that?

SCANNELL: I mean, I grew up listening to, like, "Phantom Of The Opera," "Jesus Christ Superstar."



SCANNELL: She was really big into, like, the '80s - '70s and '80s Broadway musicals.

COULTON: Uh huh.

SCANNELL: And also, now that I'm thinking of it, "It's Raining Men," she played a lot, which I would sing with her.

COULTON: (Laughter).


WILKAS: Woah, I love that.

EISENBERG: Yeah, who didn't like that song.

SCANNELL: And so I think the item is bubble wrap?

COULTON: Bubble wrap - yeah, that's correct.

SCANNELL: Oh, thank you.

EISENBERG: Another incredible game. As we say here, all winners. Mostly us, for having both of you on.



EISENBERG: But thank you so much. Brendan Scannell and Matt Wilkas star in the Netflix series "Bonding." Thank you so much for joining us.

SCANNELL: Thank you.

WILKAS: Thanks for having us.


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