The Who... Dunnit? Podcast hosts Kenice Mobley and Rohan Padhye (Love About Town) work together in a music parody game where songs by The Who are rewritten to make them about famous fictional mystery-solvers.

The Who... Dunnit?

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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.


Thanks, Jonathan. We're playing games with comedians and the hosts of the podcast "Love About Town," Kenice Mobley and Rohan Padhye. Are you ready for another one?



EISENBERG: OK. So guess what? You get a music game. Jonathan Coulton is going to sing you the clues in this game called The Who... Dunnit?

COULTON: Yes, we rewrote songs by The Who to make them about famous fictional mystery solvers. All you have to do is tell me the character that I'm singing about or the TV show or movie that they come from. And you're going to work together on this game, so there's no...


COULTON: ...No competition except for whatever competition you invent...


COULTON: ...Between yourselves.

MOBLEY: I was like, that's definitely the case.



COULTON: OK, here we go.


COULTON: (Singing) On UPN and Hulu, a hit for Kristen Bell, this high school sleuthing lady, in Neptune she did dwell. Between algebra and English, she gathered her intel. Weird job for a minor - I worked at Taco Bell.

MOBLEY: I know the show.

PADHYE: OK. I know the song.

COULTON: (Laughter).

MOBLEY: Hell yeah.

PADHYE: Yeah, right on. Let's do it.


COULTON: All right.

MOBLEY: The show is - it was also made into a movie. It is "Veronica Mars."

COULTON: That is correct.

MOBLEY: And what is the song? 'Cause I don't know anything by The Who.

PADHYE: The song is "Pinball Wizard." Am I correct?

COULTON: Yeah, that's right.

PADHYE: Yes. Right.

COULTON: Absolutely.


EISENBERG: Well done.

COULTON: All right, here's another one.


COULTON: (Singing) Cabot Cove's a quiet town. Seaside, Maine, a nice location, got to get these killings down. It's a lot for a small population. Retiree with lots of free time, writing books is her vocation, a nice old lady who's solving crime. Angela Lansbury is a sensation.

PADHYE: OK, I know the song.

MOBLEY: I know the show.


COULTON: All right.

PADHYE: Teamwork.

EISENBERG: You guys are truly working together.

PADHYE: Yeah, we're working together.

EISENBERG: Really working together.

MOBLEY: Angela Lansbury was a fantastic hit. It is "Murder, She Wrote," which has very bad production values. I re-watched it recently, and I was like, wow, you guys get away with this? The camera's out of focus.

COULTON: It's an old show. I know. It's true. It's true.


PADHYE: And the song's "My Generation," right?

COULTON: Yeah, that's correct.

PADHYE: (Singing) Talkin' 'bout my generation.




COULTON: You guys are unstoppable. Again, very impressive.

PADHYE: My parents used to watch "Murder, She Wrote" when I was, like, a child - like, I was 3 or 4 years old. And I remember thinking that was, like, the peak of adulthood. And I had, like - I just had no idea what it was about. But I remember my parents being like, you can't watch this with us, it's "Murder, She Wrote" and, like, whatever. And I was like - I was a kid. Yeah. And I was like, wow, that's an adult show. I got - wish I'm cool enough to watch that. You know, like, that kind of thing?


COULTON: It was on at 8 p.m. I mean, that's - you know.

PADHYE: Yeah, right.

EISENBERG: That's true.

COULTON: All right. Here's another one.


COULTON: (Singing) Thomas was his name, 1980's fame, Hawaiian shirts, a chest so hairy. Detroit Tigers fan, an everyman. Tom Selleck's mustache was legendary.

MOBLEY: OK, I was like Tom Selleck - I was, like, narrowing it down, narrowing it down, narrowing down. And now I know it is "Magnum P.I."

PADHYE: "Magnum P.I."

COULTON: Yeah, "Magnum P.I.," that's correct.

PADHYE: And this is the trickiest one 'cause everyone thinks this song is called "Teenage Wasteland," but it's not. It's called "Baba O'Riley."



MOBLEY: Oh, nice.

COULTON: Are you a Who expert, Rohan?

PADHYE: I like The Who. I like a little bit of The Who. I don't know a lot of their - I don't know a ton of their songs, but I know I like them whenever I hear them. I'm like, this is great.

MOBLEY: Rohan, I'm so happy that you know this because, truly, on the way up to this writer's retreat, we were discussing who The Who is. And there was a lot of talk about Jim Morrison. And we were like, no, that's wrong.

PADHYE: Yeah, that's The Doors.

COULTON: I don't think that's...

MOBLEY: And then we're like, wait, what's Van Morrison? And so we don't know. We truly don't. I don't know.


COULTON: Famous brothers Jim and Van, Jim and Van Morrison.



MOBLEY: They're related, right?


COULTON: All right. This is the last one.


COULTON: (Singing) Who can stand out in scenes with a blue man? Regina King can. She can't be outdone. A life of secrets and lies, she's not retired. Mask required. Dressed up like a nun.

MOBLEY: I know both of these.


PADHYE: Go ahead, Kenice.

MOBLEY: OK, so the song is "Behind Blue Eyes."

COULTON: That's right.

MOBLEY: And the show is "Watchmen."

COULTON: That is correct.


COULTON: Angela Abar, or Sister Night, yeah.

EISENBERG: And she was way ahead of her time with that mask.

COULTON: They all were. I know. It's amazing.

EISENBERG: That is now like, yeah, all right, got it. You did amazing.


EISENBERG: Comedians Kenice Mobley and Rohan Padhye host the podcast "Love About Town." Thank you so much for joining us.

MOBLEY: Thank you so much for having us.

PADHYE: Oh, man, thanks for having us. It was so much fun.


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