Share And Share Alike

Jul 22, 2016
Originally published on July 25, 2016 11:48 am

This game is about music sharing. Every answer in this quiz is the name of a song whose title is shared by more than one artist. For example, if we said, "This is a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch song featuring Marky boxing and making out, and a memorable Beach Boys tune that features a theremin," you'd say "Good Vibrations."

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Let's meet our next two contestants. First up, Joseph Naylor, you work in geographic information systems.

JOSEPH NAYLOR: That's correct.

EISENBERG: Is Google Maps putting you out of work?

NAYLOR: You'd think so but actually not.


NAYLOR: Yeah. We've got newer imagery than Google Maps even has.

EISENBERG: You do? Yeah, what are you using?

NAYLOR: Satellite imagery - can't really go too into depth with it.

JONATHAN COULTON: Oh. Oh, my goodness.

EISENBERG: But do you use Google Maps and, every time, you just laugh, like, ha, ha, ha - child's play? Do you do that?


NAYLOR: Sometimes it is helpful to get, like, another set of imagery just to compare and contrast.

EISENBERG: Yeah, I like it.

NAYLOR: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: We also have Matt Koskowski. Matt, you are an academic adviser at a community college.


EISENBERG: You help people follow their dreams?

KOSKOWSKI: I help people follow their dreams, and I help people when they fail classes.


KOSKOWSKI: There's a lot of that.

EISENBERG: There's a lot of that? So when someone fails a class and they come to you freaking out, I imagine?

KOSKOWSKI: Sometimes. Sometimes they don't know.

EISENBERG: Oh, you have to tell them? Sometimes, yeah. It's one of the perks.


EISENBERG: OK, Joseph, what song constantly goes through your head?

NAYLOR: It's a little embarrassing. But I often get "MMMBop" stuck in my head.


COULTON: That's a good song, Joseph. Don't be ashamed. That's a great song.


NAYLOR: (Laughter) It's very catchy.

COULTON: It is very catchy.

EISENBERG: OK. Fair enough. Matt, what song constantly goes through your head?

KOSKOWSKI: I once had Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" stuck in my head for a week. That was - that was exciting.

EISENBERG: That was exciting?


EISENBERG: What was going on for you that week?

KOSKOWSKI: Well, I was - I was in the Boy Scouts, and it was the last song I heard before I got dropped off at Boy Scout camp.


COULTON: Oh, man.

KOSKOWSKI: And so then it was just on a loop through, you know, merit badges and archery and...


KOSKOWSKI: ...Grease the watermelon and...

EISENBERG: I could see that would be a great thing to go through your head during archery. It really just syncs up perfectly.

KOSKOWSKI: It's really - (humming "Kiss From A Rose"). It's really...

EISENBERG: Yeah, yeah, that's good.


EISENBERG: Your game is about music sharing. And we're not talking about Napster or Morpheus or Limewire, no. In this quiz, every answer is the name of a song whose title is shared by more than one artist. These songs are not covers. They're two completely different songs that have the same title. For example, this is a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch song featuring marquee dancing, boxing and making out.

COULTON: No, it's not. It's the memorable Beach Boys pop masterpiece that features a theremin. The answer, of course, would be "Good Vibrations," which is the name of both songs.


COULTON: All right, your minds are blown.

EISENBERG: Buzz in to answer. Let's do it. The video for this Lionel Richie ballad shows him infatuated with a blind sculptor.

COULTON: No, no, this is Adele ballad sepia-toned video shows her in a dusty house.


COULTON: Joseph.

NAYLOR: "Hello?"

COULTON: (Laughter) Yes.


COULTON: That's correct, yes.

EISENBERG: Sorry, yes.

COULTON: Just for a second I thought you were picking up the phone. But yes, "Hello" is the answer.


COULTON: I was just dreaming that I was on the stage, and then I picked up the phone. It was very weird.

EISENBERG: And was it Adele? It's me.

COULTON: (Laughter) It's me.

EISENBERG: And then was it Lionel Richie, is it me you're looking for?

COULTON: Lionel Richie, please stop calling.


COULTON: This country ballad is the signature Patsy Cline song.

EISENBERG: No, this neo soul single is Gnarls Barkley's signature song.



NAYLOR: "Crazy?"

EISENBERG: Yeah, "Crazy" is correct.


EISENBERG: This is the Tears for Fears song that wants us to get loud.

COULTON: No, it is the Isley Brothers hit that asks us to get a little bit softer now.


KOSKOWSKI: "Shout," oh...


COULTON: Matt...




COULTON: That is correct.


COULTON: This is the TLC song about cheating on your cheating partner.

EISENBERG: No, it's the Radiohead song about a drunk guy following a girl around who's so very special.




EISENBERG: Yes, "Creep" is correct. This is your last clue. It's the song David Bowie wrote with John Lennon that ends with the question, what's your name?

COULTON: No, it isn't. It's the titular song from the movie about The New York high school for the performing arts where Irene Cara tells us to remember her name.




COULTON: "Fame," indeed, you got it.


COULTON: Art Chung, how did our contestants do?

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT: It was a close game, and Matt pulled it out. Congratulations, Matt, you're our winner.

EISENBERG: Please welcome back to the stage Loudon Wainwright.


EISENBERG: So Loudon, this is a older song that our staff really wanted to hear, "Swimming Song." So when you first wrote this song, what were you expressing about your life?

WAINWRIGHT: Well, swimming is something that I've always loved to do. And I think I just - that's what I was trying to express.


EISENBERG: (Laughter) Do you still swim?

WAINWRIGHT: I do swim. I went swimming yesterday upstate. I intend to swim tomorrow.

EISENBERG: Is that how you...

WAINWRIGHT: I can't stop.


WAINWRIGHT: It's a - I mean, it's swimming 12-step program.


EISENBERG: Well, let's hear the "Swimming Song." Loudon Wainright, everybody.


WAINWRIGHT: I have no intention to swim in the Gowanus Canal, though.


WAINWRIGHT: (Singing) This summer I went swimming. This summer I might've drowned. Held my breath and I kicked my feet and I moved my arms around - moved my arms around. This summer I swam in the ocean. And I swam in a swimming pool. Salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes - I'm a self-destructive fool. I'm a self-destructive fool. Hey.

This summer I did the backstroke. And you know that that's not all. I did the breaststroke and the butterfly and the old Australian crawl - old Australian crawl. This summer I swam in a public place, in a reservoir, to boot. At the latter I was informal. At the former I wore my suit. I wore my swimming suit. Hey.

Clap your hands. Come on, it's folk music.

(Singing) This summer I did swan dives and jackknives for you all. Once when you weren't looking, I did a cannonball. I did a cannonball. Hey. This summer I went swimming. This summer I might've drowned. Held my breath, kicked my feet and I moved my arms around. Moved my arms - clap your hands. Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey.


WAINWRIGHT: Hey, that's good clapping. Major clappage (ph).

EISENBERG: Loudon Wainwright, everybody.


WAINWRIGHT: Thank you very much. Thank you.

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