You Heard Wrong Right

Jun 14, 2019

Contestants listen to clips of songs that contain factual inaccuracies and buzz in to correct the artist's mistake.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Next, we'll play a game about songs that contain factual inaccuracies - like that Shaggy song "It Wasn't Me." A lot of people don't know this, but it was him.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This audio quiz is called You Heard It Wrong Right. We're going to play a real song clip containing a factual inaccuracy. Ring in and tell us what is wrong with the lyrics. And if you get that right, for a bonus point, you can identify the song or the artist. Zach, stay in the lead, and you will be in the final round. Lowell, you need to get more points, or we'll revoke your poetic license.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Think about it. Here's your first clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAMS")

FLEETWOOD MAC: (Singing) Oh, thunder only happens when it's raining. Players only love you when they're playing...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Zach.

ZACH ELWYN: Thunder and rain are not tied together. They can happen independently.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's right. Yeah, that's right.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

ELWYN: Little long-winded. Sorry.

EISENBERG: Thunder doesn't have to pal around with rain all day long.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: Oh, no. They're their own people.

EISENBERG: They go their own way.

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: They go their own way.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And for a bonus point, can you identify the song or artist?

ELWYN: I think it's Fleetwood Mac.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Sure is.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: OK. This next one is for all of you spelling bee champs out there.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FERGALICIOUS")

WILL.I.AM: (Singing) T to the A, to the S, T, E, Y. Girl, you tasty. T to the A, to the S, T, E, Y. Girl, you tasty. D to the E, to the L, I, C, I, O, U, S to the D, to the E, to the - to the - to the - hit it, Fergie...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Lowell.

LOWELL WILLIAMS: They spelled tasty wrong.

EISENBERG: That is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

WILLIAMS: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: They spell it with an E, and it does not have an E in it. For a bonus point, can you identify the song or artist?

WILLIAMS: Well, I heard Fergie's name. So Black Eyed Peas.

COULTON: Ooh.

WILLIAMS: (Laughter) I was right before I said that, right?

EISENBERG: Yeah, right. So we can't take that.

WILLIAMS: (Laughter)

EISENBERG: Fergie - it's "Fergalicious." Fergie. Black Eyed Peas. No, we cannot accept it. It actually says all over this entire script, do not accept Black Eyed Peas. Do not accept Black Eyed Peas.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So - but you did get a point. Can you identify what's wrong with this, aside from the double negative at the end?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TELEPHONE")

BEYONCE: (Singing) Sometimes, I feel like I live in Grand Central Station. Tonight, I'm not taking no calls because I'll be dancing. Because I'll be dancing...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Lowell.

WILLIAMS: OK. So...

(LAUGHTER)

WILLIAMS: I'm pretty sure you can't live in Grand Central Station anymore. That apartment's gone.

COULTON: Oh.

WILLIAMS: That's about all I've got (laughter).

EISENBERG: Sorry. Zach, can you steal?

ELWYN: I'm shaking my head no because I have no clue.

EISENBERG: What we were looking for there is - it's, sometimes I feel like I live in Grand Central Station. It's actually Grand Central Terminal...

ELWYN: Terminal.

EISENBERG: ...Is the name.

ELWYN: I knew that.

EISENBERG: I know. I know.

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Don't boo. This is what our listeners need.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This is what they send us. Now we are giving it back.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Yeah. How do you like it?

EISENBERG: And that is "Telephone" by Lady Gaga. There is no bonus point in this case but - with Beyonce, of course. And as far as I'm concerned, if Lady Gaga and Beyonce call it Grand Central Station, that is its new name.

COULTON: Good enough for me.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here's your last clip.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST")

VANESSA WILLIAMS: (Singing) Sometimes, the snow comes down in June. Sometimes, the sun goes around the moon...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Zach.

ELWYN: Yeah. The sun doesn't go around the moon.

(LAUGHTER)

ELWYN: And it does actually snow in - I think it's Morocco, Northern Africa. There are some places where it snows.

EISENBERG: Calgary, Alberta, Canada - where I grew up - can snow in Junes, just so you know. You just look up.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: But I liked your added knowledge. And you are correct. The sun...

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: ...Does not go around the moon yet. For a bonus point, can you name the song or artist?

ELWYN: I should know, but I don't. I'm sorry.

EISENBERG: That song was "Save The Best For Last" by Vanessa Williams. Great couple of games. Thank you so much. And congratulations, Zach. You are moving on to the Final Round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Coming up, comedian Josh Gondelman will be here. He's known for being super nice, but I'll break him.

(LAUGHTER)

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

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