Ask Me Another
8:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

I Sense A Theme Music

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 10:31 am

Who could forget Celine Dion's Titanic's love anthem, "My Heart Will Go On"? We wish we could. In this game, identify movies from their famous soundtrack moments.

Heard in Episode 319: Two Can Slay That Game

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's meet our next two contestants, Tim Huff and Jack Burke.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: So we have a robot expert and a professional drummer here. I feel like you guys have a lot in common in your own way. So Tim, you have a degree in cognitive robotics.

TIM HUFF: That is correct.

EISENBERG: And what exactly is cognitive robotics?

HUFF: Cognitive robotics is basically robots with, like, where you can use human mind, thought to control the body parts.

EISENBERG: Cool.

HUFF: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's cool stuff. So tell me, are robots here to destroy us or make our life better?

HUFF: I think they are here to destroy us.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. Jack, you are visiting. Where are you visiting from? South Carolina?

JACK BURKE: I am.

EISENBERG: And you are a drummer in a band.

BURKE: I play in a lot of different bands. I freelance.

EISENBERG: Oh, OK. So you're actually very - then you're amazing because you can play in all kinds of different outfits...

BURKE: Yes, exactly.

EISENBERG: ...As they say. I'm going to call upon our house musician, Jonathan Coulton, to lead this game because it's called I Sense a Theme Music.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: That's right. And for this game, we are going to ask you to name famous films that you identify when I sing a song that was featured in the film on that film's soundtrack. So to help you out, we've changed the lyrics to be about the film.

For a bonus point, give us the name of the song after you state the movie. And if you don't know it, your opponent can steal.

(Singing) Revving up your jet plane, baby you're ready to go. Maverick versus iceman, goose is dead, baby, oh, no. Fly guys in a macho mode. Why is there beach volleyball, no one knows.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(LAUGHTER)

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Jack.

BURKE: "Top Gun."

COULTON: "Top Gun" is correct. Do you know the name of the song?

BURKE: Do I?

(LAUGHTER)

BURKE: Kenny Loggins. "Danger Zone."

COULTON: Yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Here we go.

(Singing) This police man's girl can't be beat. Far from home, Detroit's mean streets. Someone killed his friend so we had to go. Now he's in LA. Is that Bronson pin show in this eighties film?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Tim.

HUFF: "The Heat Is On," "Beverly Hills Cop."

COULTON: That's right. Both correct.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Here we go.

(Singing) Look into this film. You will find a folktale from olden times. Kevin Costner says, how do you do? I'm a noble thief here to rob you. Don't tell me that Costner's accent fake. I can't help it, Alan Rickman's great. No, it's true. Though there's no kung fu, I'll watch this film with you.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jack.

BURKE: That's "Robin Hood." Oh, do we have to say the whole...

JOHN CHANESKI: We need more than just "Robin Hood."

BURKE: "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves?"

CHANESKI: That'll do it.

COULTON: Yes. Thank you, Jack.

(APPLAUSE)

BURKE: And then Brian Adams, "Everything I Do, I Do It For You."

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Wow.

COULTON: Absolutely right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Yup.

COULTON: (Singing) How do I get that big jet plane to land? It's my job to make sure none of the prisoners leave. Oh, my, Nick Cage is on the plane. He's in a mood. The rest are real bad dudes. If they get away, baby, they would take away everything good in your life. And tell me now, how can we stop that airplane?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jack.

BURKE: I got the movie, but I don't have the song.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: Somebody's very disappointed in you, Jack.

EISENBERG: Aw.

BURKE: The movie is "Face Off."

COULTON: No. I'm sorry, that's incorrect, Jack. Tim, do you know the name of the movie?

HUFF: "Con Air."

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Do you know the name of the song?

HUFF: I don't remember the name of the song, though.

COULTON: Is Jack allowed to steal this point, even though...

BURKE: I don't know the song, definitely.

COULTON: Oh, he doesn't know the song. All right.

BURKE: I'm humiliated.

COULTON: Who knows the song?

CHANESKI: We can let the audience steal.

COULTON: You, angry lady, what's the name of the song?

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Leann Rhymes, "How Do I Live Without You."

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, man.

COULTON: "How Do I Live," that's right. Leann Rhymes.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: (Singing) It was business at first, but it's real love now. You charged me three grand, it was worth it somehow. You bought a nice dress, so you're all classy now. You can get off the streets, no more fooling around.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Jack.

BURKE: "Pretty Woman."

COULTON: "Pretty Woman" is correct. Do you know the name of the song?

BURKE: "It Must Have Been Love." I don't know the artist.

(Singing) It must have been love.

COULTON: (Singing) I don't know the artist.

BURKE: Do I have to know the artist?

COULTON: You're right. No, you don't have to name the artist.

CHANESKI: "Must Have Been Love."

COULTON: You're absolutely right. "Must Have Been Love."

CHANESKI: Yeah.

COULTON: Roxette was the name of the artist.

CHANESKI: Roxette.

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: There you go. This is your last song.

EISENBERG: Oh.

COULTON: (Singing) Don't blame it on Chris Penn, always, dad's a real strict man. But thanks to Kevin Bacon, there is no more dancing band. Oh, maybe he's no Baryshnikov, but he sure can take his sweatshirt off. Oh, oh, oh, oh, let's hear it for his abs.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

COULTON: Tim.

HUFF: "Footloose," "Let's Hear It For The Boy."

(APPLAUSE)

COULTON: Absolutely correct. John Chaneski, how'd they do?

CHANESKI: They did fantastic. Jack was the winner of that game. Congratulations, Jack.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Jack, you'll be moving on to our final round coming at the end of the show.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER THEME")

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll quiz our VIP, Emily Nussbaum, about one of her all-time favorite shows, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

(APPLAUSE)

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