Ask Me Another
7:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Blurred Rhymes

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 11:16 am

Robin Thicke's 2013 song "Blurred Lines" asks, "What rhymes with hug me?" He should have asked guest musician Julian Velard, who sing reworked lyrical clues that answer the question with some blurred rhymes of their own.

Heard in Episode 313: This Birbiglian Life

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THESE)")

EURYTHMICS: (Singing) ...of you. Ooh...

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

All right. Let's meet our next two contestants, RoseMarie Wallace and Eric Nuber.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: RoseMarie, I was told that being on this show - it's a huge compliment - that being on the show was on your bucket list.

ROSEMARIE WALLACE: Absolutely. I listen all the time and I thought, wow, what a debut.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's amazing. That makes me feel great. What are some other things on your bucket list?

WALLACE: Singing in front of an audience.

AUDIENCE: Oh.

JULIAN VELARD: Ooh.

EISENBERG: We might be able to get rid of a couple of these tonight.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Very good. Eric, do you have a bucket list?

ERIC NUBER: Yes. I've always wanted to get into a physical altercation with somebody really famous. So everybody here is pretty safe, pretty much.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Good.

AUDIENCE: Aw.

EISENBERG: Well, I'm glad to know I'm safe. Thanks again for the compliment.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Do you guys remember one of the most infectious pop songs of the recent past - Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines?"

NUBER: Yes.

EISENBERG: OK. You might remember that song because it stuck with you. It was also a song of questionable taste. Well, we've created a music game around it.

WALLACE: Oh no.

EISENBERG: Julian.

VELARD: "Blurred Lines" was a huge hit, but we noticed some pretty lazy songwriting there - especially the part where Robin rhymes, you wanna hug me with - what rhymes with hug me?

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: In this game, we'll sing you the clues to the tune of "Blurred Lines" and all the answers will rhyme with hug me or at least close enough.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: Contestants, ring in with the word or phrase that rhymes with hug me.

EISENBERG: Are you guys ready?

NUBER: Yeah.

EISENBERG: You like it?

WALLACE: We're here.

EISENBERG: All right, RoseMarie.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: Oh man. This bucket list - bucket list lost its luster.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Feel free to sing your answer, RoseMarie.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "BLURRED LINES")

ROBIN THICKE: (Singing) Hey, hey, hey. Hey, hey, hey.

VELARD: (Singing) If you need drive over rough terrain, if you need a jeep backing launch grenades. Maybe you're military. Hey, hey, hey. Maybe you're lightly armored. Hey, hey, hey. Maybe it rhymes with hug me. Hey, hey, hey.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: RoseMarie.

WALLACE: A Hummer?

EISENBERG: Rhymes with hug me?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

NUBER: Humvee.

EISENBERG: Humvee.

WALLACE: Humvee.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Plenty of time. Plenty of time, RoseMarie, plenty of time.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "BLURRED LINES")

VELARD: (Singing) Now I'm going to make a thick sauce. Hope you like mangoes with some vinegar and Indian spices. You're gonna eat it with some Naan bread. It's like relish. It rhymes with hug me. I hate blurred rhymes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Eric.

NUBER: Chutney.

EISENBERG: Yes. Chutney.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This is such a better version of the song, Julian.

(LAUGHTER)

VELARD: I am an interpreter.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Exactly. You are the vessel that makes the beauty.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "BLURRED LINES")

VELARD: (Singing) Everybody get up. What's this game in England? They play instead of football? The ball is kind of oval, played by dudes in stripped colored shirts. Big in Australia. Hey, hey, hey. And in New Zealand. Hey, hey, hey. It rhymes with hug me. Hey, hey, hey. Hey, hey, hey.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: RoseMarie.

WALLACE: Rugby.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

VELARD: All right.

EISENBERG: Football without all that safety.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "BLURRED LINES")

VELARD: (Singing) Woo. OK. Now he was green, had a friend name Pokey. Made out of model clay, created by Art Clokey. Stop-motion animated. Hey, hey, hey. Blocked heads, he really hated. Hey, hey, hey. But tell me, can you name him? Hey, hey, hey.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

VELARD: Eric.

NUBER: Gumby.

VELARD: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

NUBER: Oh, thank God I'm a millennial.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "BLURRED LINES")

VELARD: (Singing) Now I want to learn a dance move. But can you teach me? Can you teach me Cali Swag District? Put your arms out and lean side to side, but with some swagger. Let's see you shimmy. It's a blurred rhyme.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

VELARD: Eric.

NUBER: Can you teach me how to Dougie?

VELARD: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

AUDIENCE: Aw.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Audience is not into that answer, for some reason.

(LAUGHTER)

NUBER: It's another millennial thing, you wouldn't get it.

AUDIENCE: Aw.

EISENBERG: Oh, Eric.

AUDIENCE: Ooh.

EISENBERG: Finally, you showed your entitlement.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: RoseMarie, did you know the answer to that one?

WALLACE: I did know the answer.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

NUBER: Yeah. Yeah. She's present.

WALLACE: Do you know?

NUBER: I don't know how to Dougie, though. Do you?

WALLACE: No I don't.

EISENBERG: I know you both do.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: This is your last clue.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC, "BLURRED LINES")

VELARD: (Singing) Everybody get up. What lives in a jungle, fits inside a barrel? Why you curious, George? You got two opposable thumbs. You like bananas. Hey, hey, hey. You want a groomy. Hey, hey, hey. Don't try to hug me. Hey, hey, hey.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Eric.

NUBER: Chimpanzee.

WALLACE: Really?

EISENBERG: No, that's not right.

WALLACE: Really? Really? (Singing) We say a monkey.

NUBER: I mean.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Eric.

NUBER: Yes, ma'am?

EISENBERG: Good man.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Will, how did our contestants do?

WILL HEINZ: Well, in terms of bucket list scoring, RoseMarie won by getting two items off her list during that.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

HEINZ: But for the number of questions, Eric came out on top for that round.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIP, HUG, HER")

EISENBERG: Congratulations, Eric. You're going to be moving onto our Ask Me One More final round coming at the end of the show and coming up, we're going to talk to our VIP comedian, Mike Birbiglia about the one topic you should not bring up at a dinner party. So stay tuned. This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIP, HUG, HER") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.