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Fri March 29, 2013

Who's That Girl? II

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:02 am

Female muses have been glorified in art both old ("O lady myn, that called art Cleo," wrote Chaucer) and new ("Wake up to your girl, for now let's call her Cleopatra," sang Frank Ocean). Guest musician Julian Velard takes popular songs that have a women's name in the title, and substitutes a man's name in its place. Can you name the original lady? After, Velard pays tribute to a famous chanteuse with a cover of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry.

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

We have our first two contestants: Olivia Bumgardner and Luke Ratray standing right before me. Olivia, you were once in a wedding band, I understand. What kind of stuff did you play?

OLIVIA BUMGARDNER: Very, very terrible things.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Well, I'm glad you made it to the stage. Luke, what is - do you have a favorite music genre?

LUKE RATRAY: I would say old soul music.

EISENBERG: Nice.

BUMGARDNER: Oh, it's on.

EISENBERG: All right, yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

RATRAY: All right.

EISENBERG: Well, Julian is helping out in this game that we call Who's That Girl. Julian, what is the game?

JULIAN VELARD: This is how the game works. I'm going to play some popular songs that have women's names in the title, but with a twist. We've substituted their names with men's names. All you have to do is ring in and tell us what the real title of the song is.

After each song, Ophira will ask a follow-up question that either of you can ring in for. The winner of this round moves on to our Ask Me One More final round at the end of the show. I'm about to drop it right now.

(LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

VELARD: I met him in a club down in old SoHo, where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola, C-O-L-A, cola. He walked up to me and he asked me to dance, I asked him his name and in a dark brown voice, he said Gary, G-A-R-Y, Gary, G-G-G-G-Gary.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Luke?

RATRAY: That would be "Lola."

EISENBERG: "Lola" is correct.

VELARD: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Perry Farrell named his alternative music festival Lollapalooza, after hearing the word in a Three Stooges' film. And the word has a lot of meanings, including "an extraordinary thing." But not surprisingly, it also refers to a giant what?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Olivia?

BUMGARDNER: Concert.

EISENBERG: A giant concert, that's a good idea. Yeah, that is exactly what it refers to, but it's something else actually. Can you steal, Luke? A giant something else.

RATRAY: I don't know.

EISENBERG: Don't know. All right, let me see if anyone out there knows.

(SOUNDBITE OF AUDIENCE YELLING)

EISENBERG: Lollipop. One lollipop is all we need. That is correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

VELARD: And now, I know Spanish Harlem are not just pretty words to say. I thought I knew but now I know that rose trees never grow in New York City. While Justin Biebers and Mad Hatters, sons of bankers, sons of lawyers turn around and say good morning to the night.

Oh, come on, guys.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Olivia?

BUMGARDNER: Selena Gomez.

EISENBERG: Selena Gomez.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Luke?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

RATRAY: Man, I was going to go with Sarah Palin, but no.

EISENBERG: Sarah Palin.

RATRAY: No dice.

EISENBERG: Okay, clearly, they don't know this song. Anyone out there?

(SOUNDBITE OF AUDIENCE YELLING)

EISENBERG: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters, Elton John song. All right, well maybe you'll know this. In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre and it would go missing for two years. What famous artist was briefly suspected of stealing the painting and was actually brought in for questioning by the police?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Luke?

RATRAY: Salvador Dali.

EISENBERG: You know what, that's a good guess. It's incorrect, but it is a good guess.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Yes, Olivia?

BUMGARDNER: Monet.

EISENBERG: If I said Guernica, would you say anything back to me?

RATRAY: Picasso.

EISENBERG: There you go, Pablo Picasso.

BUMGARDNER: No, sorry, no.

EISENBERG: That's okay. See, we all learned something.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

VELARD: Moving on the floor now, baby, you're a bird of paradise. Cherry ice cream smile, well I suppose it's very nice. With a step to your left and a flick to your right, you catch the mirror way out west. You know you're something special and you look like you're the best. Her name is Ezra and he dances on the sand, just like that river twisting through a dusty land.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Olivia is jumping up and down. She knows this answer. Olivia?

BUMGARDNER: Rio.

EISENBERG: Rio is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I remember listening to that while roller-skating.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: In 1962, a teenaged girl named Heloisa Pinto would walk every day to the beach in Rio de Janeiro, passing by two songwriters sitting in a local café. She inspired them to write what classic bossa nova song, which won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

BUMGARDNER: Yes.

EISENBERG: Olivia?

BUMGARDNER: Sorry. "Girl from Ipanema."

EISENBERG: "Girl from Ipanema" is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

VELARD: All I want to do when I wake up in the morning is see your eyes, Dmitry, Dmitry. I never thought that a guy like you could ever care for me, Dmitry.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Luke?

RATRAY: Joanna.

(SOUNDBITE OF AUDIENCE YELLING)

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

VELARD: That's heartbreaking.

EISENBERG: Oh, I'm so sorry. I want Toto to rewrite this song just for you, Luke. Olivia, can you steal?

"Rosanna."

"Rosanna" is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I know you knew it. I know you knew it. Although he didn't write the song, Toto's keyboard player should get some credit, as he was dating what famous actress at the time?

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Olivia?

BUMGARDNER: Rosanna Marquette.

EISENBERG: Rosanna Marquette is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: A close game. Olivia, you are moving on to our Ask Me One More final round, coming at the end of the show. Thank you so much.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Luke, you were fantastic. Thank you. Julian, I was wondering if maybe you could play a little something for me?

VELARD: I will play something for you right now, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Thanks.

VELARD: In the grand tradition of ASK ME ANOTHER gender bending, I would like to sing a song that is normally sung by a woman.

(SOUNDBITE OF SINGING)

VELARD: You think I'm pretty without any makeup on. You think I'm funny when I tell the punch line wrong. I know you get me, so I let my walls come down, down. Let's go all the way tonight, no regrets, just love. We can dance until we die. You and I will be young forever.

You make me feel like I'm living the teenage dream. The way you turn me on, I can't sleep. Let's run away and don't ever look back, don't ever look back. My heart stops when you look at me. Just one touch, now baby I believe this is real. Let's run away and don't ever look back, don't ever look back.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Julian Velard.

VELARD: Thank you. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.