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Buddy's Hollywood

Nov 8, 2019

In this music parody game, the songs by Buddy Holly are reworked to be about everyone's favorite buddy movies.

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JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: This is NPR's ASK ME ANOTHER coming to you from Dallas, Texas. I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host Ophira Eisenberg.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Thank you, Jonathan. Before the break, we made our contestants Jovane and Gavin. Our next game is about buddy movies like "Pride And Prejudice." Those guys loved each other.

COULTON: OK. Yeah.

EISENBERG: Jovane, you also do some dialect coaching...

JOVANE CAAMANO: Correct.

EISENBERG: ...For actors. So you're just basically teaching people how to do accents?

CAAMANO: Yes, exactly.

EISENBERG: OK, so if I come to you and I'm like, I'm trying to audition for a role; I have to be a Bostonian, what would you tell me to focus on?

CAAMANO: So the big part of it is doing research, so I would do that...

EISENBERG: OK.

CAAMANO: ...And then tell you what to do.

EISENBERG: All right.

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EISENBERG: If I told you I wanted to come off like a Dallas native, what would you tell me to do?

CAAMANO: Oh, I was going to say feel a little uppity.

EISENBERG: Uppity.

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EISENBERG: Gavin, you used to be a person who jumped out of planes in the army.

GAVIN MAESTAS: That is correct.

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EISENBERG: And you also travelled as an a cappella singer while in the service.

MAESTAS: That is also correct.

EISENBERG: OK.

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EISENBERG: Would you jump out of a plane with a bunch of people and start singing?

MAESTAS: Not exactly in that order.

EISENBERG: That would never happen.

MAESTAS: No.

EISENBERG: How does one end up going around singing a cappella in the service?

MAESTAS: It was a voluntold (ph) assignment.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

MAESTAS: I showed up to work one day, and they say, hey. You're going to go try out for this special duty. And I was like, I don't even know what it is, but sure. Why not? So I had to go into my first sergeant's office and sing a tune, and he said, hey. That was pretty good. Would you like to go try out for this?

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MAESTAS: And the rest is history. We traveled around the U.S. just doing kind of morale-boosting shows...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

MAESTAS: ...And singing at NFL games and NASCAR and national anthem, et cetera, you know?

COULTON: Did your group have a name? Because I love the names of a cappella groups.

MAESTAS: Yes. We were the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus.

COULTON: Wow.

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COULTON: That is a kickass name.

MAESTAS: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: What was the name of the one you were in at Yale?

COULTON: The Whiffenpoofs.

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EISENBERG: Similar weight. Similar weight.

COULTON: Similar weight.

EISENBERG: This game is called Buddy's Hollywood.

COULTON: We rewrote songs by Texas native Buddy Holly to make them about buddy movies. Ring in and identify the movie, and if you get that right, for a bonus point, you can give me the name of the song.

EISENBERG: OK. And whoever wins goes to our Final Round, and whoever loses is going to become my emergency contact.

COULTON: Here we go.

(Singing, playing guitar) Well, Old West action with a steampunk bent. A robot spider takes the president, and Will Smith wrote a goofy theme song. A bad script made the movie seem long. I think you can safely skip this one.

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COULTON: Gavin.

MAESTAS: It's going to be "Wild West" - "Wild Wild West."

COULTON: "Wild Wild West" is correct.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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COULTON: For a bonus point, can you name the song?

MAESTAS: I have no idea.

COULTON: OK. That's all right. It's called "Rave On." Here's your next one.

(Singing, playing guitar) High school sucked, but we're in luck. We'll pretend we made big bucks inventing Post-Its, inventing Post-It notes. Janeane Garofalo invented faster-burning smokes.

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COULTON: Jovane.

CAAMANO: "Romy And Michele's High School Reunion."

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

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COULTON: For bonus point, can you name the song?

CAAMANO: I cannot.

COULTON: That's - boy, this audience is very easily disappointed.

CAAMANO: Yeah.

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COULTON: "Peggy Sue" is the name of that one.

(Singing, playing guitar) Sit. Speak. Stay. Sure could use a trainer. Solving crimes for us is a no-brainer. I'm a cop, and you're a mastiff stray. A-hey (ph), a-hey hey.

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COULTON: Jovane.

CAAMANO: Oh, "Turner And Hooch"?

COULTON: Yeah, that's right. For a bonus point, can you name the song?

CAAMANO: No.

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COULTON: That's "Every Day." Here's your next one.

(Singing, playing guitar) Bye, Felicia, is what I said. At 10 o'clock, I might be dead. Is Chris Tucker really buddies with Ice Cube?

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COULTON: Gavin.

MAESTAS: "Friday."

COULTON: Yeah, you got it.

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COULTON: For a bonus point, can you name the song?

MAESTAS: Is it "Little Darlin'"?

COULTON: No, it is not. It is "Maybe Baby." You had the right number of syllables, however.

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EISENBERG: No doubt about it, they know their buddy movies - no doubt about it. Zero Buddy Holly.

COULTON: Zero Buddy Holly information.

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COULTON: This is your last clue.

(Singing, playing guitar) Well, a couple of friends get in a car, and a couple of friends shoot a guy at a bar. A couple of friends meet a hot young Brad Pitt, and then they drive that car off a cliff.

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COULTON: Jovane.

CAAMANO: "Thelma And Louise."

COULTON: That's right.

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COULTON: And to avoid disappointing the audience, can you name the song?

CAAMANO: Not a chance.

COULTON: OK.

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COULTON: It's getting real in here.

EISENBERG: Yeah. Sure is.

COULTON: That was called "That'll Be The Day." Ophira, how did our contestants do?

EISENBERG: Wow. It was a close game. You're both amazing. And Jovane is going to our final round.

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