Tasty Tunes

Jun 4, 2012
Originally published on September 4, 2014 2:32 pm
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We're back with our next contestant. This is -

WILL HINES: Oh he looks smart.

EISENBERG: Sean Hawkins. Hi Sean.

SEAN HAWKINS: Hello Ophira, how are you?



Now Sean, I have here that you're a computer scientist, is that correct?

HAWKINS: That is correct, yes.

EISENBERG: You're good - you're super smart then?

HAWKINS: I don't know if you could say that, but I'll take it from you. Thank you.

EISENBERG: Oh see, that is the humble, modesty of a computer scientist right there, right there. You're going to be great for this game, our - 'cause our next game is called Tasty Tunes. Yes.


EISENBERG: Now Shonali is going to play a bit of a song and you have to guess who the artist is .But here is the thing, all of the artists' names have something to do with food.

HAWKINS: OK, great.

EISENBERG: Yes. And then we'll ask you a follow-up question, something about the strange and wonderful world of food. Take it away Shonali.


SHONALI BHOWMIK: (Singing) And all I can do is keep on telling you I want you.

HAWKINS: (Singing) I want you.

BHOWMIK: I need you.

HAWKINS: (Singing) I need you.

BHOWMIK: (Singing) But there ain't no way I'm ever going to love you. Don't be sad.

HAWKINS: (Singing) Don't be sad.

BHOWMIK: (Singing) Don't be sad, 'cause two out of three ain't bad.

EISENBERG: Sean, you were singing along.

HAWKINS: Not Meatloaf again.


HINES: Well done.

EISENBERG: Yes, Meatloaf again.


EISENBERG: Now we have a favorite Meatloaf recipe that involves adding a condiment made from malted vinegar, molasses and anchovies. It was invented by two pharmacists, John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins. What is this sauce?

HAWKINS: Well I would have known from the anchovies, but Lea and Perrins is the real clue which is Worcestershire sauce.

EISENBERG: Worcestershire shire -

HAWKINS: Worcestershire sauce, yeah.

EISENBERG: - shire sauce. You're right.


EISENBERG: Anchovies, who knew? Yeah, interesting.


BHOWMIK: (Singing) You got me wrapped around your finger, do you have to let it linger? Do you have to - do you have to - do you have to let it linger?

HAWKINS: That is The Cranberries.


BHOWMIK: A solid answer.

EISENBERG: Now cranberries are of course eaten at Thanksgiving, but we like them in juice form, specially when they're mixed with vodka, triple sec and lime juice, to make what cocktail?

HAWKINS: Vodka, triple sec and lime juice is Sex On A Beach?




HINES: Salacious, Sean.

JOHN CHANESKI: However, Sex In The City would be a better clue.

HAWKINS: Oh, it's a Cosmopolitan.


EISENBERG: Cosmopolitan, yes.



BHOWMIK: (Singing) What I need is a good defense. I'm feeling like a criminal and I need to be redeemed to the one I sinned against 'cause he's all I ever knew of love.

HAWKINS: Oh, wow. I mean obviously I know the song.

EISENBERG: Obviously




EISENBERG: Every time you've had me over, Sean, you play this song, what's going on?


HAWKINS: Actually very true. Can I have a clue?

EISENBERG: Sure. Her last name is the same as Gwyneth's baby's name. That's a good one, right?


HAWKINS: Can - let's back up a little. Can I have a real clue please?



HINES: Yeah.

EISENBERG: She used to date PT Anderson. How about that

HINES: This artist fell on Isaac Newton's head, it might -

HAWKINS: Oh, Fiona Apple.

EISENBERG: There you go.


EISENBERG: Wait a second, you're telling me you don't know Gwyneth Paltrow's baby's name is Apple? Have you been under a r - oh, you're a computer programmer, got it. OK. Yeah.

HAWKINS: Yeah, I'm a computer scientist, so yeah, so actually I have been.


EISENBERG: Slice some apples and layer them in a baking dish with cinnamon, brown sugar and buttered breadcrumbs, bake them until the fruit mixture is bubbling and you have what two word literative dessert?

HAWKINS: Brown Betty?



HINES: Very good.

EISENBERG: I - and I say that with particular enthusiasm because, you know, that's a little bit obscure. How do you know that?

HAWKINS: I don't know.

EISENBERG: Just 'cause.

HAWKINS: How does one know anything? I don't know, it just popped in - I am a - I am a fount of useless information.

EISENBERG: Wow. It's interesting. No Gwyneth Paltrow, but you know Brown Betty. I see the way you work.

HAWKINS: Know what's important.



BHOWMIK: (Singing) Life is for us to keep and if you're wondering what this sound is leading to, I want to make it with you. I really think that we could make it, girl.

HAWKINS: Well that's a wild guess, but I'm going to say Bread.

HINES: Yes, very good.

EISENBERG: Yes, you are correct.




EISENBERG: I know that Bread is really big into the cryptic lyrics. What do they mean? What type of bread gets its name from an old German phrase meaning the devil's flatulence?


HAWKINS: Wow, I'm going to have to guess. Pumpernickel?

EISENBERG: You're correct.

HINES: A good guess.


EISENBERG: Your guess is right.

HINES: You're good at all the weird ones, Sean.

EISENBERG: I know. Every once in a while I learn something from the show too.

HAWKINS: Fount of useless information.

EISENBERG: Yeah, I'm not going to ask how you know that one.

HAWKINS: Do you know any other bread that sounds like it might be German?

EISENBERG: Bloncan (ph) bread?


EISENBERG: Are you familiar with that? I like it and uberflunken (ph) bread. No. But you're right, so you're moving on to our final Ask Me One More round.


EISENBERG: Great job.

Sean Hawkins, everybody.



BHOWMIK: (Singing) He met Marmalade down in old New Orleans, strutting her stuff on the street. She said, hey, Joe, won't you give it a go? Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, da, da. Gitchi, gitchi, ya, ya, here. Mocha chocolata, ya ya. Creole Lady Marmalade. Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?

EISENBERG: Shonali Bhowmik, everybody.


EISENBERG: Lady Marmalade. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.