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Thu September 4, 2014

Get Geeky

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 4:28 pm

If you're a fan of nerdy hobbies, then today's your lucky day! Julian Velard breaks out the vocoder and sings the Daft Punk song "Get Lucky" with the lyrics rewritten to be about geeky activities.

Heard in Episode 325: What's The Magic Word?

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Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

It's time to welcome our special musical guest, Mr. Julian Velard.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hey, Julian, how's it going?

JULIAN VELARD: Going good. Hey, Ophira.

EISENBERG: We're going to play musical game now. And it's called Get Geeky. Julian, how do you get geeky?

VELARD: (Singing) When I'm by myself, I play with my Vocorder.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Even better than I expected. Please welcome our contestants to answer that same question - Ember Chabot and Kate Morrical.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hello, Amber and Kate. So how - what's your geeky thing? How do you get your geek on? Kate?

KATE MORRICAL: I sing women's barbershop.

EISENBERG: Oh, yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Do you do competitions?

MORRICAL: We do.

EISENBERG: You do?

MORRICAL: My quartet is currently ranked fifth in the world.

EISENBERG: Congratulations.

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JOHN FLANSBURGH: What do you sing? Is it soprano, alto?

MORRICAL: So we like to say that barbershop was invented by men, perfected by women.

EISENBERG: Oh yeah.

MORRICAL: So we use the men's voice parts. We have basses, baritones, leads and tenors. I sing tenor.

EISENBERG: Nice.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right, Ember. How about you?

EMBER CHABOT: I actually have a degree in entomology.

EISENBERG: Oh yeah, that will do it.

CHABOT: And so with that comes a very sophisticated skill set where I can collect and curate insects like a boss.

(APPLAUSE)

CHABOT: Yeah.

EISENBERG: So where do you - do you have a favorite insect that I should take a second look at?

CHABOT: Oh, gosh. Beatles are pretty awesome.

EISENBERG: Sure, sure.

CHABOT: A lot more diverse than you would think.

FLANSBURGH: I love The Beatles.

(LAUGHTER)

CHABOT: Right.

EISENBERG: There are no beetles in New York, by the way. We call them something called...

CHABOT: Mega Bugs, yeah.

EISENBERG: Cockroaches and water bugs, yeah. And we killed them. Yeah, maybe you don't.

CHABOT: No, I do. I have a rule, like, if you're big enough to maybe have a face that can emote, like, game over. I'm going to stomp you out.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Right, if you have expressions basically?

CHABOT: Yeah, it's a deal-breaker.

EISENBERG: All right, Julian, we've got amazing contestants. Take it away.

VELARD: All right, so we've taken the hit Daft Punk song "Get Lucky" and rewritten the lyrics to be about hobbies and activities that might stereotypically be considered geeky. All you have to do is ring in and name the geeky activity. Yep, you got it?

CHABOT: All right.

VELARD: All right, here we go. (Singing) Roll the dice, a polyhedral. One of us is a spell-caster, got to listen to the master. Save the party from disaster, yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Ember.

CHABOT: Dungeons & Dragons?

EISENBERG: Yes, of course.

VELARD: You are correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: John Flansburgh, are you a Dungeons & Dragons guy?

FLANSBURGH: You know it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I didn't know it. But I confirmed.

FLANSBURGH: Sure.

EISENBERG: Confirmed.

VELARD: (Singing) Field, guide and tow to the forest I go. Observe like the row, feathered friends from below.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kate.

MORRICAL: Bird watching.

EISENBERG: Bird watching.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: It's not stalking if they're birds, I just realized that. It's not stalking.

VELARD: (Singing) This plastic parts interlock. Red, yellow, blue all in stock. To build the ship or a dock, I'm up all night to get freaky. (Through Vocoder) I'm up all night to get freaky. I'm up all night to get freaky. I'm up all night to get freaky.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Ember?

CHABOT: Legos?

EISENBERG: Legos, yes.

(APPLAUSE)

FLANSBURGH: Ember.

CHABOT: Yes?

FLANSBURGH: Technically crushing it.

CHABOT: So I'm the biggest geek on stage.

EISENBERG: Well...

MORRICAL: Fastest geek on stage.

EISENBERG: There is Velard and Flansburgh here, it's hard to...

(LAUGHING)

VELARD: (Singing) It's performance art, well, sort of. My fandom hits a new dimension. Dressing up to get attention, see you at the next convention, yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Ember.

CHABOT: Cosplay?

EISENBERG: Cosplay.

(APPLAUSE)

VELARD: Yes.

EISENBERG: Anyone want to admit to that?

CHABOT: No.

EISENBERG: No, interesting.

MORRICAL: You haven't seen some of these barbershop costumes, I don't know.

EISENBERG: You got to see - right?

CHABOT: I've been a crayon.

EISENBERG: You've been a crayon (laughter). That's, like, the most innocent version of cosplay I've ever heard of.

FLANSBURGH: And we're going to be posting those photographs on the ASK ME ANOTHER Facebook page.

CHABOT: They're out there.

VELARD: (Singing) I start with extract the malt, and then store in the vault, fermenting comes to a halt. I'm up all night to get hoppy.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kate.

MORRICAL: Home brewing?

EISENBERG: Home brewing.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's my fallback career, by the way, just so you know. Home brewing. I like that nobody's surprised.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right, this is your last clue.

VELARD: (Singing through Vocoder) (Y, R, Q, P) (Singing) It's time to head to the bar. My team's in first-place so far. Like this game on NPR, I'm up all night to get facty. (Through Vocoder) I'm up all night to get facty. I'm up all night to get facty. I'm up all night to get facty. I'm up all night to get facty.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Kate?

MORRICAL: Fantasy sports? Oh, shoot.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

MORRICAL: Bar trivia?

FLANSBURGH: That is correct. It was extremely close between Kate and Ember.

EISENBERG: Yes.

FLANSBURGH: But Ember is the winner.

EISENBERG: Ember, congratulations.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: We'll see you for the final round at the end of the show. How about a hand for our guest musician Julian Velard?

VELARD: (Singing through Vocoder) Thanks, Ophira. I really appreciate it. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.