Yeahs In History

Dec 4, 2020
Originally published on December 4, 2020 1:20 pm

In this audio quiz, Big Mouth's Ayo Edebiri and her fellow "Iconography" podcast host Olivia Craighead identify songs with the word "yeah" in them. Ohhhhh yeahhhhhhh.

heard on: Rosie Perez, Fortune Feimster & Big Mouth's Ayo Edebiri: Fight And Flight

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

So I ask, Olivia, Ayo, would you like to play another game?

OLIVIA CRAIGHEAD: Yes.

AYO EDEBIRI: You're not going to believe this, but yes.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) I did know. So luckily, we were - it could go either way. We do have another one.

JONATHAN COULTON: Yeah. We're relieved. We're relieved to hear that the answer is yes.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) It goes either way. OK, so this is totally a different direction. This game is called Yeahs In History - so positive.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We need something positive. So we're going to play you the yeah part of a well-known song, and you are going to give us the name of the artist, the name of the song. You could also just say, yeah. That's worth a point.

(LAUGHTER)

EDEBIRI: OK.

CRAIGHEAD: That's great to know.

CRAIGHEAD: Good luck, Olivia.

CRAIGHEAD: Thanks, Ayo.

EISENBERG: (Laughter) I like the wave. Good luck.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: And by that, I mean, bye-bye. Ayo, here's one for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF USHER SONG, "YEAH!")

USHER: (Singing) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

EDEBIRI: Yeah, yeah, yeah. "Yeah!" by Usher.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: (Laughter) That is correct.

CRAIGHEAD: I'm annoyed that Ayo got the, like, easy...

EISENBERG: The easy ones?

CRAIGHEAD: ...obvious one (laughter).

EDEBIRI: OK, Olivia. Featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. I mean, what do you want from me?

EISENBERG: Wow.

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Wow. OK.

CRAIGHEAD: OK.

COULTON: She's underlining it. Yeah.

EISENBERG: I - who knew that you could get three points in a one-point game?

COULTON: (Laughter).

EDEBIRI: Good luck, Olivia. Good luck (laughter).

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: All right, Olivia. Here is a clue for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “PARTY IN THE U.S.A.”)

MILEY CYRUS: (Singing) Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

CRAIGHEAD: OK. That is Miley Cyrus, "Party In The U.S.A."

COULTON: Absolutely correct.

EISENBERG: Mmm hmm. We're more "Wrecking Ball" these days, I would say, than "Party In The U.S.A." (laughter).

COULTON: (Laughter) That's true.

CRAIGHEAD: I saw her on that tour - on the Bangerz Tour - and she, like, closed out the show with "Party In The U.S.A." And she, like...

EISENBERG: Yeah.

CRAIGHEAD: ...got on a hot dog that, like, flew around the arena...

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

EDEBIRI: (Laughter) Oh, my god.

COULTON: (Laughter).

CRAIGHEAD: ...and sang "Party In The U.S.A." And I, frankly, have never experienced more joy in my life. So...

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

COULTON: That's amazing. That's amazing.

EISENBERG: All right. Ayo, this one is for you.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “BOY WITH LUV”)

BTS: (Singing) Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Ah, yeah. Ah, yeah. I'm - oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Ah, yeah. Ah, yeah.

EDEBIRI: In my head, I go, is this, like, K-pop or something? I don't know why.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that is...

EDEBIRI: It is.

EISENBERG: Yes.

EDEBIRI: It is K-pop.

EISENBERG: Yes.

EDEBIRI: It is K-pop.

EISENBERG: Well done. So then...

EDEBIRI: Oh, wait. It's BTS. It's the song.

EISENBERG: Yes.

EDEBIRI: It's the song - that's the most popular song.

EISENBERG: Yes.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EDEBIRI: (Laughter) Oh, you know me, who listens to music.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EDEBIRI: Is it, like, "Boy With Luv?"

EISENBERG: Yes.

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Yes.

EDEBIRI: Let's go. I know you two (laughter).

CRAIGHEAD: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: Yeah.

CRAIGHEAD: That's great.

EDEBIRI: But "Aw Yeah" (ph) is the one - OK. Because once on Twitter, I asked, should I get into BTS (laughter)?

CRAIGHEAD: That sounds like a mistake.

COULTON: (Laughter).

EDEBIRI: They were very nice to me. And then this girl sent me a video of a BTS - the live compilation that was just, I think, this part of the song. And they kind of, like, dance. And they go, like, oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Which you won't be able to see my dancing on the radio or in podcast form.

EISENBERG: But it was perfect?

COULTON: We'll hear it, though.

EDEBIRI: But imagine that I'm really good (laughter).

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: They can dance. They can dance.

EDEBIRI: They can do everything.

EISENBERG: Yeah. They can...

EDEBIRI: They went in front of the U.N. one time.

EISENBERG: I know.

EDEBIRI: Good for them.

EISENBERG: Super talented. Super talented.

EDEBIRI: Ophira's like, I've been down the rabbit hole (laughter).

COULTON: (Laughter).

EISENBERG: Yeah.

COULTON: All right. This is the last clue. And it's for you, Olivia.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "APES**T")

JAY-Z: (Singing) Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

CRAIGHEAD: Wow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "APES**T)

JAY-Z: (Singing) Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

CRAIGHEAD: OK. I am mad at myself for not immediately knowing, like, what song this is. Ayo is, like, Macaulay Culkin/Home Alone-facing me...

(LAUGHTER)

CRAIGHEAD: ...Right now.

COULTON: She is aghast.

CRAIGHEAD: Ayo is so mad at me. I'm completely blanking on this, like, Jay-Z/Beyonce song.

COULTON: That's right. What if I tell you that we cannot say the full name of this song on the radio?

CRAIGHEAD: Oh. Oh. Ape bleep. Damn.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Yeah. Exactly.

EDEBIRI: Ape shenanigans.

CRAIGHEAD: Ape shenanigans.

COULTON: Ape shenanigans. That's correct.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Amazing. You guys are so much fun. Thank you so much for joining us.

EDEBIRI: Thank you for having us.

CRAIGHEAD: We had so much fun.

EISENBERG: Ayo Edebiri and Olivia Craighead hosts the podcast "Iconography." And Ayo is in the new season of "Big Mouth" on Netflix right now. Coming up, the unstoppable, unflappable Rosie Perez joins us to talk about voicing messages on the New York City subway and meeting George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. This interview is, dare I say, the greatest of all time? Yup. Pretty sure. I'm Ophira Eisenberg. And this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.