The Doors

Jul 24, 2020

Erin Foley and Arden Myrin join house musician Jonathan Coulton in a game where The Doors songs are rewritten to be about well-known doors from books and movies.

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

This is ASK ME ANOTHER, NPR's hour of puzzles, word games and spending hours throwing a miniature ball at a toy basketball hoop because what else is there to do? I'm Jonathan Coulton. Here's your host, Ophira Eisenberg.

EISENBERG: Thank you, Jonathan. We're playing games with comedians Erin Foley and Arden Myrin. OK. Are you two ready for another one?

ARDEN MYRIN: I love this.

ERIN FOLEY: Yes.

MYRIN: I could do this all day.

FOLEY: I could do this all day, too.

EISENBERG: So you should feel extra psyched right now because your next challenge is a music parody game.

MYRIN: All right.

EISENBERG: Jonathan Coulton is going to be playing live for you. And it's...

FOLEY: Right.

EISENBERG: ...Inspired by the band The Doors.

MYRIN: Erin's favorite.

FOLEY: Wow.

JONATHAN COULTON, BYLINE: Everybody's favorite band.

FOLEY: Oh, my God.

COULTON: Everybody.

MYRIN: Erin's favorite.

FOLEY: The times I have danced the night away to The Doors...

COULTON: I mean...

EISENBERG: I mean, the poetry, the poetry.

MYRIN: Erin's favorite.

COULTON: One of the most important rock bands in music history, The Doors.

FOLEY: Yeah.

COULTON: We took songs by The Doors and changed the lyrics to make them about famous doors from movies.

MYRIN: Great - love it.

COULTON: So let me say this. To earn full credit for these questions, you can provide me with one of the following pieces of information. You can tell me the movie that I'm singing about...

MYRIN: "The Doors."

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: ...Or the name of the Doors song that I am parodying. So you're going to do...

FOLEY: OK (laughter).

COULTON: ...Really great in this game for sure.

EISENBERG: It should be perfect.

COULTON: And we're going to go back and forth. So this one.

MYRIN: Right.

COULTON: ...Is for you, Arden. (Singing) Only a moment till that stone door makes me flat - I've got my whip, but I can't leave here without that iconic hat.

MYRIN: OK. The artist is The Doors (laughter).

COULTON: Artist is The Doors.

EISENBERG: Yep.

COULTON: That's correct.

EISENBERG: Yep.

MYRIN: I'm going to go - iconic hat. You need an iconic hat?

COULTON: Let me paint the word picture for you. A stone door is coming down. There's a character on screen who's - he has his whip. But he does not have his iconic...

MYRIN: Indiana Jones.

COULTON: Yeah. That's right. "Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom" is what we were looking. But you are correct.

MYRIN: Song is (singing) duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh (ph).

COULTON: (Singing) Duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh (ph).

MYRIN: (Singing) I want to love you.

COULTON: (Singing) Come on. Come on. Come on. Come on now.

MYRIN: (Singing) Come on. Come on. Touch me, babe.

COULTON: Yeah. "Touch Me."

EISENBERG: There you go.

COULTON: That's right. You got it.

MYRIN: There we go.

EISENBERG: Yep.

MYRIN: OK. Great.

COULTON: Clean sweep.

MYRIN: That's what it's called? That's what it's called?

COULTON: It's called "Touch Me."

MYRIN: On the nose - I love it.

EISENBERG: On the nose - yeah. They...

COULTON: (Laughter) It's a little on the nose. One thing you could say about The Doors - they were always on the nose.

MYRIN: (Laughter) This is exciting. Thank you for walking...

FOLEY: Easy, Val Kilmer. Right?

(LAUGHTER)

FOLEY: That's all I know about The Doors.

MYRIN: He was so hot in...

FOLEY: "Top Gun."

MYRIN: (Mimicking horn) - Iceman.

EISENBERG: Iceman.

FOLEY: "The Doors."

EISENBERG: And then "The Doors" - yeah.

FOLEY: And then "The Doors."

MYRIN: And then "The Doors" - right.

EISENBERG: Which was filmed - they were filmed back to back, right? - in time.

MYRIN: Back and back, back to back.

FOLEY: Yeah.

MYRIN: Nobody hotter than him on that...

FOLEY: Oh, yeah.

MYRIN: ...In that volleyball scene.

COULTON: That's true. That's true.

FOLEY: Completely.

MYRIN: (Laughter).

COULTON: All right, Erin.

MYRIN: OK.

COULTON: Here's one for you. (Singing) The sign on this green door's untrue. We rang the doorbell anyway. We had to kill a witch or two, and Kansas is so far away.

MYRIN: I mean, not fair.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

FOLEY: "Wizard of Oz"?

COULTON: "Wizard of Oz." That's right.

FOLEY: Come on, baby - "Light My Fire"?

COULTON: Absolutely - nailing it.

FOLEY: Arden's was so much harder. I'm just going to say that.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: It was. It was. It's true.

EISENBERG: Well, you know, they're...

MYRIN: Yeah.

EISENBERG: All over the place. They're all over.

MYRIN: Yeah.

FOLEY: Yeah. OK.

COULTON: All right, Arden. Here's one for you.

FOLEY: (Laughter).

COULTON: (Singing) I'm home. And when I reach the the door to my place, I see the knocker kind of looks like a face. It looks a lot like Jacob Marley, who died. He helps me find the Christmas spirit inside.

MYRIN: It's the Christmas story, "Christmas Carol."

COULTON: "Christmas Carol" - that's right.

MYRIN: And that's, (singing) hello. I love you. Won't you tell me your name?

COULTON: That is exactly right.

EISENBERG: Yeah, Arden.

COULTON: Another clean sweep. You guys are killing this game.

MYRIN: And is that what it's called?

COULTON: It's called "Hello, I Love You."

MYRIN: Again, on the nose.

COULTON: It's, again, very on the nose.

EISENBERG: Yeah.

MYRIN: They don't branch out.

COULTON: They didn't work so hard.

FOLEY: (Singing) Goodbye. I hate you. I hate your face.

(LAUGHTER)

COULTON: All right. This is the last one. It's for you, Erin. (Singing) Well, a hotel haunts me. I'm going shout, here's Johnny. Feeling murderous - going to take an axe and smash this bathroom door.

FOLEY: I appreciate, as a twin, you not going with the twin...

COULTON: Yes.

FOLEY: ...Reference there.

COULTON: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Oh, I can imagine that was...

FOLEY: Right.

EISENBERG: ...Your entire life.

FOLEY: I mean...

COULTON: Comes up a lot probably.

FOLEY: Red rum, red rum.

MYRIN: Really touchy subject for Erin.

COULTON: Yeah.

FOLEY: Very touchy. In fact, goodnight, everybody. No.

(LAUGHTER)

FOLEY: "The Shining."

COULTON: "The Shining" is correct. That's right.

FOLEY: And the song is called "Good Day."

COULTON: "Good Day" - "Good Day To You, Sir" by The Doors.

EISENBERG: Pretty close.

FOLEY: I have no idea what this song is.

COULTON: It's called "Love Her Madly."

FOLEY: Oh, yeah.

EISENBERG: Yes.

FOLEY: (Singing) Well, I love her madly as I'm walking out the door.

COULTON: That's right.

EISENBERG: Yup. That was amazing. Great game, you two - you know everything about doors.

(LAUGHTER)

MYRIN: That's what I majored in in college.

EISENBERG: (Laughter).

MYRIN: Everything's led to this moment.

EISENBERG: Oh, my goodness. You have totally lifted me up. Thank you so much, Erin. Thank you so much, Arden.

MYRIN: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Such a pleasure.

FOLEY: You're the best.

MYRIN: Thank you for having...

FOLEY: Thank you and Jonathan.

MYRIN: ...Us on.

COULTON: Thank you, guys.

EISENBERG: Erin Foley hosts the podcast "Sports Without Balls," and Arden Myrin's forthcoming memoir is called "Little Miss Compton (ph)."

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