Earlier this week, Kurt Vile was a correct response on Jeopardy!
Unsurprisingly, no one got it. Okay, so the show is having its annual College Championship this week, so it’s possible the question writers thought college kids would have a better shot at guessing the 36-year old rocker than usual contestants.
This got us thinking about some of the other musicians who have been correct responses — or questions, rather — on recent Jeopardy! episodes.
The Flaming Lips were another correct response on the Kurt Vile episode.
Last year, they used a Pete Wentz pun to hint at Fall Out Boy: “This band Wentzed to No. 1 with the album, American Beauty/American Psycho, in 2015.”
In 2013, Jeopardy! used an “alt” music category, to mixed results.
The best one went like this:
The rest were answered correctly.
“This ‘numeric’ Trent Reznor act keeps hammering away, hitting the 2013 Billboard alt charts with ‘Came Back Haunted.’” Nine Inch Nails.
Which Detroit duo won the 2003, 2005 and 2007 awards for best alternative album? The White Stripes.
Who did “Get Lucky”? Daft Punk, of course.
“The video for ‘Glosoli’ by Sigur Ros included some of the hot springs of this island, their home country.” This one was somewhat trickier, but a little geographic knowledge came in handy for getting Iceland.
Four of the five correct responses were given in this hip-hop lyric-themed segment. Ken Jennings (a.k.a. “The Jeopardy Guy”), who won 74 consecutive episodes, is featured in this one:
And in November 2014, Jeopardy! hosted a rather regrettable category. Three alleged rappers were presented, and contestants had to guess which was made up by the show. Corn Dogg, Nate Dogg or Snoop Dogg? Nipsey Hussle, Twista or Boogaloo B?
At least we got to hear Alex Trebek say “Boogaloo B.”